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$20 billion startup Atlassian explains why it's blowing up its oldest product to evolve with today's software teams (TEAM)

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 18 Oct 2018

On Thursday, Atlassian announced the launch of a new version of Jira, its product for tracking the progress of software development projects.Jira was redesigned to progress with modern software development teams, which are becoming smaller and more agile.The new Jira has a Trello influence, with features that allow users to customize and build their own boards for their tasks.Atlassians most popular product is getting a big makeoverso big, that it's practically a different product.TheAustraliantech company valued at $20 billion created its Jira software development platform back when the company was founded in 2002. With thenew generation of Jira Softwarebeing announced on Thursday,less than 1 percent of the original code used to createJira is still there, the Atlassian team says.That's important because the world of software development has changed a lot since 2002.Jira records the progress made in software projects, essentially like a to-do schedule for the code that still needs to be finished and the bugs that need to be fixed. Its used by developers at major companies like Cisco, Spotify, Airbnb, Square and eBay.The new Jira has a minimalist look and various echoes ofTrello,which Atlassian bought in 2017 for $425 million.Most notably, Atlassian has introduced build-your-own boards for users and teams to customize their own workflows in the new Jira. The new layout delivers file previews to prioritize images and design prototypes, which helps as software developers increasingly work more with designers.Built for smaller teams that ship fasterAtlassian decided to completely uproot and redesign Jira to keep up with changes in how software development teams work today. For one, software teams are getting smaller and shipping out products more often. For another, theyre increasingly becoming more agile, meaning that theyre more collaborative, continuously developing and need a flexible response to change.Were going from bigger teams shipping a couple of times a year to smaller teams shipping multiple times a year, Sean Regan, head of growth for Software Teams, told Business Insider. The agile manifesto is becoming possible.Regan acknowledges that the new version of Jira has an influence from Trello. Its also integrated with Bitbucket, GitLab, GitHub and Slack.We combine the simplicity and beauty of Trello with the power of Jira, Regan said. It also got easier for non-developers to use. Before, JQL or Jira Query Language was the most flexible way to search for issues in Jira, which required knowing some programming syntax.Now, the new Jira includes filters that can help users create a custom view of their board based on issue owners, labels and more. Users can view their own board and what they need to do, as well as what the team as a whole needs to do.Jira also will have a new roadmap feature that anyone on the team can access to find out the most up-to-date progress of the project.Its how fast you can make a change and if you can figure out how to respond to it, Regan said. People need to come into it from any team and be able to get it.SEE ALSO:The 10 most popular programming languages, according to the 'Facebook for programmers'Join the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: Here's what caffeine does to your body and brain
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