What's the best productivity tool for product managers?

I have multiple people that I have to follow up with and multiple features and stories that need development and iteration. Keeping track of it all is not easy, and I want to be more organized than using an ever more crowded note taking app.
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    Trello

    Organize anything, together

    Jack Dweck20Product Manager at Unroll.Me · Written
    Trello is an excellent tool for keeping tasks and projects organized.
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    • Nick AllenHead of Marketing at FileInvite | Kiwi

      Brilliant for managing all your project backlogs in a Kanban fashion. Including a list for the DIY tasks around the house.

      As a Marketer I use this daily to manage workflow, sort ideas around future content and prioritize my activities. My team collaborate and report using handy integrations with Google and we use it as a Customer service and Sales script repository to store links to docs and how-to videos.

    • chuchuDeveloper, Andela

      Trello has helped me organize my projects for a while now. Since I work as a software engineer. An example of my boards is sort of where I create tasks then I classify them according to their current position on the sprint. For example I have tasks in different cards such as Icebox, Backlog, Current Iteration and Done. I have set deadlines all ranging from 2 weeks to someday :(. Overall a great product!

  2. 5
    Drag Pro

    Transform Gmail into organized To Do lists (like Trello)

    Nick TimmsDrag is live today (12th July)! · Written
    Nick Timms made this product
    Hey Marco, Drag is NOT the best productivity tool for managers. But is the best to organize your emails when in comes to product manager tasks. Check it out, it's a super-useful tool that works well with some in this list!
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    • Alexandra BalkovaMD @Wise Guys, Dealflow @WannaBiz

      Testing for 2 months already, downloaded in December. Despite the bugs, I can not stop using it, cause for now I can't imagine my inbox not being perfectly organized as it was before. I see product is definitely improving, so I believe the team will deal with all the bugs & conflicts with other extensions. Cause Drag helps me a lot. Thanks for the product.

    • Peter BanerjeaCo-Founder, SuccessIsWhat

      Extremely useful for anyone who spends a lot of time communicating outside the company - salespeople, support folks, PR people, procurement guys, etc. What I love most is the simplicity of it - which makes it very easy to get your people to adopt it!

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    Airtable

    Realtime spreadsheet-database hybrid

    Carson JonesZero Fourths a Doctor · Written
    I recently switched my freelance work from Trello to Airtable, and I'm glad I did. Airtable is more data-first, is more flexible, and comes with more free storage. In Airtable, you can enter "objects" (tasks, projects, assets, etc) into a large spreadsheet and then build multiple views on-top of that data. For example, if you had a spreadsheet full of tasks with a column for status, Airtable can automatically create a Kanban view for all of those tasks. Airtable also provides a ton of free templates you can use to design workflows for CRMs, asset pipelines, support processes, etc. I am still exploring ways to connecting my data to other apps I use, but for now I'm happy with Airtable.
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    • Matt BettiolDo what you love!

      This app is simply amazing! I have been using this as my replacement to Google Spreadsheets. The features inside of this amazing service are endless. If you have lots of data and want to organize it efficiently, this is the app for you :)

    • Danielle A. VincentGeneral Enthusiast, Rouser of Rabble

      We started using Airtable to manage our content projects at work. After using it for a month, I decided I liked it so much that I signed up for Zapier and Airtable to manage my personal projects as well. It has completely changed everything.

  4. 2
    Fieldbook

    Create a database, as easily as a spreadsheet

    Fieldbook is super versatile and powerful. It's like spreadsheets on steroids. You can easily customize it to your own needs and workflow. It comes with a powerful API to further extend the functionality.
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    • Alec KinnearCreative Director at Foliovision

      Fieldbook is obscure enough that it offers more privacy than Google Sheets (data directly linked to your Google profile, directly searchable by CIA/NSA, etc). Unfortunately Fieldbook is also Silicon Valley, ex-Googlers and ex-Grouponers so I wouldn't keep anything too private there. US privacy issues limit its usefulness.

    • This app is great - I'm pretty bummed to just have found out about it now, while they're in the process of turning off the service in June 2018. Hope there's another app i can find that works similarly... AirTable is great, but I can't use it for a full database for certain projects because of their freemium account limits.

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    Moo.do

    Ridiculously simple, incredibly powerful organization

    Jason CrawfordChopping wood, carrying water · Written
    Fieldbook, Trello, etc. are good for team project/task tracking, but for personal todo lists I like something super-lightweight. Moo.do is just text, but it lets you make hierarchical lists, assign priorities, and collapse/focus/filter.
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    Todoist

    Organize your life. Then go enjoy it.

    Kyle Hess5Fintech Product Manager · Written
    I went 25 years of life without a todo list. Now i'm on todoist, and it's SO LEGIT. helps me stay at inbox zero, easy to quick add things, and can schedule them out later. and there's enough gameification (sp?) that i keep trying to find new ways to use it.
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    • haabeDeveloper @ Snopp Designbyrå

      We were looking for a tool to replace Asana, and after initially testing Todoist, became certain it could be the tool for us. But sharing projects is a PITA. There's no easy way to let your team have access to all newly created projects. Also, the projects structure isn't shared, so sharing a new subproject causes havoc in the teammate's projects structure, and the teammate needs to manually configure the projects structure according to it's intended layout.

    • MartaFront-end, UI and UX designer

      Organize your life with pleasure. Add due date to tasks, tasks inside projects, subprojects and subtasks. Call your friends to join your project and assign tasks for them. Comment and add images on tasks. Have your tasks everywhere with nice apps. Love it.

  7. Kyle Hess5Fintech Product Manager · Written
    We're an agile shop, and PivotalTracker has proven to be the best thing we've found. It's not perfect... but it has a good amount of "guard rails" that force us to all use it the same way. we use a wiki/google sheets to project plan, and then when we're ready to start writing stories for our developers we move over to pivotal. i like to build out story templates so that we get all of the requirements in for each story. at this point, i couldn't imagine us using Trello... PT is that good.
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    Zenkit

    The project management tool that grows with you

    Eric EbertCommunications Manager @ Zenkit · Written
    Eric Ebert made this product
    Use the view of your data that fits the task. Schedule meetings in calendar, daily tasks in list, workflow in Kanban, a table to drill down. All of these "views" are wrapped around the same data, just displayed in a different way to help you be more productive.
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    • Using Zenkit for a few months now and can't see myself going back to my old tool. The team has done a phenominal job of building an application that addresses the need of power users, light users, and everything in between.

    • Edited my review to reflect the awesome response time to problem I encountered. Incredible, hard working team and their app reflects the care and dedication they have put into Zenkit. Keep up the great work, Zenkit!

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    TMetric

    User-friendly timetracker for freelancers and teams

    Katya SklyarovaMarketing Manager · Written
    TMetric + Jira - it's a great solution for project management and time tracking. TMetric can be integrated with the most popular project management tools, so you can choose your favorite tool and manage your project having all the necessary functions.
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    • I have tried many time trackers before I started to use TMetric, but each of them has its own cons. TMetric combines user-frinedly interface and a wide range of useful functions and integrations. Integration with Asana was one of the essential points for me. Also I like that Tmetric has a mobile time tracking app, so you can keep tracking of your activity out of office too.

    • I use Redmine + TMetric to manage my working activity and keep tracking of working hours and I am fully satisfied with these tools. TMetric helps me to stay productive and reduce the waste of time. Tmetric provides me with detailed time and tasks reports