7 Tools Product Managers Should Know

Product Managers are the unsung heroes of the tech world.

Sitting at the intersection of business, technology and user experience, they are expected to use vision, creativity, communications skills, and technological know-how, to help create and deliver products that solve user problems while generating profit.

With such a multitude of tasks to perform and so many people to communicate with, they need help. Luckily, an arsenal of helpful tools is at your fingertips.

Here are seven engaging, useful, and even fun to use tools that all Product Managers should know and use.

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#1. Typeform

Typeform is a great way for a company to generate visually appealing, engaging and user friendly online surveys. The platform is fully customizable, which makes is a great way to build brand identity and recognition. The surveys themselves are intuitive, and the images and graphics available make them fun to take. Typeform is mobile Friendly, beautiful, easy to use and overcomes the problems associated with email surveys and other survey tools. The responses a better looking survey tool can provide are amazing!

#2. Evernote

Evernote is a great way to stay organized. It keeps photos, web clippings, and anything else related to a project in one place both in the office and on the go. Evernote is also a versatile way to collaborate, with sharable notebooks that can be modified by multiple users and support a variety of media including video, documents, and mockups. Evernote can also quickly transform your notes into a streamlined, screen friendly presentation. Evernote is mobile friendly, Google Drive compatible, and easy to use. Keeping the whole team up to speed has never been easier.

Gartner Analysts say of Evernote: “Its aspiration to become a lifestyle service through its ecosystem holds promise if it is able to appeal to a larger target market.”

#3 Google Drive

User friendly and secure, Google Drive provides online storage for everything related to a project. Customer surveys, plans, emails, presentations, and weekly meeting notes can all be safely kept in one accessible place. Google Drive allows you and your team to create and collaborate on any kind of content, and can synch with a variety of other online tools including Trello and Evernote.

#4 TweetDeck 

Social media is quickly becoming a vital tool for gathering feedback and insight into the marketplace. TweetDeck is an interface that allows users to manage multiple accounts, and set searches to track topics, events, and specific hashtags. No matter what the topic, know what hundreds of twitter users think of it on one easy-to-use platform.

#5 Trello

Trello is a great way to organize anything with anyone. It provides one streamlined replacement for lengthy email threads and spreadsheets. You and your team can create and modify Trello Boards to organize and share visual and textual material. You can also upload files to Trello from Google Drive, streamlining communication and organization even more. Ryan Hunt at Product Hunt says Trello is especially good for smaller teams under 40 people.

#6 Skitch 

So much of what has to be communicated comes in the form of photos and images. PowerPoint and other presentation software does not always provide the tools you need to comment and present these images. Skitch allows you to markup, annotate, and send images on a desktop, phone, or tablet.

#7 WalkMe

WalkMe makes software fast and easy to use and helps integrate new and advanced features, accelerate customer orientation, sand improve overall experience and loyalty. Customers that learn how to use your product quickly and work with it confidently will require less support and be more likely to promote your solutions to others in your field. WalkMe has helped many major companies maximize their user engagement and all with little to know effort from you or your business.

There is no doubt that you have the skill, the know-how, and the creativity to bring your vision to market effectively, but these seven tools will help you streamline the process and improve communication at every step of the way.

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Mark Silver
Mark is the Lead Author & Editor of Spectechular Blog. Mark established the Spectechular blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to Product Management.
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