The HipChat team went from one team in San Francisco to multiple teams across four time zones before anyone could blink – let alone think about how hard it is to pull that off. Josh Devenny (HipChat Product Manager, San Francisco) and Dave Minnigerode (HipChat Development Manager, Austin) gave a great webinar about how they manage HipChat's distributed teams of engineers, designers, and contractors. Check out the recording below. And below that, you'll find a transcription of some Q&As

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In a previous JIRA insiders, I showed you how the JIRA Portfolio team combines long-term planning and agile execution using JIRA Portfolio. I also mentioned that "techniques for coming up with a high-level product strategy could fill a separate blog post." We were overwhelmed by the interest and feedback in that blog (thanks!), so I'm delivering on that promise today by sharing some of the techniques that help us with defining, discussing and presenting a strategic product roadmap and how to translate

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JIRA Portfolio is now JIRA Data Center compatible

Data Center is all about performance at scale. JIRA Portfolio is all about agile at scale. And now we've combined the power of both -- JIRA Portfolio is now JIRA Data Center compatible! So if you want to combine long-term planning with agile, and get great performance for growing teams, your time has finally come.

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Every quarter, the JIRA Portfolio team does their full roadmap review and long-term planning. This quarter, we were able to convince Martin Suntinger, the Principal Product Manager for JIRA Portfolio, to give us a sneak peak into what goes down. Watch the webinar below to see how our planning experts use JIRA Portfolio to combine both long-term planning and agile.

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It's been said that agility comes with awareness. When it comes to IT support, it means acting rapidly when necessary. An agile IT team is flexible. They can anticipate or quickly adapt to changing situations and improvise when faced with obstacles. When urgent issues come in, they need fast answers. Often, managers aren't notified right away, resulting in lost time. Other times, domain experts need to get involved and aren't quickly reachable. Beyond just critical tickets, IT managers have a hard time leaving the office because doing so means going blind to support activity.

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A leap second is a one-second adjustment that is occasionally applied to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) in order to keep its time of day close to the mean solar time. The most recent leap second insertion happened on June 30, 2012 at 23:59:60 and caused disruptions in computing systems all around the world.

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