Yesterday, two of our very own Atlassian Confluence product managers, Sherif Mansour and John Masson, hosted a live webinar where they shared agile best practices that they've learned over the years, including: When to write product requirements documents and when to seek alternatives How to write effective product requirements documents How to build prototypes when designing new features Using JIRA and Confluence for product management You were clearly eager to learn We reached GoToWebinar's

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Who’s who in agile teams?

Agile teams are structurally different than their waterfall counterparts. Agile teams focus on the team itself, where waterfall teams often follow the structure of the organization. In traditional waterfall development scheduling often is “top down,” meaning management sets the pace and schedule. In agile, the team is self organizing, and sets its own schedule and destiny within the larger organization. As I was learning scrum one of the questions that kept coming to mind was, “How do development

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Join us for the Do Agile Right webinar series

There are no right answers when it comes to how teams plan, build, and launch great software. Every team and situation is different, making your process inherently different as well. The title of this webinar series might be a little misleading because there isn't one way or a best way to do agile. The agile methodology provides a number of guiding principles and strategies, but leaves the implementation up to the team. Agile is a philosophy, not a rigid protocol. It's designed to allow each

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3 steps to ease external collaboration tension

Information is power. When everyone's priorities are clear, we can make better decisions for our project and the organization as a whole.  Once upon an time at an old job, I needed a considerable amount of the IT group's time to help me get a new CRM server up and running for my project. I often got the answer: "Wait." but I never knew why. Deadlines were looming, and it was becoming hard to explain to my stakeholders why things were delayed. I didn't know what priorities were trumping me, or if

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HowTo: Capacity planning with JIRA

For many teams becoming agile is a journey, not a point-in-time transition. While many teams share similarities, each team is unique in its skills and relationships. In this article, I'd like to focus on teams that have different, specialized skill sets; teams that can benefit from capacity planning, which ensures that there is the right amount of work for each person in the iteration. Many of the concepts in this article are for organizations that push work to the team. As teams transition to agile,

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