- Prevents premature pivoting. Every startup is a pick your adventure story. But to prevent from going too off course, and from throwing in the towel too quickly a roadmap will let you know where you currently are and what is next.
- It will set milestones for you and your team. These don’t have to be hard deadlines, but people will now have something to work towards. Its hard to have a sense of accomplishment daily, but if you can point to building something solid after a few days, weeks, or months then people will have that sense of accomplishment and show them how it fit into your plan.
- You now have something you can measure success against. If you released a feature and it accomplished 1 of the 3 goals (customer acquisition, engagement, or monetization) then you have achieved success. Sure it might not be to the level you’d like, but you can at least see if its adoption and usage achieve that goal. This also makes it easier to prioritize whether or not you want to develop the feature more fully, refine it, or abandon it altogether.
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