If you’re in need of some words of wisdom, here’s an inspiring retrospective from an Atlassian ecosystem oldtimer. Tune into our new podcast episode as we take a look back on the (pre-) history of JIRA and Atlassian’s giant leap into cloud, busting a few myths along the way.
In the fifth episode of our podcast Bartosz Cytrowski and Michał Michalczuk aim their friendly crossfire at a guest from Atlassian, Marty Henderson, Senior Engineering Manager and definitely an ecosystem oldtimer. Referring to himself as a general troublemaker across the board, Marty likes to get involved in as many things that are going on as possible and make sure that they're contributing to the success of Atlassian data center products. Especially from today’s perspective, it is interesting to plunge into Marty’s intricate remote work life balance schemes, approach to successful meetings and juggling the multicultural environment. Turns out that the simple phrase “How are you doing?” serves much better than the most rigid agendas. And you're only as good in the organization as good a personal relationship you have with others and as good a communicator you are.
The best philosophy is that of being a good boy scout and focusing on making small improvements as universally as possible. Marty points to Spartez as an excellent example of how this approach develops in practice. Originally, the teams in Gdańsk have tackled some of the gnarliest, purely engineering problems inside Atlassian software, but they’ve since transitioned to really understanding what it means to own and run products. Once exposed to what customer impact really means and what customers want, the level of product thinking went through the roof.
Now that we’re all stuck at home, here’s a fun geographical fact from Marty: did you know that Gdańsk is located somewhere between the dude coolness of Sydney and highly sophisticated and hipster-like San Francisco? At least, in terms of code… dress code! It’s a drag that you’ll have to wait until the end of the lockdown to check it out in person, but as far as remote work goes, you can still experience what Marty refers to as “most important”: the super openness of people.
Stay tuned for more as we feature new topics and new members of our team in our upcoming content published across all the major podcast platforms, including Spotify and Google Podcasts. We'll be talking about software development, product design and management, but also dev life, collaboration, diversity and all IT culture related topics.