Ultimate tips for a remote working Roadmap

Ultimate tips for a remote working Roadmap

Remote working is the new normal. There are so many benefits to it, but there are many challenges as well. You’ll be working on a project together with your team, but it is harder to collaborate when you’re at separate locations.

That’s where an effective roadmap comes handy. If you put a good roadmap together, you can formulate a plan that everyone can agree to. 

The importance of roadmaps

Before creating a roadmap, you need to understand just how important they are to your project. It’s crucial when people work remotely’ because ‘It helps everyone keep their eye on the big picture, and keeps all important info in one place.’

You will also be able to keep track of significant or small changes easily, with the roadmap. Since it gets updated all the time, it’s going to keep everyone in the loop. Here are some tips that you can incorporate in your work regiment.

#1 Make it available online

The problem with creating a roadmap on a static document, such as PDF, is that things change all the time. If you’re using such documents, it creates copies and duplicates as they keep getting updated. 

This practice makes it hard for your team members to find the correct document to work from. That’s why it’s important to keep an open document available online. As this is the only document, there’s no confusion about where it is and whether it’s the right one.

Using an online tool with a collaborative feature, such as the Google suite or Trello will work perfectly for this.

Updates can be made in real-time, and anyone can access the document whenever they need to. It keeps everyone in the loop so make sure your roadmap is easily accessible.

#2 Make it easy to understand

Anyone can put together a roadmap, but to make it a useful tool, it needs to be easily understood. There are many people out there who have put documents together with lots of arrows and text boxes, but it doesn’t seem to mean much.

Therefore, you need to make the document visually easy to follow and understand. The idea of using themes is a good one, as ideas are grouped together into those themes, making it easier to find what you need in the document.

Good themes will help show the ‘whys’ of the development process, so there are clear end goals. Keep this in mind when developing your roadmap.

#3 Prioritise!

There’s going to be a lot on the roadmap that needs to be done, especially at the beginning. As such, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why as the manager, it is important to prioritise the tasks in the document.

When including any task on the document, you should take a look and see which ones need to be handled first. Sort the tasks into high, medium and low priority. Colour code them as such for easy navigation. Your team will be able to see what needs to be done first, at a glance.

You also have the option to group tasks by teams or status, too. For example, you can code a task as in progress, completed or not yet started. You may need to experiment to see what works for you and your team, so try them out and see what works.

#4 Have regular meetings with your Team

As you’re not working in the same room together, you’re not always going to be on the same page when it comes to the project. That’s the case even when you have a good roadmap.

To ensure that everyone is on track, it’s important to schedule regular meetings.

Use these meetings to discuss what is being done and whether any changes need to be made to the roadmap itself. It will help everyone collaborate on the project and see if the work is on track. If not, then changes can be made then and there.

#5 Focus on Progress

Focus on progress

With working remotely, it’s harder to focus on a concrete end date for your work. When you’re all apart, there are many things that will get in the way of that date. As such, it’s much better to focus on the progress that’s being made.

That’s something that can easily be done with a roadmap. Your team can see exactly how much they’ve accomplished when they check the roadmap. It’s much easier to visualise what you’ve done when you can lay it out in that document.

#6 Don’t fear Change

Once you’ve made the roadmap, it’s easy to imagine that everything on there is set properly. However, when working on any project that isn’t the case. Priorities shift, things go wrong and you have to adapt accordingly.

If the roadmap is on an online platform, it’s very easy to make the changes needed there. Remember, it’s a living document that will change and adapt as required.

This is especially true if you’re working on a long term project, as there’s always going to be something that needs to be changed.

#7 Track Milestones

When any task is updated in the roadmap, ensure that you’re tracking milestones. If your team accomplishes something big, then you can celebrate that. It’s hard to see the bigger picture when you’re working remotely, so keep on top of them and ensure you’re celebrating the hard work your team is doing.

With these tips, you’ll be able to create a roadmap that makes sense to you and your entire remote team. The best roadmaps are easily accessible and easy to read. They make it so much easier for everyone to stay on track, so use them to your advantage.


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