The 2015 Atlassian Summit tagline “Smarter Better Faster Stronger” wasn’t an exaggeration. The event sold out two weeks before it started and attracted over 2,600 attendees. Moreover, Atlassian announced that they had finally achieved their long-ago set BHAG of 50,000 customers (individual companies using a commercial licence of 10 or more users), which currently adds up to over 5 million active users on a monthly basis, 50% of whom use an Atlassian product in the cloud. Plus, 79 of the Fortune 100 companies are Atlassian customers! On top of that, there are currently more than 2,000 add-ons available on the Atlassian Marketplace.
You can find the opening keynote and all the Summit highlights here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yx1aKTFsK0
As for our Spartezian team of five - Wojciech Seliga & Marek Went, both co-founders and co-CEOs; Katarzyna Derenda, our Product Portfolio Manager; Damian Skrodzki, a Junior Java Developer in the Spec-Op’s Team and Magdalena Zacharczuk, our Product Marketing Manager - the Atlassian Summit was three days of hard work, product demoing and gathering valuable feedback at our booth.
Our agile favourites, Agile Cards for Jira and Agile Poker for Jira, were, as usual, among the most popular and most often asked & “wow’ed” about by our booth visitors. We had the great pleasure not only to speak to our current customers - once again, it was awesome to see you in person! - but also to introduce new users to our plugins and indulge in their spontaneous “you must be kidding me!” reactions to the automatic issue status changes in Jira after uploading physical board photos.
There was also a lot of interest regarding Ephor Asset Manager for Jira and our “coming-soon” recruitment plugin for development teams, TeamHire for Jira. This enthusiastic response to these two projects of ours - reflected especially in the greatly enhanced group of TeamHire for Jira beta testers (sign up here if you’d like to join in!) - seems to correspond to the yet another Atlassian Summit announcement, that 50% of teams are now using Jira beyond the software field. A loooot of opportunities there, it seems.
As for other exciting trends, Katarzyna Derenda and Magdalena Zacharczuk took part in the first ever Atlassian Summit Women in Tech Breakfast. Despite the early morning hours there was an impressive turn up of some 80-100 women representing different backgrounds and business fields, sharing experiences and exchanging business cards over a cup of coffee. An event well worth repeating!
On a lighter note, we had a lot of fun giving away tasty fudge candy (or “krówki”, as they are known in Poland) and our renowned Spartez t-shirts. This year our Graphic/UX Designer Maria Posternak created a fantastic playing-card design, which nicely emphasized our “card” (Agile Cards, Agile Poker) links and, setting aside false modesty, looked extremely stylish - on the second and third day of the Summit we already saw people wearing them, yay! We also ran a rather fun sticker competition on Twitter. Participants had to grab a sticker from our booth, personalize it with their message and tweet the photo of the sticker. The author of the “most sticky” message & photo took home an Apple Watch.
Before we headed home (not without difficulties, thanks to the Lufthansa strikes...) we treated ourselves to some sightseeing in San Francisco and its surroundings, and headed along California’s scenic Pacific Coast Highway down to Los Angeles, taking a plunge in the (surprisingly warm, keeping in mind that it was the beginning of November) Pacific at a lovely beach somewhere near Santa Barbara and watching the Northern Elephant Seals resting on the sand at the Piedras Blancas Rookery, on the way…