Atlassian User Group Lower Silesia Meets Again

Inauguration Meeting of the Atlassian User Group Lower Silesia
September 30, 2014
Zweite Atlassian User Group Berlin-Brandenburg – Nachbetrachtung
April 17, 2015
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Atlassian User Group Lower Silesia Meets Again

On 22 January, the Lower Silesia AUG got together for the second time. The meet-up was organised through a collaborative effort of the group leaders, Wiktor Dyngosz (QAD Polska) and Jerzy Wąchała (Rabb-IT Bytes), with NetworkedAssets providing additional support.

The attendees could again listen to interesting presentations and share their experience in working with Jira, Crucible, Bamboo or Confluence. Look below for a recap of both presentations.

Transcontinental Friendship or How to Manage a Distributed Team

Łukasz Biegański kicked off the meeting with his presentation, Transcontinental Friendship or How to Manage a Distributed Team.

The purpose of the presentation was to look at the benefits of using Atlassian products for day-to-day management of distributed teams. The R&D I19 department at QAD was the case study focus. The presentation highlighted the key challenges facing distributed teams, such as:

  • Communication
  • Time zones
  • Trust
  • Work organisation
  • Cultural and linguistic differences

The presentation pinpointed functionalities which serve to streamline teamwork across different locations.  The mechanisms which QAD uses on a daily basis include:

  • Jira:  daily status and work progress comments, time logging, issue priority setting
  • Crucible/Fisheye: setting up external and internal code review & resource access verification framework
  • Bamboo: setting up new build plans
  • Confluence:  sharing technical documentation and lessons learned.

The presentation confirmed the usefulness of Atlassian products as effective support tools for distributed teamwork.

How do we engage customers in system implementation & testing using JIRA?

The second speaker, Bogusław Osuch, followed with a presentation titled How do we engage customers in system set-up & testing using JIRA? A case study.

This presentation described a new approach to customer involvement in acceptance testing, with the speaker drawing both on his own experience and that of InTENSO customers who received support in setting up appropriate process workflow internally. A number of project stages were discussed, including creation of a rule-set for acceptance testing, and a course of engagement with the client. Examples were presented describing the way Atlassian tools can be used to:

  • optimize the process
  • realization of the goals without excessive involvement of the clients ( letting them keep their focus solely on what is being tested)
  • development of universal and repeatable rules of cooperation with the customer for this type of project.

In his closing remarks, the speaker summed up the results of the project and lessons learned from the project work.

On behalf of group leaders and speakers, we would like to thank all attendees for the presence and a range of interesting questions.

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