Wisdom and achievement are the products of hard work, not avoiding it. We live in a society where the "instant gratification monkey" sits on everyone's shoulder. But the pleasures that result from determination and hard work far outweigh anything that devilish chimp can offer. The right mindset, like the growth mindset, helps put things in perspective. The growth mindset can open pathways to more creativity and possibility, and enable the setting of higher goals and more achievement.

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5 Confluence & JIRA add-ons your HR team will love

Many Atlassian customers don't realize there are loads of add-ons and integrations within our marketplace, including these 5 JIRA plug-ins an HR department can use to create a unique, customized central system for their team and processes. JIRA isn't just for software teams, because all teams need to plan, track, and collaborate on projects. We built JIRA Core to make JIRA simpler for all business teams, and these add-ons help tailor the HR experience.

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Portfolio for JIRA – product managers edition

There are a lot of stakeholders involved in the planning process, each with different needs, and as you'd expect, they all use Portfolio for JIRA differently. So, we're doing a series on Portfolio for JIRA 'across the team' to show you how different team members can use it, starting with product managers. (Check out for the development manager and project manager editions, too!) Product managers need reliable roadmaps As a product manager, you are the voice of the customer in product planning,

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Who’s who in agile teams?

Agile teams are structurally different than their waterfall counterparts. Agile teams focus on the team itself, whereas waterfall teams often follow the structure of the organization. As I was learning scrum, one of the questions that kept coming to mind was, “How do development managers and scrum masters share responsibilities in the team?” Let's explore the answer to this question.

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