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Shortly after announcing it at the annual LITE conference in September, the product team at Administrate has begun to publish our product roadmap for the world to see. Public roadmaps are still rare in the software industry because change happens so quickly, and part of being an agile company is having a product roadmap that can change just as fast. Because of this, many software companies are nervous to publish a roadmap that may change or that could be misconstrued by customers, and there is some basis for such a concern. So why do we at Administrate publish our roadmap? The answer is that decision making at Administrate is driven by our values.
The product roadmap exemplifies three of Administrate’s values: Transparency, Reliability, and Always Improving.
The roadmap is designed to communicate to our customers and readers the direction of where the product is headed. We are very clear and open about our strategy and plans. For training providers looking for a software partner to help drive their training programmes forward for years into the future, it is important to know that the partner they choose is headed in the same direction they are. More than the individual features, the themes in the roadmap demonstrate where we are putting our resources over time and how our strategy is being reflected in our plans.
While the roadmap is subject to change, overall, projects follow the same timeline:
We believe that the progress of continual product delivery instills confidence with our customers. Administrate has weekly releases, and every week improvements are made and announced that move the product toward the vision outlined in the roadmap. When you partner with Administrate, you get to see the reliability at work, with new improvements coming out free of charge with your subscription.
Lastly, the product roadmap clearly demonstrates continual improvement. Administrate aspires to be the must have technology within the training sector. While we haven’t achieved our dreams yet, the roadmap outlines the path we’re on to get there. As a product manager, one thing that I love about this is the discussions that arise with customers. The beauty of a public roadmap is that customers question it. These questions help to shape our direction, and hone the improvements being designed such that they have the most possible value for our customers when they are released.
When the question of publishing a roadmap meets our values, the answer is obvious. While publishing a plan can be viewed as risky or bold, we believe the benefits clearly outweigh the risks. Be sure to check out our product roadmap below, and give us your feedback. We’re all on a journey of equipping our people and making our organisations successful. Rather than hiding our plans out of fear, let’s take that journey together.
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