Category Archives: events

Atlassian on CNBC Power Lunch

Atlassian, the maker of Confluence & JIRA was featured recently on the CNBC – US National TV for a short interview.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

It’s an amazing feat that a company started by 2 university graduates with a $10k credit card loan has grown into a company with 225 employees worldwide and 59 million revenue in FY2010.

Kudos to Mike & Scott and the Atlassian Team 🙂

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One of the most dreaded tasks – writing documentations

Almost every people hates writing documentation. It usually takes place only after everything is done where it is very difficult to recall all the tiny details. And it is likely that nobody else will read it since the person who wrote it has all the knowledge in their head.  That’s why a lot of technical people dread writing documentations.

Sarah Maddox has given an very useful and interesting presentation with tips on making documentation more useful and engaging.

By increasing the engage-ability of the documentation, it increases the value of the documentation as

  • more people is likely to read the documentation
  • more people will be encouraged to contribute to the documentation
  • more people will be encouraged to keep it updated
  • more people will share their experiences too

A wiki helps to increase the engage-ability of the documentation by

  • making it easier to create documentation during the project rather than end of the project
  • making it easier to search (with a in-built search engine)
  • making it easier to share and link related information (with threaded comments on the same page)

You can download the slides together with her notes at her blog.

http://ffeathers.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/summit2010-earthmove-sarahmaddox-slideswithnotes.pdf

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Trade in your bug tracker for a free version of JIRA 4.0

Atlassian is currently running a promotion for JIRA 4.0 for users to trade in their bug tracker for a free version of JIRA 4.0 (10-user licenses)

Beside keeping track of bugs and change requests, JIRA can also be used for

  • Project Management – Track, allocate and report on project tasks with real-time statistics
  • Technical Support /Helpdesk – Escalate cases, monitor response statistics and manage team workload.
  • Agile Development – Estimate, allocate and track your iterations.

For those that haven’t tried using JIRA, here’s a good opportunity to try out the full enterprise edition of JIRA with no cost!

For those are using JIRA, you might want to share this information to your colleagues who are still using Excel worksheets, Bugzilla or other tools to track issues.

Here’s 10 more good reasons why you want to consider this attractive offer now.

For more details on this promotion, you may check out Atlassian’s website.

And here’s a quick preview on the new features to be launched in JIRA 4.0

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Akeles Consulting is One

Today is the first anniversary of Akeles Consulting. For the past one year, we have helped our clients to improve their productivity in the area of Collaboration and Project Management. This is done by coupling our best practices together with good tools like Confluence and JIRA.

We will like to take this opportunity to thank our partners, clients and associates for their friendship and support.
Thank you 🙂

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What happened at the SiTF exhibition

We had our first exhibition 3 weeks ago. The response was very good. A lot of people are interested in what we are offering. We were so busy talking to the attendees during the exhibition, so I can only share the photo that I have taken before that.

Our tagcloud banner

It was also a good time to network with the heavyweights of the industry. I managed to get the opportunity to have a photo with Mr Frank Koo, (Managing Director, Oracle Singapore).

Photo with Frank Koo, Managing Director, Oracle Singapore

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Sharing stories about wikis the Pecha Kucha way

Sorry to keep your folks waiting, the videos for the Live Webcast of how Confluence is used in the US Government has been posted up at http://blogs.atlassian.com/news/2009/05/sharing_stories.html

The Pecha Kucha presentations are as follows:

  • National Geographic Society (NGS)
    • Karen Huffman — Wikis…. almost better than chocolate.
    • Whitney Hall — Sharing information through wikis.
    • Ariel Deiaco-Lohr – Going Greener: New ways for sharing resources & research
  • Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
    • Diane Schnurrpusch — Development of DC Chapter of SLA’s wiki
  • Executive Office of the President — Office of Management & Budget (EOP-OMB)
    • Emily Fort — Discuss government-wide collaboration and management of a large Confluence instance.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    • Doug Joubert — Implementing wikis at a federal institution.
    • Dan Wendling — A Confluence wiki’s design pattern library and thoughts about usability.
    • Jeremy Swan — Review the Confluence architecture and method for developing templates.

More description on the content on the video is available at the Atlassian’s blog.

This set of videos does provide invaluable advice on the adoption of wiki.

But for our clients, they do not have to spend the time to do the research and reinvent the wheel. It is because we are always constantly searching and evolving our best practices to help them.

Our focus and our experience is our best value proposition.

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Akeles’ 1st exhibition

This coming friday, we will be taking part in our first exhibition at the Meet-The-Members session organized by SiTF (Singapore infocomm Technology Federation).

We will be sharing with the attendees on how they can make use of JIRA & Confluence to help them in their businesses.  You might want to pop by our booth to say hi to us.

The agenda of the event

Agenda for SITF May 09 Event

Registration

It is free for SiTF members and $20 for non-members. You can
register here. Parking is free.

The Venue

CrimsonLogic
31, Science Park Road. The Crimson

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