Antonio BustamanteCofounder at Silo. Designer, Engineer.

What's the leanest, simplest product management tool?

I'm looking for a hassle-free, simple UI, product management tool that: - Doesn't attempt to solve too many problems. - Easy to use, clean simple UI. - Allows to input a product feature, milestones, and who's working on what. - Simply engineered: no need for own hosting / weird setups. - Doesn't reinvent the wheel with metaphors or complex processes. Context: Solutions I've tried that I found over-engineered: Asana, Jira, Basecamp. Solutions I've tried that I found under-engineered: Trello, Quip checklists/sheets, Google docs/sheets
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  1. 4

    The project management tool that grows with you

    Ashish BogawatUX Designer, gamer, geek... · Written
    If you have tried Trello and found it lacking in any way, Zenkit might be what you're looking for. It takes the kanban board approach and adds a bunch of ways to visualize the same information - including a new mindmap one.
    • 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!

  2. 4
    Drag Pro

    Transform Gmail into organized To Do lists (like Trello)

    Nick TimmsDrag is live today (12th July)! · Written
    Nick Timms made this product
    I can definitely vote Drag as the simplest tool out there. Picture Trello, in your email. It's even simpler too - made to manage your email and inbox your life.
    • 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!

  3. 3

    Organize anything, together

    Ashish BogawatUX Designer, gamer, geek... · Written
    Trello is like a blank slate - you can mould it to work exactly the way you need - but with just enough tools built-in to facilitate communication once you have the structure in place. I've used it for everything from managing my personal blogging schedule to managing multiple projects across a team of 10 designers and dozens of clients. I'm not sure what you mean by under-engineered. It seems like a fairly stable app with just enough functionality.
    • 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!

  4. 3

    Keeps people on the same page

    Dhruv AgrawalCo-founder, Shipsy · Written
    Its lean, clean and easy to use project management and collaboration tool and the pricing is very affordable as well. We have been using it for almost two years and I am a big admirer.
    • Great and helpful app! I use Basecamp integration with TMetric in all my projects, for me this is the most convenient way to track my time for any activity in Basecamp

    • Agustin EsperonCo-Founder & Head of UX/Design at Wideo

      I'm a big fan not only of BaseCamp, but also their founders' books (Rework, Remote, Getting Real) and blog posts. Their work philosophy is amazing and it's reflected on the clean and concrete software.

      I really enjoy managing all aspects of my company with BaseCamp

  5. 2

    Get from Idea to Execution

    Abhilash Jain5Product Marketing / Growth · Written
    Antonio, this fits the bill and is exactly what you are looking for. Check it out.