Monthly Archives: May 2007

Atlassian User Group: Boston

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We’re holding a 1/2 day Atlassian user group in Boston on June 21st at MIT in Cambridge. This is a good opportunity to meet other Atlassian customers and learn about how others use JIRA, Confluence, Crowd and Bamboo.

We are also looking for speakers who can present case studies. Based on feedback from our European user groups, attendees want to hear from peers. The event is free to attend for customers, partners and anyone interested in Atlassian products.

Scott Farquhar, one of our founders, will be in Boston for the user group, so that means the Irish will have some competition at the Pub for a change!

The User Group is the same week some of us are at Enterprise 2.0. I’ll be co-speaking at Enterprise 2.0 with Stewart Mader, who is our wiki evangelist and looks after Wikipatterns.

You can RSVP here for the Boston User Group.

Supporting Cancer Research

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This weekend I’m supporting the American Cancer Society by participating in the Relay for Life at Stanford University. I’m a cancer survivor. I beat cancer right before joining Atlassian.

I’ll be playing music as with some friends to entertain the good people working there. My fund raising has been going great thanks to very, very generous friends and Atlassian colleagues. I _really_ appreciate it.

We named the band, “The Occasionals” due to our working only for benefits occasionally. 🙂 My buddy Bonnie Gemmell at Add2logo designed us a cool band shirt which we’ll be selling for last minute fund raising. Check it out…
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Last minute donations of any size are still appreciated. And I’m taking twitter orders for the T-shirts. Oh, OK, email too… sigh.

Do Industry Analysts Matter?

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Conventional wisdom says, “Yes”. But we are generally skeptical of conventional wisdom at Atlassian. We like it when people try new models that are more customer friendly and by doing so, are successful. Like transparent pricing and product information.

Industry analysts are often viewed as a necessary evil, which may not be fair always. But there’s always a question: who paid for their opinion?

That’s why I really like the analyst firm Red Monk who says:

    “You should, in our opinion, be skeptical of all of the research you read. Every piece we publish is free to anyone, and every piece will disclaim who’s paying us and who is not.”

I also like what Red Monk focuses on:

    “We’re very open about the fact that we’re primarily oriented towards bottom up adoption. In practical terms, this means that if your main goal in life is getting on a CIO’s radar, we’re not the firm for you. There are plenty of firms that will (try to) do that for you. Our focus is instead on the grassroots, the bottom up adoption that’s made successes of projects that you may have heard of like Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. Those projects, in case you hadn’t heard, didn’t get to where they are today by virtue of CIOs.”

So here are my disclaimers: Atlassian has not hired Red Monk, James Governor [Red Monk #1] gave me a T shirt and some stickers, and I had to pay for my own lunch, and his, while at Java One. But we did get to spend some time together last week in San Francisco here…
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Sun, who does pay Red Monk to do work, gave them a community day venue at Java One. It is remarkable that Red Monk did not pay for this incredible opportunity. Jonathan Nolen and I attended, and it was well worthwhile because it was not a prognostication platform for Analyst Speak but rather an open exchange facilitated by the Monks.