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There are only two certainties in life; death and taxes – so said, Benjamin Franklin. While the rest of our lives can’t be so easily predicted, if you’re alive in the 21st century it’s almost also a certainty that you’ve had to (or will have to) use PowerPoint to present something. Indeed PowerPoint has become so ubiquitous as a medium for communicating ideas, stories, and plans, that there’s no sign of it going away anytime soon either. In fact, for those that have learned to exercise the strengths of PowerPoint, it can become a flexible and powerful tool for educating and persuading audiences of all kinds—on all manners of subject.
So while PowerPoint continues to be such a fundamental part of the way we all communicate, there will always be a need to help people create and deliver great messages through the use of PowerPoint. While this challenge is very much centered around the structure, the flow, and the content, it also helps to align those components around a visual framework to keep your audience interested and engaged. And that’s exactly our mission here at My Product Roadmap. We build great looking PowerPoint templates that provide structure and flow for the business specific content our customers want to create a message around.
Now while the number of types and styles of templates available for PowerPoint is vast, My Product Roadmap has a specific focus on creating unique roadmap templates. If you are a product or services company, you will more than likely maintain a roadmap for your product or service.
A roadmap is a communication tool, used to tell a story of trends and influences driving both your business and product strategy forward. Unlike a timeline template (which typically represents some tightly defined project schedule), it is a broad-strokes view of where a product is going in the future; that could be the next 6 months or the next 6 years, depending on the size and scope of the themes presented.
Roadmap presentations are an essential part of telling stakeholders, customers and even the market you serve, how your product or service is being built around them, and their needs and why your company is best placed to deserve their ongoing loyalty and custom.
Anyone responsible for product portfolio management will appreciate the challenge of building and maintaining a product roadmap that is full of the right details, simple enough for their audience to comprehend and a pleasure to evangelize. Having that in a format that’s easy to share with customers and senior management alike really helps too. Like with many things in life, using the right product roadmap tools will help you get the job done quicker, more efficiently and with a better outcome, giving you more time to focus on all the other parts of the product or service management process.
For that reason, My Product Roadmap has built an extensive range of roadmap templates for Powerpoint that will help to deliver the right message in the right structure for most roadmap audiences. Whether you’re doing agile planning or showing off long time frame market themes, we’re sure you’ll find the strategic roadmap diagram that’s right for you.
Please visit us at www.myproductroadmap.com to learn more about road mapping and find the template that’s right for you.
Jon Heathcote is one of the founders of My Product Roadmap, a website he passionately helped start because of the gap he saw in the content made specifically available to product managers who still need to use PowerPoint. Jon has a background in product management, sales and marketing and in a former life was also a software engineer working on hi-tech computer vision technologies. Jon loves building great products that improve people’s lives, and when he’s not imagining the next big thing he can be found playing racket sports, running or chasing after his kids.
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