This is a guest post from DevOps Manager Michael Kren and is part of 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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Marketing departments are made up of various teams: email, social media, creative, content, PR, product, etc. Though each is charged with different tasks, they all have something in common: they must manage projects and deliver work on time. What if marketing teams had a single source of truth? Rather than dealing with scattered information using clunky methods, what if each marketing team had a tool that helped manage projects by keeping all information in one place so everyone had visibility into the progress of each task, and access to all assets? JIRA Core was built with non-tech teams in mind.

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Code review is also one of the most difficult and time-consuming parts of the software development process, often requiring experienced team members to spend time reading, thinking, evaluating, and responding to implementations of new features or systems. To help your software development team empty those "In review" columns more quickly, here are some guidelines for your pull requests from a variety of different developers at Atlassian:

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This is the second guest post in a blog series from DevOps Manager Michael Kren 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. Here's a sample: "At JAMF, we've always had a GSD (get stuff done) attitude, but we were running into the same challenge most teams hit when they are trying to build too much, too quickly: everyone was trying to do everything, and it just wasn't sustainable. We knew we wanted to transform into a true DevOps team, adopting a DevOps culture — but our old ways of working were pretty entrenched, and change can be difficult." Read on and check out the ebook!

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Three new features released in Bitbucket 4.8 provide teams with Git best practices and make collaboration easier. Whether you're the reviewer of a pull request or need to assign a reviewer, the two new pull request features make code reviews easier for quick turnaround times and better quality code. And zero downtime backup provides an active recovery mode so work is not put on hold and collaboration doesn't need to come to a halt when you're dependent on clients or team members in different timezones. Through these features teams can make sure teammates stay close to (working) code to produce higher code quality.

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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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