Sunday, August 18, 2013

Top 5 Product Management Tools for under $100

Below are my top five favorite PM tools. With these you should be able to run an amazing product development process on a start-up budget. As a bonus, all of these tools are very user friendly so don’t worry if you’re not very technical. 

5. Snagit
Great for quick design work or page manipulations. Take quick screen captures and use their really solid editing tools to manipulate existing designs.
Price: 30-day free trial then $49.95 per license.

4. Confluence Wiki or Google Docs
Confluence has a nice wiki for writing tech requirements, sharing wireframes, product roadmap, etc. Or, if you want to go even cheaper you can honestly get by just using google docs. The benefit to a wiki, in my experience, is that it’s a little easier to keep things organized and link back and forth to things, but honestly, you won’t lose much going with google docs. I have also heard that Wiki Spaces is a nice free wiki option, but I’ve never used it and can’t vouch for it yet.
Price: For Confluence, if you host it yourself (which I admit I have never done), you can get it for $10 for 10 users (if you want them to host it it gets expensive). Or, Google Docs is free obviously.
Such a great way to get lightening fast feedback on new features before you release them. This is probably the most expensive tool on the list, but if you are super pressed for time, but don’t want to launch a crap feature set, it can be a lifesaver.
Price: Each user test is $39.
2. Balsamiq Mock-Ups
Awesome tool for wireframes. Super easy to learn and use, even for the super technically inept.
Price: 7-day free trial then $79 per license.
1. Pivotal Tracker or Jira
Both are great project management and bug tracking software. I’ve heard Pivotal Tracker is used currently by many hot new start-ups (AirbnbLoosecubesVayable, etc.). And it’s totally free. Jira is less pretty,  but has a lot more functionality and is more flexible. But it also costs a bit more. If you have no budget, go for the former, if you have a little to spare, go with the latter.
Price: Pivotal tracker is free (but not sure for how long…), Jira is $10/mo for 10 users if you host it yourself (and considerably more expensive if you use their hosted version).

No comments: