Product roadmapping tools for software engineering have simplified product-related communication and streamlined product management and development efforts. This document profiles selected vendors and tools that can assist with: Management of software product vision and strategy alignment Communication of ideas and requirements Decision making through an understanding of user behavior, data and analytics, priorities, and consequences Defining software features and business capabilities, and handling backlogs Planning and tracking software development releases Financial and budget management Collaboration on timelines Communication, negotiation and updates Integration planning and resource tracking Report generation and notifications Managing feedback from developers, teams and users Support for continuous development and continuous integration
PPM software providers covered under this market definition aim to support the selection, planning and execution of a variety of different work packages or containers, including, but not limited to, traditional projects. They often fold in collaboration and communication capabilities and allow work teams and project offices to report, monitor and identify course correction in resource-intensive project and work environments. Providers included in this market offer these capabilities directly through their own products, but frequently recognize that specific integration points may also be needed to connect niche tools or data sources. The PPM capabilities identified as essential or critical include: • Project demand management • Project planning and management • Time management • Resource management • Resource capacity planning • Project portfolio management • Project collaboration • Program management • Reporting services • Security and user management • Integration • Usability
Gartner defines the Strategic Portfolio Management market as a set of business capabilities, processes and supporting portfolio management technology. Business leaders, enterprise portfolio management office (EPMO) leaders, and IT leaders require SPM to support enterprise-wide strategy-to-execution alignment and adaptation. The emerging SPM market addresses the integrated portfolio management technology needs of business leaders, EPMO leaders, and IT leaders. SPM technology supports clear definition of key business strategies and desired business outcomes, and formulation and mapping of these with key portfolio elements, such as business capabilities, investments, programs, digital and physical products, applications, and projects.
Gartner defines the capabilities of SEM tools as those supporting the process of strategy execution in many of the following ways: 1. Managing the outcomes to business process impacts 2. Visualizing the organization's strategies, goals, missions, objective, or other conceptual or contextual guidance relative to metrics, people, plans, projects and assets 3. Prioritizing any continuing, upcoming and in-flight investments relative to strategies and metrics 4. Continuous planning and project selection based on resources 5. Capturing actual metrics of strategic execution attainment based on continuing investments 6. Providing continuous monitoring of the state of projects and their resources against targeted strategies and metrics once executed 7. Formalizing a scenario planning process for re-examining strategic plans whenever necessary 8. Providing the ability to reprioritize in-flight projects in light of plans and continuing investment relative to strategies and goals.
Strategy and innovation roadmapping tools allow EA and technology innovation leaders to visually depict the relationship between strategy, innovation and the state of execution over time. The graphical nature of the interface and its ability to dynamically illustrate complex interrelationships and interdependencies — given supporting analytical lenses — make the use of strategy and innovation roadmapping tools powerful. "Roadmapping" is a term that describes the activities of developing a roadmap. The combination of time across strategic layers (e.g., market, products and services, technology) distinguishes roadmapping from innovation management alone, which targets idea generation, and the various selection, planning and execution stages of those ideas. Strategy and innovation roadmapping tools not only support the creation of roadmaps, but also incorporate different levels of analysis for each. Strategy and innovation analysis techniques may look both outward and inward.