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Eng roadmap your life

At most tech or product companies there is an entire process for getting an idea from inception stage to reality: a product roadmap. The purpose of this is to have documentation of a plan for everyone involved in the process to keep track of. It helps set direction and to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

In order to build a roadmap it’s essential to know what your goals are and shipping deadlines are, along with both your internal and external stakeholders. This is very useful in a work environment, but can also translate well to personal organization. The good part about this is that you can set your own timeframes and strategies. Below are some ways to start your own roadmap:

Define your goals
Think about what you’d like to achieve and categorize by small, easily to reach goals vs those that are longer layered and harder to reach.

Prioritize
Decide what you’d like to accomplish first and make a stack-ranked list, then plot that into your plan.

Set a timeframe
Some goals are shorter term and others will take longer. Categorize them by what you want to get done the rest of this year, 1st half of 2016, etc. You can break it down by month, quarter, year, etc.

Share your plan
Collaborating with family /  friends / teachers / colleagues can help keep you accountable to your goals. Talk through them, get feedback, and hold yourself to them!

Sites like Product Plan and AHA allow you to try them out for free: the latter has some examples of product roadmaps you can try.

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