Leo has found Artefact Cards so useful for roadmapping that he ran a demonstration in the office as well as creating and sharing his guide. Thank you to Leo and Amido for sharing this with us, we're sure it'll be really useful for others too.
What are 'Artefact Cards’?
They can be used in much the same way as you would with Post-it notes, but they are NOT sticky (although you can place them on a 'Magic whiteboard' and the static keeps them there). The cards are designed to enable individuals or groups of people to capture ideas and thoughts.
Why are they 'better' than Post-its?
In reality they aren't better, just different. By having no stick to them, it encourages people to move them around and have a play with their position or priority.
When can I use this method?
Real world example - Client Roadmap
A roadmap session had been held way back at the start of the project when the commercial team were trying to define what the Scope of Work document would look like (and how much it might cost). This is a T&M (Time and Materials) project with the client not 100% sure what they needed from day 1, and as such the roadmap was relatively 'fluid'.
As we got into the details, it was apparent that the roadmap needed revision. At first we did a session with post-its which was okay, but I noticed people were hesitant to move (or even suggest moving) roadmap items to show a different order.
Using the Artefact Cards:
Following that session, I refined the roadmap but also held a secondary 'confirmation' workshop with the stakeholders.
This time I used the cards and noticed some major differences:
The result of the workshop is shown below. Every time we run one of these workshops, I now display this on a large TV in the room and we conduct the card prioritisation exercise on a large(ish) table.
The benefits of this are: