Are you suffering from long bouts of spending too much time planning your product roadmaps? Are you kept awake at night by worries of how you’ll keep your team on track? Then you should talk to your doctor about product roadmap tools. On second thought, just talk to us—yeah, your doctor probably won’t be of much help here.
Product roadmaps are documents that articulate where your product is and where it’s going. Having a good roadmap in place keeps your development team on the same page about your long-term business goals and what you all need to do to get there. However, these documents can get messy quickly. Product roadmap tools are there to keep everything organized and easily understood at a glance so everyone knows what role they can play in your product’s future.
There are a ton of product roadmap tools on the market today to fit every budget and need. Our list will help you evaluate the most important features of the best roadmap tools to bring your product to life—so you can spend less time visualizing product success and more time making it a reality.
Super simple (and mostly) free tools for roadmapping
Great product roadmaps don’t have to be complicated monstrosities. They can be a simple chart outlining your big-picture goals and what you’ll do to achieve them. If simplicity is your middle name, then you don’t need something that’s complicated and expensive. Luckily, there are a couple of (mostly) free tools with roadmap features that you can use to design and share your product roadmap.
1. Google Sheets
- Free option: Yes.
- Paid options: No.
- Ready-to-use roadmap templates: You can find some scattered around the web with a quick Google search.
- Integrations: API connector helps you integrate your data with Google Sheets.
Google Sheets is the online spreadsheet program we’ve all come to love. While not built exclusively as a roadmap tool, its familiar features and ease-of-use lend itself to collaboration and basic planning. Best of all, Google Sheets is 100% free. If all you want is a place to write out your goals for all to see, this is the right choice for you.
- Free option: Up to 500 items for free.
- Paid options: Unlimited use for $11.20 (€10.00) a month. Team prices start at $11.20 (€10.00) a month per user.
- Ready-to-use roadmap templates: No.
- Integrations: Sadly, no.
Draft.io creates visual documents that multiple people can collaborate on. Consider this a more visual alternative to Google Sheets.
Simple and affordable project management products with roadmap tools
These products may be small, but they are mighty. The tools in this section would make any small company happy, helping keep them organized from now through product launch and beyond.
- Free option: Their free plan comes with unlimited cards and 10 boards.
- Paid options: Trello also has a Standard plan ($5 a month), a Premium plan ($10 a month), and an Enterprise plan (price depends on the number of users). These upgraded plans get you more boards, storage, views, and features. Learn more on Trello’s pricing page.
- Ready-to-use roadmap templates: Undoubtedly.
- Integrations: More than you can shake a stick at.
Trello works best as a simple Kanban board. It’s easy to use, edit, and visually process. It lacks the automation, reporting, and dependencies you get with other options built specifically with roadmapping in mind, but it’s a compelling free product roadmap tool if you aren’t interested in all of those optional extras.
- Free option: There is a 14-day free trial and a free plan that includes unlimited boards and docs for 2 users.
- Paid options: Basic ($11 per seat/month), Standard ($14 per seat/month), and Pro ($22 per seat/month). You can check out what comes with each plan on monday.com’s pricing page.
- Ready-to-use roadmap templates: Yes.
- Integrations: Nope.
monday.com can create Kanban- or Gantt-style boards for your product roadmap. There are a lot of customization options, allowing you to set the person in charge of that task, priority markers, and statuses for each task. monday.com stands out for its collaboration tools, including work management tools, instant messaging, and file-sharing capabilities.
- Free option: Their Basic plan is free and includes unlimited tasks and projects for up to 15 team members.
- Paid options: Premium is $13.49 a month and includes tools like reporting and admin consoles. Business is $30.49 a month and includes advanced integrations, portfolios, and more. Get the details on Asana’s pricing page.
- Ready-to-use roadmap templates: Definitely!
- Integrations: Tons of integrations.
Asana is like Monday.com and Trello in that you can create a product roadmap with several views, including a Kanban-style board. It stands out with its very generous free Basic plan, which should be ideal for small companies. It also impresses with a boat-load of integrations to make it a true hub for your product.
Full-feature product roadmap tools
These tools have all the features for you to geek out and roadmap to your heart’s content. In fact, these tools have so many gadgets that the difference-makers will most likely be price and how they visualize your data.
- Free option: Up to 3 users and 60 tasks for free.
- Paid options: The Standard plan is $24.95 for 1 user with unlimited projects and tasks. More users can be added for an additional cost. An Advanced plan is also available for teams that want advanced reporting and hourly tracking. Learn more on their pricing page.
- Ready-to-use roadmap templates: Certainly!
- Integrations: 5 major integrations plus an API (Integrations resource page)
TeamGantt focuses on making Gantt charts, a document that is closely related to a product roadmap. Gantt charts typically include details like due dates, which product roadmap would not. For roadmaps, TeamGantt has a lot of functionality built in, including a drag-and-drop interface, collaboration tools, dependencies, and real-time project status updates.
- Free option: 14-day free trial.
- Paid options: The Basic plan is $49 a month per editor and allows you to make unlimited roadmaps with basic integrations and customized views. There are also Professional and Enterprise plans (price upon consultation) that get you more integrations, views, training, and features. Learn more on their pricing page.
- Ready-to-use roadmap templates: There’s a whole page full of templates for you to use.
- Integrations: Integrations depend on your plan. The Basic plan can integrate with Jira, Trello, Slack, Azure DevOps, Pivotal Tracker, GitHub, and Confluence. Learn more on their integrations page.
ProductPlan is purpose-built product roadmap software that makes it easy for your team to create shareable product roadmaps with clear swimlanes. It also has beefed-up security to keep your data safe, so this is a great choice if you’re looking for a full-featured roadmap tool.
- Free option: 14-day free trial.
- Paid options: They have 4 paid plans: Essential ($19 a month per editor), Advanced ($59 a month per editor), Pro ($109 a month per editor), and Enterprise (Custom). The biggest difference between each tier is their integrations. Check out the details on their pricing page.
- Ready-to-use roadmap templates: Ready for you to get started today.
- Integrations: airfocus boasts a lot of integrations, but make sure your plan allows for the integrations you need.
airfocus is an intuitive visual roadmap tool with a clean, easy-to-pick-up user interface. Its standout feature is Insights, which allows you to collect all of your customer feedback in one place. Insights allows product teams to keep up to date on how users are interacting with your product.
- Free option: They have a free version that lets you set up a Kanban board and assign tasks to an unlimited number of users.
- Paid options: There are three paid options available: Professional ($9.80 per user a month), Business ($24.80 per user a month), and Enterprise (Custom). Upgrading gives you access to Gantt charts, reports, custom workflows, and more. Learn more on Wrike’s pricing page.
- Ready-to-use roadmap templates: You betcha.
- Integrations: You want integrations? They’ve got integrations!
Wrike doubles as both a product management tool and a work management tool. It can create product roadmaps with dependencies, priorities, and deadlines sorted by quarter. It can also help you stay on top of workloads and the progress of each task so your projects and new features can stay on time.
- Free option: 14-day free trial.
- Paid options: There are four paid options available: Starter ($19 a month billed annually), Business ($65 per user a month), Professional ($129 per user a month), and Enterprise (Custom). Starter plans get unlimited roadmaps, but upgraded plans get access to API access tokens, integrations, dependencies, and more. Learn more on Roadmunk’s pricing page.
- Ready-to-use roadmap templates: They’ve got 10 for you to choose from, including a Scrum roadmap for your upcoming sprints.
- Integrations: The Roadmunk API will help you sync with what you need. Includes Azure DevOps and Jira integrations.
Roadmunk makes creating product roadmaps easy with its multitude of templates. Not only are they easy to make, but it also presents your data in a way that is easier to understand than almost any other roadmap tool.
11. Aha! Roadmaps
- Free option: 30-day free trial.
- Paid options: There are 4 paid options available: Startup (see if you qualify), Premium ($74.00 per user a month), Enterprise ($124.00 per owner/contributor a month), and Enterprise+ ($149.00 per owner/contributor a month). Get the details at Aha!’s pricing page.
- Ready-to-use roadmap templates: Yes, but you’ll need to start a free trial to see them.
- Integrations: Integrates with all of the popular tools you’d expect.
Aha! Roadmaps may look a little rough from a design point of view, but it has all of the functionality you need. Aha! Roadmap’s main selling point is its integrations. It works in sync with more than 30 popular products so every member of your team can hop on, find the data and view that they need, and then move your product forward.
- Free option: 14-day free trial.
- Paid options: There are 3 paid options available: Essential ($19.00 a month), Pro ($79.00 a month), and Enterprise (Custom). Essential allows you to build all of the roadmaps you need. Upgrading further gives you more users, a feedback portal, and integrations.
- Ready-to-use roadmap templates: There sure are!
- Integrations: Yes, but double-check that your plan supports them.
Craft.io stands apart from the crowd by pairing product roadmap software with a user story mapping tool. With these 2 items together, you can build out your product roadmap with your customer journey in mind.
- Free option: The Community Edition is completely free.
- Paid options: Enterprise versions costs money but are much cheaper than others on this list. The price is determined by the number of users, hosting, support options, and subscription length. Learn more on their pricing page.
- Ready-to-use roadmap templates: Yes—read more about them on their documentation page.
- Integrations: There are some integrations with popular tools, but fewer than with other tools on this list.
OpenProject’s unique selling feature is that it is open-source, with all the good and bad that comes with that. The free Community Edition is the most powerful free tool on this list, but it will require some effort and knowledge on your part to install and set up.
- Free option: 15-day free trial.
- Paid options: There are 4 paid versions for you to choose from: Essentials ($20 per user a month), Pro ($50 per user a month), Scale ($100 per user a month), and Enterprise (Custom). Upgrading beyond Essentials nets you more integrations and some other goodies like reporting and unlimited product feedback. Learn more on Productboard’s pricing page.
- Ready-to-use roadmap templates: Absolutely.
- Integrations: A kettle full of ‘em.
Productboard makes some of the most simple, easily absorbed roadmaps you’ll see online. Their party piece is that you can quickly adjust and share roadmaps designed with different stakeholders in mind.
- Free option: Free for up to 10 users. You can also try a 10-day free trial of their paid services.
- Paid options: There are 3 paid versions for you to choose from: Standard ($20 per user a month), Premium ($50 per user a month), and Enterprise (Custom). Upgrading to their paid plans gives you more users, better support options, and admin controls. Learn more on the Jira pricing page.
- Ready-to-use roadmap templates: Yes, and you can find them here.
- Integrations: A truly ridiculous amount.
Jira is the heavy-hitter in this field. It is incredibly customizable and can support pretty much anything you need it to do as long as you’re comfortable customizing it to suit your needs.
Product roadmaps require more than just tools
A good product roadmap needs to be easy to understand and purposefully built. Product roadmap tools help you with this, but they can also lead you down a path to overcomplication. To help you create the best product roadmaps, we’ve written some guides that’ll help you out.