Roadmap looks different, doesn't it? 
It's not like any other project management tools you've used before.

No Kanban boards, no to-do list nor any deadlines. Just timelines and milestones.
And you are probably wondering why?

Well, simply put, we believe Kanban board and todo lists make it impossible for teams to prioritise and track their progress in.

You didn't like that, did you? But it's true.
Let's take a look at their 3 major design flaws and how they lead your team down the rabbit hole, every single time: 

Number 1: 
All tasks look the same, regardless of their estimates. Let's repeat this one again for those that are still trying to wing it by tagging their cards with Priority 1, Priority 2 or even t-shirt estimating their tasks with tags like Small, Medium or Large.

Without estimates, it's impossible to identify the right tasks to prioritise on time. Mix it with a few new requests mid way through, then you really start juggling on this already shaky bridge.

Number 2: 
There’s no sense of direction, no past or future. Just up and down. At this point, time is just an illusion. But there is a deadline. Far far away. And it's your job to magically figure out which cards to pick that get you there on time. So you do your best, pull up your sleeves and get to work. You just start burning yourself through those cards hoping to move them all over to the Done list before the deadline. Doesn't matter what gets done at this point. All needs to be moved from one pile to the other. Just one brick at the time. 

When order or direction are out of the picture, teams rush to complete as many tasks as possible. Leaving everyone running towards bunch of directions at once.

Number 3: 
Who's working on what and when? Don't worry about it. The job is to not leave their lists empty. Just assign them these cards, reorder some of them together to until they make sense.. ish, set a deadline far far away, and done. Beautiful. Every single member now has their own list of tasks and each working in silos, praying they will get all done on time.

This is why teams have so many meetings and standups to sync on who's doing what, their current status and when. Nobody really knows when someone started on the task, all they know is "it's all fine" until it isn't. No way to spot bottlenecks before hell break lose.

So you know, we didn't like that way of work.
So we designed a new solution.
We call it Roadmap. Why? Because it will take you where you want to go.

On Roadmap:
Each task looks different depending on their estimates. They have clear starting dates and end dates. They are timelines. Simple to follow.

We have milestones. A couple of them. Actually more than a couple of them to keep our team's momentum up from start to that last milestone.

Everyone can see who's doing what, when and what's next. Curious to know what a member is currently working on? Just search for their name to see their timeline. Or go to your team page to see all tasks, across all projects in one simple timeline.

Roadmap takes you where you want to go.
Powering teams at next-gen startups like Framer, WeTransfer and fortune 50 companies like Google and Microsoft.

Written by:
Farzad Ban
Founder and Designer of Roadmap.

Snack size facts
Roadmap is designed and built at 3drops. A product innovation lab for SaaS companies in Stockholm, SWE.
Funded and designed by Farzad Ban, Founder & CEO of 3drops, started during his Christmas break in 2015.
Roadmap is built from the ground up by 3drops CTO, Griffith Chen, since early 2016.
Roadmap was awarded as one of the most upvoted products on Product Hunt three years in a row since launch.
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