So today I was googling some background info for this post when I found myself wishing that I had some of the good problems in life – problems like trademark erosion. Hang out in development circles long enough, and your bound to hear the phrase “log a JIRA” – meaning: “file a bug report”, “add a task”, “create a user story”, etc. Often, it doesn’t even matter if the project tracking tool in use is JIRA/Atlassian or not – developers can say “log a JIRA” and others will understand what is meant. In my opinion, in this case, that level of metonymy was possible only because JIRA is pretty good at what it does.
When I hear the name “Atlassian”, JIRA is the first thing that comes to mind – but their software suite includes much more, including collaboration and development tools. A common pattern I’ve seen in companies is successful trial-runs of one product leading to adoption of the whole suite. Other factors in Atlassian’s success include its embrace of the open-source community and the popular “get them while they’re young” strategy for startups and small teams.
Special note to any Atlassian readers: ˙ɹǝʌo ʇɥbıɹ ǝq ןן,ı puɐ ‘ʇǝʞɔıʇ ǝuɐןd ǝɥʇ ǝɯ puǝs ˙uosɹǝd uı ǝzıboןodɐ oʇ ʎddɐɥ ǝq ןן,ı ‘boןq ʎɯ uı sɹoɹɹǝ ʎuɐ ǝǝs noʎ ɟı- Ha, what they don’t realize is that I’m just trying to get a free trip to see the great barrier reef (they are in Australia).
Ok, enough commercials… here is the data dump:
- It was the first meeting of the KC AUG
- It was at 810 Zone on the Plaza, nice place
- Atlassian offers tools to help coordinate, but they don’t send employees to the meeting (no sales pitch)
- They do provide the client-coordinators up to several hundred bucks (depends on attendance) to reimburse for costs
- Brad Puett helped coordinate the group to work through all the logistical decisions about future meetings
- I think about 18 people showed up, representing 10 different companies
- They did provide some nice food, plenty of drinks, and some swag
- The first real meeting will be in early March, and then quarterly after that
- The location is still up in the air, but wifi is a must, alcohol is a plus
- The meetings will be about an hour long, and will rotate between lunch and evening times
- We discussed meeting topics, the most popular were:
- Hardcore plugin development, APIs, extension system, etc.
- How does the business evolve when the products are introduced? How does the tooling customization help fit the specifics of the business?
- Techniques for project management, stories from the front-lines
- An attendee from a local healthcare company discussed how they might start using JIRA for their public-facing issue management system. Currently, the external system is home-grown and only the internal development team uses JIRA. He discussed some of the customization and branding aspects.
- Another attendee discussed her efforts at synchronizing two instances (one internal, one client-facing) of Confluence. For managing/synchronizing user accounts, she was using Crowd.
–Luke Patterson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Stops On The KC User Group Tour
Part 1: Perl Mongers
Part 2: Atlassian User Group
Part 3: Pythonistas
Part 4: Rubyists