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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Doing agile right at Starz Entertainment

Today we’re excited to present a new customer story with Starz Entertainment, the global media and entertainment powerhouse behind hit TV shows like Spartacus and Magic City. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Starz Entertainment has been evolving since 1991 to meet the demands of an "anytime, anywhere" audience. To overcome this challenge, Starz has been moving towards a leaner, more agile software development process. Engineering and business teams at Starz use JIRA as the single source of

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This post is the second in a Do Agile Right mini-series about about agile maturity. Matt Schenck is a Product Advocate with Atlassian. His experience implementing agile tools at companies of all sizes gives him a unique perspective on how tools and methodology coexist without disobeying the Agile Manifesto. We closed out an excellent 2013 Atlassian Summit with a plethora of great talks, many of which got me thinking – but none more so than that of Damon Poole, Chief Agilist at the Eliassen

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3 steps to a rocking agile wallboard

Before I started working in video streaming, I had never heard of the term "10-foot UI." For those who haven't heard this one yet, a 10-foot UI is the user interface specifically designed for use on televisions and large screens. Why is this interesting for us? Because JIRA can be used on a television screen, and it's actually really useful. Every moment of every workday, we're processing information; from people talking to us, our computers, or just walking around the office and taking everything

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7 steps to a beautiful and useful agile dashboard

Your agile dashboard: Inform to win! Hey agile ninjas! One of the questions I get from time to time is how to configure JIRA's dashboards to show content that's relevant for agile teams. About a year ago, Christina Bang published an excellent article about how to build a killer dashboard in JIRA. If you've not read her article, please start there first. We'll build on a number of concepts in her article as we extend it for agile teams. We will focus on scrum, but many of these tips apply for kanban

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My life runs on JIRA – Project Little Man

Those of you who saw me at Summit 2013 know I've got a special project underway: In about four weeks, our family will welcome another member. Even though this isn't our first child, getting ready for "Little Man," as we've been calling him, gets to feeling pretty overwhelming at times: Replace the car seat that evaporated into our community of friends after our first child outgrew it. Get the forms ready to send in for disability and parental leave. Bring home the bags of baby clothes passed down

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