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How can you boost your product management team’s productivity?

Beyond creating great things, product managers are the glue that keeps cross-functional teams together—the central cog of communication in the machine that creates and improves product offerings and the user experience. Metaphors aside, product managers are leaders, planners, and visionaries. They’re hyper-organized and detail-oriented. At any given moment, a PM is balancing multiple initiatives and communicating with wide swaths of stakeholders, all the while keeping the end user at the top of their priority list. So how does a product manager spread these productive vibes to their teams as a whole?

The best product managers bring productivite habits and processes to their team. For a product management team, successful productivity starts with prioritization of work guided by a clear vision of the product roadmap. Trello can be used at any stage of the lifecycle to ideate, prioritize, communicate, plan, and execute product releases and upgrades. Using a shared visual layout, you can clearly see the full scope of your product roadmap and easily bring in stakeholders to keep the plan flowing with seamless organization, prioritization, and collaboration.

The below boards are used by the Trello product team (to make Trello the best platform it can be) and are the backbone of any successful product strategy, sprint, and shipment. Set your product goals and tackle them with gusto by copying these Trello boards and customizing them to make them your own.

Product Roadmap

Prioritize product development and feature requests with stakeholders.

  • Manage high level product improvements and incoming feature requests from Sales and Support teams.
  • Prioritize feature requests for upcoming sprints and create a transparent development process.
  • Organize user stories and customer feedback for quick reference.
  • Establish development and design requirements for implementation using checklists.
  • Make sprint planning more effective by adding story points to cards for estimating the difficulty of building features.
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Agile Sprints

Agile workflow is all about collaboration and self-organization. This Trello board helps you manage your product workflow in one place while giving your team perspective of the whole agile process.

  • Keep all code, specs, and key user stories easily accessible in one location.
  • See the status of tasks as sprints progress in a shared team view.
  • Collaborate seamlessly with engineers and scrum masters in real time.
  • Manage and prioritize the product backlog with stakeholders and product owners.
  • Transparently share with business stakeholders what’s shipped and what’s up next.
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Sprint Retrospective

Replace whiteboards with Trello boards for more informative and accessible team retrospectives.

  • Stay effective and remove roadblocks for success with regularly held retrospectives after every sprint.
  • Create an open and encouraging environment that puts people (introverts and extroverts) on the same level.
  • Celebrate what went well, what needs improvement, and any action items required to improve communication and collaboration.
  • Empower team members to vote and openly discuss the issues that matter most to the team and users.
  • Keep distributed teams in sync by removing geographic barriers with this accessible from anywhere Trello board.
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Project Overview

Product managers are always juggling tasks, goals, and stakeholders across the board. This workflow will help you easily manage cross-functional team projects.

  • Get perspective on all moving parts during cross-functional team projects.
  • Clearly establish the high level business goals for each element of the project in one location.
  • Create a workflow to organize tasks as they move from research phases to implementation.
  • Visualize the progress of tasks and quickly surface information by applying filterable labels to cards.
  • Stay organized by attaching all research notes, data, and design mockups for each task.
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Feature Requests

Create an actionable inbox to receive and prioritize feature requests from customer-facing teams like Sales, Support and Marketing for your product roadmap.

  • Establish a transparent workflow to prioritize feature requests so teams know who to contact and how their request fits on roadmap.
  • Transparently share the progress of features selected for development to reduce frequent follow-up inquiries and emails.
  • Capture important details about requested features including customer pain points.
  • See the frequency of feature requests by asking team members to attach tickets to cards for a better understanding of urgency and popularity of user needs.
  • Help improve customer success by letting Sales, Support and Marketing know when a highly requested feature has been released.
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Slack

  • Keep clear lines of communication and collaboration by associating a Trello board to that project’s dedicated Slack channel.
  • Get team feedback by sharing cards to Slack directly from Trello, and easily attach a conversation in Slack to a Trello card.
  • Make sure deadlines are met and everyone is on track by setting Slack reminders on Trello cards for team meetings and tasks.
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Google Drive

  • Stop wasting time searching for assets by attaching files and folders directly to Trello cards.
  • In a glance, see which files have been updated in Drive without leaving your Trello board.
  • Save time by creating new Google Drive files and folders directly from Trello cards.
  • Trello also supports integrations with Dropbox and Box.
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GitHub

  • Track the progress of projects by attaching pull requests, commits, and issues to cards.
  • Instantly see which pull requests failed their checks to prevent errors from getting merged into code.
  • Stay on track by seeing who is assigned to pull requests.
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Calendar

  • Visualize due dates in a calendar view to see what needs to get done in the coming weeks.
  • Set realistic goals by filtering assigned cards by team member to make sure no one is overloaded with work.
  • Track due dates across all your boards in one place by importing a board’s iCal feed to third party calendars like Google, Apple, and Outlook.
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Corrello

  • Create reports for sprints and releases to get the information you need without leaving Trello.
  • Manage sprint progress and stay on schedule by tracking open, in progress, and completed tasks with burndown charts.
  • Identify bottlenecks and redistribute resources to maintain progress with cumulative flow diagrams.
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Blog Posts To Stay On Task

In-depth posts for improving your product management processes with Trello from industry leaders and the Trello team.

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