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Work, social? Software today is becoming increasingly social. At first, applications like MySpace and Facebook defined social media and social networking.  Social networks forged new norms about how we communicate and work together. Because of that, many applications are now including social features to enhance the interaction between people through the software. The other side effect of increasingly social software is that we become more visible across the organization. Features like activity

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The Tip of the Month, brought to you by Atlassian University, is a monthly series to help master Atlassian tools. Products are more fun to use when you know all the tricks. Understanding Filtering in GreenHopper and JIRA Sometimes we need to bring out our inner nerd to solve problems.  Sound cool?  Then this tip of the month is for you!  GreenHopper allows you to organize issues in your agile development program in an Agile board.  Let's take a minute to see how JIRA and GreenHopper focus

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Managing a Product Backlog with Ease (3/3)

In the last post, we outlined how Josh Devenny, one of the JIRA PM's uses GreenHopper to prioritize work for the team. He works closely with the development team to ensure the team works on the most important issues first, and is sensitive to feedback from the dev team on their status and concerns. The development team uses a kanban process. Kanban optimizes flow by minimizing the number of items the team is working on to keep everyone on the same page. With a clear focus on a few issues at

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Managing a Product Backlog with Ease (2/3)

I got a number of comments on the blog post titled Managing a product backlog with ease. Because there were several key questions around the larger workflow and how the product managers interact with engineering, I wanted to do a follow-up blog post on that side of the process. The JIRA team is quite a large team, divided into smaller team surrounding themes. Theme teams can include areas like issue tracking, JIRA administration, or the out-of-box experience. In this article I was able to sync

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Visualize Your Roadmap

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Backlog weighing you down? One of the most common challenges agile teams face is this: they lose the big picture. It's hard to stay motivated if you only see small pieces–sprints and stories–and not the entire product your team is building. Team members need to be part of the vision and not just authors of arbitrary features. Even for the Product Owner it can be hard to determine whether a system is fully described. And what does she say to a stakeholder if she gets asked the question: "What

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The Tip of the Month, brought to you by Atlassian University, is a monthly series to help master Atlassian tools. Products are more fun to use when you know all the tricks. When was the last time you used the "Quick Search" box in the top right corner of every screen in JIRA? If you're anything like me, you probably use it almost daily. The Quick Search box is commonly used to navigate directly to an issue or perform a free text search across all of JIRA. But the Quick Search box is much

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