Top 10 product management tools

Today, we’re exploring the 10 best product management tools (of different types) that effective teams are actually using in 2017. 1. Aha!...

Today, we’re exploring the 10 best product management tools (of different types) that effective teams are actually using in 2017.

1. Aha!



Aha! is primarily a roadmapping software, and is designed to be used by company sizes ranging from small startups to enterprise. It allows product managers to plan out your products in detail and monitor features over the lifecycle of the product. This product management tool provides you with a high-level overview of your products, and enables you to schedule various milestones, like when you plan on adding specific new features to the product
Aha! lets you begin by creating a “red thread of strategy” through your project. It lets your product team create workflow boards for agile or scrum development methodologies, status controls by feature and requirement, and cross-functional release Gantt charts.

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2. Asana

Asana is very well-known as an agile product management tool, designed for product managers at small startups up to enterprise-level companies.It includes most of the features of roadmapping software, showing the status a project is in over a set period of time. It also allows teams to collaborate together and has the ability to turn your conversations into actionable tasks — which is where their real value is. In many ways, Asana acts as an intelligent task manager.
Asana lets project managers setup tasks for yourself and your team. You can organize these tasks by project, which can be set up in many different ways (by initiative, meeting or program). Tasks can easily be split into subtasks, breaking down the work, and then product managers can easily assign jobs to the most qualified team members.
Asana offers numerous integrations with other tools to expand its capabilities, including Slack, DropboxTimeDoctorGithub and many others.

3. ProductBoard

With a true focus on helping companies make informed product decisions based on what your customers actually want, this product management tool is intensely focused on empowering product managers to consolidate and make use of real user feedback — turning insights into action.
Rob McGrorty, Head of Product at Webgility, an enterprise resource planning tool for e-Commerce companies, chooses to use ProductBoard for his product management work.
When asked why, he shares, “Because ProductBoard drives features from customer insights through to roadmap and release in a simple and understandable way.” He adds, “It’s 10x better and more useful than simple roadmap-only tools like RoadMonk and others.”
What’s even better about this product management tool is that it integrates directly with all of the major development tools like Jira and Pivotal Tracker, and also connects with your customer touchpoint tools like Intercomto allow for a constant stream of new data to help you make informed product decisions.

4. Axure

Axure is an example of a combination wireframing and prototyping product management tool, designed primarily for midsize to large companies. It enables product and design teams to create powerful prototypes without coding.
You can create diagrams that include dynamic content, conditional logic, animations, math functions, and data-driven interactions. This product management tool also lets you use a drag and drop system to create your diagrams. You can put together several different types of collaborative diagrams in Axure, including flowcharts, wireframes, mockups, user journeys, customer personas and idea boards.
Once you’ve created a diagram, you can publish it on Axure Share and send a link to other team members to get feedback on the evolution of your product. With Team Projects on Axure Share, multiple team members can work on a diagram simultaneously.

5. Trello



Trello is one of our personal favorite product management tools because it’s so visual by nature, and allows for easy collaboration between different members of your team. Their format of using boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a very flexible manner. You can add comments, attachments, share links and more directly to cards in Trello, which makes it easy to follow one card (or product feature) from start to finish.
Contract-based CTO, freelance developer and side project aficionado, Mubashar Iqbal, is a huge fan of using Trello to manage the launches of his products.
When asked why, he shares, “I tend to fall back to Trello because it’s easy to get going, and more importantly easy to keep up-to-date. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of other tools, but I find I don’t usually need those — it doesn’t force me to do things a specific way and allows me to easily track, bugs, enhancements, and the roadmap in a simple and consistent way.”

6. Balsamiq Mockups

Balsamiq is a wireframing product management tool, designed to be used primarily by small to medium sized businesses. It simulates the experience of sketching on a whiteboard — but you do it from your computer. Balsamiq helps product managers to quickly create mockups and easily produce multiple versions if necessary for testing and user feedback.
At the end of the day, this product management tool is designed for collaboration, so the whole product team (and any other stakeholders) can have an input on the beginning stages of the design process. This is for you if your product team prefers to use a simple combination of wireframes and running code to get user feedback, rather than building full-on elaborate prototypes.

7. Creately

Creately fits into the flowcharting and diagramming product management tool niche, and is great for product teams of any size.Creately comes in a number of different versions, depending on your team’s needs — from their online version, to desktop and mobile — as well as versions that integrate with G Suite, Confluence and Jira.
This does however, lead to a very long list of pricing options, ranging from single user licenses of Creately Online for $5 per month, up to plans for 10,000 users on Creately for Jira at a whopping $4,000.
Although the exact feature list for this product management tool depends upon the plan you choose, all versions allow you to easily draw diagrams and flowcharts with what they call 1-click create, and dragging and dropping of shapes. There are many preset connectors, which are intelligent enough to know the appropriate connector for the exact scenario in which you’re using it. It makes diagrams are easy to align, size and group.
Other features include the ability to publish or embed living diagrams on wiki pages or your intranet, easy import of Visio files and the ability to export in a variety of formats.

8. Jira



Jira is another very well-known agile product management tool suite that can be used by any sized business.It allows teams to collaboratively plan and keep track of the entire product creation process. You can opt to use Jira in the cloud, on a server, or on a data center platform.
You can set up both scrum boards and Kanban boards, depending on how you prefer to organize your workflow. Jira provides a dozen out-of-the-box, real-time agile reports to get you started with tracking the right metrics and there’s also an agile portfolio management add-on called, Portfolio.
Product teams use Jira to help plan and track software releases. You can use it to create user stories and issues, plan sprints and distribute tasks. Product managers can keep track of task progress as well. It’s often used to record bugs as they’re reported, and can help prioritize the order in which a team tackles bugs, keeping track of the progress made each day.

9. Justinmind

Justinmind is a form of prototyping software, designed to be used by a wide variety of businesses. It enables product managers to prototype any web or mobile app, which you can define using a drag and drop interface.
This product management tool allows you to produce diagrams that range from clickable wireframes through to fully functional UI prototypes. You can quickly publish your prototypes and receive feedback from relevant stakeholders. It also has integrations with a number of other types of product management tools, including Jira.
Justinmind contains a wide range of prebuilt UI libraries, including special libraries for the web, iOS, and Android. You can create custom UI libraries and synchronize them with your team. Pick from many templates and styles, then incorporate animations and effects.

10. MindMeister

This product management tool is a great example of a tool that does one thing well — mind mapping software that can be used by anybody. It’s a cloud-based way to capture, develop and share ideas visually. Being completely web-based, it’s usable on Windows, MaxOS, Linux and mobile devices.
You can choose from a variety of mindmap styles, including the classic mindmap look or an organization chart. It also acts as presentation software, allowing you to turn your mindmaps into slideshows that can be shared with other stakeholders in your company. One particularly useful feature of MindMeister for product managers is that you can convert the ideas in your mindmap directly into actionable tasks.

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