Product roadmaps are a little like a BFF from childhood; the one you really couldn’t live without, but who can irritate the heck out of you all the same.
We say this because, while pushing on with product development without a well-planned roadmap is usually a recipe for disaster, designing and creating that roadmap can be an epic time drain and headache.
It’s here that roadmap planner software can really help out your product team.
The right roadmapping tool can nurture collaboration, remove friction from the development process, make prioritization easier, and help you deliver better products.
But how do you choose the best roadmap planner software for your product team?
We’re glad you asked.
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Whether you’ve been working within the limitations of a free roadmap planner or you’re already familiar with some of the paid tools, the formula for an effective solution remains the same.
That means there are a few essential ingredients you should be on the lookout for. So before we dive into the software options, here’s your list of must-have features:
Template support. Being able to quickly switch gears and start a fresh roadmap fast makes templates a necessity.
Collaboration. Teamwork makes the dream work, so you want to be sure your roadmap planner software provides a shared workflow — one that allows users to communicate, especially on an individual task level.
Simple, straightforward user interface. Software that makes it harder to get stuff done may cost you more than it saves.
Help with prioritization and decision-making. Two of the most difficult aspects of product roadmap planning are deciding which tasks to tackle and when. A good roadmap planner software will include features to help teams make better decisions.
Now that we’ve established the key criteria used to judge a quality piece of roadmap planner software, let’s take a look at our options.
Here are 5 of the best roadmap planner software options for product teams in 2022 (and beyond).
We simply couldn’t let a list like this slip past without mention of our very own brainchild: airfocus.
Our platform was developed almost from the ground up with roadmap planning in mind, offering a built-in prioritization tool and the option to apply countless ready-to-use templates, plus team objective features to keep everyone focused. This means roadmap planning, even across multiple teams, is easier than ever.
In addition, airfocus makes visualizing projects easier, especially longer-term roadmaps, with multiple view options including timeline, chart, Kanban, and more.
Offers a growing library of roadmap planner templates.
Several paid tiers depending on requirements.
Free 14-day trial.
Wrike is a customizable project management tool, allowing product teams to create custom roadmaps and share them throughout the organization. Wrike visualizes each stage of the roadmap plan to give at-a-glance updates to key stakeholders and can also sync in customer data from third-party integrations of over 400 apps.
A handful of roadmap planner templates can be applied to get you started.
A selection of pricing plans, from Free to Enterprise; however some features are only available on higher tiers. Gannt charts are only available on the Professional plan, for example.
Free 14-day trial plus a ‘Free forever’ option for task management only.
Jira is one of the most well-known tools in the world of product management, so creating a roadmap planner in Jira should be a piece of cake, right? The answer to that is yes, but there’s one small caveat to mention.
Jira has two types of roadmap: the basic version which comes as part of Jira’s core plans, and “Advanced Roadmaps” which is much more feature-rich and only available with Jira Software Cloud Premium.
Does not yet support roadmap planner templates, but more technically-minded users would be able to create and save their own.
A free version of basic roadmaps is available with Jira Software Cloud Free, but is limited to a single team (among other restrictions). Advanced Roadmaps are only available with the paid Premium edition of Jira.
7-day free trial for Jira Premium.
Trello is notable in the realm of roadmap planner software, in that it uses the concept of the Kanban board at the heart of its functionality.
Assigning tasks visually into lanes such as ‘To Do’, ‘In Progress’, and ‘Completed’ lends itself well to roadmap planning, making Trello a popular choice with product teams.
Trello also includes collaboration features, calendars, checklists, attachments, due dates, and more.
A growing library of templates, including roadmap planner templates for Trello. The app provides a dedicated website with filters to help users find the template they need. You can also learn more about creating roadmaps in Trello right here.
Provides a number of pricing tiers, including a feature-restricted Free plan.
Also offers a 14-day free trial of its Premium tier subscription.
Portfoleon differentiates itself in the market by having a singular focus on lean product roadmapping and portfolio management.
The Portfoleon app allows users to organize their roadmap planning in a variety of views, including timeline, spreadsheet, Kanban, and pivot table. The user interface may be more basic than other roadmap planner software options, but Portfoleon is still a relatively new solution with a lot of growth ahead of it.
When first creating a Portfoleon board, users can select from one of a handful of templates including Marketing, Product, etc. But this app doesn’t yet offer an extensive library of templates.
A feature-restricted free plan that allows up to 3 boards.
Unlimited resources are unlocked with either the Roadmapping or Portfolio plans, both of which come with free trials.
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Beyond the blog, if you’re interested in product roadmapping, our upcoming ebook will be right up your alley.
Watch this space, because we’ll share details about the ebook right here on the airfocus blog very soon.
60+ pages full of information about roadmapping and especially product roadmap: what is it, how to create a product roadmap, types of roadmaps, prioritization and tips on how to communicate with stakeholders effectively using roadmaps.