The Top 10 Sessions to Attend at Atlassian Summit 2016

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Looking to get more out of Atlassian? Atlassian Summit not only provides you with a plethora of tips to maximize your use of Atlassian, but it also provides ample time to interact with Atlassian partners that can help you extend the functionality of Atlassian tools like JIRA to new levels you’ve never imagined. There’s going to be ton of great sessions at Atlassian Summit, so here’s a guide to 10 that will help you maximize your Conference investment.

1. The Future of QA at Atlassian

Mark Hrynczak, Cloud QA Manager, Atlassian
Wednesday, October 12, 11:00am – 11:40am

“Quality at Speed” is Atlassian’s approach to QA, and they are constantly evolving what that means and how it translates to actual dev team processes. Their developers can confidently take on testing activities, while their QA Engineers tackle larger, harder, and bolder challenges. Teams can ship better features, faster, and reach ambitious quality improvement goals.  In this session they will discuss how their team has embraced this mindset, how this changes our role in dev teams, and the results we want to achieve.

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2. Essentials of Agile User Story Mapping at Twitter

John Walpole Senior Staff Technical Program Manager, Twitter
Thursday, October 13, 2:10 pm – 2:30 pm

In this session you’ll learn how agile teams at Twitter create user story maps to better understand their customers and communicate delivery milestones with internal stakeholders. John will walk through the practice of story mapping and share how a product manager can effectively run a story mapping session with their own team. Check out Johns blog and be sure to follow him on Twitter @JWalpole

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3. DevTools at Netflix: Culture, Speed & Innovation

Ed Bukoski Senior Software Engineer, Netflix
Wednesday, October 12, 3:30pm – 4:10pm

The developer tools team at Netflix faces unique technical and cultural challenges deploying tools designed for a wide audience to teams with very specific needs.

In this talk they’ll explore:

  • The forces that drive a centralized team in a decentralized organization.
  • The diverse needs of our very technical user base.
  • The pace of innovation and the ever-constant need for change.
  • The complexities of support and automation that facilitates the process.

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4. Self-Serve Marketing at VMware with Request Portals

Shawn Butler, Manager, VMware
Wednesday, October 12, 2:30pm – 3:10pm

Digital Marketing supports the entire marketing organization of 600 people. By providing a simple self-serve submission method, automatic routing, and clear channels of communication the team was able to increase their capacity by 450% (from 100 to 900 monthly requests) and decrease their SLAs by 58% (shaving off 4 days). Both huge wins!

Learn how spending less time managing requests helped us focus more on marketing personalization, dynamic content, and campaigns that directly impact the sales pipeline.

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5. Metrics that Matter — How Agile Teams Leverage Analytics to Improve Software Quality

Kevin Dunne, VP Business Development, QASymphony
Wednesday, October 12, 12:00pm – 12:30pm | Expo Hall Stage A

Today’s customer has access to social media, customer ratings and app stores — where they can speak their mind and view unfiltered opinions.  So if the quality of your software isn’t up to par, your business will suffer.  This is even more challenging in today’s agile world with rapid release cycles.  In this session Kevin will dive into the ways in which leading Agile teams are using software metrics to understand their true application quality and pinpoint areas for improvement.  

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6. Building an Open Source Culture Inside an Enterprise Company

Panna Pavangadkar Global Head – Developer Experience, Bloomberg L.P.
Thursday, October 13, 10:30pm – 11:10pm

InnerSource takes the lessons learned from developing open source software and applies them to the way companies develop software internally. As developers have become accustomed to working on world class open source software, there is a strong desire to bring those practices back inside the firewall and apply them to software that companies may be reluctant to release. For companies building mostly closed source software, Internal Open Source can be a great tool to help break down silos, encourage internal collaboration, accelerate new engineer on-boarding, and identify opportunities to contribute software back to the open source world.

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7. A Habit of Innovation

Wesley Yun, Director of UX, GoPro
Thursday, October 13, 3:00pm – 3:40pm
What does it mean when we talk about innovation? We often talk about the end result of innovation as a breakthrough product or a new service. But how do we get there? Moreover, how do we create a culture that consistently and predictably delivers innovative solutions to every facet of our work? Join me to hear about some of the strategies that GoPro uses to build a habit of innovation.
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8. The Art of Building a Roadmap

Sherif Mansour Principal Product Manager, Atlassian
Wednesday, October 12, 4:30pm – 5:10pm
The process of defining a roadmap is arguably one of the most difficult but important things a product manager has to do. Far too often roadmaps are built without the complete picture in mind, without the right timing, in silos, or are misdirected. How then can we ensure we’re doing it right? Is there really such a thing as an agile roadmap?

This talk will draw from lessons learnt building product to provide practical tips and techniques enabling you to understand roadmap inputs, plan with different perspectives in mind, optimise for learning, communicate and set roadmap goals as well as find agility when the landscape around you changes.

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9. Dr. Devops or, How I Learned to Stop Firefighting and Love the Sprint

Amy Knapp Director of Service Delivery, O.C. Tanner
Wednesday, October 12, 1:30pm – 2:10pm
How often have you worked in an organization where the Engineers and the Operations teams just quite simply, got along?

Wait, never?

That was also my story, until one day we realized that it wasn’t enough to just speak the same language, but what we truly needed was to embrace the same tools as well.

Come on the Agile journey of O.C. Tanner’s Corporate Administration team as we determined why we were constantly failing to get the important things done, and how we learned to stop firefighting and love the sprint.

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10. Application Lifecycle Management at Scale

Bonnie Beyer Project Manager, Rockwell Collins
Wednesday, October 12, 1:30pm – 2:10pm

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is a highly integrated engineering tool platform built upon Atlassian products, vendor plugins, and internally developed plugins like Auto-Issues-Creation, project defined custom fields, quality assurance metrics and many more. We support 7,000+ engineers with common workflows, training, and customer support.

It might be easier for organizations like Rockwell Collins to remain in legacy tools, but the benefits with ALM for collaborative design and development are overwhelming. Bonnie will describe the unique needs we have addressed, the challenges we faced, and the benefits our engineering teams are enjoying.

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Did I miss any sessions that you’re looking forward to? Tweet @QASymphony and let us know what we missed!

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