Summit 2017 -Day 2

Atlassian Summit 2017: Partner’s Day Recap

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Atlassian Summit 2017, held this week in San Jose, CA was different things to different people. For users of Atlassian products, it’s a great venue for networking with other users, attending educational and informational tracks relating to Atlassian products and specialized interest. Others may attend because they want to learn more about Atlassian products. Still others enjoy the opportunity to learn about third party products and services that are on display in the expo hall and as vendor presentations. We at Go2Group sent some of our best people to the Summit. We had a few goals. We wanted to educate the visitors to our booth about our services (configuration, training, support), and about how our flagship product, the ConnectALL Integration Platform can seamlessly integrate the tools that most organizations use in their agile and DevOps environments. As Atlassian Platinum and Atlassian Enterprise Solution Partners, we also wanted to learn first hand about Atlassian’s upcoming products, product enhancements, and directions for future growth. We also wanted to share our insights on Atlassian Summit 2017 in a series of daily blogs. This blog is the first in that series. For many attendees of the Summit, the events actually start on Day Three with a Keynote address and sessions. We’ll go through those tomorrow. For Go2Group and many of Atlassian’s other partners, Day One started on Monday night, with a reception and a Partner’s award ceremony. Some of the pictures from the award ceremony are shown below. IMG_7060.jpgIMG_7062.jpgwelcome.jpgthank_you.jpg Monday, September 11th, Partner’s award ceremony was held at Forager Tasting Room and Eatery. Tuesday, September 12, was technically Day Two – Partner’s Day. It started with a Partner Keynote address at 9 AM. Jose Morales, Head of Global Field Operations started the keynote. He showed that Atlassian was enjoying substantial growth, and he acknowledged the key role that Atlassian partners played in creating that success. He also pointed out that Atlassian launched the ‘Pledge 1% Foundation’ in 2014. Since 2014, Atlassian has donated 1% of company profits, 1% of company equity, and 1% of employee time to the foundation. Much of the information that was shared at the keynote is confidential, so I’m unable to go into any details about it in this blog. The Go2Group team had a great time during Partner Day. We networked with other partners and with Atlassian, discussing customer feedback and how we can build “synergies for customer success”.  There were numerous partner breakout sessions with a heavy focus around DevOps, Agile, and ITSM solution selling. The Hall got humming pretty quickly just after 4 pm while the crowds began to swell in anticipation of the Keynote.  Scott Farquhar, co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian, opened the keynote with the claim that the world we live in is ‘completely unpredictable’ today.  He noted that we have made the shift from teamwork being focused on refining a process that is completely predictable to one where teamwork is able to adjust to the unpredictable nature of work.  We can best make this shift in thinking by having an open way of working and welcoming safe, yet creative, conflict.  It is in the best interest of the modern workplace to have a place where the “whole person” can work. IMG_7078.jpg Products, practices, and people are all part of this modern workplace.  People are the most important element because they make up the team.  Scott welcomed Kim Scott, author of Radical Candor onto to the stage where she talked about her book and explained how its precepts can coach us all on this transformational journey. IMG_7089.jpg Kim talked about our interpersonal relationships at work.  We need to “care personally” and “challenge directly” IMG_7086.jpg One of Kim’s slides (shown above) presented a chart representing types of organizational behavior. Just like organizations strive to do if they get represented on the Gartner Magic Quadrant, organizations should strive to reach the upper right corner of this chart.  The top right corner, Radical Candor, represents the highest point of caring for each individual, yet challenging them directly and honestly for improvement and general interaction. It’s a goal that we at Go2Group embrace – and that progressive organizations should aim for. Tomorrow, we’ll be giving you more observations about the next day of the Atlassian Summit 2017.

Hal Prather

Sr. Consultant at Go2Group
With a background in consumer finance, Hal has experience in overseeing software development teams and transitioning them from waterfall to agile. As an Atlassian power user, Hal has been using the Atlassian suite for over eight years.
Hal Prather
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