7 key takeaways from Atlassian Summit Europe 2017 — Time for a “Did you know” quiz

Gabriela Motroc
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The first Atlassian Summit in Europe is in full swing. We heard a lot about the company’s philanthropic efforts, Atlassian Marketplace and exciting announcements such as Bitbucket Server and Data Center 5.0 (currently in beta) and Bamboo 6.0 but that’s not all. How well do you know Atlassian? It’s time for a quiz.

Atlassian Summit Europe 2017 in a nutshell: global expansion of the company’s cloud infrastructure in Europe, the significant enhancements to how Atlassian products support DevOps, and how they’re delivering a redesigned UX across their products. If you want to hear more about the announcements, check out this blog post written by Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar and this article about Bitbucket Server 5.0 & Bamboo 6.0.

How well do you know Atlassian? It’s time for a “Did you know” quiz.


#1: JIRA has Dutch heritage (sort of)

In order to bootstrap Atlassian, Scott Farquhar had to work in the Netherlands and only had time to code JIRA at night. So one could say that JIRA has Dutch heritage. You didn’t know that, did you?

#2: JIRA comes from Gojira (a.k.a. Godzilla)

Atlassian originally used Bugzilla for bug tracking. The name JIRA was actually born when the developers in the office started calling it by the Japanese name for Godzilla, Gojira. As the company developed their own bug tracker, which then became an issue tracker, the name stuck — although not entirely — hence JIRA!

#3: Interruptions are now a thing of the past (work in progress)

People need roughly 23 minutes to go back to their tasks after a major interruption, but the plot deepens if you’re a programmer. Add at least 10 minutes to the forced break (the minimum amount of time you need to start editing code again) and there you go — that’s a solid half hour you lose whenever someone approaches you. It gets worse if that interruption is planned.

You’d think that interruptions will only get worse since new collaboration tools spring up like mushrooms after the rain but it’s not like that if you use Atlassian tools. According to Bryan Rollins, Head of Enterprise at Atlassian, collaboration has become more personal and it’s actually becoming a conversation rather than a monolog (when the person you are trying to reach fails to respond). Although interruptions are unlikely to ever disappear, the likes of HipChat and Trello are slowing them down to ensure that your day is not ruined when a person approaches you.

#4: Trello could be the gateway drug to Atlassian

Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar said in the opening keynote that Trello could be the gateway drug to Atlassian. Why is that? Because Trello is the simplest of Atlassian’s applications to get started with.

According to Steve Goldsmith, General Manager of HipChat, “Trello pioneered an intuitive, visual system that solves the difficult challenge of capturing and adding structure to fluid, fast-forming work for teams. It stands out from others in the space through its rich feature set, which allows teams to customize their projects and get perspective on the work their team is doing at a glance, all in one place.”

#5: Agile makes the world go round

We talked to Atlassian’s Bryan Rollins about interruptions and the importance of collaboration tools but we also found out that the company is all about agile. Although there is no such thing as a perfect agile team, the company is a great believer that agile teams are not just for engineers.

If you want to read more about how to build a kick-ass agile team, check out this article written by Atlassian’s Dan Radigan.

 #6: The future is more dynamic

One cannot deny the impact of automation on the world of tech. Although developers don’t have the skill sets that help them deal with automation just yet, Scott Farquhar believes that people will understand big data better in the next five years. “The future is more dynamic,” the co-founder of Atlassian said during the Atlassian Summit opening keynote.

If you want to known which skill sets can help you deal with automation and ultimately transform it into an ally, check out this article written by JAXenter collaborator Rick Delgado.

#7: Power to the users — the importance of open APIs

We talked to Sky, one of Atlassian’s customers about the importance of open APIs especially when it comes to big data analytics. Open APIs are godsent because third-party developers no longer have to build a whole software program from scratch.

Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc was editor of and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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