Retrospectives at Atlassian: How we do it

Happy November...it's almost December, the time for retrospectives!  The end of the year is a time for reflection. For our team, each member considers questions like: What went well? What accomplishments did I make? What do I want to improve on? What did I miss that I want to do next year? That's right, December is our yearly retrospective! (That's the cool agile term.) Retrospectives are the meetings held after a sprint, iteration, or release. They provide an opportunity for agile

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New webinar: JIRA + Stash, a love story

Context switching is a productivity killer for development teams of all sizes. In most workflows, issue trackers like JIRA record which features have been built, which bugs have been fixed, and what work is scheduled for future releases. Version control systems like Git track the actual code used to bring these bug fixes and features to life. While both systems are vital to your workflow, keeping the two in sync can take some effort and discipline from your development team. At Atlassian, we're saving

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Not anymore at Trulia. "The days of managing work items with sticky notes and a bunch of fragmented tools are long gone," says Nate Van Dusen, Trulia's Engineering Program Management Director. Like so many companies, Trulia's success and growth meant they had to adapt to meet new challenges to stay successful. What they wanted was a tool that could provide visibility at every level of the organization. They wanted the ability to understand each project's status in detail, and an easy, reliable

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A personal calendar is great for keeping track of your schedule—meetings, appointments, dinner plans. What a personal calendar is NOT great for is keeping track of what everyone on your team is doing. With each person's different projects, leave requests, and travel plans, keeping everyone on the same page is nearly impossible. Trying to juggle all these events is what usually leads to an "Oh Shit!" moment—when you suddenly realize you're going to miss a deadline, or a feature has to be pulled

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If you tuned into the “Building a great agile team” webinar, then you participated in a first for the JIRA team: We hosted three webinars in three different time zones to try and reach as many of our customers as possible. Between the three webinars, there were 316 questions asked by audience members. Our host Jimi Hazel and Q&A support Michael “Tokes” Tokar, chose their top 10 questions to answer in this blog (plus three bonus questions). Enjoy! Here's a link to watch the webinar

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Form nimble agile teams

Focus on the agile team With agile, it’s easy to talk about processes, ceremonies, and workflows. But it’s also easy to lose sight of the team. In this article, we'll explore the dynamics of forming nimble agile teams and how to configure JIRA to support multiple teams. Plus, you'll learn additional tips from the JIRA team on how to optimize work across a set of teams. Teams of people are the lifeblood of any organization. Effective teams deliver well, but unoptimized teams affect developer

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