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Impact Mapping, BPP and Giant Squid

  • Aug 26, 2014 · 6:00 PM
  • Hudson boardroom

We often see product roadmaps that are just plans in disguise. A plan is one route to one destination where a roadmap should be a field of routes and destinations.

When a roadmap is just a plan, the real roadmap goes unexplored. This risks a product that lands on time and budget with good quality but poor fit to market. Which is to say, poor impact.

Impact Mapping is a way for a team to make a roadmap and test its assumptions. BPP adds a set of collaborative games to derive a product plan to maximise impact:

• Breadth-first Backlog, which uses categories of acceptance criteria to assure plan closure. 

• Backlog Bingo, a way to cost and prioritise planned features by ROI and COD.

• Release Refactoring, which fits a plan to capacity, impact and calendar constraints

This meetup will workshop these techniques in a fun fictional context - a mad scientist working to enable an army of giant squids to take over the world!

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  • MarkT

    Giant Squid spotted:

    Looks quite friendly.... except when....

    1 · December 29

  • MarkT

    Just a note to those on the team intending to send Giant Squid to space.... there is a nuclear detonation planned in that area as a signal to humans.

    August 28, 2014

    • Peter M.

      That's one thing we didn't look at too closely on the night - integrating the maps into a bigger one. We'll touch on it in this month's session on tribes and stream funding.

      September 8, 2014

  • Peter M.

    Last night's session was amazing - thank you all so much. The presentation deck is up at under a creative commons license and I've added a couple of bonus slides there too.

    If you've got photos of your team's impact map - for the squids or for A:TNG - I'd be very much obliged if you'd upload them here as soon as you can. I aim to transcribe them using as input to next month's session. Please feel free to add any notes or other explanation that might help.

    Details for the next session will go up asap. Also I've had a communication from our new squid overlords that they will be merciful so long as we keep up the good work ... :-)

    1 · August 27, 2014

    • Carl P.

      The covered up MBA how talked about getting MBA grads to talk about business scenarios and we can talk about how Agile techniques can help

      1 · August 27, 2014

    • Peter M.

      Fantastic Carl, thanks so much for that. Tomorrow I'll upload the 3 I captured before my phone died and integrate them on a single map. If anyone else had pictures of their maps from last night it'd be really great to have them.

      One of the things that comes out of combining these with BPP is the ability to use the result to determine structures of squads and tribes. I'm hoping we can use these as the feedstock for next months' session - which is why I'm so eager to have them. But I expect next month's meetup will be larger and we'll want to give everyone there a chance to get stuck in to these as well.

      August 28, 2014

  • MarkT

    Great topic.
    Good to see the cider.
    Thanks Peter, Hudson.

    August 27, 2014

  • Carissa C.

    Really looking forward to it. What time do you think we will finish up tomorrow?

    August 25, 2014

    • Carissa C.

      I am now unfortunately not able to make it tonight do to a deployment taking longer than expected. Really disappointed to miss this. please share any feedback after the event as I would love to hear how it went.

      August 26, 2014

    • Peter M.

      It was a really great night - hope you can make it next month!

      1 · August 27, 2014

  • Paul K.

    Very interesting evening - Squids taken over the world didn't make sense at first though half way through it was a very creative way to Impact Mapping insight and usage.

    1 · August 27, 2014

  • Robyn H

    Flu symptoms, bailing. Have just changed my RSVP

    August 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to learn about impact mapping

    August 13, 2014

  • Peter M.

    1 · July 28, 2014

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