Zephyr has announced the release of their next generation add-on designed to help customers accelerate agile testing inside JIRA Cloud. The release of Zephyr for JIRA Cloud helps project teams extend their JIRA Cloud software to include testing into their workflows, and become more agile and collaborative. Since the launch of JIRA Cloud, customers have been asking Atlassian for a way to customize their Cloud instances with add-ons from the Atlassian Marketplace.

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Do your software developers and IT agents work in different systems? Do you lose visibility when you manually transfer work from your help desk software to your bug and issue tracker? Enter JIRA Service Desk, a new service management solution from Atlassian. Built on top of JIRA, JIRA Service Desk gives you one platform to track both tickets and the back-end issues that often cause them.

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Dean Hudson, Senior UX designer for JIRA, walked us through a typical day on the JIRA team for designers and developers alike in his webinar 'Collaborative design in agile teams.' He shared how JIRA integrates design into an agile development framework and spent 40 minutes answering questions from attendees. Forty minutes was not enough time to answer the 300+ questions, so Dean came up with a list of his top 10 questions and answers so everyone can learn how we do it. These Q&As range from what design tools Atlassian uses to how Atlassian handles customer feedback.

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With over 6 million members, Gilt is one of the hottest e-commerce sites on the planet. At noon every day it provides a flash sale of today’s top designer labels at up to 60% off retail. “At Gilt, every day is Black Friday,” says lead engineer Yoni Goldberg. Seconds after announcing a new sale, site traffic and transactions hurtle astronomically. Every employee and every team from development to distribution centers must be ready for the spike. It takes an agile, collaborative effort, spanning hundreds of employees from Dublin to Manhattan, to ensure a smooth and reliable customer experience.

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Sprint review at Atlassian: how we do it

In the late afternoon on Fridays you can often hear clapping and cheering throughout the Atlassian office. Here, we work hard, play hard, and celebrate our successes in the form of sprint reviews. Sprint reviews are not retrospectives. A sprint review is about demonstrating the hard work of the entire team: designers, developers, and the product owner. At Atlassian we like to keep our sprint reviews casual. Team members gather around a desk for informal demos and describe the work they've done for that iteration. It's a time to ask questions, try new features, and give feedback. Sharing in success is an important part of building an agile team.

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