This is a guest blog post from Bjarki Óskarsson of TM Software makers of the Tempo Plugin. In today’s fast-­paced business world, many organizations face the challenges of having their teams distributed in different offices around the globe. Effective communication among teams is vital for a business to succeed, but geographical distances often make it difficult to keep everyone on the same page. Connecting distributed teams, regardless of time and place, is possible with the agile solutions

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Managing vacation days with JIRA and Confluence

Here at Atlassian, we love using our own stuff. And when we’re not busy building kick-ass new products, we’re usually off finding new ways to use our stuff internally. Recently, Jeff Sinclair, our IT portfolio manager devised a clever way to combine the power of JIRA Service Desk and Confluence to manage employee leave. "We were able to put together an awesome user input form that is miles better than what we previously had.” - Jeff Sinclair, IT Portfolio Manager The problem In January,

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Every team needs kick-ass code reviews

Developing software often involves teams of people working together. As the team grows from one, to two, to multiple people, challenges begin to creep in and rob the organization of creative flow. It becomes harder to maintain a continuous culture across different people. Engineering groups are especially prone to these challenges as code is routinely shared between many people throughout the organization. Code reviews help spread knowledge and best practices around code across the team.  In this

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Visualize Development with JIRA 6.2

Unify issues and source like never before JIRA 6.2 is here, and we built it with developers in mind. In JIRA 6.1 developers could start coding right from JIRA by creating a branch. In JIRA 6.2 we continued to build on that foundation, and brought all of the components of the developer's world into JIRA. Each issue becomes a dashboard where you can not only start development, but see code all the way through to deployment. Developers can drill down into branches, commits, pull requests, code reviews,

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It's not just development teams that have the choice to go agile – Every team can, especially a marketing team. Yesterday, two of our very own Atlassian Confluence product marketers, Matt Hodges and John Wetenhall, hosted a live webinar sharing Agile best practices for product marketing that they've learned over the years, including: Agile basics like sprint management and retrospectives Planning, communicating, and executing on quarterly goals Making the best use of JIRA, Confluence,

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Git the whole picture in JIRA

In October we introduced Atlassian's feature branching workflow – a simple and foolproof way to get started with Git branching for teams using JIRA, Stash, SourceTree, and Bamboo. The push-button branching keeps your branch names consistent with your JIRA issue, making it easy to organize and track your branches. Today, we are excited to bring even more to the Git table with the latest and greatest: the development panel in JIRA. Keep team leads, project managers, and product owners informed

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