The Atlassian Ecosystem Podcast by Adaptavist
Ep. 6: Testing… testing… is this thing on?

Ep. 6: Testing… testing… is this thing on?

April 22, 2017

Ryan and Matthew are joined by Cristiano Caetano and Vitor Pelizza, founders of Kanoah and now members of the Adaptavist team, about quality assurance and testing.

Cristiano and Vitor share their definitions of testing and what makes it complicated and challenging. We need to take into account the impacts of failure if you don't have good testing, and we need to recognize that developing good tests needs to start at the very beginning of the software development life cycle.

When they started, Cristiano and Vitor used Excel spreadsheets for manual testing, and both commercial and open source tools for tracking and automating tests. But they found that this was time consuming, expensive, and made reporting difficult.

As a result of these challenges and frustrations, they decided to create their own test management solution that provides enterprise-grade test management features on top of JIRA, tightly integrated and with a modern, flexible user interface. From the ground-up, Adaptavist Test Management for JIRA has been designed to manage, organize, and report all testing work right inside JIRA. This fosters communication and collaboration with all team members so your team can make testing part of the entire software development lifecycle.

Cristiano and Vitor also share their #1 most important tips for testing, so give it a listen and let us know what you think! Have any questions about testing or want to learn more? Contact us at learn@adaptavist.com!

Ep. 5: Mistakes Were Made

Ep. 5: Mistakes Were Made

April 17, 2017

Join Matthew and Ryan for a conversation with Rachel Wright, author of the JIRA Strategy Admin Workbook. Matthew and Rachel swap stories about mistakes they made as young JIRA Administrators and some tips for how you can learn from their experience and avoid those same mistakes.

On this podcast, you'll hear about:

* Our origin stories. Everyone starts somewhere, and just like most super heroes, our beginnings are rooted in tragedy. Looking back, though, we can laugh about it and share some tips for people starting out. * Our most epic crashes, particularly when they were our fault. Rachel ran into troubles cleaning up a system with over a million issues. Matthew's spirit was broken by a failed upgrade. But they both learned how to do better and have some solid steps for avoiding these problems. * Our top recommendations and the things we recommend most that people focus on, as well as our single-most-important-number-1-tip.

Interested in learning more about the JIRA Strategy Admin Workbook? Check out https://www.jirastrategy.com/

Ep. 4: Styling Style Guides

Ep. 4: Styling Style Guides

April 10, 2017

Ryan and Matthew are joined by professional writers Krista Parker and Renee Brown to talk about how creating a style guide for Confluence and JIRA can help standardize content and make it easier for people to engage with your Atlassian systems.

Creating a solid style guide will help with everything from branding to training, and you can also use them to make sure your content is accessible for people who are vision impaired. In this episode, we'll share some key tips for creating and maintaining a style guide. We also talk about styling for mobile devices, the differences between heading 3 and heading 4, screenshot sizes and formatting, export styling... we cover the gamut of Confluence styling, and then turn to JIRA and some simple things you can do to make JIRA easier to use by modifying the visuals.

At Adaptavist, our style guide is simply a page on Confluence that defines the different elements (headings, screenshots, bolding vs. italics, icons, etc.) and explains what those need to be and how they should be used. This approach makes sure the style guide is accessible to everyone in the company, we're all using the same instruction manual when we write, and we can update it quickly, easily, and collaboratively.

So tune in for Episode 4: Styling Style Guides! Adaptavist Live can be found using your podcast app of choice, and you can also find us at adaptavist.com/live.

Join us next week for Episode 5: Mistakes Were Made. We'll be talking with Rachel Wright, author of the JIRA Strategy Admin Workbook, and trading stories from our misspent youths when we started administering JIRA, the mistakes we made, and how you can avoid making the same mistakes.