Take your prototypes to the next step with a follow-up roadmap

You've built a prototype you're excited about and aren't sure what to do next? This tool will help you set a roadmap to implement your solution into an existing product.

Develop: Set Roadmap
Preparation
30 mins
Delivery
15 mins
Difficulty
Advanced

Take your prototypes to the next step with a follow-up roadmap

You've built a prototype you're excited about and aren't sure what to do next? This tool will help you set a roadmap to implement your solution into an existing product.

Preparation:
30 mins
Facilitation:
15 mins
Difficulty:
Advanced

What is it

This tool will help you bring your prototype to life by setting the roadmap that will lead to implementation. The roadmap tool will help you define a timeframe, which aspects of the prototype to improve, which features to focus and how to do it: consider your product cycle, the resources you have and the type of test you want to undertake.

[Illustration] Roadmap Overview

We break down the follow-up program into four phases, which may need to be repeated:

  • Define
  • Prototype
  • Test
  • Implement

How to do it

1 Start by drafting up your Follow-up Roadmap

The definition phase is the time where we take stock on new ideas created in the Design Jam, and then start making a plan for the relative priority of these ideas alongside current and upcoming priorities. These can be organised in sprints with a backlog but, most importantly, they need to be organised and prioritized.

Begin to address the top priority topics and save the rest for another, later design loop.

2 Prioritise where to start and focus your energy

How? Focus on the ideas that emerged from your prototypes, prioritizing the features to challenge and which moments of the experience to focus on. Identify the data design related aspects to test.

[Illustration] Roadmap 1&2 step

3 Define your objectives for the development phase

Being ambitious when you define your objectives while keeping in mind the assets at your disposal is key to success. Every company has unique priorities and different design resources to meet them. Asking yourself what is achievable within the timeframe will help you define your goals.

The Garage startups are developing their product in record time by prioritising one area of development over many. Here are some examples:

“We want to understand why only 5% of our users make an account”

“We want to assess whether they understand why we collect data about their health”

“We want to find the best tone to reassure our users about the ways we use their data”

[Illustration] Roadmap 3 step

4 Track progress

Continue using the roadmap tool as a reference document and update it regularly, checking against your goals and the calendar.

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