As a product manager, coordinating designer and developer teams simultaneously while reporting to the boss can be challenging. But using the right tools and applications, you can ensure that everyone works together without a flaw. Additionally, you can save yourself a lot of time on execution.
When developing a product, you need to make information available to all parties, communicate continuously with teams, and track the entire design flow. So before we make our way over to product management tools, let us first go through some collaboration tools.
Asana has become one of the best-known collaboration tools on the market. The platform allows you to create dashboards, tasks, projects, discussions and much more. It is easy to navigate and use, it has an intuitive interface and it is also available on mobile. You can use the basic features for free, $10.99 for premium or $24.99 for business (price is per user per month).
With Basecamp you can create to-do lists with deadlines, milestones, upload files, and organise discussions within the platform. It is super easy to use, has project templates available and it has an integration with Zapier. The basic plan starts at $29 a month.
Xtensio is the perfect platform for individuals and teams to collaborate in creating presentations, reports, slides or any online documents. It offers collaboration in real-time with easy-to-navigate features to help you create, share and manage simultaneously living “folios”. Additionally, you can customise templates to meet branding needs. You can use it for free for individual accounts and up to $500 a month for agencies.
With Trello you can organise projects into cards and boards to visualise a project’s current stage. It is easy to learn, perfect for seeing through processes and projects and it offers a growing list of integrations. The price is free, though the business class package costs $9.99 per user per month and includes more integrations as well as a higher level of security.
ClickUp is a productivity platform that provides a fundamentally new way to work. It offers notes, reminders, goals, calendars, scheduling and even an inbox. It is fully customisable meaning that all types of teams can use the same app to plan, organise and collaborate on projects. You can start using it for free or pay up to $17 per user per month for additional features.
Product management tools
Product roadmaps are the most essential product management tools that help visualise the entire product development process, from sketch to release. These “maps” serve as timelines and show different goals and milestones, providing deeper insights into where you are and where you should be.
ProductPlan makes it easy for product teams of all sizes to build and share roadmaps. It is designed to help product managers build visual roadmaps and communicate product strategy with their team and stakeholders. It is very easy to get started with, offers a Slack integration and lots of features for sharing roadmaps, among other things. The business plan starts at $39 per editor per month.
FeedBear lets you manage feedback from your customers through feedback boards on which customers can leave their ideas or bug reports. The feedback can be filtered into multiple boards with automatic email follow-ups and a public roadmap that allows you to keep your customers informed and engaged. The essential plan is free while the paid plans start at $12 a month.
Roadmunk makes it easier for product managers to follow through development processes and product launches. It has an intuitive interface, scalability and multiple views on data. The basic plan starts at $19.
nTask is a powerful team collaboration and work management platform used to become more productive. It works as a single hub for task management, team communication, project planning, issue tracking, risk management, time tracking and budget management. There is a free plan while paid plans start at $2.99 a month for each user.
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