3 steps to taming technical debt

Mounting technical debt is similar to damage caused by termites--left unchecked, both can cause major problems. When technical debt creeps in, development becomes harder, the codebase becomes brittle, and tribal knowledge is required to understand hacks and known workarounds. Technical debt needs to be addressed and avoided in the future, but this is a difficult goal to strive for. Here at Atlassian, teams reduce technical debt by first identifying what it is, developing a plan to iteratively reduce it, and finding creative ways to enable developers to organically make the codebase better. Keep reading to learn more!

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Get started with these JIRA Portfolio demo videos

Are you using JIRA Portfolio but unsure about where to start? Or maybe you're not using JIRA Portfolio but want to see how it works? Good news! We've created a series of JIRA Portfolio demo videos to teach you the fundamentals so you can get your projects into JIRA Portfolio in no time. There are 9 videos in total (whoa!) but each one is only 3 to 5 mins long (phew!). If you're new to JIRA Portfolio, we recommend watching them in order.

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Until telepathy is mastered, software teams can enjoy the next best thing: the all-new JIRA HipChat integration. Shipped in JIRA 6.4., teams can now instantly generate project-specific chat rooms and choose which JIRA notifications are broadcast into each room. Teams will get the information they want, where they want it, in real time. This eliminates bothersome shoulder tapping, and messages that get lost in the shuffle. Heck, you won't even need mind reading with this. Let’s dive in and learn more about how teams can resolve issues faster than ever with real-time communication and collaboration in JIRA 6.4.

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The devil's in the details, they say. And those little details can send you up a wall if they're not working just right. Your real work is too important to let stuff like this get to you. The Atlassian Marketplace has a vast array of useful — and no-cost — add-ons to take care of the everyday hassles, so you can get back to work.

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A few years ago, Andy started Halogenics with a goal of working closely with many of Australia's top medical research institutions to develop, implement, and support software that would facilitate better research. Halogenics implemented the full stack of Atlassian software – JIRA, Confluence, HipChat, Bamboo, Bitbucket - upon its inception in 2008. As a small company of three, they needed a solution that was powerful, yet cost effective.

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Building great software is hard. It's one of the most intensely collaborative processes in the working world. Development teams are constantly battling the effects of tools that don't seamlessly integrate, aren't flexible enough to work for them, or aren't powerful enough to do what they need. JIRA and Confluence are integrated, flexible, and powerful tools; and we want to show you how they meet the needs of your software lifecycle in a webinar that showcases real use-cases and best practices from Garmin and Atlassian.

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