Boardthing

A clean and simple collaborative sticky note board.

Screen shot from Boardthing showing several clusters of cards

A collaborative exploration of the challenges of remote work

Boardthing is a shared virtual sticky note board, sometimes called a card board.

Users can create and arrange colored sticky notes on blank white boards. Basic functions let users create a note, type inside it, change the color, add photos or videos, drag the note to another location, and drop it on another note to group them together. Basic drawing tools are available to create hi-lo grids or other simple templates to organize the notes. Multiple collaborators can join the same board, where they all have access to create and move notes together. Groups of notes can be dot-voted quickly and easily. Card data can be exported for other uses.

Scenario / Use Case

We use Boardthing in combination with a web conference to give clients a workspace where everyone can be involved in creating and sorting ideas. After a few minutes of individual or small group brainstorming, participants work together to cluster and rank the ideas. We use dot-voting to quickly assess areas of interest, then sort the highest-ranked ideas on a two-axis grid to compare cost and impact. Participants drop cards with their names on them into a scale to quickly show their level of agreement with the proposed decision.

Pros

  • Participants can join a board as a guest simply by clicking a link provided via chat or email; no need to create accounts for everyone (the host needs an account).
  • The interface is simple and fairly intuitive.
  • Notes can be long or short and can contain media other than text.
  • Boards are persistent and can be revisited later.
  • Cards can contain template images and then be resized and locked so the template is available in the background.

Cons

  • When many people are creating and moving notes at once, it can be confusing and a little overwhelming.
  • It’s possible for people to accidentally delete other people’s notes.
  • Dot-voting is honor-system based; that is, someone could vote more times than requested.

Groups It’s Good For

  • Distributed teams that need to review and make decisions about many ideas quickly.
  • Teams that need to work asynchronously but want a visual tool they can share.

Cost & Access Information

Visit boardthing.com to request an invitation to the free beta, or visit new.boardthing.com to sign up for a permanent account. Free accounts do not allow collaborators and limit the number of boards you may have. A yearly subscription is available for premium accounts.

 

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