Bas Grasmayer
Bas GrasmayerMUSIC x TECH x FUTURE

What are the best roadmapping tools for products and services?

Looking for visual tools that also help tell a story and lets others click to expand roadmap items, sort them (eg. by user story, platform), etc. I realize project management tools like JIRA offer such functionality, but I'm looking for something less extensive.
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    ProductPlan Roadmap Software

    Easiest way to plan, visualize, & share your product roadmap

    Kesava Mandiga
    Kesava Mandiga15Curious cat. Writer. Explorer. · Written
    Simple and easy to use. Does exactly what it says - create visual roadmaps for products. Lighter than Aha! and cheaper too. They throw in a free 30-day trial so you can see if it fits your needs.
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    • Our team (~19 users) has been using productplan for about 1 year. great for product managers and all of our company. integration with slack provides real-time updates to subscribers to the slack channel. could use more control over the items sent to slack so small changes or comments are not included.

    • The team produces phenomenal content in the form of blogs and white papers as well as partnerships such as webinars with www.theproductstack.com

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    productboard 2.0

    The product management tool for makers who care.

    Winston
    Winston19Helping PMs prioritize @productboard · Written
    Winston made this product
    productboard is the product management solution of choice at renowned product companies like Zendesk, Invision, and Envoy. Consolidate user inputs, prioritize what to build next, validate feature ideas with users, and rally everyone around your roadmap. It integrates with your existing customer touchpoints like Zendesk, Intercom, and email, as well as dev tools like JIRA, GitHub, Trello, and Pivotal.
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    • Kate Pljaskovova
      Kate PljaskovovaCo-founder & CPO

      We've been using productboard to build our MVP and it helped us to get everybody on the team on board with what we're building and kept us focused. I love that productboard helped us also gather feedback from different sources (Intercom, emails and various conversations) so now we're processing the user feedback and planning our next product improvements - all in one tool. That's just the best!

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    • Productboard led to the death of spreadsheets and emails at our company when it came to product management. I've become a true fan of this solution and the great way it solves such a painful problem. Before adopting we played with Aha! who are a competitor, Productboard blew them out the water as far as I am concerned. Love it.

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    Nuclino

    Part knowledge base, part collaboration space 🧠

    If, as you said, you are looking for something simpler and less bloated than JIRA, then Nuclino might be a good choice for you. It's a lot easier to use, lighter and more minimalist, while being powerful enough to plan and manage your product roadmap.
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    • Philipp Seybold
      Philipp SeyboldCo-Founder & CEO @ combyne

      Excellent product which is on the right track. In my view the pricing is too high for this stage with 5 Euro/user/ month. G Suite costs 4 euro for it's vast service portfolio. For us a price point at 1 or 2 Euro would feel comfortable.

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    • Nuclino definitely deserves to be as popular as Slack and Trello. Like Slack and Trello, Nuclino focuses on one task and does a brilliant job at it. I really hope this stays actively maintained!

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    Aha!

    The World's #1 Product Roadmap Software

    Ayush Mittal
    Ayush Mittal28bro @boombro, Founder RefR ✌ · Written
    Aha is a great road mapping tool with templates and features like visual mapping if it might help you in storytelling. Plus the interface itself is pretty neat for segregation. I did a free trial.
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    Handy Roadmapping tool - useful visualization features help lay out everything in the one place
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    productboard

    Beautiful product management for lean startups

    Paul Gordon
    Paul GordonFounder @ mypresences.com · Written
    Very easy to use tool. Free for 15 days and good pricing. Also has a free tier which is great for startups and bootstrappers to get you going.
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    ProdPad

    Build product roadmaps, manage ideas, and make users happy.

    iamjodco
    iamjodcoLead Designer, Product Guy · Written
    After using JIRA, spreadsheets, ppts and some other tools, we landed on ProdPad because it gave us both the idea input and the output of an easy to view product roadmap based on themes and near and long term timelines. You can expand each item and see the underlying supporting ideas for it and any user stories in them. Get granular or get to 30K ft view of your product. It even handles multiple roadmaps very nicely in a portfolio view. Collaboration is as simple as inviting anyone in your org to be a contributor on any idea. Our Dev team uses it to view what our priorities are for yearly planning.
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  7. 4
    Roadmap beta

    Plan projects and manage resources with ease.

    Best design :)
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    • Ed On
      Ed OnI come, I look, I use

      Pro:

      - user friendly.

      Cons:

      - overpriced.

      - no subscription cancellation.

      - contact customer service no feedback(guess is chatbot)

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    Hygger

    The All-in-one Product Management Platform

    Iryna Maniuk
    Iryna Maniuk6Marketing manager · Written
    If you tried JIRA and want to opt for something feature-rich yet simple to use, I'd recommend Atlaz. I’m fan of its Roadmap board, a great visual scheduler for projects. You get a calendar with start and due dates, and can add tasks or links to tasks from other boards to show dependencies. And it's free for teams up to five people :) Start with a trial to see if it fits you.
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    • Yarik
      Yarikloliful.io | yaraslav.com

      Nice tool. Was amazed how easy it is to migrate from existing Trello/Jira board.

      Imported everything correctly, so the transition can be really smooth and painful.

    • Beth Fiedler
      Beth FiedlerHappy Entrepreneur w 2 PH products 🙌

      This tool will definitely work well for PM and non-PM team members. Easy to follow and very cool!

      Would be great if I could still sign up for a free plan up to 10 members .. please 🙏🙏

  9. I really like Craft, and not just because they have a free solo plan! The standout features to me are: - quick visual journey mapping (in Storyboard mode), which then forms the backbone for writing user stories. - a complete flow from strategic design all the way through to task level breakdown for actual development. - visual roadmaps in which you can mark versions and milestones. I feel they're still early days and need to make a few decisions about simplifying some of the UI as there's a few too many frills when it comes to fields and categories. They also need to improve the use of space on some screens. Buts it's probably the best of the bunch I've seen so far.
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    Instagantt

    Drag and drop Gantt charts - backed by Asana

    Alex
    AlexMarTech & Startups are my passions · Written
    If you're using Asana, Instagantt is a no brainer.
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    Zoho Sprints

    Ship your best products with agile planning and tracking

    Ramon
    RamonStartup Enthusiast · Written
    More utilitarian yet simple and modern design. Fully featured agile based product development tool and by the way, it's far cheaper than Jira.
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    monday.com

    Simplify the way your team works

    Disclaimer, I am a Customer Success Manager at dapulse. I do use it for my personal vlogging projects. It runs even better when you collaborate and communicate projects with a team.
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    • John Calzaretta
      John CalzarettaChief Rev Guy - Identity Card

      So much more than just a project management tool. Our team uses DaPulse almost exclusively for all facets of communication and collaboration.

    • Matt Pliszka
      Matt PliszkaCEO & co-founder @ pickSaaS.com

      Really great and complex project management app for more demanding customers.

  13. StartupDevKit
    StartupDevKitA new type of online startup incubator · Written
    Make professional timelines quickly, right inside PowerPoint, and for free. Or, get their Plus Edition for $59/year. Definitely a cheap option for making startup product roadmaps.
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  14. Timelinr
    TimelinrThe most fun you've ever had planning! · Written
    Built by product design people for product people that love good design. Easy and fun to use, unlike other options. Take it for a spin.
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    Tara

    Automatically scope your project and get things done 🤖

    Craig Kilgore
    Craig KilgoreDigital Marketing / Growth Enthusiast · Written
    Featured in Gartner's 2017 & 2018 Market Guide for Product Management and Roadmapping Tools, TARA is a cloud-based solution that offers an AI-powered product builder, features to manage software builds and resources, data visualizations, recommendation engines, and integrations with other leading product development solutions.
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    Airfocus

    Smarter roadmap prioritization 🎯for product managers

    Malte Scholz
    Malte ScholzCEO airfocus.io · Written
    Malte Scholz made this product
    Strategy platform to prioritize your projects and features to build more effective roadmaps. Integrates with all major project management platforms.
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    • Ivan Vasilev
      Ivan VasilevSerial entrepreneur, full-stack dev

      Love this app. It makes decision making easier, which isn't really an issue when there are 10-20 tasks, but is a real pain in my ass when there are hundreds of ideas and things to do. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the all the paths I can go with my project, and airfocus gives me an elegant way to rank and structure all that mess into a nice and clean roadmap.

      It's like a layer between my Trello board with hundreds and hundreds of ideas and actual development process, a decision booth.

      Also appreciate the attention to the business side of development process, cause as a solo entrepreneur/developer, who really enjoys programming, I often get caught up in coding for the sake of coding, while forgetting, that the main purpose of creating business is making money. So airfocus for me is also a reality check.

      For me the best way to understand stuff is visually, so that's another thing airfocus comes useful, cause Timeline view is so much more comprehensive, than plain Trello cards stack.

      Would be interesting to know what's the origin of the prioritization method, used in the app.

      Look forward to seeing the project grow, good luck guys ❤️

    • To be really frank, I never realized how important prioritization (as a concept) really is until I discovered airfocus. That said, in the digital era we live in today, I can't find a better app that assesses my initiatives and projects according to my own set of criteria better than airfocus. Thank you guys for the coupon. Will be subscribing asap! :)