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Guest blog: test management for agile teams

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This is a guest blog post from Zephyr, makers of Zephyr for JIRA. The value of test management software in agile development Today's software developers and quality assurance teams face far different challenges than their predecessors. Balancing the need for speedy development cycles with the desire to keep costs down has led software developers to place more focus on their communication capabilities and foster collaboration among remote teams. Agile development was supposed to better address

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The Evolution of Plugins for the Cloud

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When I first heard about Atlassian some years ago, one description kept coming up–"the power of Atlassian applications is that you can make them do whatever you want”. Enterprise software normally comes with a lot of constraints–it's costly, it has a strictly defined set of features, the APIs may be limited or non-existent, and integration is often a matter of expensive experts with special tools and knowledge of each system. The importance of open At Atlassian we do things differently–we're

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Double feature – AUI 5.2 and Design Guidelines 1.2 released

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Since day one the Atlassian Design Guidelines (ADG) has been built using the Atlassian User Interface (AUI) library. With each release, we've continued to shorten the gap between design and development but found we still weren't doing enough to close the loop for developers. Today we've teamed up and coordinated a joint release to make it even easier for developers to create great experiences. Our design and development team has been working for the last 8 weeks on making a seamless experience

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Getting More Out of JIRA with Interactive Visualizations

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This guest post comes courtesy of Andrew Mottaz, part of the team behind Protoshare and their new add-on in the Atlassian Marketplace, Protoshare for JIRA. It's difficult for end users or other stakeholders to really know what they want from software until they see it, experience it and use it. Whether you are an Agile shop working from user stories, a waterfall team, or somewhere in between, adding higher fidelity interactive visualizations to your JIRA issues helps get stakeholders and end users

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How to make an icon font – the 8 step guide

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Follow this how-to guide by an Atlassian designer to make a single icon font for the Atlassian products. The Atlassian design team has been making some big changes to our products over the last 12 months. We're achieving this with the help of the Atlassian Design Guidelines (ADG). In a separate post I've elaborated on how we made the ADG, which has been instrumental in establishing experience design at Atlassian. One part of the design evolution was finding a scalable solution for handling

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Visualize Your Roadmap

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Backlog weighing you down? One of the most common challenges agile teams face is this: they lose the big picture. It's hard to stay motivated if you only see small pieces–sprints and stories–and not the entire product your team is building. Team members need to be part of the vision and not just authors of arbitrary features. Even for the Product Owner it can be hard to determine whether a system is fully described. And what does she say to a stakeholder if she gets asked the question: "What

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