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Top 6 Product Roadmap Templates That Startup Makers Prefer

Eugenia Evtushenko

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Since you’re here, you’ve figured out what a roadmap is, and whether you need to have one in your business. Let’s now look at the most popular paid and free product roadmap templates you can use not to build your own product roadmap from scratch.

#1. A product roadmap template from Roadmunk 

Roadmunk product roadmap template

Pros:

  • Two views – Timeline (time-based) and Swimlane (progress-based).
  • Drag-n-drop editing technique for customizing a product roadmap as you need.
  • Team collaboration within Roadmunk.
  • A free 14-day trial to try any of the paid plans.
  • Export of a ready-made roadmap in PNG or HTML formats (paid though).
  • Deployment of your roadmap to the Roadmunk’s domain.
  • Data import from a CSV directly into your roadmap within any of the plans.
  • Jira epics and issues import into the roadmap you’re building in Roadmunk.

Cons:

  • No forever free plan.
  • Limited third party integrations available only within paid plans.
  • Free training and support provided only within the most expensive plans.
  • A private cloud offered only within the Enterprise plan.
  • Custom color palettes available only within several most expensive plans.

#2. A product roadmap template from Smartsheet

Smartsheet product roadmap template

Pros:

  • Several product roadmap templates for various purposes (multiple products, agile products, features, etc.).
  • A product roadmap export in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, PDF, and Google Sheets.
  • A free trial provided.
  • Integrations with Google, Office 365, Slack within any plan.
  • Several views – Grid, Gantt, Card, and Calendar.
  • Smartsheet mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Cons:

  • No forever free plan.
  • No ability to deploy an app to a custom domain.
  • Custom branding available only within paid plans.
  • Connection to analytics tools like Tableau, Excel, Qlik, and Spotfire available only within the expensive plan.
  • An ability to create only 1 dashboard within the cheapest plan. 
  • The number of pages you can create within one dashboard within a free plan is limited.
  • A range of integrations (Microsoft Power BI, Jira, etc.) available only either within expensive plans or at an extra cost.

#3. A product roadmap template from ProductPlan

ProductPlan product roadmap template

Pros:

  • An ability to reflect the strategic goals (generating more leads, increasing revenue) you need to reach within the specified time period. 
  • Product roadmap export in PDF, PNG, or XLS formats. 
  • Backend connection using the ProductPlan’s open API.
  • An unlimited number of roadmaps you can create within any of the plans.
  • A simple drag-n-drop editor to visually edit your roadmap.
  • Basic integrations available regardless of the plan you choose (Jira, Trello, Slack, GitHub, etc.).
  • In-app chat and email support provided within all the plans.
  • A free 14-day trial period to try almost all the features.
  • Several views – Timeline, List, Portfolio views, Planning board, and Table layout.
  • Rich app customization opportunities with a color palette.

Cons:

  • No forever free plan.
  • Custom integrations with REST APIs available only within the most expensive plans.
  • MS Teams integration available only within the most expensive plans.
  • No ability to deploy a roadmap to a custom domain right in the platform.

#4. A product roadmap template from UI Bakery

UI Bakery product roadmap template

Pros:

  • A product roadmap template reflecting upcoming features, iterations, planned & recently implemented improvements, and more. 
  • A fully responsive template design. 
  • Backend connection using an open API.
  • A forever free plan with no limitations available.
  • Customizable with ready-made widgets and other UI components. 
  • App branding available within a free plan.
  • An ability to visually integrate your product roadmap with any REST API. 
  • 1-click app deployment and hosting (on the UI Bakery domain or a custom one).
  • An ability to download your roadmap code if needed, and use it outside the platform.

Cons:

  • Not so many integrations with 3rd party systems, databases, etc. available yet.
  • Custom reusable components not available yet (coming soon).

#5. A product roadmap template from Aha!

Aha! product roadmap template

Pros:

  • A 30-day trial (with some limits in the number of features you can try). 
  • Product roadmap export in Excel, PowerPoint, PNG, PDF formats. 
  • The division of the tasks into quarters, and grouping depending on the team responsible for their implementation. 
  • Integration with over 30 apps (Jira, Slack, Azure DevOps, Salesforce, G Suite, and more), although the option is paid.
  • Various product roadmaps types: Portfolio roadmap, Goals roadmap, Initiatives roadmap, and other.
  • Aha! mobile app to easily access your roadmap from anywhere.
  • App deployment within the platform.

Cons:

  • No forever free plan.
  • The need to pay for each user in the Premium plan.
  • A limited number of viewers and reviewers at no extra cost included in the Premium plan.
  • Relatively expensive compared to the other reviewed vendors.
  • You may not be able to connect your own backend to the template (it depends on the backend, support help is needed).

#6. A product roadmap template from Office Timeline

Office Timeline product roadmap template

Pros:

  • A template including the details about the product features, iterations, upcoming releases, and more. 
  • A simple drag-n-drop editor to customize your product roadmap.
  • An ability to personalize and customize a template using the Office Timeline Pro add-in in Excel or PowerPoint. 
  • Data import from Excel and Project.
  • App corporate branding.
  • Product roadmap export in PowerPoint, Excel, and PNG formats. 
  • A forever free plan available, however with limitations (the timelines exceeding 10 rows of data are watermarked, the number of swimlanes is limited, etc.).

Cons:

  • 3rd party integrations are not available.
  • Data & backend connection is not available.
  • No responsive design.
  • App deployment & hosting is not provided.

Summing up: why building from scratch?

Depending on what aspects you need to reflect on your product roadmap, your choice of a template may vary. There are ready-made solutions for those who are trying to manage several products at one time, young startups bootstrapping their way to the market, quality-focused agile teams, etc. 

Some tools allow you to download a customized product roadmap in Excel or PowerPoint, while other apps builders allow you to create a full-fledged web app with a responsive design, and an unlimited number of pages, and deploy it on a custom domain without leaving the app building platform.

Value your time, do not build from scratch – choose from the plethora of the ready-made product roadmap templates.

October 6, 2020
Eugenia Evtushenko
Content Marketer at Akveo

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