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Atlassian Team '21 Insights, Part 1: Point A, Jira Work Management, Trello

News, Atlassian Team '21

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In our latest blog series, Isos Technology gives its take on all the important Atlassian Team '21 announcements. Let's start with Point A, Jira Work Management, and Trello...

Thad West:
All right, let's get this thing kicked off! One of the exciting things about Atlassian's annual conference, whether you call it Summit (and I'll break myself of that habit...) or Team '21, is all the new product launches.

 

Point A Program

So what was interesting was there were a lot of new product launches. Atlassian wrapped them up in this thing called the Point A program. The Point A program includes the launch of five products: Jira Work Management, Jira Product Discovery, Team Central, Compass, and Halp. Point A looks like a place where they're going to do some beta releases and alpha releases, and you get to see new stuff, but Nick, one of the product announcements was Jira Work Management; what's your take on that?

 

Jira Work Management

Nick Nader:
So Jira work management, it is the restructuring and renaming of that Jira core product. So those business projects that we all have come to love within our Jira instances seem positioned as collateral, a new product but super-intuitive, super usable. Atlassian focused on the usability of the restructure. So it is similar to the business products that we know, and they're keeping the board view that we've all become used to, a Kanban-style board view that represents those workflows, but they're adding a lot of stuff to it.

They're also adding a list view that makes it very easy to see a complete list of all that work within that project. It makes it easy to do bulk edits on all those work items. Now you can go over to that list view, and you'll have a lot easier time visualizing all your work.


But they're also coming out with a lot of other cool stuff. They pulled in a calendar view and a Gantt-style timeline view. You can visualize all of that work and start-end dates and where that will fall on the team's timeline, and whether the team has capacity. So it's positioned between their Trello product as a very lightweight board-style asset management product and then between Jira Software and Trello. So it's not super cumbersome and takes a lot of configuration items, but it's straightforward to begin.

Atlassian also has about 24 different business project templates coming out with Jira Work Management out of the box. So it's hitting a lot of other use cases, a lot of different types of teams whether that be HR or operations or finance, really across that stack of business teams that don't need something that's fully agile but want to get into the tool and be able to use it very quickly.

Thad West:
And it's almost as if it's a re-dedication to Jira for everybody. So with these teams that aren't traditional software teams, and maybe the organization has all the licenses: how did these other teams leverage those licenses?

And since you brought up Trello, what's my decision process? Do I use Trello, do I use Jira work management? Where do I go from there?

 

Trello

Nick Nader:
Yeah, absolutely. So this is definitely a decision that each organization has to make for themselves. I think it's unique to how they process their work whether they want it a little more structured and have a little more flexibility with how they view that work, whether in calendar or list view.

Or maybe they want to stick with a straightforward workflow, moving through a board with columns, and to have a lot of the out-of-the-box butler style, power-ups from Trello. So I think it depends on the team and how they like to operate. If you believe that your work fits within the Trello board, then Trello is the way to go. I believe Trello has their list view across boards now as well.

Nick Nader:
But if you want all of your work to be within your Jira instance, you also have Jira Software for teams and Jira Service Management for teams. It'll behoove your organization to go with Jira Work Management because it ties everything together across those products. You can work across the fence between Jira Service Management, Jira Work Management, and Jira software teams. 

 

To be continued ... 

Read the whole series or watch the webinar:

  • Part 1 - Point A, Jira Work Management, Trello
  • Part 2 - Compass, Team Central, Jira Product Discovery
  • Part 3 - Halp, ProForma, Think Tilt. Mindville
  • Part 4 - JiraAlign, DevOps, Cloud, Forge, Data Center
  • Part 5 - What features excited you the most?
  • Part 6 - What were your favorite presentations?

 

Watch the webinar and get the slides here.

 

Jira Service Management case study

Speakers

Thad West

CEO, Isos Technology

As a Co-Founder and CEO of Isos Technology, Thad West is responsible for the overall vision, strategy, and execution of the business. Thad brings his diverse technology background, business acumen, and strong leadership skills to these roles. He has extensive experience in product management, development team leadership, enterprise architecture, and business application development. He has diverse enterprise application experience in a wide range of fields, including finance, health services, insurance, construction, and retail technologies.
 
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Thad West
CEO, Isos Technology
 
 

Nick Nader

Atlassian Solutions Engineer, Isos Technology

A Solutions Engineer for Isos Technology, Nick is based out of Arlington, VA. He has a technical background in software test automation, quality assurance, and CI/CD lifecycle. Nick has always been interested in innovative technologies, which led him to pursue two technical degrees from Penn State University. He is accredited in Atlassian tools with certifications in Jira Service Management, Agile with Jira, and he’s a Certified SAFe Program Consultant. Nick has a passion for technology and a knack for deconstructing the tools' concepts into easy-to-understand explanations.


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Nick Nader
Atlassian Solutions Engineer, Isos Technology
 
 

Rodney West

Senior Atlassian Consultant, Isos Technology

Rodney West brings a combination of social engineering and technical expertise to all client engagements, which has made him a highly successful software architect, functional consultant, and core member of Isos Technology's Atlassian Service Delivery team. He has been a technology consultant for over twenty years and has delivered enterprise solutions across a wide range of industries.
 
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Rodney West
Senior Atlassian Consultant, Isos Technology
 
 

Tracy Walton

Senior Atlassian Consultant, Isos Technology

Tracy Walton's consulting is a unique blend of her passion for leading teams, her product expertise, and 10 years of hands-on experience in agile software development in a variety of products and industries, including Digital Marketing, Customer Relationship Management, Subscription Billing, and Compensation Analysis. She is an Atlassian Certified Professional: Agile for Jira and Jira Software Administrator and holds additional certifications as a Scrum Master and Life Coach.

 

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Tracy Walton
Senior Atlassian Consultant, Isos Technology

 

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