Applying team practices internally
Our beliefs and unique approaches to working have lead to amazing outcomes and happier Atlassians as a result. Before we share these practices with the world, we make sure they’re put to the test. Deep dive into our case studies, tried-and-true approaches, and our lessons learned.
The move to working entirely remotely has been a defining moment for many teams—our own included.
We have known that the future of work demands centralization and shared resources, driving many companies towards cloud computing. We’ve also known that the best teams draw from the best and most talent, utilizing the world’s increasing ability to connect people from different locations. And while the global pandemic forced Atlassians to work from home early 2020, we recognized that this change need not be temporary. Thus in August 2020, Atlassian made the decision to become a fully distributed workforce.
Dubbed TEAM Anywhere, Atlassian is evolving the way it works to embrace distributed teamwork. It's a concept that not only supports working from the place that makes most sense for team members, but promotes flexible work in general.
Where, when, how, and with whom teams do their best work should not be bound by the constraints of an entire organization’s routines and rhythms. Instead, these factors should reflect what’s best for a team.
At first, we considered where we could learn quickly and made adjustments to ensure our team members could continue to do their best work. But, we don’t have all the answers today. So for the long-game, we are using a “build, measure, learn” and then iterate model. We’re rapidly developing new rituals, ideas that require the smallest actions to yield the highest ROI, testing and iterating upon them, and both learning and sharing what works and doesn’t work internally and externally.
Today, we have a small dedicated team and scores of Atlassians across the organization as a set of working groups focused on transitioning Atlassian to a fully distributed workforce. As we provide regular updates internally, we will also share what we learn externally with you here.