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Welcome to the October edition of the Atlassian newsletter!
This month we’re getting closer to the highly anticipated launch of JIRA 2.5 (big news!) with the release of JIRA 2.5 BETA 2, we also have a JIRA customer case study with one of Australia’s great success stories for you, some more tips for JIRA users, an update on our JIRA Partner Program and some of our charitable contributions and of course our blog of the month (is it yours?).
We hope you enjoy reading this, and we’d love any “feedback you have”:http://www.atlassian.com/about/contactform.jsp.
h3. Announcements
h4. JIRA 2.5 beta 2 released!
JIRA 2.5 BETA 2 has been released in both Professional and Enterprise editions.
It can be downloaded “here”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/views/DownloadCenter.jspa.
New features include: internationalised interface, customisable columns, issues can now be assigned at any time – assignment has been decoupled from the workflow, greatly improved field management, bulk editing has arrived!, configurable default assignee, developer workload report ,”Assign to me” shortcut.
JIRA ENTERPRISE users will also be happy as there’s also a lot of good stuff for them, including: field layout schemes, component leads and project categories.
Stay tuned for the final release of JIRA 2.5 which will be coming out in early November! 🙂
If you haven’t kept up with recent releases, why not take a look at what the new features are in “2.4”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/news/archives/000259.jsp, “2.3”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/news/archives/000196.jsp, “2.2”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/news/archives/000174.jsp and “2.1”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/news/archives/000137.jsp.
h4. JIRA Customer Survey
If you haven’t filled out our “JIRA Customer Survey”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/usersurvey.jsp now is as good a time a any.
The survey is your opportunity to give us feedback on all aspects of JIRA and play a major role in its future. It’s your chance to share thoughts on JIRA’s functionality, Atlassian’s service, pricing and anything else we’ve done that you have loved or hated.
The survey will allow us to gain an insight into how you are using JIRA, and will play a big part in helping us to improve it in the future.
As our way of saying thanks, we’re also giving participants the chance to win one of 4 x $50 Amazon gift vouchers! 🙂
It won’t take more than a few minutes of your time, and we promise it won’t hurt a bit. You can find the survey “online here”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/usersurvey.jsp.
h4. JIRA Partner Program
We’ve had some great success with 9 new partners coming on board since we last spoke to you. Our partners are working with us to increase the awareness and usage of JIRA in the marketplace as well as providing continual feedback to improve JIRA even more!
If you are or know someone who might be interested in finding out more about our partner program please let our sales team know by emailing our sales team.
h3. JIRA Customer Case Study
h4. Cochlear with Software Project Manager, Victor Rodrigues
The maker of the Australian-invented Nucleus cochlear implant system, Cochlear reached a global milestone in July 2003, delivering hearing technology to 50,000 people globally. An in-house team of 35 software developers in Sydney, Australia and at the Belgium based Cochlear Technology Centre Europe develop the software, code-named R126, which essentially configures the speech processor within the Nucleus implant to the needs of a recipient.
Victor Rodrigues finds the Road Map within JIRA indispensable when assessing the big picture. “I spend a lot of time managing workflow via the Road Map. JIRA is the only product that has such an advanced feature and it’s fantastic – I wonder how I ever made do without it. From a productivity point of view, Cochlear claims to have met a return on investment many times over. Time spent on the code review process alone has been reduced by between 50 and 80 per cent.
See the full Cochlear case study “online”:http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/casestudies/default.jsp.
If you think your organisation would make for a good JIRA case study please “contact us”:http://www.atlassian.com/about/contactform.jsp.
h3. Atlassian Open Source & Non-Profit Contributions
Since our last newsletter we’ve granted 21 JIRA open source or non-profit licenses to various organisations around the world as our way of giving something back. It all adds up!
Do you know a good Open Source or non-profit project that could benefit from JIRA? “Let us know”:http://www.atlassian.com/about/contactform.jsp!
h3. Tips of the Month
h4. Tip #1 Add a filter to the dashboard
Tired of clicking around in ‘Find Issues’ to set up the same search you did yesterday? With dashboard portlets, you can now see the results of any search the moment you log in!
To set up a dashboard filter, first go to ‘Find Issues’ and search for issues you’d like to see. Then click ‘Save as a filter’ to save the search with a relevant name. Now click ‘Home’ to get to the dashboard, and click ‘Configure your dashboard’. The portlets currently forming your dashboard will be shown. Click ‘Add’, select ‘Saved Filter’, and add your saved filter. From now on the search results will appear in a pane on your dashboard. Too easy!
h4. Tip #2 Upgrade to 2.5 🙂
Although JIRA 2.5 BETA 2 is already quite stable, if you haven’t installed JIRA 2.5 BETA make sure you do upgrade to JIRA 2.5 when the final version is released and experience some major improvements 🙂
h3. Blog of the Month
(from “java.blogs”:http://www.javablogs.com)
This month we feature one of the stalwarts of the Java blogging scene, Erik Thauvin and his blog, “The Truth is out There”:http://www.thauvin.net/blog/index.jsp.
The biggest thing that stands out about Erik’s blog is the sheer volume of content he puts up. On any given day there can be between 20 and 50 links, all of excellent quality. This blog is truly a labour of love!
Erik’s topics of choice range across all aspects of Java and J2EE, mobile devices, Apple, Open Source software and some general technology news for good measure.
If you only read one blog every day – make it Erik’s. He can usually find the ‘good stuff’ better than anyone we know!
h3. Recommended Reading
Some sites that might be of interest to readers:
# “FastCompany”:http://www.fastcompany.com – Our favourite technology/business magazine – and one of the only magazines to survive the crash. Why? It has good solid content. The only magazine we read cover to cover every month.
# “Project Management Institute”:www.pmi.org – Looking to learn more about the intricacies of project management? This is a great place to start.
Well that’s it for now – we hope you enjoyed reading this, and we’d love “any
feedback you have”:http://www.atlassian.com/about/contactform.jsp.
Thanks for reading!
Cheers,
Mike & The Atlassian Team

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