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A remote Product Manager's toolbox

Updated: Feb 5

In this video - co-created with #PoDojo - I'm showing (yes showing, not only talking about) the tools that have supported me in my product work in a remote setup.



Here's the list of the tools:

General collaboration

  • G-Suite or Office 365 - Basic tooling (email, docs, spreadsheets, presentations etc.)

  • slack.com or MS Teams - communication

  • zoom.us or hangouts or whereby- communication

  • webex or gotomeeting - video conferencing for >100 people on paid plans

  • notion.so or confluence (evernote) - documentation

  • Airtable - smart spreadsheet

  • Zapier - tool automation

Daily Work

  • Jira, Trello, Asana - project management

  • Standuply - slack app for written standups

  • https://senditlater.app/ - sends message at 9am the next day

  • Workast (ex. To-do bot) - slack app for managing to-do lists

  • giphy app

  • BirthdayBot

  • Toby or OneTab, FreshStart - tabs & session management for tab-monster

  • Mindmeister.com - mindmapping

Meetings & Time zones

Webinar extras

  • sli.do - realt time Q&A & polling

  • sli.do is experimenting with a BETA that you need to ask for access: Zoom call within sli.do so that you can Q&A & poll during a Zoom call

  • livestorm - webinar type video calls, live streaming, video recording -- disclaimer: haven't tried as organizer, only as participant, but that works incredibly well

  • OBS https://obsproject.com/ - e.g. for user testing oder webinars as well (sorry, not mentioned in the video)

  • loom vs. zoom - video recording e.g. for walkthroughs

Workshops

  • Miro or Mural

  • funretro.io or parabol.co (or Miro or Mural) - Retrospectives

  • Check out https://www.innovationgames.com/ for getting ideas on retrospectives, planning and more


Heard of but haven’t tried it yet at this point:

  • tryshift.com - centralizing accounts

  • knowyourteam.com - 1-1s & check-ins

  • donut app - random meetings with team mates

  • https://www.watercoolertrivia.com/ - quiz to get to know your co-workers

  • yac.com - asynchronous audio messaging



Update 05.02.2021: The Great Suspender got removed from the Chrome Web Store because it got flagged as containing malicious code. Here's an article that explains details and shows alternatives: https://lifehacker.com/ditch-the-great-suspender-before-it-becomes-a-security-1845989664

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