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Confluence + Jira

How To Be A Confluence and Jira Requirements Hero

Manually creating user stories with Atlassian’s Jira from product requirements written in Confluence takes effort and doubles the work. Make it easier.

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The Fear Trust Balance

Why Fear Is Keeping You From Embracing Agile

Resistance to the unknown, or change, can be the very thing stopping you from embracing Agile Software Development. How do you overcome that fear? Read on!

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8 Powerful Jira Secrets

Do You Know These 8 Powerful Jira Secrets?

Jira is an incredibly powerful issue tracking platform. These awesome, yet underutilized, features are usually left undiscovered.

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What are Software Bugs and What Do They Want?

What are Software Bugs and What Do They Want?

Setting the Stage In this article, we explore and discuss differing thoughts on the subject of bugs and their inevitable impact on your project. Can you, in a Scrum model, add them to your sprint with no estimating or prioritizing? How can you estimate a bug? How do you determine in your application which issue…

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Control Jira Notifications

How to Control your Jira Notifications

You’re in a meeting and your coworker says, “Did you see that Jira ticket I mentioned you on?” Most of us might say, “Maybe, I get so many I probably missed it.” or “Who knows, I send all of those to a folder [that I never check].” It may sometimes feel like the more diligently…

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Dont Wait - Collaborate - 4 Steps to Unlock Productivity in Your Team

How to Drive Team Productivity with Collaboration

Once upon a time, there was a smart person who was stuck on a problem. And the world ended. Or at least, that’s what some people apparently think will happen. But the reality is, smart people get stuck! We work in teams because it’s not reasonable to think that one person can do it all,…

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Predicting Your Future - Estimate with Confidence

Predicting Your Future – Estimate with Confidence

In a previous article, I explored the dangers of unmanaged expectations in software businesses, along with suggestions and tips. One way software teams manage expectations is by providing estimates of engineering effort. Here I’ll examine a specific technique that help teams estimate with confidence. This technique can be particularly helpful for teams that are new…

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The Definition of Ready

1 Simple Thing That Will Make Your Team Crush It

Is your team slow or do you think they could be faster? You can save them many wasted hours per week with a single short meeting called the Definition of Ready. Learning what exactly is meant by a user story or ticket is a great hidden inefficiency in agile teams. Think about this scenario: A…

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Searching for what you need in Jira using JQL

Searching for what you need in Jira using JQL

An organization’s Jira instance can quickly become a sea of issues. Seemingly overnight, an instance can accumulate thousands of epics, stories, and bugs. At first, it’s easy to remember and keep track of specific issues. But in a short amount of time, this feat of mental agility becomes impossible. A user can begin to feel…

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Create a Better Design System

9 Design System Traps to Avoid

Design systems are a trending topic these days. A quick glance at Alex Pate’s awesome design systems repo shows that both big name companies and small start ups are wading into the design system waters. At Modus, we’ve helped several clients build out their design systems. Design systems are still relatively new, so we have…

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