Vinod Kumaar Ramakrishnan writes It is just a road not a roadmap making a strong point visually: software needs a map, not a road.
This is important to understand at any level of an organization. The problem comes as you perform larger roles.
You can track only so much detail—minds have a capacity. Using a Road rather than a Map overcomes this for viewing lower down the organization. Pull back your view and substitutes rough pictures for details. Then build a bigger map, less granular, covering a larger area. It's still a map, but a map of a country rather than a region or a place.
Managing calls for finding the right level of detail, be it the application or team or project or programme or department. But remember to keep rebuilding your map and explore some.