A key inspiration for our Roadmaps service is research from the Canadian Government, which explains the role and provides the tools for using 'Technology Roadmaps'.
For example Industry Canada offers this excellent discussion guide of how and why they might be used by industry groups: Technology Roadmapping - A Strategy for Success. They also then offer a How To Develop a Roadmap detailed blueprint as well, as there's a Guide for Government Employees.
There's a list here of agencies that have implemented them, creating tremendous assets for under-pinning innovation and investment programs. For example how about a roadmap for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles or an Aerospace Industry.
Cluster Roadmaps for Economic Development
Not only are they ideal commercialization communities for businesses, but they can be used as key levers for Economic Development, an approach that has been used extensively by governments such as Canada.
The heart of the debate centres around the development of ‘Innovation Clusters’, the application of Michael Porters cluster model, described by Harvard Business Review, meaning they set up industry specific initiatives that (hopefully) foster profitable commercialization in that sector, such as Nova Scotia’s Ocean Technology.
In essence Roadmaps are the 'blueprints' for these clusters: How they will organize research and innovation to support that sector.
The primary distinction with our approach is that each of these roadmaps has been produced via a "1.0" process. The end result is one large, fixed document that rarely changes.
In contrast our approach is to replicate the same objective, producing a Technology Roadmap document, such as this example for the Ivany Report site, but for this to be updated dynamically in real-time for an underlying community platform of related update activities.