Big Hairy Goal

Big Hairy Goal

Mind-mapping, brainstorming, and progress-tracking tool

About Big Hairy Goal

Big Hairy Goal is a mind-mapping, brainstorming, and progress-tracking application for professional creatives. It is a tool that helps users generate and organize ideas, plan and execute projects, and track progress.

Big Hairy Goal allows teams to create and share mind maps and includes a built-in Kanban board for tracking progress. It offers various templates and tools to help businesses improve productivity and creativity. It is a structuring tool that enables users to plan workflows.


Key benefits of Big Hairy Goal

• Can be used for brainstorming
• Can be used for organizing thoughts
• Can be used for managing projects
• Helps you to visualize goals
• Helps users break down goals into smaller steps
• Helps teams to track progress
• Can be used for various purposes, such as planning projects, making decisions, and creating outlines
• Available on both macOS and iOS


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Big Hairy Goal Software - Made for macOS and iPad OS
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Big Hairy Goal Software - Jot down fast and get insights
Big Hairy Goal Software - Progress tracking and visual thinking
Big Hairy Goal Software - Brainstorming and Mind mapping
Big Hairy Goal Software - Plan steps and track progress
Big Hairy Goal Software - Unlimited workspace
Big Hairy Goal Software - Visual approaches to keep the birds eye view
Big Hairy Goal Software - Made for macOS and iPad OS

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Overall rating

4.8 /5
(12)
Value for Money
4.4/5
Features
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Ease of Use
4.6/5
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Marvin
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great tool to visualize your projects and brainstorm ideas

Reviewed on 24/10/2023

Pros

I absolutely love BigHairyGoal! This software empowers me to craft comprehensive project overviews effortlessly. As a visual thinker, being able to align multiple roadmap steps and brainstorm ideas on a whiteboard-style canvas is incredibly effective. BigHairyGoal's seamless feature for adding connections and groupings, along with its intuitive interface, makes my ideation process smooth and efficient. I never have to search for functions; they're right where I need them.

Cons

I'm a big fan of the software, and I have just one minor suggestion for improvement. Occasionally, I've noticed that the alignment of arrows can be a bit off. It would be fantastic if you could consider adding more alignment options, such as the ability to hold the Shift button to move elements on only one axis at a time or enabling horizontal and vertical distribution. Currently, the distribution option is greyed out for groups. This enhancement would make aligning multiple groups much easier and enhance my overall experience as a true Monk (for the non-Germans: someone with OCD who overemphasizes neat structures.)

Liana
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  • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Flexible visual thought elaboration

Reviewed on 26/09/2022

Big Hairy Goal is very helpful to me, and having tried several other mindmapping software packages,...

Big Hairy Goal is very helpful to me, and having tried several other mindmapping software packages, it is definitely my favourite. It has the ease and flexibility to let you explore ideas in a nonlinear way, but then makes it easy to find the thread that runs through the ideas, so you can communicate them in a linear way when writing papers or proposals.

Pros

My go-to tool for brainstorming, expanding on ideas, linking to notes, and then helping me organise my thoughts to make it easier to write papers, grants and lectures. Network/map structure can be hierarchical but also freeform, allows for ideas to expand, but then makes it easy to restructure as you go along. Useful formatting options make it more intuitive to refer to in the future. The developer is responsive and incorporates feedback into future versions. Many keyboard shortcuts allow the ideas to flow without awkward interface interruptions. The MacOS and iOS versions work together well with iCloud integration.

Cons

Sometimes the map automatic restructuring will move things in a slightly surprising way.

Dane
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  • Industry: Wine & Spirits
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

Sub-PAr but I do like the interface

Reviewed on 19/05/2023

Overall I will not continue after my trial ends. I mainly use this for financial roadmaps and...

Overall I will not continue after my trial ends. I mainly use this for financial roadmaps and personal business. I think this is a basic app and doesn't provide anything more than a simplistic UI.

Pros

I like that you can move the arrows around and change the format of how you want the bubbles to be arranged

Cons

The lack of features for the price, There should be an ability to use templates, search user generated templates, maybe a community feed. There should be more with a monthly price for such basic features. In addition there is no 'free' version you have to pay first to decide if you link it, yes the trial is useful, however I think that there could be more features for having to purchase it.In addition to the simplistic features, the text wrapping, box snapping, and overall accessibility of the app is pretty basic and robust. The text isn't centered and it pisses me off.

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Brian
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  • Industry: Computer Games
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Big Hairy Goals are what change the world

Reviewed on 27/10/2023

Pros

We are about to enter into a time of new and exiting technology and software. Most of the things we will encounter will come from a single idea. That spark that idea then needs to become a part of a story. That is where Big Hairy Goal [BHG] steps into the picture. The journey of an idea has obstacles, challenges and victories. Some we can anticipate; most we cannot. Nevertheless we need a guide that will help us build a plan and BGH is that guide. I love building mind maps. I used to use index cards on my bedroom floor. I used to use post it notes on my office wall. Today I use BHG it provides a clear visual picture of my thoughts and ideas and allows me the opportunity to navigate, drill down and adapt the parts while preserving the whole. It is fast. Easy to learn. Plus it has the best icon of any piece of software I have ever used. This is a all around great product for creative thinking and for idea development.

Cons

I wish that there was a better process to onboard and use the product. The quick tutorial is a great quick start feature, and I would not change that at all. I would love to have had a personal follow up at some point to help once I got the basics down. Maybe a community group would help.

Pramod
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for Free Trial
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

One of the Best Visualization & Note taking Tools

Reviewed on 28/02/2023

BHG fares really well against the competition. There is no other app that can match the overall...

BHG fares really well against the competition. There is no other app that can match the overall features of BHG. It feels like Scapple on steroids. These are the type of features that Scapple should have had, atleast as a consideration, but did not. I would recommend it to people, but I don't suppose many would purchase it due to the high cost and lack of family sharing.

Pros

BHG has the ability to rapidly brainstorm, connect cards, and group them. The grouping mechanism sets this app apart from the rest of the competition - it can quickly arrange cards into tables, rows and columns, and flow-charts (processes and flows), which is unique to this app. Having Kanban style boards is a plus, as it can quickly be used to visualise the state of a project. Overall, the app is very easy to use, and has some minor quirks (the cards in a table become misaligned, and require us to reselect the table grouping, when the align once again, etc.)

Cons

BHG currently lacks dates and card attributes (thinking along the lines of Tinderbox) - implementing these would really help make BHG THE tool for note taking. The inability to mix processes and flows for flowcharts is a pain point. The inability to customize the arrows is a pain point - I'd like to make them curve around, rather than pass through other cards while connecting between two cards. This improves readability. At the price point ($50 for a license), it should have included family sharing (absolutely essential, since most apps feature family sharing nowadays) - since otherwise, being a mac app store app, its not easy to even test the collaboration/sharing functionality. Not to mention a separate price for the mobile apps (on iPad and iPhone) make it a rather expensive package. I would say that the cost is reducing the apps reach to, and usefulness for, many people.

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Big Hairy Goal offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$4.99/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

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Big Hairy Goal has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50

Big Hairy Goal supports the following languages:

Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish

Big Hairy Goal supports the following devices:

iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

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Big Hairy Goal offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base

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