A product manager’s guide to release planning

Growing up, my ski coach always used to say "If you don't plan for it, it won't happen." He wanted us to set goals and lay out a path to reach them. The same sentiment can be applied to building software, except building software is much more of a team sport than skiing. You need to make sure everyone on your team – plus other stakeholders like marketing and support – understands what you're trying to build, why you're building it, how long you expect it to take, and how the project is tracking

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Every quarter, the JIRA Portfolio team does their full roadmap review and long-term planning. This quarter, we were able to convince Martin Suntinger, the Principal Product Manager for JIRA Portfolio, to give us a sneak peak into what goes down. Watch the webinar below to see how our planning experts use JIRA Portfolio to combine both long-term planning and agile.

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Tips for agile product management

At Atlassian, we pride ourselves on building great products. We rely on our fantastic product managers and product owners to lead the product design process. We're also strong advocates of agile methodologies for software development, and love to share what we learn about agile with all of you. We're excited to bring it all together with a new set of articles on Agile Product Management.   Learn more We've started with four articles from a few of Atlassian's product management experts, Sherif

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Heather Fleming and Justin Riservato from Gilt shared their advice and experiences in helping teams and companies transition to an Agile methodology in their webinar, “Stop ‘Going Agile’: The three conversations you need to have before you start.” In their discussion, Heather and Justin highlighted why having alignment in how you approach agile is more important than implementing a process, especially when it comes to talking about deadlines, engagement, and people. Here, they selected some of the top questions from their Q&A sessions that dive a little deeper into some tactics on applying the methodologies discussed.

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A few years ago, Andy started Halogenics with a goal of working closely with many of Australia's top medical research institutions to develop, implement, and support software that would facilitate better research. Halogenics implemented the full stack of Atlassian software – JIRA, Confluence, HipChat, Bamboo, Bitbucket - upon its inception in 2008. As a small company of three, they needed a solution that was powerful, yet cost effective.

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