Product Roadmaps

What is a Product Roadmap?

A product roadmap provides a visual overview of feature development for a product.

Product roadmap report

Product owners use roadmaps to report on when new features and functionality will ship.

In agile development, a product roadmap provides visibility into current and planned work for a single team or multiple teams. It considers priorities along with any expected changes to the market.

The Problem with Other Product Roadmap Solutions

There are three problems with existing product roadmap solutions.

In Jira, product roadmaps only exist in Next Gen projects on Cloud. You have no options on Server or Data Center.

You can use apps that live outside Atlassian ecosystem, but then your reports are no longer in the place you actually get your work done and where your data is stored.

If you use one of the third party apps from the marketplace, you'll still have issues with any managers, especially at the executive level, who do not want to figure out how to find information in Jira. They want to see a report on a dashboard or Confluence page that easily answers their questions at a glance.

VisualScript's Product Roadmap

VisualScript's product roadmap creates a single source of truth for your agile development teams in either Jira or Confluence.

Everyone, regardless of their familiarity with Jira or their level on the organizational chart, will be able to tell at a glance which teams are working on what features at any given time.

VisualScript's product roadmap will show:

  • The status of Epics in one or more projects
  • Which team or teams are working on the Epics

VisualScript is also fully customizable so you can easily customize and tweak the built-in product roadmap to match your needs.

How it Works

To generate a Product Roadmap using VisualScript, you'll need VisualScript installed on your Jira instance. Once VisualScript is added to your instance, you can add a VisualScript gadget to your dashboard. When the VisualScript gadget is added to a dashboard, you'll see a list of available reports to run. The built-in reports will be in a folder called "Built-In Reports".

Choose "Jira Product Roadmap" to add to your dashboard.

VisualScript will need a few bits of data before it generates the report.

First, you'll need to specify the project or projects using their project keys.

Next, you'll need to decide if you want to use due dates or resolution dates in your roadmap.

Then select your fixed versions and note that VisualScript uses the component field to gather team data.

Like with all VisualScript solutions, this can be customized to fit your individual organization's needs.

Once generated, you'll notice that the report is broken down by teams spanning a given time period.

Multiple teams can work on the same Epic and an Epic can have issues that exist in multiple versions.

Statuses for issues and epics are represented with circles at the bottom of the Epic bar using the standard Atlassian colors : blue for to do, yellow for in progress, and green for done.

The status to the left is the status of the Epic. The status to the right is the status of the issues in the Epic, assigned to that specific team, and configured to that specific fixVersion.

Everything is linked to data in Jira if you want to dig deeper.

VisualScript product roadmap

Customize to Fit Your Needs

While VisualScript offers a turn-key, no-code solution that will work out of the box for many teams, you can also easily make adjustments to create a custom report.

VisualScript comes with a built-in SDK that makes it easy to generate custom reports that fit your teams' needs. We even have friendly engineers who will help you get started.