About Dan Radigan

Software has been a passion since the days of the floppy disk (you know, the actual 5.25 inch floppy ones). Agile has had a huge impact on me both professionally and personally as I've learned the best experiences are agile, both in code and in life. You'll often find me at the intersection of technology, photography, and motorcycling. Find me on Twitter: @danradigan.

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3 steps to taming technical debt

Mounting technical debt is similar to damage caused by termites--left unchecked, both can cause major problems. When technical debt creeps in, development becomes harder, the codebase becomes brittle, and tribal knowledge is required to understand hacks and known workarounds. Technical debt needs to be addressed and avoided in the future, but this is a difficult goal to strive for. Here at Atlassian, teams reduce technical debt by first identifying what it is, developing a plan to iteratively reduce it, and finding creative ways to enable developers to organically make the codebase better. Keep reading to learn more!

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Stand-up at Atlassian: how we do it

Stand-up is one of the fundamental parts of agile development, and it’s often the most misunderstood. Let’s be real: stand-ups by themselves don’t make your team agile. They aren’t about inflating egos or justifying job descriptions. They aren’t a time to plan; Sprint planning is for planning. They also aren’t the only time to mention blockers. If you’re stuck, ask for help!

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Sprint review at Atlassian: how we do it

In the late afternoon on Fridays you can often hear clapping and cheering throughout the Atlassian office. Here, we work hard, play hard, and celebrate our successes in the form of sprint reviews. Sprint reviews are not retrospectives. A sprint review is about demonstrating the hard work of the entire team: designers, developers, and the product owner. At Atlassian we like to keep our sprint reviews casual. Team members gather around a desk for informal demos and describe the work they've done for that iteration. It's a time to ask questions, try new features, and give feedback. Sharing in success is an important part of building an agile team.

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Sprint planning at Atlassian: How we do it

This article is the second in a series on agile ceremonies. Learn how we do sprint retrospectives, too! Every new year brings a renewed sense of purpose and in the software world, promises to ship better software. At Atlassian, we rely heavily on the agile ceremony of sprint planning to refocus execution, minimize surprises, and guarantee overall higher quality code during the new year. Let's walk through four tenets of sprint planning we find most helpful.

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Form nimble agile teams

With agile, it’s easy to talk about processes, ceremonies, and workflows. But it’s also easy to lose sight of the team. In this article, we’ll explore the dynamics of forming nimble agile teams and how to configure JIRA to support multiple teams. Plus, you’ll learn additional tips from the JIRA team on how to optimize work across a set of teams.

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