What did we talk about?
- Make agility without bounds your mission for 2021
- Introducing Point A, Atlassian's program for bringing new products to life – Join us on the journey!
- Bug Bounty FY21Q3 Update
- Profields is now Projectrak, the project tracking solution for Jira
- Cloud migration resources roundup: April 2021
- Optimizing Agile Team Delivery Webinar in April 20 and 21, 2021
- Developer Day 2021 Registration Is Live
- Article of the week: This is what a successful home-grown innovation program looks like
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[Nikki] Good morning. I'm Nikki......and I'm Biro and I need a haircut.
[Nikki] Oh, let me see. Oh yeah, you definitely need that. You need one. And this is a Monday coffee with Jexo where we scan through the last week's news and updates from across the Atlassian world. The links for the sources of the topics we are going to discuss today are linked in the description below. So Biro would you like to start with news first?
[Biro] All right. So first piece of update slash news around making agility without bounds, your mission for 2021, which sounds like a very, very important title. But this is the fact that basically Atlassian just held their 5th digital training event for government agencies.
This is an annual event called Atlassian government symposium, and it's focused mainly on transformation, challenges and solutions for government agencies. There were two keynote and a few breakout sessions. The keynote topics talked about Atlassian's shifting to it's R&D investment in how it impacts and helps contributes to government agencies modernize, helping agencies evolve ITSM practices through tooling.
And also there were a few breakout sessions addressing DevSecOps, using Trello for science fast decision-making as well as cloud enterprise security for government agencies. So yeah, check out the debrief. You should find a bit more information there and explanation of all of those sessions that that actually happened.
[Nikki] That's an interesting event. So for the next one, I have a Point A introduction.
So the last week Atlassian announced a new exciting program for early adopters called Point A. And here we can find all products that are available in beta and you can start using them straight away just by clicking on Try button and they will get installed to your Jira instance or Confluence. Or if they are not available yet you can subscribe for updates and then you will get email notification once they are ready.
And one of the products that is now available for beta is called Team Central. And it's basically a dashboard where you can track your team's progress real time and spot the problems and give weekly updates. And at the beginning of the week, every Monday, it will send a report automatically to all your stakeholders that are set as watchers for that dashboard to their inboxes. So it's sort of like a simplified automated project reporting. Who wouldn't love that? I actually tried it myself and it looks pretty nice and simple. So we might try to using it as well.
[Biro] This is this Point A program is quite interesting and it's quite interesting that they're making it public as well. I think there have been some really cool projects that came out of it. So a 100% something to follow and take part in.
All right, next topic, Bug bounty update. Atlassian released Bug Bounty report, they do this every quarter. And the last quarter was just published last week. For those who might not know what Bug Bounty is mainly it is a program hosted on a third party platform in this case Bugcrowd.
And it's was basically for identifying security issues with software products. Atlassian has over 1200 security researchers on that platform that constantly test their products, Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, and so on for security vulnerabilities. So Atlassian usually releases these are reports for each product every quarter to signal the fact that security is a priority for the company.
[Biro] The report doesn't really go too deep into detail. So you're not going to get to scan through every single issue that was found and such. But it does give an overview of all of the types of issues that were identified and addressed by Atlassian. You also have a scope section in there to give you an idea of the areas of each product that get tested for security vulnerabilities.
And another note before moving on to the next topic. This program is extended to partners as well. We at Jexo participate to a similar Bugbounty security program that was initiated by Atlassian. I really advise everyone that is interested in using Atlassian marketplace apps to go for apps and vendors that have these kind of security standards. Mainly for peace of mind and probably also a lot of companies have certain standards for vendor acquisition. So it's a good type of standard to adopt as well as a vendor and as a partner.
All right, Nikki, do you want to talk about Profields?
[Nikki] Of course. Thank you, Biro. By the way, look at the animation. That's amazing.
[Biro] Yeah, that's pretty cool. Nikki, you're a big fan and practitioner nowadays of, of illustration animations.
[Nikki] I really do enjoy this one. Yeah, very well done Deiser. So to connect on the previous topic that I talk about under Point A of project reporting in this community announcement Leo from Deise made an announcement about their app Profields that is now being rebranded and it's changing its name to Projectrack. I hope I'm pronouncing it correctly because it's missing one "t".
So it looks like it was about time to make this change. And as it happens with many apps in the Atlassian Marketplace, the app evolved over the time and found its niche. So in this case, Profield started as an app to provide fields for Jira, but over the time they introduced new views into the app to track Jira projects and it only makes sense to now name the app Projectrack.
So there's a little bit of explanation over here, why they made the change and there is also a landing page for Projectrack that I can now where you can see the more features and information about the product itself.
[Biro] That's, that's quite interesting. And it sounds familiar because we've been going through a similar transition with Swanly our project portfolio app. It started initially as a release timeline, moving into release management then afterwards into project tracking and reporting.
So it's interesting to see that there are similar cases in the ecosystem and yeah, these guys are pretty cool as well.
[Nikki] It seems like project tracking is becoming a really big topic for a lot of people in Atlassian ecosystem, because even in Point A two from four apps or additional products, they are introducing are about project tracking. So I guess people are really looking for something like that. And it's a good market to be in.
[Biro] Moving on to the Cloud migration round up. So I can say that I enjoy these posts with aggregated resources, I truly do. It really helps keep up with all of the resources, all of the information and events that are happening.
Elizabeth from Atlassian migration team has been posting these roundups since February. Every single month with resources around cloud migration. And the latest April publication she highlights the request form to attend a migration demo or to get on demand one as well, the new ebook that highlights the differences between Cloud, Data Center and Server.
And also some of the things that exist in Cloud that there were never a thing in Server, as well as a couple of migration case studies that you can read about with a couple of quite reputable companies. There's also a recap or reminder list of the previous months roundups. So if you're considering moving to Cloud this is something to check out because you'll have all of the necessary resources in this one single post.
[Nikki] That's great. So for the next one I have here a very quick note for webinar.
If you're a fan of webinars and you would like to learn more about agile and how to apply best practices in Jira and Confluence, then you can check this community post posted by Jessica. The webinar itself is called "From theory to practice optimizing agile team delivery". And you can pick one of the available dates on 20th or on 21st April. There are three dates so I'm pretty sure one of them will work for you.
And as the name suggested webinars is about Scrum framework and how to use Jira and Confluence to get the most out of them with respect to running agile teams. So go check it out and register for the webinar if you're interested.
[Biro] That's pretty cool we should attend those. I like that illustration, take note, Nikki. Next topic Developer Day 🎉
The Developer day, this year is actually detached from the main Team event and it will take place on May 25th. So this is end of next month. And I think this is mainly because of something called "webinar fatigue". I think everyone's been over the last year participating in a lot of webinars and not seeing eye-to-eye at least in reality.
So Atlassian decided to move it into a different date. This event is, and will be fully focused on Forge. And the main focus is scaling with Forge. This is an event that I think all of the Atlassian marketplace partners participate and not miss given the significant push to transition to what I call a Forge first app world.
[Biro] So it's very important for everyone to really understand where Forge is going, what's possible with it today, and what's going to be possible with it tomorrow. And in fact, Nikki, I think in our stand-up today, I'll just ask and remind everyone in our team to go and register as well.
And we actually fun quick internal note/fact, we plan to have after the Developer day to have a week internal hackathon around forge and we kind of strategically position it like that. So that we get as much valuable information on 25th at the Developer day as we can before the hackathon.
That's kind of it from me...
[Nikki] You're like a Atlassian Marketplace Nostradamus with predicting that Forge will smash Connect.
The last topic which we are going to discuss today is the article of the week and this time it's from the Atlassian blog about innovation programs.
As we all know, innovation is not only important for business, but also for the employees, because that's the way how you will retain the most creative and inventive minds in your team. But sometimes companies create these innovation departments that often don't work because they don't include all the people in the business.
And very often you don't get ideas from everyone in your organization and therefore you might be missing on very big opportunities as well. So this article presents a repeatable process, how to make a new product, how to take a new product to the customers and run the innovation programs and include everyone in the company in the process.
And as an example, they mentioned the Jira Service Management, which is now a multi-million dollar business, that started as an idea in 24 hours hackathon. If you you're interested in innovation, which we all should be, then you can go and read this article. There's also a quote that I really like, which is: "...in any case, bringing an idea to life is one thing, but bringing it to market is a whole other story" which is very painful, but it's true.
[Biro] Very, very true. I think, you know, part of it is you know, practices for innovation and such. And we do a bunch of these as all, including the, I just mentioned earlier hackathon and there have been quite a few ideas that, that came on the back of that.
Moving that from a concept, from a prototype into a productionizing and sell-worthy product is a different beast. So go through the article, this is the article of the week for, for a specific reason. It's what we found the most insightful and engaging.
[Biro] That was the news from the Atlassian ecosystem this week.
I hope you enjoyed Monday coffee with Jexo, whether you're watching it live or recorded. Just a reminder links for all of the topics that we discussed are in the, either the description or comments depending on the platform. So really don't forget to check them out.
Don't take Nikki and my word for interpreting all of this information, go and read that yourself. And also if you have any suggestions on what we should talk about next week, let us know in the comments, see you next week at my Monday at 9:30 AM and have a great week!
[Nikki] Have a great week!