Microsoft announce Roadmaps during Ignite 2018. To be perfectly honest, during the demo and afterwards, I didn’t find it very interesting. It looked mostly like a One-Pager report that I had seen many years ago and Roadmaps implied that it was only for executives. I attribute this view because One-Pager reports was developed for executive management that didn’t want to see many details.
Then it dawned on me that the Project Roadmaps was much more than what I originally thought and can be applied to many different visions. The “Vision Roadmaps” can be used not only for executives, programs or projects but even small teams and personal goals. Once I saw these capabilities, I was sold on it.
What are Project Roadmaps?
Basically, it’s a reporting dashboard that pulls project data from multiple sources, such as Microsoft Project, Teams and Visual Studio azure boards. Then major deliverable are highlighted with different colored bars, milestones and dates making it easier to see the vision and how it’s going to be achieved.
Whats Next in Project Maps?
Microsoft Ignite announce it but it’s not out at the time of this writing (11/4/2018). It’s pretty much ready for, however Microsoft will continue test, refine and enhance new feature until it met all of Microsoft requirements for integrating into the Microsoft’s Modern Solution; which means it runs as part of CDS (Common Data Service). For example, Project Roadmaps is fully integrated into Flow and Power BI.