- Cross-sector Teams: How the Atlassian Foundation, MIT, and the Australian Government are Teaming up for Good
Mark Reading, Head of Foundation, Atlassian
Dawda Jobarteh, Managing Director – Community / Solve, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Matt Steine, Director, Innovation, DFAT InnovationXchange
- Triad Magic: How Product, Design, and Engineering Work Better Together
Steve King, Product Manager, Atlassian
- Sprinting to Success: The Agile Transformation at Lifesize
Holly Tompkins, Enterprise Advocate, Atlassian
Amy Williams, Director of Engineering Delivery, Lifesize
- Scale at Reddit: Triple Your Team Size Without Losing Control
Nick Caldwell, VP of Engineering, Reddit
- Winning at Project Management with the Team Playbook
Alastair Simpson, Head of Design, Platform, Mobile & Comms, Atlassian
Sarah Goff-Dupont, Principal Writer, Atlassian
- Mental Health in the Workplace - The Atlassian Way
Tyler Smith, Workplace Productivity Analyst, Atlassian
- Epic Champions - Better Software Through Empowered Engineers
Tyler Brown, Software Development Manager, Hootsuite
- Embracing a Remote Workforce - Our Practices for Global Productivity and Communication
Eugenio Pace, Founder and VP of Customer Success, Auth0
- There Is No Such Thing as Scope Creep
Jessica Hall, Senior Director, Product Strategy & Design, 3Pillar Global
- Atlassian User Group Insights: AUGment your Teams and Culture
Susan Hauth, Toronto AUG Leader
Mark Livingstone, San Diego AUG Leader
Cross-sector Teams: How the Atlassian Foundation, MIT, and the Australian Government are Teaming up for Good
Atlassian, MIT, and the Australian Government have teamed up to tackle a Big Hairy Audacious Goal: to help educate 10 million disadvantaged youth over the next 10 years. As you know, tackling complex problems like this is no easy feat. You need to team-up – often with other organizations who have different cultures, objectives and work practices – in order to succeed. In this panel session, Mark Reading, Head of the Atlassian Foundation, Dawda Jobarteh, Managing Director, Community of Solve at MIT, and Matt Steine, Innovation Director, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will share their experience teaming up to tackle a massive social challenge, how they're using Atlassian tools to better collaborate on the project, as well as lessons learned along the way. Attendees come away with actionable tips and tricks for working with distributed teams who are cross-border, cross-sector, cross-time zone, and/or cross-culture. This is the perfect chance to improve your remote-working prowess while also learning more about new Atlassian Foundation initiatives.
Triad Magic: How Product, Design, and Engineering Work Better Together
Three is a magic number when it comes to team composition at Atlassian. In fact, as early as 2013 we have been advocating Triads – teams formed around the three core areas of software development: Product, Design and Engineering.
In this session, Atlassian Product Manager, Steve King, will dissect the triad he works in and demonstrate how his team manages shared and individual responsibilities to build trust and take product changes across the finish line. He will share lessons learned along the way along with tips and tricks for forming your own successful triads.
Sprinting to Success: The Agile Transformation at Lifesize
If you're rolling out Agile to new teams or looking to mature and scale your Agile adoption, this session is for you! Lifesize Agile Engineering Delivery Manager, Amy Williams and Atlassian Enterprise Advocate, Holly Tompkins will share the multi-year journey of starting and scaling the Agile transformation of the hardware and software engineering teams at Lifesize, a maker of video, audio and web conferencing solutions. They will share their transformative process: starting with moving teams one by one to the agile model, then scaling by utilizing quarterly program increment planning and demos. These practices helped Lifesize deliver better products, break down organizational silos, develop trust and transparency across the company, and help teams reach their full potential. They’ll discuss how these practices – alongside tools like the Atlassian Team Playbook and Health Monitor – can help your team start and scale the agile framework, too.
Scale at Reddit: Triple Your Team Size Without Losing Control
As of 2017, Reddit has 300 million monthly visitors, ranking #4 most visited website in US and #8 in the world. As you can guess, this kind of tremendous traffic takes some serious engineering efforts that have had to scale with the site's growing popularity. Join Nicholas Caldwell, VP of Engineering at Reddit as he discusses his engineering team's approach to agile development as they scaled from 40 to 120 engineers. He will walk you through their use of tools like Jira and Tableau, discuss meeting rhythms, and cover the must-have cultural elements of a successful team that work at every point of scale.
Winning at Project Management with the Team Playbook
Managing a project is about more than just tracking the work. Your project teams have diverse skill sets, report to different managers, and may even have different visions of what to deliver. How's a project manager supposed to wrangle their team and deliver the goods without losing their mind?
That's where the Team Playbook comes in. From making sure you're building the right thing, to building team harmony, there are loads of project management plays. Join Sarah Goff-Dupont, Atlassian Principal Writer and Alastair Simpson, Head of Atlassian Design, Platform, Mobile & Comms, as they dive into what exactly these plays are and how they've helped various Atlassian teams master their project management. Whether you're a career project manager, or a project just "landed on your plate", you'll walk away with a game plan for keeping morale and quality high, and bottlenecks to a minimum.
Mental Health in the Workplace - The Atlassian Way
Mental health is an aspect of diversity often labeled "taboo" in the workplace. In this session, Tyler Smith, Atlassian Workplace Productivity Analyst, will discuss about how Atlassian deals with this tricky – and often extremely sensitive – topic with the love, care, and attention that it needs. Come hear how Atlassian has helped him to both cope and thrive in the workplace, despite the daily challenges he faces. Tyler has openly shared his experience with fellow employees on our internal Confluence blog, and is excited to be able to share his journey more broadly. Whether you have struggled with mental health issues first-hand, or just want to know how you can help support those who do, this talk is one you won't want to miss.
Epic Champions - Better Software Through Empowered Engineers
How often has your engineering team been given an Epic to work on complete with user stories specifying grandeur designs and technical solutions? More often than not, engineers need to rip this apart to make it technically feasible. As an engineering leader at Hootsuite, Tyler Brown recognized this problem and responded by creating a concept called "Epic Champions". Epic Champions enables engineers to own an Epic from initial ideation through delivery and work with product and design to make the feature hit the mark every time. In this session Tyler will walk you through the Epic Champions concept and teach you how to trust and empower engineers to ultimately build higher quality software that truly meets customers needs.
Embracing a Remote Workforce - Our Practices for Global Productivity and Communication
Today, 37% of Americans work from home part-time. And the trend is spreading throughout organizations across the globe. From day one, Auth0 – a fast-growing identity platform – has welcomed geographical diversity. After-all, co-founders Eugenio Pace and Matías Woloski created the company while on two different continents. They believe in hiring the best person for a role, regardless of where they reside, and now have 200 employees spread across 25 countries. While there are many benefits to a work-from-home lifestyle, there are also a unique set of challenges, including the need to have buy-in from the entire company for a remote culture to work.
In this session, Eugenio will discuss best practices for creating and supporting a remote workforce like how to effectively manage distributed projects and run global meetings. You will leave with specific, practical steps to communicate deliberately, create processes, and utilize tools to work productively from anywhere.
There Is No Such Thing as Scope Creep
"Scope creep" is a frequent source of friction between technical teams and stakeholders, and can lead to a toxic environment without a balance between requests and changes. But what what we know as "scope creep" is actually the main reason agile software development first came into existence - so teams could adequately deal with the rapidly changing environments, opinions, and learnings vital to building successful software products. In this talk from Jessica Hall, Senior Director of Product Strategy & Design at 3Pillar Global, you will will learn how to manage ever-changing requirements, strategies for discerning true “hair-on-fire” needs from “nice-to-have-someday” asks, and recommendations for how to handle change requests.
Atlassian User Group Insights: AUGment your Teams and Culture
The Atlassian User Group (AUG) program built a culture of community that includes over 130 groups around the world and continues to grow 60% YoY, thanks to a team of passionate volunteer leaders and members. Building a focused and motivated team across the globe isn't easy, but we'll share the foundation to the user group community's success along with take-aways for attendees looking to build successful teams of their own. In this unique session, we will highlight the Atlassian User Group culture by presenting elements of a real user group event and provide meaningful information for attendees, including the opportunity to sign up and experience the user group team culture themselves.