I complain a lot about product management tools in this blog. I’m happy to say that some people are taking up the gauntlet – and some are even talking to me about what they are doing.
In the last few months I’ve heard about three new tools for product managers and product planners. I have not used any of these products extensively, and some I’ve only seen demos of, but what excites me is that people are still tilting at the windmill that is product management automation.
- ProdThink (@prodthink) is focused on managing feedback from customers and prospects on new features and concepts. This is part of the “Build-Learn-Respond” cycle of the Lean Startup. One thing we know from the complexity of product management is that you need to get real-world feedback on your ideas, because your first ideas are usually crap, and ProdThink’s goal is to help you do that better.
- Aha! (@aha_io) just came out in beta. At first glance the product is extremely ambitious, covering roadmaps, product positioning, and requirements, as well as a strategic analysis capability that reminds me a bit of one of the best parts of my old product, Accept360.
- The-Skore (@skoresoftware), not yet out in beta, has the tagline “Requirements discovery software for tomorrow’s product teams.” It has a very nice graphical interface (which I’ve only seen a demo of) for capturing requirements and their relationships.
I have the challenge at the moment of working in a Jira + Confluence environment. I am working on setting up pilots for one or more of these new tools, which with my workflow will be challenging. But I plan to try all of them, and I will give my thoughts back to the community, as well as to the vendors, as I go.