Atlassian Summit 2015

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Front row seats were reserved for Atlassian User Group leaders

Once again Atlassian proves it knows how to throw a conference. For the record I am not an employee or Atlassian Expert. I am an Atlassian user group leader in Nashville, TN a completely voluntarily position that states my level of dedication to the tools as a bit of FanBoyish but completely at my own choosing.  I constantly get asked why the loyalty in today’s ever changing marketplace were brand loyalty has become a thing of the past? Truth is brand loyalty is a thing of the past and I have been ready to leave Atlassian as soon as something better comes along, because I believe in the best product. So what’s the catch then, why go to a product conference? Run a user group? Well that’s the thing, Atlassian time and time again, this conference included has proved that they are simply still the best. There just is no better product or company in this marketplace that listens and respects its customers like Atlassian.

Atlassian displays their core values

Atlassian displays their core values

The conference (you can see the sessions for yourself here) talks on a wide range of topics that exist not just in scope with the tools but in the scope of process improvement in general. A main focus was how to make Teams great, their knowledge of this was evident on just how well Atlassians spread around the summit presented themselves consistently with Atlassian’s core values. What was great was Atlassian also admitted its weaknesses. Performance and reliability were clearly top priorities as the company has struggled in these areas while attempting to scale. Seamless integrations between its growing product catalog that truly empowers teams to work faster and better together. 

This slide depicts the attitude that software solutions are just tools. People are the solutions.

This slide depicts the attitude that software solutions are just tools. People are the solutions.

I really enjoyed the Fireside Chat and Keynote by Atlassian founders Mike & Scott. There was a real passion for their company and sharing its successes with everyone in the room. From Demo Trusts, to Health Checks so much was given to its attendees and online watchers that was completely free of charge, no software subscription required.

Health Monitoring concept

Health Monitoring concept

My summaries cannot due a proper job of sharing ideas with you, so I highly recommend you going to https://summit.atlassian.com/videos/featured/opening-keynote to see the presentations from the conference.

Also there is a good chance Atlassian has a user group in your city! Please go to the website and find the nearest one to you and attend! https://aug.atlassian.com/

Christopher Taylor

Software Engineer in Test & Agile Coach Certified Scrum Master

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