The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and User Story Mapping

SAFe includes practices and principals for large scale software development efforts. The intent is to scale what works for smaller teams for the larger enterprise by using agile and lean practices. The goal is to use processes like lean and Agile to decrease cycle times and coordinate work at scale. We occasionally get questions on where the User Story Mapping …

New Folders and My Boards

Get Organized with Folders

After creating several boards, you might come to the realization that you wished you had a better way to organize your boards. Several customers reached out to us asking for this capability. So, we are pleased to announce that you can now create folders in CardBoard to better organize your content. CardBoard is the first in the online diagraming and …

Using Journeys in CardBoard

Customer Journey

A user journey (or sometimes customer journey) is a series of steps your users go through to accomplish a task in your product/service. Several paths exist where your users will traverse through your app. Going through your user’s journey is an important exercise that really puts you in their shoes. It can uncover holes in your design, frustrating experiences and …

Hate Estimating? Try doing a User Story Map instead

EstimatesTreatedAsDeadlines

There is no shortage of people who loathe estimating software projects. Business folks love certainty. They always want to know how much something is going to cost and how long will it take. Software Engineers, not so much. We’ve been burned so many times giving someone our best “guess,” only for them to hold it as a commitment against us. …

Welcome Trello Fans!

We know we have several customers who really like Trello. It’s really easy to use, doesn’t cost money and is so versatile in its uses. Today, the CardBoard team is proud to announce support for Trello integration! After you have completed your User Story Map, you can simply push all of your cards over to Trello. It’s really that simple. …

Modern Product Management techniques for today’s SaaS business

Managing a Software as a Service (SaaS) product can be quite a challenge, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Perhaps the best thing you can do to lead your SaaS product is to use other SaaS products. Whenever you need to do something, always check to see if there is someone out there who already provides a …

Hone in on the cards you really care about with Jira Filters

One of the hidden gems in CardBoard is that you can use Jira Filters to get to the cards you really want to see. This past week, we had several customers ask us “is there any way I can filter out the cards that are done?”.  The answer is yes and we will show you how to do it. Create …

Share your boards with Everyone!

With our new Share Link feature, you can share your user story maps with everyone. Even those that don’t have a CardBoard account. You’ll find it is super easy to get others involved by giving them a link via email, slack, SMS etc. To share your board, click on the Collaborators icon and then select “Share Link”.   Next you’ll …

Say Hello to “Free Text”

You asked, we listened. The new, widely requested “Free Text” tool takes versatility in story mapping to a whole new level. It has universal functionality and is a handy tool for your building process. Let’s take a look at just a few of the ways free text can make your story maps your own. Customization To create free text, drag …

The Summer Blend Release

Last month we overalled the UI and UX of CardBoard and this month we are introducing our Summer Blend Release. We love Agile, User Story Mapping and have several new features for you to try out. But before we touch on that, I wanted to share how the release has impacted our financial metrics. We set several goals and we …