Atlassian Team ’21: Join Stiltsoft Booth From Anywhere!

April 8, 2021
#News
2 min

Before the novel coronavirus disrupted our planet, we visited a lot of Atlassian events. However, companies all over the world, including Atlassian, took the difficult but important decision to host online events because the health and safety of all the participants are their highest priority.

Last year, Atlassian Summit went worldwide and everyone could become a part of the first remote summit with free registration

In 2021, Atlassian prepared their premier conference for modern teamwork called Team ’21 with more than 30 breakout sessions and demos on tools and practices that can help teams improve the way they work. You will definitely hear from Atlassian founders and CEOs Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes.

Register and participate in this new event! You can easily chat with other viewers and Atlassians, participate in activities, earn points and level up on the global leader board, and engage with interactive content.

Join Stiltsoft Booth from anywhere!

Atlassian Summit was always a great chance for Atlassian vendors all over the globe to meet our clients and Atlassian users in person. This time we still have so many ways to stay connected!

Stiltsoft invites you to our Virtual Booth. You can book live demos and meet our team at any time! We will be online to help you learn more about our apps for Confluence, Jira, and Bitbucket.

Feel free to visit our virtual booth, choose the app you are interested in, and book a demo!

Join our Slack to discuss the latest product innovations from Atlassian, find solutions to your challenges, and have some fun.

Check out our page on the Atlassian Marketplace to see the apps we develop to boost Atlassian products.

Confluence Cloud for Product Teams Webinar

January 18, 2021
#How To#News#Confluence
2 min

Atlassian Confluence is a leading collaboration platform for teams of any size and specialization. More and more companies are revealing the potential of Confluence Cloud and are engaging teams to collaborate more efficiently between each other.

Unfortunately, the learning path for some teams becomes quite tricky due to the lack of time and a variety of macros available in Confluence Cloud. So they are using just the editor with the minimal set of functionality.

Anyway, not every team can reveal the potential and hidden capabilities of Confluence Cloud at once. It usually takes from 6 to 12 months before the team adjusts all the page templates, establishes the structure of their spaces, and elaborates the requirements for content management within them.

To accelerate this process, we have prepared the webinar to outline all the essential steps and action items you need to take to build a dream space for your coolest product team.

During the webinar you will learn how to do the following:

  1. create the product team dashboard
  2. manage product documentation
  3. collect customer feedback
  4. plan new versions
  5. track meetings, decisions, tasks, and requirements
  6. manage weekly status reports
  7. … and many more

Start browsing through the Confluence Cloud documentation and then book your seat while they are still available. We have compressed and revamped all the best approaches to manage and organize content in spaces and design the space which you will love.

StiltSoft Atlassian Day 2019

November 29, 2019
#News
6 min

In 2017, we decided to host our first conference about Atlassian products in Minsk. It was a lot more work than we anticipated, and a lot harder to do something cool than we expected. However, in the end, it all came together, and we’ve already organized three events in a row (smile)

The main objective of our conference is to connect Atlassian users in Belarus since we are the only certified Atlassian Solution Partner in our country. We want to collaborate and brainstorm with our attendees and presenters, share ideas and best practices, raise awareness, and develop solutions together. We feel that the Belarussian Atlassian community needs more information about Atlassian products to find a way to get the most benefit out of Jira, Confluence, and Bitbucket.

Last week, our StiltSoft Atlassian Day 2019 gathered nearly three times more people than in 2017! Compare the figures to see that our event enjoys increasing popularity in Minsk.

We started our event with a networking hour to help our attendees mix and mingle with each other. They had a chance to ask us questions about Atlassian products. Some of the participants told us more about the challenges they have at work, and, of course, grabbed some pizza after a busy day at work.

Our product owners spent the first hour of our event talking to the attendees about our apps. We’ve chosen our most popular apps Table Filter and Charts for Confluence, Awesome Graphs for BitbucketCourses and Quizzes – LMS for Confluence, and Smart Attachments for Confluence. We asked 15 attendees who have never used them before to work with these apps and provide us with some feedback. It helped us understand what features users like when working with our solutions.

Maxim Kuzmich, a co-CEO at StiltSoft, started our event with a short introduction about our company to tell new attendees more about our company and Atlassian updates.

Siarhei Barysenka, a principal iOS engineer at Atlassian, visited our conference and provided our attendees with an overview of Confluence Cloud Mobile. He told a bit about their team structure and how they on the quality of their products.

Aleksandr Bogun, a team lead of IT solutions at Wargaming, showed the participants how their team organized access to Jira and Confluence in general. The attendees learned more about how Wargaming archived part of tasks in Jira. Aleksandr demonstrated simple automations that they implemented in their instances.

Ivan Spresov from Agile Belarus shared the best practices of the Agile approach. He showed the audience how to build and manage a project roadmap using Jira and Confluence, as well as how to ensure team transparency in managing requirements.

We want to thank our speakers for their presentations tailored to help users better understand Atlassian products. We enjoyed the positive and energizing atmosphere of this evening because all the attendees were so active, asking questions about Atlassian products.

We hope that our attendees left StiltSoft Atlassian Day with a handful of new contacts, connections, and support!

Year in Review: The Most-Read Blog Posts of 2018

December 28, 2018
#News
11 min

2018 is almost over – so it’s high time for us to look back and review the most popular topics of the year highlighted in our blog. This is the last blog post of the year and we do hope that over the past 12 months you’ve learned something new and interesting from the articles we posted every week.

You can check the five most-read articles of 2017 that caught your attention more than any others last year. So what were the most popular posts of 2018? Here is the list of the topics that trended in our blog:

  1. Collaboration on Backlog With External Users in Jira
  2. 9 Confluence Best Practices Your Users Should Know
  3. Calendar of Atlassian Events 2018
  4. How to Create Education Courses Right in Confluence
  5. 5 New Confluence Apps to Level Up Your Productivity – Fourth Quarter 2017

1. Collaboration on Backlog With External Users in Jira

The blog post about how to give external users visibility into your work stream in Jira leads the list of the most-read articles of this year. We described various ways you can use to collaborate on projects with your customers, partners or colleagues that do not have an account in Jira. Making each customer a Jira user is not a very scalable solution.

So what to choose from?

custommer support portal Jira

Each solution has its pros and cons, so it’s up to you to decide which of the suggested options to choose.

2. 9 Confluence Best Practices Your Users Should Know

The guest blog post written by Balkis Khouni, an Atlassian certified consultant at Valiantys, takes the second place in our chart. Confluence is a useful team collaboration tool with an intuitive interface, but a good place to start is with the nine best practices for effective communication and information sharing outlined by Valiantys.

Here is a brief overview of the nine Confluence best practices suggested by Valiantys:

  1. Identify the list of spaces you need to create
  2. Take the time to define your page structure
  3. Use page templates
  4. Increase productivity by using Confluence macros
  5. Organize your attachments
  6. Avoid redundant content
  7. Label your content
  8. Grant permissions wisely
  9. Train Confluence users to adopt best practices

3. Calendar of Atlassian Events 2018

This year we created the calendar of Atlassian events to help our users get organized because sometimes it can be hard to find all the events hosted by Atlassian vendors in one place. For example, in 2018 Atlassian announced the first-ever world tour of Atlassian team both in Europe and USA. We have great news for you because they will repeat this success in 2019 introducing the enterprise edition of the tour.

Moreover, Atlassian users can always find something interesting participating in local Atlassian events organized by such vendors as catWorkX, Meta-INF, DEISEReazyBIValiantys.

Atlassian events

We will definitely make a list of the upcoming Atlassian events of 2019. So stay tuned not to miss important events of Atlassian ecosystem.

4. How to Create Education Courses Right in Confluence

The next blog post looks at one of the most efficient ways to create education courses in Confluence. It describes the handy features of Courses and Quizzes – LMS for Confluence.

This app allows you create training courses, various quizzes for you employees and customers providing them with the opportunity to take courses in Confluence at their own pace from the comfort of their own desk using the UI they are familiar with.

You can populate your course with YouTube videos, images, PDF files, and more to keep it interesting and hold everybody’s attention. The best thing is that you can educate your team members or participants who are not Confluence users.

5. 5 New Confluence Apps to Level Up Your Productivity – Fourth Quarter 2017

The fifth place goes to our digest article listing new apps for Confluence that appeared on the Atlassian Marketplace in the fourth quarter of 2017. Here are some details of how these apps work.

That’s it, these are our five most popular blogs of this year.

The StiltSoft team wants to thank you for reading our articles, sharing and subscribing. Please, let us know more about the topics you want to find in our blog. Please, feel free to comment below.

We wish you all the best in 2019. Have a healthy and prosperous New Year!

StiltSoft Atlassian Day 2018

November 23, 2018
#News
7 min

Last year, almost 70 Belarusian users visited our first StiltSoft Atlassian Day to learn more about Atlassian and its products. Last Thursday, we were thrilled to host a group of enthusiastic and like-minded people for our second StiltSoft Atlassian Day. This time almost 100 people joined us in Minsk to discover the latest best-of-breed solutions Atlassian offers its users.

StiltSoft is the only certified Atlassian Solution Partner and Atlassian Platinum Top Vendor in Belarus. Our primary focus is app development. However, we also do our best to build solid relationships with Atlassian users in our country and create a community to help people share their experience and find solutions to their challenges. So our mission is to equip the attendees of our events with the skills and knowledge they need to be confident and effective users of Atlassian products. Of course, hosting a live event is a great way to do this and it so worth all the effort!

There’s nothing like the energy of people meeting face to face. So we wanted to break the ice at the start and help our attendees make great conversations and new connections during the first hour of our event. Everyone could join one of the three tables to chat with the members of our team: Atlassian Admins, Atlassian Users, Atlassian Power Users. The participants asked us questions, told their table members about how they work with Atlassian products and described the challenges they face at work.

This networking hour helped our attendees relax a bit, grab some pizza and have a chat about things that matter to them. It was also very helpful for us and we will definitely use the information we get from all the people to make our future events more useful highlighting the topics Belarusian users are interested in most.

Meanwhile, our product owners had a great opportunity to get feedback about our apps from people who have never used them before. We have chosen our best sellers Awesome Graphs for Bitbucket, Table Filter and Charts for Confluence, Courses and Quizzes – LMS for Confluence, and, our brand new app, Smart Attachments for Confluence. It was a great experience for us because we had a chance to get some helpful insights and see our products through the eyes of other people.

We started our event with a short introduction of our company to show the attendees what has changed over the past year:

  • We became Atlassian Platinum Top Vendor
  • The StiltSoft team welcomed 6 new people
  • We released 4 brand new apps for Confluence
  • The most popular apps of ours are available for Data Center
  • More and more customers all over the globe trust StiltSoft
  • Now Belarusian users can share their knowledge in AUG Minsk

We also prepared three user-friendly presentations to show the participants how Atlassian products help other companies boost their productivity.

Gonchik Tsymzhitov, an Atlassian Administrator at Itiviti, showed us how their company synchronizes their documentation with Confluence installations of their clients using Bamboo and Bitbucket.

Maxim Kuzmich, a StiltSoft co-founder, demonstrated the attendees useful hacks and tricks that can help you create appealing and more digestible Confluence pages using native Confluence macros.

Vadim Mustyatsa, a Practitioner Agile Analyst & Architect at Alfa-Bank and a co-leader of AUG Minsk, was our last invited speaker. He talked about how their organization uses Atlassian products. Vadim showed us that every large company has its own way of implementing Atlassian products at an enterprise scale.

We got a lot of in-person feedback from the attendees who approached us after the event. Overall, the feedback we received was positive. Most people said they would come back when we announce our next conference. (smile)

Many thanks to all our speakers who prepared interesting topics and shared their thoughts with the audience and to all the people who attended the event! We also want to thank our team who encouraged the participants smile and feel comfortable during our StiltSoft Atlassian Day. It was great that everyone was on the same page that helped us create a warm and friendly atmosphere.

StiltSoft Atlassian Day is a fun and rewarding journey for our team and now we have a ton of ideas for the next event!

Fast Facts About Atlassian

August 17, 2018
#News
8 min

In just a few weeks, the annual Atlassian Summit will commence in Barcelona. Atlassian solutions tailored to everyday needs of most companies help small teams and large corporations accomplish their goals by bringing communication, tasks, and ideas to a new level. With Cisco, Facebook, Lufthansa Systems, NASA, Netflix, Skype, Tesla Motors, Twitter, and other companies among customers, Atlassian plays an important part in almost all the changes around the world.

Atlassian is often held up as one of Australia’s biggest success stories, they’ve won best place to work in Australia a couple of years in a row, and have been in the top 10 for as long as they were applying. Have you ever thought what stands behind the success of this company?

In the run-up to the 2018 Summit, we decided to tell you a bit more about Atlassian and its founders.

Intention to avoid a “real job”

A lot of success stories in the IT world began with two guys and a dream: Apple, Microsoft, Google, StiltSoft finally (smile) Atlassian was no exception.

Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar first met in 1998 as undergraduates at the University of New South Wales, where they did the same scholarship course. During their final year of college, Mike sent an email to his course-mates seeking to start a company. Scott was the only person to reply.

“We basically didn’t want to work for anyone else,” Scott said in one of his interviews. “The graduate salary at Pricewaterhouse was $47,500 so we said, if we could earn that kind of money, and we didn’t have to put on a suit on, we’ll enjoy it a whole lot more. That’s the whole reason Atlassian got started.”

In the early days, Atlassian provided third-party technical support for a software product from Sweden. Mike and Scott had to deal with 24/7 customer calls. Just imagine two young software engineers having a great time at a house party drinking tequila shots when they receive an urgent tech support call late at night. They spent about four hours trying to solve the problem while the party went on without them. They couldn’t fix it that night. However, next morning they woke up and solved the problem in about 10 minutes.

The experience Atlassian leaders received during that period helped them realize that they want to build real things for real people.

Atlassian Milestones:

  • 2002 – Mike and Scott take out $10,000 in credit card debt and launch their own issue tracker Jira 1.0.
  • 2003 – A new dev team collaboration platform called Confluence comes to life.
  • 2005 – Atlassian becomes profitable without having taken any venture capital. This year they get their 1,000th customer.
  • 2006 – Atlassian first Codegeist hackathon takes place. Now it is an annual competition that helps Atlassian improve its products with the help of innovative apps.
  • 2006– Atlassian makes a pledge to donate 1% of their equity, profit, product, and employee time to support nonprofit organizations and creates Atlassian Foundation.
  • 2007 – Atlassian core values come to life.

  • 2008 – Atlassian acquires Bamboo, Fisheye, Crucible, Clover, and Crowd.
  • 2009 – The first Atlassian Summit takes place.
  • 2010 – Code hosting service Bitbucket Cloud joins the family.
  • 2012 – Atlassian celebrates its 10th anniversary and hits $100 million dollars of revenue without a sales team.
  • 2012– Release of Bitbucket Server.
  • 2015 – Atlassian goes public and lists on the NASDAQ under TEAM.
  • 2017 – Atlassian introduces the bold new look of the brand.
  • 2017 Trello is welcomed in Atlassian family.
  • 2018 – Atlassian announces a new strategic partnership between Atlassian and Slack. And many more updates and news to come at Atlassian Summit in Bacelona!

Here some pictures we found in Atlassian Facebook and Twitter accounts to illustrate the most memorable moments of the Atlassian journey.

“But convincing people this model would work has probably been the biggest struggle we’ve had. We’ve had a lot of smart people who wouldn’t join the company or give us money or advise us because it made no sense to them,” Mike said in one of his interviews. Today Atlassian is practically the last holdout that does not have sales people. The good product speaks for itself (smile)

Every year everybody can learn more about Atlassian and its culture attending the annual Atlassian Summit. This way Atlassian shares their exclusive insights into how their tools help companies all over the globe unleash the potential of their teams and efficiently accomplish their corporate goals.

Become a part of Atlassian Summit in Barcelona

Our team is excited to be a part of Atlassian Summit for the 7th time in a row! This time StiltSoft is a Silver Sponsor of the event. You will find us on the expo floor in booth S3B.

Atlassian Summit provides its attendees with a great opportunity to get the latest Atlassian news and product announcements first-hand!

Join us and other Atlassian Partners and Vendors on 3-5 September. Check out Atlassian website for more details about the upcoming eventful summit days.