Deliver a Product Roadmap That Survives Startup Velocity

This is how you build the car while it’s speeding down the highway

Joe Procopio
5 min readNov 21, 2022

There’s an often misunderstood metaphor in the startup universe about how building a high-growth startup is like building a car while that car is speeding down the highway.

How do you plan for that without losing your mind? Or more importantly, without losing buy-in from your team, let alone your board and investors?

I just delivered our company’s product roadmap for the last quarter of this year and all of next year. Complete. Thorough. On one page. I feel pretty good about its chances of survival as everything changes around us, from our ever-shifting internal priorities to the unprecedented magnitude and pace of upheaval in the global economy.

It’s a lot to juggle. But this isn’t the first time I’ve developed a unique roadmap for a high-tech, high-growth startup. I didn’t just create a document out of thin air. It took time to deliver a document that will remain relevant for more than just a couple of weeks.

It all starts with goals.

Goals Don’t Change, But They’re Rarely Understood



Joe Procopio

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