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JIRA Board Case Study

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I recently gave a talk about a somewhat non-traditional approach to using Agile boards in JIRA. This was recorded 2015-09-15 at our offices in St. Louis. Transcript We have transcribed the talk about to text, provided below. (more…)

Will Atlassian Be Recognizable in 2016?

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As the largest purveyor of JIRA classes outside of Atlassian, we are as keen as anyone on their plans for the future after the round of press releases and articles related to JIRA, Atlassian’s value, and a possible IPO. The news and reporting around Atlassian of late has been pretty intense, confusing, and possibly alarming. […]

JIRA Customization

Technology platforms mature and improve over time. The Atlassian ecosystem is no exception. One area where Atlassian has matured dramatically is in supporting customizations. In the past customizations were a real “wild west” edit the database and file system approach. Today we have flexibility in configuration and a strong API. Often people have a hard […]

St. Louis Atlassian User Group – Aug 2015

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On Aug 11, 2015 the St. Louis Atlassian User Group (AUG) met at the Urban Chestnut Brewery in the Grove area of St. Louis. This meeting was set up as a fairly informal gathering to share our experiences and make connections. It was a very successful event attended by nearly 70 people. The St. Louis […]

User Adoption = Success

System Administrators often find themselves caught trying to fulfill the promises and hype that come with a new system purchase. As ERP companies learned the hard way over the last twenty years, a system is only as good as its user adoption. Metrics cannot flow to management without individual users, on a consistent basis, doing […]

Iterative Thinking is a Lifestyle

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A student in a recent JIRA Boot Camp commented on how I described agile processes differently than a consultant her company had brought in. She noted that what I described seemed to make more sense. This got me thinking about those differences, why our approaches were different, and why it should matter. I read a […]

JIRA: A Fluid Interface

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Strategies for successfully traversing the ever shifting Atlassian UI Atlassian’s JIRA is a fascinating platform for me to use, teach about, and study. I have been working with computers since I was a child in the 80’s. My parents did not buy an Atari game machine when they were popular, we bought an Atari 400 […]

Custom Issue Types, A Real Asset in JIRA

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I often receive questions from JIRA users arising from a lack of understanding of the underlying system architecture. It is not unusual to desire some functionality and instinctively know there must be a way to do it with the data and the tools available, but not quite grasp the best way to accomplish it. Often […]

JIRA Workflow Design Principles

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Anyone familiar with JIRA understands that jumping into building a workflow without an overall plan can lead to problems. While navigating JIRA’s workflow editing tools, half of your brain is focused on your workflow design, and the other half is dealing with the tools. While I encourage new users to try their hand at the […]