When the call to action came to join the Pledge 1% Initiative, the e-Core leadership team realized that this was more than just a chance to do good in our communities, but also an opportunity to inspire our teams to do good together. Our first project started with a small community center, Casinha, or "little house", for children in the impoverished area outside of Porto Alegre, Brazil. Since e-Core's largest office and main service delivery center is located in downtown Porto Alegre, it made sense for us to start there. During our first visit to the center we noticed they had a lot of great computer equipment that hadn't been set up or used yet.

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A few years ago, we set out to understand why some teams excelled and others failed. By analyzing the dynamics of hundreds of teams, we identified eight attributes shared by healthy, high-performing teams. We used this data to create a Health Monitor (the first and only of its kind) to help everyone better understand how they work together, and a collection of plays that help teams shore up their weak areas.

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14 inspiring books to grow your career

It started off as a simple question for all Atlassians: "What books have helped you grow into your career?" We were delighted (and a little surprised) when more than 40 Atlassians across the globe chimed in with their favorites. From teamwork and programming to writing and just getting stuff done, these top picks are sure to contain a gem for you.

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Atlassian blog update

Blog team here, with a quick update on how we are managing the Atlassian blog. Starting Friday, September 30th, we will be turning off commenting on the blog. It's not that we don't want to talk to you – we do! But, we want to make sure that you are able to get answers to the comments and questions you have on the right channels and by the right people. Here are the places for you to chat with us on anything from product questions, support requests, reporting bugs, and requesting features.

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