When working with a team to get a product to market, keep your work in a central location where everyone can securely store and access the files they need. Product managers and designers can easily collaborate and share confidential product designs, quality guidelines, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and mock-ups in a secure workspace using Drive or a Team Drive. When someone incorporates feedback and approvals, Drive shows you what files have changed. Even better, you and your external clients can securely access the latest files remotely on any device.
Keep track of sourcing activities for new products by creating a shared task list in Sheets. Create checklists to review new products and processes, then assign tasks to team members. Team members across the globe can directly update the task list in real time, without having to sift through everyone’s email updates. With everyone accessing and updating the same spreadsheet, it’s easier to distribute tasks and oversee development during all points of the product lifecycle.
Keeping track of new product plans and resources can be time-consuming, especially if you’re managing different product teams across the globe. Keep your product information, designs, KPIs, budget costs, and documents in one place with a Sites website. Now everyone in your organization—no matter where they’re located—can keep up to date on the product development process.
Want to share a new idea for a product or process? Get your organization quickly onboard with a Slides presentation that describes details, outlines market research strategies, establishes budgets and key timelines, and more. Make your presentation even more dynamic by adding visuals such as images, graphs, and videos.
When a product’s in the early stages of development, create a market research survey using Forms to capture customer feedback. Product managers can then sort, organize, and analyze the results in Sheets to improve product quality. Embed the results on an internal website using Sites so the entire team knows the best way to move the product forward.
If your organization is developing new products or processes, you need an easy way to manage its product documentation requirements. With Docs, you can create documents for product guidelines, design notes, research data, and more. Want to brainstorm a new product with your team? Create a document and instantly share it so everyone can contribute ideas. People can edit documents together in real time, chat within files, and get targeted feedback using comments and suggestions.
Want to schedule a meeting with one of your suppliers across the globe? Hold instant video meetings between design teams, suppliers, sourcing teams, manufacturers, and more using Hangouts. Or, join a video meeting to brainstorm ideas for new products, get virtual feedback on a product in progress, or instantly share task updates. Everyone in a product team can communicate easily and regularly without traveling and still get the benefit of face-to-face contact—all from a computer or mobile device.
Want to reduce the time you spend emailing different members of product teams? Need to share the same information with designers, suppliers, or manufacturers across the globe? Make communication easier by creating an email list for your team using Groups. Instead of emailing people individually, use the group’s email address to send status updates and share resources with everyone at once.
If you’re working with different product teams in remote locations and operating in multiple time zones, it can be challenging to keep track of everyone’s availability. With Calendar, you can layer your team members’ calendars to see when everyone is free. Or, create different shared team calendars so everyone’s aware of key meetings, training, product updates, and deadlines.
Encourage employees to engage in the innovation process and entrepreneurial culture of the organization by creating a social community. With Google+, you can crowdsource feedback on new products from within your organization, submit ideas for improving company processes, and share feedback on current projects. After creating a Google+ community, share thoughts, photos, videos, links, polls, and more to start conversations.