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 Dweck
    Jack Dweck20Product Manager at Unroll.Me · Written
    Trello is an excellent tool for keeping tasks and projects organized.
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    Great pick! I manage a team with people in different countries and timezones. Trello is a great way of getting everything on the same "page" and creating a real visual sense of what's moving forward, what's getting left behind, and what we've accomplished. It's also great to go over the backlog and rescue some great ideas from way back that have slipped through the cracks.
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    • Nick Allen
      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.

    • Johnathan Holland
      Johnathan HollandI truly obsess over helping others..

      If you aren't an organized person Trello allows for easy to see visuals that help keep projects on track. The team at Curexe has specifically used it to organize our bugs, new features, staging and production stages of our development.

  2. 5
    Drag Pro

    Transform Gmail into organized To Do lists (like Trello)

    Nick Timms
    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 Balkova
      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.

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    • Peter Banerjea
      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 Jones
    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 Bettiol
      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. Vincent
      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.

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    Fieldbook

    Create a database, as easily as a spreadsheet

    Kai Gradert
    Kai GradertDesigner at AngelList/Product Hunt · Written
    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 Kinnear
      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 Crawford
    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 Hess
    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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    • haabe
      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.

    • The Todoist app is ruthlessly efficient in helping me capture my tasks no matter when or where I am. Bring collaborators into a project, or a task is a snap. When I'm creating a recurring task, and hopefully a positive habit, or when I am reflecting on my productivity, Todoist works.

  7. Kyle Hess
    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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  8. 2
    Zenkit

    The project management tool that grows with you

    Eric Ebert
    Eric Ebert3Marketing and PR · 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.

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    • 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 Sklyarova
    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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    • We have used it for 6 month, we were looking for a tool to increase the efficacy of our time tracking and productivity, and TMetric turned out to be perfect! It's ingrained in our daily routine now. Highly recommended!

    • I am glad to share my personal opinion about TMetric - time tracker for Linux.

      TMetric helps you to be more productive and manage your tasks and time. When I started to use TMetric I have noticed that I became more productive at work as I know how much time I spend for each task and I managed to reduce the waste of time.

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    Draftium

    Turbo prototyping tool for websites 🚀

    Yara Nevmerzhitskaya
    Yara Nevmerzhitskaya3Lead seo specialist, marketer · Written
    Allows sharing your ideas with team members or clients to collect feedback right on the prototype! All the edits will be displayed online. Really helpful tool
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    • Stas Shyshkin
      Stas ShyshkinDigital Marketing Manager

      I have been testing alpha version of Draftium before the launch and must admit it has greatly simplified my work. So when I need to create a landing page, I make a quick wireframe (with copy) in Draftium and pass it on to UX designers. They already see what I want to get as a result and so we spend less time on numerous iterations.

    • Nicholas
      NicholasMartian.

      I have yet to use it, but from the video alone, it looks like something to further speed our process.

      Update: Loving this product. The makers are checking all the right boxes and what I love about it beyond the relatively generous free tier as well as the package this fits into, is the overall intent behind it. To cite a comment I made: "Absolutley love the motivation behind this: the combination of simplicity, speed and frictionless workflow paired with tasteful results," it just makes for an awesome combination not to be missed.