Visualise how you will build your product or service to give value early
How does this work?
The following two steps can be done iteratively until you are satisfied that you have a reasonable plan for building the new product iteratively.
Step 1: Identify which components in the PBS can be assembled to deliver the greatest value early on
You start with the Product Breakdown Structure (PBS); divide each component product into functional sub products or features that can work on their own.
Step 2: Create the “build road map” or “product flow diagram” from the components identified in step 1
Start to build the road map by selecting the combination of features from the different component products that will deliver the right capability and value to the end user.
The image below is a simple road map illustrating a high level schedule for developing the components products for an e-commerce solution. Notice how the Customer Component Product has been divided into three sub-components
What can we use a well-formed Road Map diagram for?
Use the road map as a communication tool for progress reporting
The difference between focusing on delivering capability and building components.
There is a subtle difference in focusing on delivering working capability rather than on delivering a component product from the end users perspective. When you deliver capability, the end user can do something with that capability and fulfil a need of some sort.
When do we start to build the “Build Road Map” / Product Flow Diagram?
The product flow diagram is an output of the design process in management stage 1. You start gathering information on what is important for the end users during the initial discovery process. As part of your note taking during discovery identify what components or sub components will deliver the most value to the end users, this will help to define the road map before going into the design process.