The Decision Driven® Roadmap tool within the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) is available. This tool will enable you to build a set of linked roadmaps, i.e. to time-align the alternatives across multiple decisions. The most common use of this in business is to produce a set of technology roadmaps and capability roadmaps that are linked to product roadmaps. The same decision model that you use to evaluate various technology, capability and product portfolio investments can now be used to make visible a “where will this be used” and “when must this be available” traceability. This also enables gap analysis, i.e. answers the question “What capabilities do we need to acquire (by when) to deliver this new product to market?” Together, these linked roadmaps enable you to balance the technology push and market pull viewpoints that tend to compete within any organization. A technology or capability with no downstream uses (no links to planned products or services) isn’t a high priority investment. A product that depends on too many technologies or capabilities that you haven’t mastered, is also not a very good bet.
The same capability can be used to fast-forward your personal thinking to create a Life Roadmap. Life roadmaps can help you visualize the changes may occur as you approach a season-of-life boundary and get the jump on the multiple life decisions that should be revisited before you hit the transition point. This enables proactive decision-making so you can get your house (or mind and soul) in order before you’re too deeply overcome by the pace of change.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be building some rich examples of these two types of roadmaps. These examples will showcase the capabilities of the tool and provide helpful tips on how to get started building your own business or life roadmaps.
Visualize your roadmaps by starting a trial of the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF). Please contact the Decision Driven® Solutions team at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.