Appfire Shortlisted for The SaaS Awards

Appfire has been shortlisted in three categories for the 2023 SaaS Awards program. The categories include Best Enterprise-Level SaaS Product; Best SaaS Product for Project Management, Workflow Automation or PLM; and Best SaaS Product for Communication, Collaboration or Conferencing.

The SaaS Awards program, in its 8th year, celebrates innovative SaaS solutions across the globe. A prestigious name for sure and we're super thrilled to have Appfire nominated. The winners will be announced on September 13, wish us good luck and we'll keep you posted when the results are in.

Create Jira Tickets from Confluence

Atlassian introduces a new feature for Confluence Automation: creating Jira issues directly from Confluence. It seamlessly integrates Jira Software and Confluence, and improves workflow by allowing the creation the Jira tickets with automation rules based on triggers, conditions, and actions. New Automation rules also support smart values.

It's currently available for Confluence Premium and Enterprise customers. If you're interested in more details and how to create those automation step by step, have a look at this community post.

External User Security

The external User Security feature is now being rolled out to be generally available to all Atlassian Access customers. This feature improves security for external users collaborating with your company, introducing two-step verification and restricting API token access.

The new security measures also apply to external Confluence guests. For the next releases, Atlassian prioritized single enforcing sign-on (SSO) and the ability to edit the verification frequency.

Jira Day 2023

You can now purchase tickets for Jira Day 2023, taking place on October 17-18.

Jira Day, the premier event dedicated to all things Jira is back with over 70 sessions & speakers from different countries, exhibitor booths showcasing the latest Jira add-ons and networking opportunities with like-minded professionals.

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and plan a trip to Krakow, Poland.

Weekly Events Roundup

Partner-organized events:

  • "Application Mapping & CMDB with Jira Service Management & Compass" is a live webinar on 12th, by Systemology Australia. It explores the enterprise-level CMDB capability of Jira Service Management and Compass.
  • "Putting it All Together: ESM for HR, Finance, Marketing, and More" is a live webinar by Cprime on 13th. The event provides a comprehensive understanding of Enterprise Service Management and its application in customer service processes.

ACE events happening this week:

  • "BBQ and DevOps" happening tomorrow in Toronto. This is an in-person event combining food and software discussion, with a focus on Atlassian's Open DevOps, Agile, and automation best practices. Exactly the type of event you'd expect to attend this time of the year.
  • "Pimp your Confluence Wiki 2 - Start your engine!" on the next day on 12th. This is a virtual event sharing Confluence tips & tricks, including how to create appealing wiki pages and elevate Confluence experience with user macros.

And there's a couple more you can check out on the Goosly calendar.

Dependency Reports Improvements

New updates are coming to the Advanced Roadmaps Dependency Report with new grouping and filtering options to improve planning and project visibility.

You can now group your dependency map by project, epic, or sprint and filter dependencies by projects or sprints. These new features and design improvements make managing dependencies more efficient. If you are on Jira Premium and using Advanced roadmaps, give it a try!

Jira Product Discovery Updates

Listen to John McKiernan, Product Marketing Lead @Atlassian talk about Jira Product Discovery.

John gives a great tool overview, demoes the main features, as well as shares the latest updates, useful resources and a migration plan for beta users.

Article of the week: Left or Right Brain - Fact or Fiction

And now to the article of the week from the Atlassian blog talking about the myth of "left-brain" (analytical) vs "right-brain" (creative) dominance. The article challenges outdated labels created during the research in the 60s. As the new research later showed that both sides of the brain work together and adapt based on our experiences.

But we often like to use labels and categorize ourselves, which helps us find more-like minded individuals, so I don't see these labels going away soon.
At the end of the article, you'll also find a few productivity tips on improving your brainstorming sessions, why is dedicated time for learning important, and how boredom influences your creativity.