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It's not quite what I had in mind when growing up, but right now my role title tells me I am a team lead. In the course of my time in this role, I've learned that being a team lead is something my fellow developers are interested in doing someday, so I want to share about my experience. This is what I've learned in discovering what it means to be a team lead.

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This is a guest post from DevOps Manager Michael Kren and is this first in a blog series about how he started a culture of DevOps at JAMF Software, how he built his team and the tools he used. His entire DevOps journey is collected in an ebook, which is available for download. Read on and check out the ebook!

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Even when your teams are agile, there's still a need to plan ahead. However, it can be hard to balance the day-to-day of completing your team's sprint with the added pressure of having to plan for what's next. Knowing that JIRA Software is the place where teams manage their everyday work, we've built Portfolio for JIRA specifically to let our JIRA customers take planning a step further. See how you can use Portfolio for JIRA to blend product roadmaps into sprint planning, keep on top of dependencies,

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This year, more than 4,600 technical IT and DevOps professionals from around the world shared their experiences in the Puppet Lab's 2016 State of DevOps Report, helping the industry deepen its understanding of the technical practices, cultural norms and lean management practices that make up DevOps. What's more, having this type of information helps other teams using DevOps practices benchmark their performance compared with others. Learn more about DevOps and see how your team measures up.

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People at Helios Interactive realized JIRA could be used for all sorts of different use cases throughout the agency. The more JIRA spread, the more teams wanted to use it. Now, after just two years, nearly the entire agency uses JIRA for projects that range from business development to invoice tracking, and it has become a critical part of their business. For business development, Helios uses JIRA to track the entire client pipeline, from the first meeting to the last. Ben McChesney, Managing Partner and CTO, started it all by using JIRA to manage development projects. We asked Ben to talk about how Helios uses JIRA for business development.

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I’ve felt resistance to functional programming and to functional programmers ever since functional programming became "a thing". While I'm disappointed by the arguments made against functional programming, I am equally (if not more) frustrated that the functional programming point of view has not evolved, leading it to be easily derided as developer religion. It's time to move the discussion forward. Because no matter our views on functional programming vs. object-oriented programming vs. whatever else, we all need to be functional engineers.

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