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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How we manage Atlassian blogging with JIRA Agile

Atlassian has a very prolific blogging schedule, which includes 12 different blog categories with unique owners, and dozens of authors scattered throughout the company. Today we'll take a look at how the content manager uses JIRA and JIRA Agile to stay on top of everything. Keeping pace with the blogging schedule is all about flow. The content team has a few key goals when releasing content to Atlassian Blogs: Keep a steady flow of content rolling out to the readers Ensure each blog gets

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Scaling agile in the enterprise with SAFe and JIRA Agile

This guest post from Sander Brienen, senior engineer and Atlassian Expert at Avisi, is part of our Do Agile Right mini-series about about scaling agile. Sander speaks regularly at various Atlassian user groups and events, including Atlassian Summit 2013. Atlassian Summit was a while ago already. It was during the event that I presented a way to implement the Scaled Agile Framework in JIRA. The full video of my talk can be found in the Atlassian Summit archives. During my Summit

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Here at Atlassian we've been focusing a lot on user experience – a year ago, we introduced the Atlassian Design Guidelines (ADG), which serve to unify the customer experience across all of our products and add-ons with a  simple, and straightforward approach. JIRA goes ADG JIRA 6, released May 2013, is now ADG compliant with a more modern and beautiful experience. The header is now consistent with other products and easier to customize. Typography, spacing, and overall layout are uniform throughout

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Software development is intensely collaborative, requiring the effort of numerous people on many different teams. With so many stakeholders, it's difficult to maintain speed, transparency, and quality when shipping code. Most development teams accept these things as facts of life when building software, but this doesn't have to be the case any longer. Building better software starts here Today's release of Confluence 5.4 brings JIRA into Confluence – and Confluence into JIRA – like never before,

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