Product Management | 20 May, 2022

10 modern tools product managers use in 2022

Hellonext, Inc.

Karthik Kamalakannan

Being a product manager could be a daunting job. But if you are in love with you, you always have your guards up to take up any challenge the world throws at you, and at the end of the day, when you ship the feature customers want, you become the hero you've always wanted.

Just like any hero, a product manager cannot do things alone. They need a helping hand in every single way — engineering, design, finance, management and so on. Today, most successful product managers have built a solid toolset that works for them. These are tools that helps product managers get things done, keep track of what's happening, and get a sense of what needs to be done.

Today, we are listing down the 10 tools every product manager can rely on to get things done at work. To make things easy, we have split the tools' categories into:

  1. Past — tools that helps you get analytics data into how a feature performed.
  2. Present — tools that helps you focus on what needs to be done today.
  3. Future — tools that helps you gain insight into what features you could build next to have the maximum impact on the business.

Let's get these tools listed for you. We've tried to keep the cost of these tools in check. The idea here is to help you build a toolset with which you can operate at maximum efficiency and still keep costs under check.


Tools that help you understand the product

Mixpanel analytics

Mixpanel is a product analytics tool that you can use to learn user behavior, most used features, and other data that you might find important to build the best version of your product.

Mixpanel for product management

Fullstory

Fullstory is an analytics tool which comes with advanced features like user screen monitoring. You have an option to (with the user consent if possible) record the user using your platform.

Fullstory use-cases for product managers:

  1. Helps you visually see how things are being perceived by the user
  2. Get a deep understanding of users' struggles
  3. Learn precisely where to optimize your platform

Fullstory Pricing:

Fullstory has a free plan which could be adequate for startups.

Fullstory for product management

Tools that help you get things done today

Figma

Figma helps you create quick and in-depth prototypes for your products. Trusted by almost every UI designer today, Figma could help you build UI wireframes and prototypes to help your team understand what you have in your mind.

Figma for product management

Figma use-cases for product management:

  1. Design wireframes for a feature
  2. Create brand guides
  3. Collaborate with engineering team in real-time
  4. Annotate your thoughts as comments on a design
  5. Perform UI or workflow reviews on Figma

Figma Pricing:

Figma has a free plan that you can use for personal use.

Slack

Slack is the most popular internal instant messaging tool for teams. Trusted by thousands of companies globally.

Slack for product management

Slack use-cases for product managers:

  1. Collaborate internally with your team via chat
  2. Integrate with product management tools like JIRA, Linear or Hellonext
  3. Meet for one-on-one meeting with your teammates
  4. Share files instantly with file uploads
  5. Collaborate with your team over Slack threads

Slack Pricing:

Slack starts with a free plan with limits of the number of messages you can view at once.

Superhuman email

Superhuman is the fastest email client right now. Helpful if you receive a ton of emails everyday and struggle to manage it.

Superhuman email for product management

Superhuman use-cases for product managers:

  1. Cleanup your inbox everyday
  2. Respond to emails faster
  3. Prioritize important emails with dedicated inboxes
  4. Create categories (splits) to separate different email types

Superhuman email pricing:

Superhuman costs a whopping $30/month.

Notes / OneNote

This is a tool of your choice. Any note taking tool would do the trick for you. If you are on macOS, Notes.app is your best bet. If you are on Microsoft Windows, then OneNote could be your choice.

Apple Notes for product management

Linear

Linear is a product management tool that has gained recent popularity for its neat design and fast performance. Linear is an opinionated software which allows you to follow their Linear Method to get things done.

Linear for product management

Linear use-cases for product management:

  1. Create and assign tasks for your team
  2. Create milestones and internal roadmap for your product
  3. Configure and follow Cycles (more like Sprints in JIRA)
  4. Integrate with tools like Hellonext to track user feedback

Linear Pricing:

Linear comes with a free plan that could suit your use-case. If you are looking to go pro on Linear, it costs $8/user/month.


Tools that helps you know what to build next

Hellonext

Hellonext helps you collect user feedback, feature requests, and more. Hellonext helps you make data informed decision of what to build next for your product.

Hellonext for product management

Hellonext use-cases for product managers:

  1. Collect product feedback from customers
  2. Build a product roadmap with product feedback from customers
  3. Share new product updates with changelog
  4. Automate feedback collection and customer updates with Hellonext
  5. Save hours worth of time organizing user feedback

You can learn more features about Hellonext here →

Intercom

Intercom is an instant chat tool which you can use to chat with your users from your landing page or from within your app. Intercom allows you to resolve issues with your product that your users are facing, and also to know how you could do better.

Intercom for product management

Intercom use-cases for product managers:

  1. Live chat with your users
  2. Understand the problems they are facing with your platform instantly
  3. Help resolve queries via live chat

Intercom Pricing:

Intercom costs $99 for startups, and has a variable pricing that can scale to thousands of dollars per month. If you are looking for an Intercom alternative in 2022, you can give Crisp a shot.

Miro

Miro is a collaborative whiteboard tool that you can use to plan out features with your team. Miro gained its popularity and following exponentially during the 2020 lockdowns where teams had to collaborate on a single open canvas to plan out their product features.

Miro for product management

Miro use-cases for product management:

  1. Scribble drawings about product workflows
  2. Collect instant feedback from your team
  3. Run brainstorming sessions with your team
  4. Create a repository of information about product feature development process

Miro Pricing:

Miro comes with a free personal plan. The pro plans starts at $8/user/month.


We believe these tools could help you exponentially to get things done. A hero is as good as his familiarity with their tools. Empower yourself with tools like these, and it could be life-changing.

What tools do you use today at work? Do you recommend some tools for others? Let us know on Twitter at @hellonexthq.

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Last updated: December 6th, 2022 at 10:08:37 AM GMT+0

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Karthik Kamalakannan

Karthik is the Founder of Hellonext. He has helped prioritize customer feedback to build great products since 2006. Today, he helps product companies build data-informed products with Hellonext.

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