A product roadmap is a shared document that outlines: product vision, future direction, priorities and progress of a product over time. It illustrates the short and long-term goals for the product for all stakeholders.7
The process to build a roadmap includes several cross-functional activities (brainstorming, planning, influencing stakeholders, etc.) that can be improved or facilitated by AI.
Using AI for these tasks enables product managers to cut out certain tasks and really get into the “flow state,” according to Scott Belsky, Adobe’s Chief Strategy Officer and EVP of Design and Emerging Products.
“I think that that's what AI kind of does, is it gets us from workflow to flow. It gets us into this flow state where any idea in your mind's eye, you can start to develop it.”8
In this section, we will focus on how ChatGPT can help with two key parts of roadmapping - brainstorming and influencing stakeholders - to help product leaders move from workflow to flow state.
Brainstorming: ChatGPT can enhance brainstorming through prompt expansion and scoping risks.
If you have a specific idea or concept, but you're looking for ways to expand or explore it further, ChatGPT can help. Simply provide the initial idea to Chat GPT, and it can generate additional details, potential use cases, variations, or combinations to broaden your thinking.
ChatGPT can provide quick feedback on the feasibility or viability of certain ideas. By discussing your ideas with ChatGPT, you can receive prompt insights, potential risks, or suggestions for improvement.
Influencing Stakeholders: When it comes to product roadmapping, effectively communicating and influencing stakeholders is crucial for gaining buy-in and aligning the team towards a shared vision. ChatGPT can be a powerful tool to help influence stakeholders during this process.
By leveraging ChatGPT, you can simulate conversations with stakeholders, presenting different roadmap options and their potential impacts. Through these virtual interactions, you can articulate the rationale behind your decisions, address concerns, and provide persuasive arguments supported by data and insights.
Additionally, ChatGPT can assist in generating presentations or reports that effectively communicate the roadmap's value proposition, highlighting the benefits, market opportunities, and anticipated outcomes.