Avisi @ Atlassian Summit 2013

Summit13 Avisi is attending Atlassian Summit in San Francisco this week. A week full of announcements, meeting other add-on vendors and experts and talking to users of the products. It will be an exiting event!

The week started on monday with an experts day where experts were given a preview of the big announcements of today. See keep tuned to see all the cool announcements on this blog later this week. And we wouldn’t be a real technical company if we didn’t try out the new stuff that is coming already.

So stay tuned!

Meet the new JIRA: JIRA 6 available today!

WhatsNew_Hero_JIRA6_407x248Modern. Fast. Mobile. Simple.

JIRA 6.0 is a completely new JIRA.  The redesigned look and feel brings a whole new user experience to JIRA. It is modern and simple, clearing away the clutter so that you can get your work done faster.  It’s also mobile so you can stay connected to your project on the go…

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Agile Applications Lifecycle Management; a discussion

As an Atlassian experts, we are often asked to help teams implement their development process in the Atlassian tools. Often, there are many questions in the area of Applications Lifecycle Management (ALM). This inspired us to invite a few of the bigger Dutch companies to discuss the topic further.

In line with our Agile Software Architecture Symposium, we value knowledge sharing. We felt that discussing the subject with a small group of experts and users would benefit all the parties involved.

The group was made up of 6 large companies that are currently in the process of implementing Agile Applications Lifecycle Management and 6 consultants that work in the area of ALM.

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Want an XML schema viewer in Confluence wiki?

This is a guest blog from Sarah Maddox, a technical writer, author and blogger at Atlassian. See her original blog post here.

Want an XML schema viewer in Confluence wiki? You got it. :) Avisi have developed two nifty macros to display an XML schema (XSD) in tabular and graphic format on a Confluence page. The XSD Viewer is a new add-on for Confluence wiki, and the Avisi developers are keen for input from technical writers and others interested in XML schemas.

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The New XSD Viewer Plugin for Confluence

About this post: This guest blog was written by Brigitte Meijer, Information Analyst & Requirements Engineer at BmIT. She is a valued collaborator of ours who we regularly hire for consultancy. We have asked her to share her views on our recently released plugin, the XSD Viewer for Confluence. This is what she wrote:

We are currently developing webservices and an ebMS interface for a customer. This involves making a lot of XSD’s…

Previously we wrote the functional and technical documentation for these interfaces in MS Word, made tables explaining the elements by hand and used a development tool to create schematic images. This was a lot of work and it was very difficult to keep the XSD and the documentation in sync.

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Confluence 5 is coming!

Atlassian is launching new versions of their worldwide used tools, Confluence 5 and JIRA 6. So what is it bringing and is this interesting enough for you to upgrade?

Confluence 5

In this blog we’ll update you on what’s Confluence 5 is going to bring.

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A JIRA Workflow for Everything

Long ago, we started using the issue tracker JIRA to support our development projects. The main reason we chose JIRA then was the awesome custom workflows.

We had specific requirements for our development and support processes and with JIRA we were able to support those. It was also super easy to connect clients to their own support project and to give them a live view of the development status of their products.

Nowadays, aside from development, we use a bunch of different types of workflows, for example: for invoicing, recruiting, first-line support, second-line support, lead management, maintenance and many more… This helps us keep track of everything that’s happening in our company. These workflows allow us to continuously measure and improve on our efficiency.

Do I Miss the Confluence Markup Editor?

With Confluence 4 Atlassian decided to get rid of the old wiki markup content editor, a kind of ‘WordPerfect 5.1′ editor that would let you create and edit content ‘under water’.

I have to admit that initially, I was pretty sceptical about the change (and I wasn’t the only one). Personally, I liked the old wiki markup editor a lot. Firstly because I had learned the syntax by then, and secondly, because it gave the feeling of being in control…

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Managing your software inventory

At Avisi we are using Scrum more and more on our development teams. And just now I ran into this interesting blog post on software inventory. Typical Scrum activities are organizing the backlog or planning a sprint. These are exactly the activities that are dealing with the inventory of a Scrum team. With the new GreenHopper 6, managing your inventory becomes an easy task.

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