When you know you need to get somewhere but aren’t exactly sure of the path you need to take, a roadmap is always helpful. Now, a new web-app called Roadmap takes that concept and applies it to business project portfolios. The visual portfolio application gives companies of all sizes a way to review portfolios, create new business strategies, manage significant risks, and allocate resources in the most strategic way possible.
After you sign up and start a free trial account, you’ll be asked to begin inputting information about all the projects you’re currently working on. Type in a project name, a start date, and an end date, or import the information directly from your Basecamp account. Roadmap asks that each project being assigned an “attribute name” as a way to categorize everything in your portfolio. From there, you’re ready to get to work. Head to the dashboard page to see the “big picture,” and view your portfolio on a Gantt chart based on the context of the relationships, time, and overall project health. To dig in deeper on any specific project, click the “Projects” tab. In-depth reports show each project’s milestones, details, notes, and to-do lists.
Among the many interesting features on Roadmap is its full integration with Basecamp, the popular project management system that many companies already use. Not only can users import their Basecamp portfolios directly into Roadmap, but they can also set up cross-project reports and an automatic nightly import that sends the latest Basecamp information directly to their Roadmap account. For businesses looking for a better way to visualize all of the projects they’ve got going on, Roadmap is an application that can keep everyone on the path to success.
What we liked:
What we didn’t like:
“Roadmap is not supported on Internet Explorer 6”
I was surprised to see this bullet point on a list of things you don’t like. The amount of development work and testing required to support IE 6 and, in some cases, the compromises that must be introduced to support this 9-year old technology is likely substantial. I’m guessing that very few (in any) users of technology such as this are reliant on IE 6.