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Category Direction - Roadmaps

Roadmaps

   
Stage Plan
Maturity Viable
Content Last Reviewed 2021-06-08

Overview

Purpose

Large enterprises are continually working on increasingly more complex and larger scope initiatives that cut across multiple teams and departments, often spanning months, quarters, and even years. GitLab's vision is to provide robust, multi-level roadmaps that enable businesses to track current effort in flight, and plan upcoming work to best utilize their resources and focus on the right priorities. GitLab provides timeline-based roadmap visualizations to enable users plan from shorter delivery increments (e.g. 2 week sprints for development teams) to larger time scales (e.g. quarterly or annual strategic initiatives for entire departments).

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Top Strategy Item(s)

During FY22-Q2 and FY22-Q3, we will pause new feature work on roadmaps and focus on converting epics to issue types. This work will give us a solid foundation to build future roadmap capabilites.

Currently we are validating and tracking the following future big ticket items :

  1. Provide multiple configurable Roadmaps
  2. Enhance Roadmaps with Drag and Drop functionality
  3. Show Dependencies and Critical Dependency Paths on Roadmap

What's Next & Why

To move towards our long term vision of robust roadmapping and planning, we are focusing on providing a solid foundation of functionality that we can build on in the future. We are working to ensure that the roadmap view provides the information you need to understand current state of work, identify blockers or bottlenecks, and ensure upcoming work is prepared for.

To begin, we will be releasing multiple enhancements to the current Roadmap view:

  1. New collaboration object
  2. Better Filtering on Roadmaps
  3. Surface Dependencies on Roadmap

Maturity Plan

This category is currently at the minimal level, and our next maturity target is viable by 2021-09-28 see MR. We are tracking progress against this target via this epic.

We are also tracking our progress toward complete via this epic.

Competitive Landscape

The Roadmapping space is large and is made up of stand alone tools, and as additional functionality on top of software planning systems like AHA.io, Roadmunk, Productboard, Monday.com, Trello, and Productplan. Many of these were developed targeted at truly enterprise cases, allowing users to track large business initiatives across an organization. Customers using these tools often have another set of tools for the product-development teams to turn these high-level business initiatives into scoped out detailed planned work and actual software deliverables. Therefore, our competitive advantage is having both (the high-level initiatives, and the product-development-level abstractions) in a single tool, that is fully integrated for a seamless experience. In addition to the enterprise opportunity, we believe roadmapping can be also be beneficial to smaller organizations and individual teams to chart out the future and report on progress. Our strategy is building toward enterprise use cases starting with the product-development baseline abstractions.

Top User Issue(s)

As the usage of Roadmaps increase and more use cases and needs are being surfaced, we are tracking our most popular issues in the category. In particular, we are focusing on:

  1. Surface Dependencies on Roadmap
  2. Introduce colors for epics (and roadmap view in particular)
  3. Export roadmap to PDF view for executive consumption
  4. Better Filtering on Roadmaps

Top Customer Success/Sales Issue(s)

To support our Customer Success and Sales departments, we are validating and working towards critical items to enable them to serve additional prospects and customers:

  1. Surface Dependencies on Roadmap
  2. Introduce colors for epics (and roadmap view in particular)
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