Starting with Roadmaps

Starting with Roadmaps

“Contributor Involved Roadmaps help create focus and alignment throughout the organization, the process of road mapping creates buy-in with staff and creates the catalyst for change and continuous improvement.”

Definition of a Roadmap

A very general definition of an organizational Roadmap, but one that captures the essence or purpose is: Developing a common view among a team of people about their future and what they want to achieve over time.   Road mapping is a management practice and a business process that involves capturing future changes on a timeline.

Organizational Roadmap uses

Roadmaps help codify related Value Streams within the organization. Value Streams are discrete sequences of individual contributors and activities required to design, produce, and provide a specific good or service, and along which information, materials, work and worth (value) flows.

Roadmaps should not just be viewed as the outputs of improvement of the current process, but rather are a snapshot of a “rolling” strategy at any moment in time.


Psychology of Roadmaps

Roadmaps help to create a sense of engagement among team members.  In this planning process they are not disconnected form strategic planning but are an integral part.  The old model of strategy development as an exclusive club where only senior leaders are invited is long gone. The core values of modern management and development practices teach us that innovation requires collaboration and self-direction at all levels. This doesn’t apply only at the tactical level, but at the vision and strategy level as well.

As Team members participate in road mapping activities they also have a sense of empowerment and security as the bright future of the organization is being planned out.

Some Benefits of Roadmaps

  • Allows willingness by team members to implement Continuous Improvement without fear for their future
  • Used as a communication tool to leadership, other teams
  • Provides traceability to the Strategic Plan and accountability by the managers and contributors
  • Provides high level resource management and effective budget planning
  • Highlights the top improvement priorities for each team
  • If done in a collaborative manner with contributors, improves morale and retention
  • Provides the framework to align employee’s “individual personal self-interest” with leadership goals for rapid execution

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