CardBoard

Web-based collaborative user story and journey mapping tool

About CardBoard

CardBoard is a an online solution for team-based project planning, providing a "workboard" environment for the purposes of user story mapping. Hosted within the cloud, the SaaS-based product's per user per month pricing plans begin with free sign up "for life" and an unlimited allowance of public boards. Essential, Professional and Enterprise paid packages then bundle more advanced features, including real time collaboration. Team members can then be invited in rapidly to share board views and work collaboratively on story maps that describe customer journeys or visualize user experiences, workflows, cognitive flows, narratives or test paths. In its own words akin to a blend of Google Docs and Post-It Notes, CardBoard leverages drag and drop editing to arrange "cards" within an infinite browser-based workspace. Adding custom titles to the front, detailed text to the back, the cards can be quickly re-positioned and rearranged on any device thanks to intuitive snapping, while annotations, images and color themes can also applied to deepen the discussion.

CardBoard also easily connects to various popular tracking tools such as JIRA, Confluence, TFS, VersionOne, Pivotal Tracker and Rally. Once linked, Professional users are then able to visualize product progress and card estimates by toggling status on or off, supporting any planning and re-planning as necessary. Additional notable features include CSV data upload and access to customizable public templates, while data encryption, user activity reports, invoicing and Single Sign On (SSO) support augment the core functionality.

Pricing starting from:

US$8,00/month

  • Free Trial
  • Free
  • Subscription

Key benefits of CardBoard

  • CardBoard is an online graphical workflow plotting tool that allows "story maps" to be defined using a drag and drop card-based metaphor, with the ability to add titles and descriptions, annotations and color coding in order to visualize customer journeys, workflows or test paths etc.
  • A free price plan gives users access to unlimited public boards, while "Essential" users receive an allowance of 10 private boards, real time collaboration, the ability to add images to boards, commenting, plus the use of dividers / swimlanes.
  • Professional and enterprise-level pricing plans add advanced features such as data encryption, journeys, user activity reports, Single Sign On (SSO), invoicing, plus premium support and team onboarding services.
  • Via CardBoard's collaborate icon, team members and multiple users can be invited in to join the workspace and work on the same board remotely.
  • Integration provisions for third-party tracking tools and applications including JIRA, Confluence, VersionOne, Pivotal Tracker and Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), allows progress and estimates of cards to be visualized with edits automatically synced between them.
  • Devices

    Business size

    S M L

    Markets

    United States, Canada, Australia, India, Japan

    Supported Languages

    English

    Pricing starting from:

    US$8,00/month

    • Free Trial
    • Free
    • Subscription

    Images

    CardBoard cards have titles applied to the front and details added to the rear, with the color also switchable to theme and code certain pathways
    Drag and drop operation makes CardBoard's use across touchscreen devices such as tablets
    Visual product progress is support by connectivity with popular third-party tracking tools, visualizing progress and estimates of cards while syncing back any changes
    Collaborate with distributed teams with a click of the collaborate icon, inviting anyone within a community to join and begin working within the shared workspace
    Customer journeys can be plotted within a story map, using cards to assist the visualization of user experiences, workflows, test paths and more
    Story mapping is achieved by adding "Post-It" note-style cards to the workspace, using drag and drop to reorganize into position and add annotations etc
    User story maps can be embedded in Confluence via the CardBoard add-on for Confluence within the Atlassian Marketplace
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    CardBoard screenshot: CardBoard cards have titles applied to the front and details added to the rear, with the color also switchable to theme and code certain pathways CardBoard screenshot: Drag and drop operation makes CardBoard's use across touchscreen devices such as tablets CardBoard screenshot: Visual product progress is support by connectivity with popular third-party tracking tools, visualizing progress and estimates of cards while syncing back any changes CardBoard screenshot: Collaborate with distributed teams with a click of the collaborate icon, inviting anyone within a community to join and begin working within the shared workspace CardBoard screenshot: Customer journeys can be plotted within a story map, using cards to assist the visualization of user experiences, workflows, test paths and more CardBoard screenshot: Story mapping is achieved by adding "Post-It" note-style cards to the workspace, using drag and drop to reorganize into position and add annotations etc CardBoard screenshot: User story maps can be embedded in Confluence via the CardBoard add-on for Confluence within the Atlassian Marketplace

    Features

    Total features of CardBoard: 27

    • Billing & Invoicing
    • Chat
    • Collaborative Workspace
    • Commenting
    • Customizable Templates
    • Data Import
    • Data Synchronization
    • Drag & Drop Interface
    • Estimating
    • Forum / Discussion Board
    • Graphical Planning
    • Graphical Workflow Editor
    • Multi-Department / Project
    • Multiple User Accounts
    • Prioritizing
    • Progress Tracking
    • Receiving
    • Recurring Tasks
    • Reporting & Statistics
    • SSL Security
    • Single Sign On
    • Swimlanes
    • Tagging
    • Third Party Integration
    • To-Do List
    • User Stories
    • Workflow Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4,2 /5
    (170)
    Value for Money
    4/5
    Features
    3,9/5
    Ease of Use
    4,3/5
    Customer Support
    4,4/5

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    Veselin M.
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    • Industry: Computer Software
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Monthly for 1-5 months
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    • Ease of Use
    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    The easy way to Story Mapping

    Reviewed on 2018/08/02

    It's a useful tool which gets the job done. You sign up, and create a board without even thinking...

    It's a useful tool which gets the job done. You sign up, and create a board without even thinking about the functions. It's that easy. Especially after they updated the interface.

    Keep in mind the tool is more in the freeform category - you can place anything anywhere in a grid - it won't require you to put specific things in specific slots. The drawback of it is that while it is comfortable, it can't fully integrate with task/issue tracking tools.

    Pros

    While working with paper and stickies is the most quick tool to adopt, sometimes a digital one is required, as it provides certain benefits (quick editing; sharing; remote collaboration).

    I liked that it required zero learning for the basics. I just did the storymaps without a hitch, no wondering how I can do this or that. Of course, it provides some advanced functionality, but for the pure, basic, stickies-on-the-wall, experience, you there isn't a learning curve. Just plug and do.

    Cons

    The free version is said to work like the GitHub model - all boards are public. Everyone can see them and browse them. So far so good. However, unlike GitHub where you can use one of several ways to get your repository to other people (sharing a link, inviting them, telling them the name of the repo...) I didn't find any of it here. I could not share the free board to my colleagues (even for viewing). There is a workaround with exporting, which can get the job done.

    I understand this is their business model, but then the site should not describe it working as GitHub's public repos, as it, in practice, differs as an end result.

    Mark L.
    Overall rating
    • Industry: Information Technology & Services
    • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
    • Used Daily for Free Trial
    • Review Source

    Overall rating

    • Ease of Use
    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    Good but with some hiccups

    Reviewed on 2018/07/27

    I found the software quite useful for basic storyboarding and brainstorming new projects....

    I found the software quite useful for basic storyboarding and brainstorming new projects. Unfortunately, due to the limitations of the JIRA integration and the nature of the work I'm doing, it just wasn't useful for anything other than large/complicated projects that need a fair amount of planning and it could only be used in the initial stages. Once I had the list of story "slugs" it was better to manually migrate the list over to JIRA and cease using Cardboard.

    Pros

    I quite liked the intuitive interface and ease of storyboarding things.

    Cons

    The JIRA integration left something to be desired. The software did not do a good job of informing me of what it would do when I synced the two. It was also not clear to me that this was not a constant sync. Changes in one product were not automatically migrated over to the other. This was especially problematic because later syncs of the stories and epics caused duplicates of the previously synchronized items to appear because the system did not identify previously sync'd stories.

    Fa B.
    Overall rating
    • Industry: Computer Software
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Other for 2+ years
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    Overall rating

    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
    • Likelihood to recommend 4.0 /10

    Good idea, missing features, buggy

    Reviewed on 2018/07/30

    - Bad and Good
    - The central idea of the board is nice
    - Everything around seems to have been donc...

    - Bad and Good
    - The central idea of the board is nice
    - Everything around seems to have been donc in a rush
    - Management of teams are just a mess
    - The idea a public boards, not searchable, messy . .. give you just a bad image
    - Not intuitive (except for the cards management)

    Pros

    - The idea
    - The fact that their is not real alternative to the product (not saying it's a good product, just not worst than competition)
    - Easy to use and simple
    - The journey feature

    Cons

    - Buggy
    - The pricing model
    - Missing at least a crucial features: descent printing (what do you think teams do with a Story Map)
    - When you move things cards do not reorganized as expected and we end to have to move many cards across the screen. I should not be forced to think in advance what to enter first to avoid delating and moving things around after.

    Response from CardBoard

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    Peter B.
    Overall rating
    • Industry: Financial Services
    • Company size: 201-500 Employees
    • Used Other for 2+ years
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    Overall rating

    • Ease of Use
    • Customer Support
    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    CardBoard

    Reviewed on 2018/07/27

    I stumbled upon CardBoard a long time ago (2011) when I wanted an easy way to capture a Story Map. ...

    I stumbled upon CardBoard a long time ago (2011) when I wanted an easy way to capture a Story Map. I really liked how easy it was to drop cards, move them around, and add some comments. The Team really enjoyed the look and feel of it. It did what we wanted and nothing more. I'm not a heavy user of it, but when I do need to put together a Story Map, CardBoard is what I turn to.

    Pros

    The simplicity of the tool, it provided me with what I wanted and did not over complicate it with features I did not need.

    Cons

    The export to excel option was pretty messy, but then again why export it?

    What I wanted was a way to capture the full board visually to put into a document or communication, to show the overall Story Map (which I could not get in screen shots) I realize I could provide a link to the board for people to access and see the actual Map, but sometimes you just want a picture of it to support a communication.

    Sean F.
    Overall rating
    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 10 000+ Employees
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
    • Review Source

    Overall rating

    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
    • Customer Support
    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Cardboardit for developing roadmaps and communicating with stakeholders

    Reviewed on 2018/07/27

    The tool is great for presenting the roadmap to leadership, stakeholders, and Engineers. I would...

    The tool is great for presenting the roadmap to leadership, stakeholders, and Engineers. I would highly recommend it, however, would also suggest getting enough licences for all folks on your team due to the limited export capabilities.

    Pros

    The application is intuitive and it's very easy to demonstrate the importance of technical debt to stakeholders.

    Cons

    The export capability is limited. The description of the cards can not be exported without printing each card individually. The board view PDF export is not as user friendly/aesthetically pleasing as the actual application. Stakeholders are asking for PDF exports, however, I hesitate to share due to the aforementioned reasons.

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    CardBoard offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$8,00/month
    • Pricing model: Free, Subscription
    • Free Trial: Available

    $8 - $12 per user per month

    CardBoard offers the following features:

    • Alerts / Notifications
    • Chat / messaging
    • Collaborative workspace
    • Content import / export
    • Customizable templates
    • Data import
    • Data synchonization
    • Discussion board
    • Dividers
    • Drag & drop interface
    • Evaluation workflow
    • Feature management
    • Gantt / timeline view
    • Graphical planning
    • Graphical user interface
    • Graphical workflow editor
    • IT / software projects
    • Images
    • Import tasks
    • Invoicing
    • Journeys
    • Multiple user accounts
    • Percent-complete tracking
    • Prioritization
    • Progress tracking
    • Recurring tasks
    • Reporting / analytics
    • SSL security
    • Single Sign On
    • Spreadsheet view
    • Story mapping
    • Swimlanes
    • Task board view
    • Task editing / updating
    • Task progress tracking
    • Task tagging
    • Third party integration
    • To-do list
    • User activity monitoring
    • Workflow management

    CardBoard has the following typical customers:

    Small Business, Large Enterprises, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

    CardBoard supports the following languages:

    English

    We do not have any information about what devices CardBoard supports

    CardBoard integrates with the following applications:

    Atlassian Confluence, Jira, Pivotal Tracker, VersionOne

    CardBoard offers the following support options:

    Phone Support, Online Support, FAQs

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