Let’s Talk About Your Capabilities Roadmap

Companies often must shift project priorities because they are not collectively thinking “big picture.”

Without a comprehensive plan that considers the entire landscape of a company’s business, individual project expectations and objectives are often missed.

There are many different varieties and varying scopes of capabilities roadmaps. While many focus purely on technology, the most effective roadmap approach considers the holistic environment in which a retailer operates.

Let’s break it down.

What is a Capabilities Roadmap?

A capabilities roadmap outlines the initiatives, dependencies, sequencing, investment, resources, etc. required to deliver meaningful value in solving a company’s biggest challenges and achieving business objectives.

A company’s overall strategy and high-level objectives may define revenue growth, margin optimization, inventory effectiveness, or just the desire to be at the forefront of innovation. However, a capabilities roadmap clarifies what, when, and how key improvements will support the strategy. The roadmap also confirms that the strategy is realistic and right-sized.

It is important to realize that not all strategic goals require a technology component. Some can be accomplished through a more simplified and clarified process that changes the way the organization thinks and works together. The overall point of the roadmap is to have a cohesive plan that has company leadership alignment.