Orchestrating business transformation requires a clear understanding of all the moving parts. Roadmaps help organizations clearly understand how everything comes together. By providing a macro-summary across organizations and portfolios, roadmaps enable the business to visualize, understand and manage the relationships between all investments within the organization and the strategic capabilities they are intended to impact.
Manage Project & Portfolio Dependencies
Building roadmaps is a critical capability. Unfortunately, most organizations simply use manual processes to build and maintain a static summary timeline view of their projects and programs, and call that a roadmap. But to be truly deliver insight into how the organization is executing against its multi-year plans, a roadmap must be automatically generated and maintained using actual portfolio meta-data that highlights critical inter-relationships and provides valuable insight into the cross-portfolio impact of all investment decisions.
The most traditional roadmaps provide a high-level view from a strategic perspective for all investments (planned or in-flight). By offering a timeline view across projects and programs, within portfolios or departments, and across the enterprise, a strategic roadmap enables the organization to visualize and understand the impact of cross-portfolio dependencies so it can plan and track how it’s delivering on the strategic plan.
Leaders within many organizations, and specifically in IT, need to align technology investment to the company’s strategic priorities. By automating their ability to generate and maintain both current-state to future-state technology roadmaps, these leaders can more effectively understand and identify the improvements needed to execute on their organization’s strategic priorities.
Roadmaps That Deliver Insight Into Portfolio Impact
Many organizations require project-to-program or cross-portfolio “heat maps” to help them visualize various interdependencies and understand what is impacting what. By capturing the relationships between business capabilities, the transformational projects and programs that support them and the applications and technology that they impact and rely on, all stakeholders can have complete visibility into planned changes and have insight into the potential impact on their domains.
Roadmaps Inextricably Linked To Execution
Roadmaps are critical for providing everything from a summary overview that connects dots between portfolios all the way to delivering deep insight into the interdependencies and relationships between projects, programs and other enterprise portfolios. However, roadmapping by itself delivers little value. In fact, unless your roadmapping capabilities are tightly integrated with the processes you use to manage and execute your projects and programs, it can actually be an exercise in futility. But when roadmaps derive information from, and share information with, the systems used to manage and execute investments, they become powerful tools that enable the organization to more effectively orchestrate all investments across the enterprise.