For those of you who attended our Stay SAFe with Jira webinar yesterday, I would like to thank you for your participation. If you weren’t able to make it to the webinar, feel free to watch the recording. Watching the webinar, you may be wondering if the strategies we discussed can be used even if […]

The PI Planning meeting is a hallmark practice for the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).  In this 2-day meeting, everyone from development teams, architects, business leadership, and stakeholders meet to align the Agile Release Train (ART) for the upcoming Program Increment (PI).  When done correctly, the benefits can be staggering: as reported in a 2018 SAFe […]

Have you ever promised solutions or results you couldn’t deliver? Have you ever seen a coworker do this? I know I have. When somebody asks if you can solve a problem, the natural response most people want to give is: “yeah, sure, I can do that for you.” Understandably, we don’t want to say no […]

Through the ages people have refined everything we do in everyday life. Change is the key to our progression as the human race. We have come out of the trees and caves and jumped straight through to the stars. Why would we stop there? There are those who want to keep us from progressing for fear […]

In the last year, have you been impressed with a company because it exceeded your expectations? Today, companies stand out and individuals become loyal fans because of the culture and/or products. But the reality of having a successful business is difficult, and many fail. What makes one business succeed while another fails when they have […]

Introduction It has been 11+ years since the 1.0 release of Crowd from Atlassian. Crowd is still around and development seems quite healthy. To this day, many Atlassian administrators I talk to (even long time users) are still not clear if and how Crowd can solve any of their problems. The question is, “Why Crowd […]

Ahoy, mates! It’s your sporadic but emphatic blog writer, Lia Wood! Whenever I am going to sit down and write out a blog post, I try to make sure I am delivering a message, story, or Atlassian advice that our audience will appreciate and absorb. When speaking to potential customers recently, I realized that our […]

We’ve all been there. We’ve outgrown the processes we are familiar with, but we still need to grow. And look, what’s that over there? It’s a newer way to do things that will (on paper) fix all of our problems. So we roll up your sleeves, get trained up and rush headlong into better days. […]

Yes, that’s right, a chicken coop full of hens. Yes, as in bawk, bawk, feathers and eggs. A coop-full at my house is four hens to be exact, five if you count good ol’ Cuddles. Rest her soul. Don’t worry, my cohorts poke fun at me for owning chickens in the middle of suburbia San […]

Welcome back to my series on Conscious Leadership! In this series, I’m going to summarize some key principles from a book I read earlier this year: The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, and Kaley Warner Klemp. With this series, I hope to shed some light on the fast moving trend that is Conscious […]