When I joined Atlassian, I had heard of JIRA and Confluence, but had never used them. During my first day at the office, I was joined by other new hires and taken through our onboarding. We covered important items like which systems were tied to various passwords, the passcode for the alarm, and, most important, how to order lunch. All of these tidbits of information were helpful, but taking it all in was like drinking from a fire hydrant. That's when they introduced us all to the "extranet," or

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Memos, post-its, endless meetings: these are a few of the ways you can slow down team productivity. You're often much better off communicating ideas quickly and simply with diagrams. There are several great Confluence add-ons that help you easily create beautiful diagrams, including Confluence Diagramming by Creately, Gliffy, and Graphviz — that are intuitive, fast, and smart. They take care of creating and embedding simple, easy-to-use diagrams, so you can focus on what matters to you.

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Keeping up with numerous user directories for email, Confluence, and other software you use at work can quickly turn into a headache. Google Apps integration can make managing your user directory easier especially if you're already using Google for email. Combine the ease of Google Apps for user management with Confluence where you create, organize, and discuss work with your team.

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Of all the difficult math problems you'll encounter, one never seems to get easier with time. How can this be formatted on a page? Luckily there’s an add-on that lets you clear up the clutter and create elegant parades of mathematical notation. Beautiful Math doesn't make balancing equations any easier, but it will let you integrate them into your page with the polish and clarity you desire. Beautiful Math gives you the ability to incorporate mathematical expressions into your Confluence pages with the same elegance, flavor, and quality people have come to expect from scientific papers, textbooks, and so forth.

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You love Confluence because it gives your team a shared space to collaborate, access the collective knowledge of a talented group, and encourage the type of open discussion that leads to breakthroughs and new ideas. Confluence presents you with the ability to discover exciting solutions and inspired answers. The one thing you don’t need is clutter. And the one thing you never want to be is ‘That Guy’ who is the cause of clutter.

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