Project Roadmap

The project roadmap is a high-level visual summary of the life cycle phases, key deliverables, management reviews and milestones. Typical information includes:

  • Project life cycle phases
  • Major deliverables or events in each phase
  • Significant milestones
  • Timing and types of reviews

The project roadmap can receive information from the project charter and the project management plan. In particular, the key deliverables, project life cycle, management reviews, and scope and schedule baselines.

It provides information to

  • Project schedule
  • Risk register
  • Milestone list

The project roadmap is not listed as an output in the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. If it is developed it would be in conjunction with the project management plan. It is developed once, and then only changed if dates of the key events, milestones, or deliverables change.

Tailoring tips

Consider the following tips to help tailor the project roadmap to meet your needs:

  • For large and complex projects this will likely be a separate standalone document.
  • For smaller projects the project roadmap may serve as the project management plan.


The project roadmap should be aligned and consistent with the following documents:

  • Project management plan
  • Milestone list
Document element Description
Project life cycle phases The name of each life cycle phase
Major deliverables or events Key deliverables, phase gates, key approvals, external events, or other significant events in the project
Significant milestones Milestones in the project
Timing and types of reviews Management, customer, compliance, or other significant reviews



Waterfall phases.

Iterative development of content throughout Development, QC Edit, Exposure, and Finalization Phases.