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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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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With over 6 million members, Gilt is one of the hottest e-commerce sites on the planet. At noon every day it provides a flash sale of today’s top designer labels at up to 60% off retail. “At Gilt, every day is Black Friday,” says lead engineer Yoni Goldberg. Seconds after announcing a new sale, site traffic and transactions hurtle astronomically. Every employee and every team from development to distribution centers must be ready for the spike. It takes an agile, collaborative effort, spanning hundreds of employees from Dublin to Manhattan, to ensure a smooth and reliable customer experience.

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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. Step 1: Check your roadmaps before you

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