Real-time collaboration – What’s new in StoriesOnBoard – April 2016

We are pleased to announce a new release of StoriesOnBoard. This release’s biggest improvement is real-time collaboration.

 Real-time collaboration

Working together on the same map at the same time wasn’t the most pleasant experience in StoriesOnBoard because you always needed to refresh the board to see each other’s changes.

From today, when others are making changes to the map their changes will appear immediately on your screen.

This applies to all the changes made by others, for example when someone

  • edits a card’s title or description
  • changes the status or color of a card
  • creates, moves or deletes a card (even higher level cards with children)

the changes will be instantly appearing on your screen. Even when someone changes a card in Jira, Trello or Pivotal Tracker, those updates will be seen on the map without a refresh.

We also have an experimental feature for giving presentations with StoriesOnBoard. On a meeting with remote members, one can be a presenter and others can choose to follow her. Followers can see what card the presenter is selecting and the cards details screen is also opened when the presenter is opening it.

Please try it and let us know how it works for you at your meetings.

Move story maps between workspaces

You can move a map to another workspace where you have permission to create new maps. This is useful in case you had created your own workspace first, but later you or someone created a company workspace and you’d like to move into a common workspace.

It will be more important when StoriesOnBoard will go out of beta because a subscription will be tied to a workspace and the plans will be based on the number of members in a workspace.Real-time collaboration - StoriesOnBoard

Moving a map moves all it’s contents, including

  • cards and their structure
  • colors
  • attachments
  • comments
  • cards’ connections to items in issue trackers

but it doesn’t move the map’s collaborators, issue tracker integration settings and team chat integration settings. You need to share the map again in its new workspace and set it’s integration settings.

When the map in it’s new place is connected to the same board in Trello, or the same project in Pivotal Tracker, or the same Jira instance and project, then the cards’ connection will be preserved, they will remain connected to their respective items in the integrated tool.

Other improvements and bug fixes


  • Total number of cards, total estimation, and estimation of remaining open cards are displayed for a release
  • Connected cards on the story map can be opened from Trello
  • Sync card’s estimation with story points in Jira and Pivotal Tracker

Bug fixes

  • Pressing ESC while editing release’s name dismissed the whole release lane
  • Disabling end enabling manually set up Jira integration ended up in internal server error
  • Internal server error was thrown after deleting a map
  • Horizontal scrolling of the top pinned rows didn’t work on newly created maps till reload
  • Deleting multiple stories in Pivotal Tracker at once didn’t disconnect card on the map
  • Copy and paste cards between two maps ended in internal server error
  • Pushing cards as epics in Jira threw Jira error message about missing epic name field

StoriesOnBoard beta will end soon

We are pleased to announce that StoriesOnBoard will end it’s beta period soon. Currently, we are working on turning it into a subscription-based service. We’d like to thank all the support we got from you so far.

What it will mean to you?

  • StoriesOnBoard will improve faster. We’ve got so many great requests and ideas from you. Finally, we’ll able to deal with them faster, once we can dedicate our time to the tool.
  • Better guarantees. You don’t need to worry about if the tool will disappear someday because we can’t pay the bills
  • And of course it will cost some money, but we hope that the value it gives in your projects will far outweigh its price

As always any feedback is greatly appreciated. Please use our feedback widget at the bottom right corner of the application.

Previous announcement:

What’s new in SotiesOnBoard – December 2015

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