Learning 7: Create an actionable roadmap. Convert the experience into coherent user stories. Focus o


This article is part of my learning journal. If you are interested to read them all, jump to my main index page "What I have learnt about product management, agile, and personal development at a big bank".

PART 1: 9 learnings on the process of developing a product from discovery phase to delivery phase

Learning 1: The mindset of DVF, and take ownership to explore DVF, at scale.

Learning 2: Understand your problem statement, and create a clear and long lasting vision

Learning 3: Trust the experts and empower the team

Learning 4: Know the rules before you break the rules (understand current state of your solution)

Learning 5: Clear roles and responsibilities = Clear accountabilities and actions

Learning 6: Make use of your cross-functional talents, make it real team collaboration

Learning 7: Create an actionable roadmap. Convert the experience into coherent user stories. Focus on less, to deliver more

Learning 8: Tactical solution vs Strategic solution, whichever you chose, make sure it's shared understanding

Learning 9: Engage with your stakeholders

At the beginning, it's often over-exciting about the future, our great ideas and its potential, then we start to scratch our heads when it didn't happen fast enough. Oh we realised a great concept with end to end customer experience doesn't necessarily equals to an actionable roadmap. So we settled down to explore more. However, at 1 point of time, I was looking at 8 different initiatives, and trying to shape them all at the same time. Let's talk about break down roadmap to epics, features and priorities.

If you remember my 1st learning, I talked about 3 rounds of DVF. and the purpose of DVF is trying to fail fast, learn fast; explore topics based on priorities; shape solutions for the top priorities; and narrow down execution options.

If you have worked in an agile environment before, you will be familiar with the concept of epic, features and user stories. What I like to focus on is the connection between the epics. And that's where a story mapping helps to visualise the connection. Let's talk about a hypothetical product roadmap: build your dream home. You envision your dream home is flexible to grow as your lifestyle changes, from 1 person apartment, to 2 beds love nest, to 4 beds sweet home, without moving from your current location. If we've done DVF properly for the previous round, yo