The General Services Administration (GSA) is one of the most recognizable agencies in the federal government. With the large number of employees and assets under its management, it is a massive organization. This kind of giant organization can easily fall into an unfit, bloated state without proper tools in place to regulate their processes. Given […]

With the proliferation of the AWS infrastructure as code model, saying that a system follows a standard deployment model can be a loaded statement. True, the basis for the system architecture can be found in one or more standard models. However, the flexibility afforded by using AWS allows for a high degree of variation in […]

  Forbes reports that in 2015 women surpassed men 30.2% to 29.9% when it came to obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Women make up roughly half of the workforce, and still face many struggles. Inhersight.com data reports that of these women who are moms, they are slightly less satisfied with their support at work. Many companies […]

We always hire the best person for the job. It’s not our fault that it is usually a man. There is an idea that you simply hire the “right” person for a job and consciously hiring for diversity is not important. Some argue this is unfair… maybe even illegal. Diversity quotas are hotly debated. The […]

I may be a Consultant, but behind my nicely ironed company polo and sweet Kate Spade laptop bag I’m a serious jira-configuration-ninja-atlassian-fan-nerd. On the daily, I roll up my proverbial sleeves and immerse into the troughs of add-on documentation and administration screens, wading through test environments hodgepodged with remnants of POCs of times passed. I’ve […]

Hello World Wide Web! It’s your favorite but sporadic blogger, here again with some tips and tricks for having the best experience with yours truly and the Atlassian products! As someone who eats, sleeps and breathes Atlassian, I get asked all kinds questions. Some of them are easy to answer, some are challenging… and others […]

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For many years Jira had users and groups. You associated users and groups with specific permissions to make sure the right people could do the right things. This worked okay at first, but it turned out to be hard to maintain. Here’s why this wasn’t ideal. Let’s say we have two Jira users, jeff.tweedy and […]

There are many ways to plan, and there are lots of tools to help you plan. Planning with project data in Jira is always an interesting area as Jira, without any add-ons, focuses on enabling a small team’s ability to plan. Out of the box, Jira is not very good at dealing with cross-team and […]

It’s easy to use Agile Epics for the wrong purposes. Knowing what Epics should be used for will help you avoid pitfalls when using Epics.

I’m frequently asked the question: If a team wants to maintain stories that are deemed unnecessary, what is the best way to show these in Jira versus having a status of “cancelled”. Recommendation My view is to move issues to a Done status (any status with a Status Category of “Done”) and update the resolution […]