Building a Road Map

In this really brief walk-through, I’ll demonstrate how you build a road map for yourself.

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Start With the End Goal in Mind

What’s your motivation? What does your life, the work that you do, looks like at the end of this map? What is your destination?

For me, I want to build products widely adopted and loved by almost everyone who works on a computer! These productivity tools will help them elevate their work and make them realize their best selves. I’m a product person, so I want to build these products, be successful at them, make money, and do all that with greater freedom and fulfilment.

👆 This is a great place to start. Start with an honest definition of where you want to be.

Step 1 Identify Your Areas of Interest

So this tells me that I need THREE road maps. A product/project road map that tells me what I want to build, a learning road map that tells me what I need to learn in order to build the products as well as a financial road map to make this whole initiative successful.

But hold on, there is another exercise to take before we start narrowing things down for ourselves. This is a good moment to dump on paper anything and everything you want to achieve, everything you want to learn, to be. Let's put together our areas of interest.

Don’t discern at this stage, list your areas of interest…just list it ALL OUT.

Goals:

For me, I want to build products widely adopted and loved by almost everyone who works on a computer! These productivity tools will help them elevate their work and make them realize their best selves. I’m a product person, so I want to build these products, be successful at them, make money, and do all that with greater freedom and fulfilment.

My Areas of Interest

Programming Languages

There are certain programming languages that I want to be highly proficient in. These are tools that will help me build my product and lifestyle vision

SwiftSwift

Build Mac OS and iOS apps for a native high-performance product experience

PythonPython

Develop and learn Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for feature development

JavaScriptJavaScript

The go-to language for everything web. Build features and products that work on the web

Platform

These are ecosystems on which I want to build apps, and solutions and provide services to create income streams

Google WorkspaceGoogle Workspace

Services

I want to branch out with my skills beyond products at a certain point. Build services designed to give back to the community as well as create a new and diverse income stream

Topics

These are all other topics that are in my periphery and may not get immediate attention

Arabic Language

Getting a job in a branded company such as FAANG, Shopify

Coaching Service - Present this framework and help others

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Step 2: It’s Time To Build Your Road Maps

Put together Project, Learning and Financial Roadmaps. This roadmap has three important characteristics:

  • Precisely define what you are going to achieve
  • It has a very specific timeline
  • It defines the exact method you will take to achieve this

There is going to be room to experiment and based on new experiences this road map can be adjusted. The change should be documented and the motivation for the adjustments must be clearly dated and articulated

Note: I’ve called my ‘Project Road Map’ a ‘Product Road Map’. This is intentional because I want to be highly focused on products and work with that constraint.

Product Road Map

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Project Plan for Bookmark It

Productivity Platform

TODO: List out product-building milestones

Learning Road Map

Courses, books and programs I’ll take to acquire the required skills to achieve my product vision

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TODO:

List out resources to gain proficiency

Define milestones, for example:

  • Identify all possible resources and associated costs
  • Milestone to
    • achieve beginners app level setup
    • reach intermediate proficiency
    • set up GitHub and update resume
    • showcase work on public domain
  • These milestones must be time defined and identified by resources and associated costs

SwiftSwift

TODO: List out resources to gain proficiency

PythonPython

TODO: List out resources to gain proficiency

JavaScriptJavaScript

TODO: List out resources to gain proficiency

Exploration

Financial Road Map

  • 2023: $100 MRR (@June 1, 2023 ) 0
  • Pivot: $3000 MRR (@June 1, 2024 )
  • Safe pivot: $5000 MRR (@June 1, 2024 )
  • Cash/Retained Earnings: $100,000