It’s Tuesday, so that must mean I’m in London, for the inaugural UK Atlassian User Group. At time of writing there were already 91 people signed up, so I look forward to seeing what people are doing with Confluence and JIRA. It will also be a good opportunity to gauge reception of the new Atlassian products.
Sourcesense have done some pretty cool things with Confluence and JIRA in the past, such as automated defect tracking (pushing issues into JIRA from a validation service) and automated quality assurance documentation for large Italian telecoms companies. One of the Sourcesense investors even uses JIRA for company-wide project management and business planning.
Update: ok, the event seems to have been a huge success. A great turnout, and the talks were all quite interesting. Some of the upcoming features in Confluence and JIRA look like real life-savers, and it will be interesting to try out Crowd (single sign-on) and Bamboo (continuous integration) to see just how good they are. In principle, they could be killer apps, but a lot will depend on the implementations.
In particular I’d like to see Crowd handle Shibboleth gracefully – I’m really not sure the world needs another “from scratch” SSO solution. The Atlassian guys suggested checking the Crowd FAQ for information on that, but I don’t see any information there so far.
The networking after the talks was a good opportunity to catch up with people, and I heard about some pretty innovative uses of Atlassian products. For the second time in two weeks I bumped into Lloyd Davis, too, and I was quite impressed by the work Headshift and Lloyd did for BP. Nice to see social technologies being applied proactively in large corporations.