Summit_Logo_Transparent.pngHoly molé! Summit is less than 2 months away! This is another post in our ongoing preview of Atlassian Summit 2010. For the next few months weeks leading up to Atlassian Summit, we’ll be publishing interviews and guest posts from our speakers and sponsors at the event.
blueShirt.jpgThis interview is with Nick Smith of Freedom Information Systems who will be speaking on Confluence at NASA: Where No Wiki Has Gone Before.
What’s your title and role within the organization?
I’m contracted to NASA’s Ares Projects Office where I work as an Information Manager. My specific area of responsibility is overseeing Ares’ utilization of Atlassian Confluence. Basically I get to help really smart NASA folks design and set up wiki spaces. Coolest job ever.
What product(s) will you be presenting at Summit?
We’ll be sharing our experiences and things we learned while setting up Confluence wiki spaces for the Ares Preliminary Design Review, a crucial milestone in the development of the Ares Launch System.
How is your team using these tool(s)?
Many of our team members develop wiki solutions to meet our client’s collaboration needs. We’ve built tools for meeting support, change request management, working group collaboration, graphics galleries, historical archives and more, all using Confluence.
Specifically for the Ares PDR, NASA needed a way to organize review documents and links to other review tools, collaborate on review plans, and coordinate travel and logistics for hundreds of review participants from across the country.
My company, Freedom, has also leveraged the power of several of Atlassian’s applications. For example using Confluence to host our company intranet. Each department has their own space for processes, collaboration, and documentation. Employees have their own blog and personal site where certifications and training are recorded. We also use JIRA in our software development and help desk ticketing. We’re in the process of integrating Crowd into our enterprise also to link in other business software seamlessly.
Please give us a short preview of your presentation.
Our presentation, Where No Wiki Has Gone Before, will start with a look at some of the unique challenges we faced at PDR and how we overcame them including the sheer number of participants and the significance of the review to the success of the Constellation Program. All of that made it very important that we get this wiki right. Also, starting this Friday, we’ll begin publishing the top ten things we learned about wikis during our PDR experience on our corporate blog. Summit attendees will have the opportunity to be the first to hear the top three. Some of the things we learned may be quite surprising.
What do you hope to get out of Summit yourself?
This will be Freedom’s first year at the summit and we couldn’t be more excited about it. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to connect with other companies and organizations that use Atlassian products and learn about the awesome things they’re doing that would make our implementations even better. Most of all, though, I think we’re looking forward to meeting some of the Atlassians and Atlassian enthusiasts we’ve been corresponding with and hopefully continue to develop our presence in the Atlassian community.
You’re invited!
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