Archives for Ryan Anderson

Building great software is hard. It's one of the most intensely collaborative processes in the working world. Development teams are constantly battling the effects of tools that don't seamlessly integrate, aren't flexible enough to work for them, or aren't powerful enough to do what they need. JIRA and Confluence are integrated, flexible, and powerful tools; and we want to show you how they meet the needs of your software lifecycle in a webinar that showcases real use-cases and best practices from Garmin and Atlassian.

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Introducing a new feedback loop in Confluence 5.7

Working with feedback is one of the clumsiest and most difficult parts of getting work done. The feedback is never in one place, the conversations stream through various emails, and then all too often the feedback given is based on an outdated version. You have to fight off a headache just to update a few slides in your sales deck, or change a few numbers in your spreadsheet, or even clean up a couple typos in your product requirement.

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Plan better in 2015 with the Roadmap Planner macro

A new year brings New Year's resolutions. You may have set a couple resolutions for yourself, but have you made any with your team? We're excited to introduce a new macro to help you achieve your team's resolutions for 2015 and beyond. The Roadmap Planner macro is perfect for creating light-weight product and team roadmaps, as well as visualizing timelines for your team's projects.

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I recently hosted a webinar with Itamar Goldminz, the Director of Product at Opower, in which we discussed the best practices that Atlassian and Opower have found using JIRA and Confluence to plan and collaborate when building software. We focused on a variety of topics, including: requirements management strategies, approaches for group decision-making, and how to help teams outside of the software development process make use of agile best practices.

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A personal calendar is great for keeping track of your schedule—meetings, appointments, dinner plans. What a personal calendar is NOT great for is keeping track of what everyone on your team is doing. With each person's different projects, leave requests, and travel plans, keeping everyone on the same page is nearly impossible. Trying to juggle all these events is what usually leads to an "Oh Shit!" moment—when you suddenly realize you're going to miss a deadline, or a feature has to be pulled

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In our last major release, Team Calendars 4, we moved away from calendar types to event types so that you could centralize your team's schedule into fewer calendars. Shortly after the release, a feature request for custom event types was logged on our public issue tracker (about one year ago). We had no idea it would gain so much traction: It accumulated over 430 votes, 260 watchers, and 120 comments. It's the 13th most voted open feature request for all our products (some of which have

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