How Atlassian Tools Can Help Your Company Become Agile

17 September 2018 | Articles, Atlassian

Agile, in management terminology, is the belief that individuals and interactions should be valued over processes and tools, that collaborating with customers for the common good was more important than combative contract negotiation, and that being responsive to changes was better than following a standardized plan. These ideals were put forth in the ‘Manifesto for Agile Software Development’ in 2001, but have come to be adopted as a basis for agile methodologies and applied throughout an enterprise.

The Harvard Business Review¹ noted that agile methodologies, as ‘a radical alternative to command-and-control-style management’ can improve motivation and productivity of teams, as well as improving quality of product development and speed to market. Shifting your organization to an agile mindset can be challenging, but fortunately there are Atlassian tools that can help.

Characteristics of Agile Processes

Companies that have implemented agile methodologies into business processes, on a departmental or enterprise-wide level, share similar characteristics²:

  • Catalyst leadership
  • Continuous learning
  • Open communication
  • Long-term business value governance
  • Quest for mastery

Because these characteristics are related to corporate culture and require the revision of long-standing processes, behaviors, and even value judgments, it can be challenging to implement agile methodologies in an established business.

However, adopting agile practices offers an enterprise many benefits. Developers release products that are of higher quality in a shorter time to market. Companies embrace change, decision making is faster and more accurate, and the collaborative environment allows for faster problem identification and resolution.

Scrum vs. Kanban

There are two primary frameworks for agile implementation. The first, Scrum, is an agile methodology where developers build products in a series of fixed-length iterations. Employees participate in sprint planning, daily meetings, sprints of work, and retrospectives.

The second, Kanban, is based on the idea of continuous releases. Organizations manage projects on a Kanban board that shows the status of projects in development in columns and lanes.

Both frameworks tie into the core values of agile practices, but each has strengths and weaknesses that vary depending on the type of project to which they are applied.

Atlassian and Agile

A company that is interested in applying agile methodologies to a process, department, or enterprise can seek out tools that have been developed specifically to support agile practices in the workplace.

Several Atlassian tools were created specifically to support different agile frameworks: scrum, kanban, or a mixed methodology with elements of both. Atlassian’s Jira software³, and Jira Mobile, support any agile implementation with custom-developed tools that can be easily scaled to grow with the business. Also available is Portfolio for Jira⁴, an agile roadmapping tool built specifically for Jira software.

Contact e-Core today to learn more about how your business can benefit from Atlassian tools or explore Atlassian’s Agile Coach⁵ for additional information.


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