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Are these really the tools Product Managers use?

by Saeed Khan

As a Product Manager, and with the exception of Excel, PowerPoint and Word, what software tools do you use on a regular basis to do your job?

It’s always an interesting conversation to have when PMs get together to share and compare what tools are worth checking out.

Product Hunt or Products Shunned?

I recently came across the following list on Product Hunt – Tools for Product Managers — and the items  and rankings surprised me. I don’t know how representative Product Hunt’s audience is of the broader (software) product management community, but based on the tool rankings, I’m certainly not like those PMs in the tools that I use. Trello as the dominant tool, well above all others?? Really?

There are note taking tools, task management tools, presentation tools (PowerPoint is noticeably absent), and no mention of Excel or Word. More importantly no mention of any PM specific tools such as requirements management or roadmapping tools, or any business or financial analysis tools.

Here’s a chart of the number of upvotes for each tool listed as of Sept 17, 2014.


Is this representative of your environment or company? Are there any tools you’d like to see that don’t exist today? Let us know.


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About the Author

Saeed Khan is a founder and Managing Editor of On Product Management, and has worked for the last 20 years in high-technology companies building and managing market leading products. He also speaks regularly at events on the topic of product management and product leadership. You can contact him via Twitter @saeedwkhan or via the Contact Us page on this blog.