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Today is one of those dark days...

Today is one of those days when darkness is creeping up in your heart and you just want to curl up in a dark corner and be left alone. They are fewer and the time between are longer these days, but they never go away. They are symptoms of a life that is not in balance so I need to deal with that underlying issue. Having a bad day does not really describe what happen when you run low on energy, it's far deeper than that. It's a feeling of being so burdened down and so tired in your very soul that even the slightest "must" feel unbearable. Like it will crush you and push you deeper down into the darkness that you may never come up again. Fortunately this is not my first rodeo with the empty void inside so I know what needs to be done to break through it. I also know that this is not a sign of mental illness or that something is wrong with me. I have just been a bit careless with my energy levels lately. I work very hard with 12 hour days if i count my travel times. Most of that time is spent in meetings with people I do not know discussing complicated issues that must happen on many levels at the same time. This of course cost a lot of energy as it is all on the extrovert side of things with little time for reflection on the introvert side. With so long hours sleep tend to be a bit scarce and water intake is not exactly well maintained. This leads to a poor immune system and once you get sick it leads to stress as you fall behind in your work. Having social obligations during the weekends also reduce the time available for self reflection and mental rest and so eventually the mind will force you to slow down. This is when one of the dark days happen... So today I will spend most of my time in a dark bedroom resting. I'll watch some tv series and I'll do some "brooding" as I call it. It's when I sleep without falling asleep and let my mind wander. Usually my mind can not focus on anything so it jumps all over the place. It is when I feel I can focus again that I know I am getting my energy levels back. This is just the band aid for the current symptom so I need to look at the solution for the long term. If I don't then this dark day will soon be followed by another one until it turn into a full blown depression. So I need to create space for me to have more time to reflect internally so I can regulate the energy spent vs energy gained. Being in meetings and wrestle with really complex issues is generating great energy, but only to a certain point. Once I go past that point it start to eat energy instead so I need to regulate that point so it becomes the right mix of introvert and extrovert activities. I have already started that, so I just need to adjust it a bit. Sleep and water must be better regulated, because I am not taking care of myself in those areas at the moment. I'll put back my water apps and start measuring my sleep cycles again so i can ensure good quality sleep. I'll also need to make space outside of work for reflection, so I'll go back to exercise again since it's good on all levels. On the food side I'll start using my LifeSum app again since I forgot to cancel it and have another year already paid for it. It's not so much to keep track of calories as it is to regulate things I eat. It's a pain to log things so I'll keep it to a minimum which is good for the calorie intake. So today is a dark day, but tomorrow will be great day.

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Jira Ops - a new service from Atlassian

Modern incident management. One place to respond, resolve, and learn from every incident. Raise an incident in Jira Ops or through an integration with your alerting tool. Then fire up a chat room, alert additional responders, and publish initial comms all with a single button. This is Jira Ops.   The features looks great and I especially like the connection between the different tools such as the new Jira Ops, that looks very much like ServiceDesk, that connects to StatusPage and Slack. Postmortem followup in Confluence would make it easy to reference in ServiceDesk in the event a similar incident happen again, or if a temporary fix has been setup. Jira Ops is now available for free, at least for now. The integrations looks good and the reports seems ok, but I did not see a SLA setup as we have in ServiceDesk and I would like to know how tasks are connected in case they need to be fixed by a developing team, or other teams using Jira for task management. Affected services are also a bit interesting since it's usually a pretty big database of hardware, software and services for big companies. I will add it to my own setup and play around with it to see how it works and what to expect of it. I like what I see so far though, how about you?
  Read more about Jira Ops on the Atlassian website.

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QC Read and understood for Confluence

When working in Confluence you tend to run into situations where some people disagree if they have approved a change in requirement or decision. You also most certainly have situations where you have told the team that they need to read and approve something, only to have them miss it completely. This is where QC Read and Understood for Confluence can help. The concept is not new, there are other plugins that do similar things, but the QC Read and Understood for Confluence is very simple, yet powerful in it's design. Instead of advanced workflows with approvers and version handling creating multiple version of the page, this plugin let anyone validate that they have read and understood the page. It even keep track of what version of the page the users have accepted, which makes it even more useful. This is perfect for instructions, decisions and if used correctly even for requirements and technical documentation such as integration contracts. For requirements this can be good enough if the team are working closely together, but I can see that in some cases you might want something a bit more powerful, like Comala Workflows. Overall I think this is a very good plugin that is not very expensive compared to the benefit it can give. It's only available for Cloud at the moment, which could be a bit of a negative if your Jira instance is server based or you run it in Data Center.   If you use it let me know how you like it and how you use it and if you don't use it do you think it seems good or not?    

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Roles vs Groups in Jira enterprise solutions

The question of using groups or roles in Jira is always active and you have people advocating both passionately. In my experience Roles is the preferred way to secure your jira instance when you are working in larger companies where user management is not handled in Jira itself. Groups is an excellent way to quickly manage users. It requires one activity and can add a user to multiple projects in one swift action. The downside is that if you do not have control of the group itself, then it quickly becomes a black hole in your solution. This is a common issue in large organizations where the management of the groups are done outside of Jira, for example in an AD. The separation from Jira, both for the creation of groups and the approval of adding users to a group, makes it impossible for the project owner in Jira to know who is actually in a group. On the other hand the approver on the other side know what users are in the group, but not what projects in Jira they have access to. If you also add the common issue with on boarding and off boarding users that often is handled by a central support organization, then you might have a problem keeping track of who actually have access to what information in Jira. As I am a strong advocate of the shift-left way of working I often suggest moving to a roles based setup. This forces the Jira Project Admins to take responsibility for adding and removing users to their project. It also remove the need for support to manage the users, which speed up the process of adding and removing users AND it naturally break down larger projects to smaller ones. This is often beneficial as many larger organization has this fear that having many projects make it difficult to work across Jira projects. This creates mega projects with hundreds of teams, which is not very efficient or fun to work in. Splitting into smaller projects also clarify where there are missing roles, which is not always clear in mega projects. When I create my roles I try to break them down into two types: Access and logical units. Access of course dictate what actions you can take within a project and I tend to have just three roles as I think you should trust the members of your project. The roles I define are Admins, users and watchers. Admins are of course the people that can do the bulk changes and manage the projects. Users are the ones that do the actual work and watchers are people that want access to see what is going on. The users I then break down into logical units. Not for access or permissions, but to visualize what people are actually in the project. Depending on the type of project these roles can be a bit different. If it is a development project I would add these roles: Management - Management people involved in the project. Typically business owners and stakeholders on the business side and project managers on the development side. Requirement - For the people working with requirement. Designing - UI/UX designers. Development - The developers and architects. Testing - Test lead, manual testers and developers of automated tests. Acceptance - The people in charge of accepting the solution through acceptance testing. Deployment - If it is applicable and there are specific deployment managers. Doing this break down illustrate pretty clearly if the project is people in key roles. If you have 100 developers and 3 testers, then you are most likely not optimized for quality deliveries. The same thing if you have people that complain that they are both management and acceptance, then you know you are missing technical acceptance testers. I know some companies separate internal development from external sourcing partners. This is not very good to do because it creates a gap in the information flow and if you have selected someone as your sourcing partner, then you should be able to trust them. If you have information that they should not be aware of, then make sure you separate that in a different project, not using roles or groups within the same project. It quickly becomes messy and people are uncomfortable hiding things from each other. I know there are challenges with breaking up larger projects to smaller ones, especially when working with tests, but that is a topic for next time. Until then, do you agree with my thoughts on groups vs roles for Jira?

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Solstice of Heroes is just amazing!

Solstice of Heroes is here and with it we have a ton of fun ways to spend our time! The aim, should you wish to attempt it, is to slowly upgrade your armor to 400 through a series of activities that pretty much span over most of the activities in Destiny 2. One of the things I miss in destiny 2 is that once you have done the weekly milestones you are pretty much left with nothing to do. Sure you can grind for items, but at this point i am not sure there are any items I actually want to hunt for. The Solstice of Heroes provides a lot of activities that you can do as you see fit for the next month or so, which is really nice. I just completed the armor on my Titan and with the exception of the Crucible parts (because I suck in PVP) it was a great experience. It's now time to complete the first upgrade for my warlock and hunter as well. I will start with my warlock because I feel it's easier to get the Crucible power kills with my Warlock in case I want to try that before next weeks Mayhem event. The aim is to have all the Scorched upgrade tasks completed except for the Crucible power kills by next week. This way I can complete the crucible part during next weeks Mayhem, which should make it easy to get the 30 power kills (compared to now). All other aspects of the upgrades should be easy enough to do solo except perhaps for the Redux missions and the Nightfall that I'll do with my clan mates for easy completion.   Here is what each class will need to do to upgrade their Scorched (240 power) set to Rekindled (340 power). Hunter Head - Spark Redux mission, 90 solar orbs in the EDZ, 10 kills in the Crucible Arms - Homecoming Redux mission, 150 arc orbs, complete a meditation with Ikora Chest - Chosen Redux mission, 90 arc orbs in strikes, complete 10 Heroic public events Legs - 1AU Redux mission, 150 void orbs, defeat 50 mini-bosses Cloak - Payback Redux mission, get 30 kills with your Super in the Crucible, complete 10 patrols Titan Head - Spark Redux mission, 150 arc orbs, 10 kills in the Crucible Arms - Homecoming Redux mission, 90 solar orbs in strikes, complete a meditation with Ikora Chest - Chosen Redux mission, 90 void orbs in the EDZ, complete 10 Heroic public events Legs - 1AU Redux mission, get 30 kills with your Super in the Crucible, defeat 50 mini-bosses Mark - Payback Redux mission, 150 void orbs, complete 10 patrols Warlock Head - Spark Redux mission, 30 kills with your Super in the Crucible, 10 Crucible kills Arms - Homecoming Redux mission, 90 arc orbs in strikes, complete a meditation with Ikora Chest - Chosen Redux mission, 150 solar orbs, complete 10 Heroic public events Legs - 1AU Redux mission, 90 void orbs in the EDZ, defeat 50 mini-bosses Bond - Payback Redux mission, 150 void orbs, complete 10 patrols Once your armor has been upgraded to Rekindled, you’ll need to complete another set of objectives to further increase its power. Here is what each class needs to do to upgrade their Rekindled (340 power) set to Resplendent (400 power). Hunter Head - Chosen Redux mission, 160 void energy weapon kills, complete the Nightfall Arms - Payback Redux mission, 120 void grenade kills, complete three Heroic strikes Chest - 1AU Redux mission, 80 solar power weapon kills, win five non-private Crucible matches Legs - Spark Redux mission, 60 solar melee kills, complete 10 adventures Cloak - Homecoming Redux mission, 200 arc super kills, complete 20 challenges Titan Head - Chosen Redux mission, 200 solar super kills, complete the Nightfall Arms - Payback Redux mission, 160 solar energy weapon kills, complete three heroic strikes Chest - 1AU Redux mission, 120 arc grenade kills, win five non-private Crucible matches Legs - Spark Redux mission, 60 void melee kills, complete 10 adventures Mark - Homecoming Redux mission, 80 arc power weapon kills, get 500 kills Warlock Head - Chosen Redux mission, 160 void energy weapon kills, complete the Nightfall Arms - Payback Redux mission, 60 arc melee kills, complete three heroic strikes Chest - 1AU Redux mission, 120 solar grenade kills, win five non-private Crucible matches Legs - Spark Redux mission, 200 arc super kills, complete 10 adventures Bond - Homecoming Redux mission, 80 solar power weapon kills, get 500 kills Once the armor has been upgraded to Resplendent, it will be at 400 power. However, there is one more upgrade for players to earn. Here is what each class needs to do to upgrade their Resplendent (400 power) set to a Masterwork Resplendent set (400 power). Hunter Head - Complete the Prestige Nightfall within the point threshold, which is noted on each strike emblem Arms - Complete five heroic strikes in a group with at least one clanmate Chest - Complete the Prestige Leviathan raid Legs - Reach the Valor rank of Legend in the Crucible Cloak - Defeat 10 bosses Titan Head - Complete the Prestige Nightfall within the point threshold, which is noted on each strike emblem Arms - Complete five heroic strikes in a group with at least one clanmate Chest - Complete the Prestige Leviathan raid Legs - Reach the Valor rank of Legend in the Crucible Mark - Defeat 10 bosses Warlock Head - Complete the Prestige Nightfall within the point threshold, which is noted on each strike emblem Arms - Complete five heroic strikes in a group with at least one clanmate Chest - Complete the Prestige Leviathan raid Legs - Reach the Valor rank of Legend in the Crucible Bond - Defeat 10 bosses Once you’ve unlocked one of the armor sets, there will be an ornament slot that will allow you to go back to the Scorched or Rekindled appearances.   So far I feel that this is one of the best events so far. It's diverse, does not include the Raid, it span over several weeks and it can be done completely solo (even if it's a bit hard). The rewards are great as well with armor glows, exotic vehicles,  weapon ornaments and so on. Good job on this one Bungie!

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Destiny 2 is getting fun - yes I paid someone to do the Raid

Destiny 2 have been pushing out news about their upcoming expansion The Forsaken, but it is not what have had me excited about the game again. It was when I paid someone to do the Raid for me. Paying someone to play for you might seem stupid, but for me the wall between me and the content in the Raid has been nagging me since I started to play Destiny 2. I am all for premium content being hard to get, but the idea to lock it behind an activity only possible for an organized team with plenty of time of their hands suck. I am a solo player and I find that kind of locked content offensive to be honest. So for me to spend money on having someone play the Raid so I can access the loot (which is pretty nice, but not really necessary) took me over that blockage I have had since day one. Somehow it also made me feel good that I could help someone getting started with this kind of service since I used a rather new seller instead of one of the established ones. As a result I had a really great communication and the seller went above and beyond to give great service. It's an amazing feeling to be in a position where you can do that and it's just so satisfying to see their business take off once they get their initial reviews. Not only did I get passed the block that the Raid posed, I have slowly getting over my feelings of discomfort about using Discord with strangers. I had some great play time this weekend and i am slowly making friends to play with, which feels great. I accidentally stumbled into an Escalation protocol last night and actually completed it even if the group was completely disorganized and I think I was the only one actually using supers. It was a bit disappointed though that I did not have a key once the chest actually dropped, but the fact that I can do the Escalation Protocol and hold my own felt pretty good. I will do more of that. Thanks to this I actually did all milestones with all 3 characters last week and I even managed to complete almost all quests for all Exotics. I still need to do some Raid related stuff for Legend of Acrius that I will pay to get done this week. This means that I feel good about the game again and I have just a few things I still want to get from the Raid and that is Midnight Coup and Sins of the Past. I am in no hurry to get those however and I am pretty confident that I will sooner or later do a Raid or two myself. Out of curiosity if nothing else. I also have Trials of The Nine on my list even if I am not much of a PVP person. I was a bit surprised over my stats for PVP actually considering I play solo and that comes with all kinds of pain, especially if you like me have the misfortune to run into cheaters using ISP package hacks. Still I managed to get a 42% winning stat which I can assure you is not the feeling I have most games. Imagine having a proper team to play with that can organize their game?! I am now waiting for the Solstice of Heroes event to kick off tonight and then it's the Iron Banner on the 14th that I will push a bit in to get some of the missing ornaments. It will be fun to have something to focus time on in game now that I am nearing the cap for my power level. It will be quite the grind, but we have 4 weeks so it should not be a problem I think. If you ever want to join me for a game, just post a comment here with your Battle.net tag and I will gladly join you for a game or two 🙂

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Atlassian and Slack have forged a new strategic partnership

Atlassian and Slack have forged a new strategic partnership. They will discontinuing Hipchat and Stride, and are providing a migration path to Slack for all their customers. This is a huge step for Atlassian and it comes with some problems for companies that have decided against Slack as their team communication tool. The biggest issue some companies have regarding Slack is that it's not possible to host and develop for internally. The benefits should more than make up for that, especially in distributed development teams. Slack is by many, including me, considered to the standard for group communication for development teams. Not only are most companies using it, officially or unofficially, but many communities are also based on Slack these days. I find this move a bit surprising from Atlassians side, but I think if we can build upon the integrations a bit where needed it can be a really, really good move for both Atlassian and Slack.
  The Press release (https://www.atlassian.com/blog/announcements/new-atlassian-slack-partnership)  

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Invision for Jira - a great way to add your design to Jira?

Invision is a popular tool for visual designers and UX designers, but it is usually a pain to transfer the information over to Jira. With Invision for Jira that becomes less problematic since you can embed an inline prototype directly into a Jira issue that also include the inspect function that makes life easier for the developers. While this is very nice, it really is just a fancy way to link people to Invision because the links will take you to Invision and you get the same issue with making sure everyone have a login and understand the way Invision works. This does not solve the actual problem to bring in the information the designers need into the documentation, it just add a more convenient way to direct the users to Invision. So this leaves the designs in Invision, which is not a good place to keep designs once they are agreed upon since you need to ensure the designs are not continuously improved as that cause issues with requirements. This can be solved by transferring projects to a another, controlled Invision instance, but that is messy and prone to confusion and mistakes. What I would like to have is a way to embed this directly into Confluence where it can be version handled and controlled from a requirements perspective. The concept is amazing, but the solution right now is not enough for a good way to bring in design in a controlled way as a requirement into Jira unfortunately.

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Warframe Fortuna - we all lift together

Warframe, the free to play game that just keep putting all other games to shame when it comes to content creation and communicating with their community, announced a new city to play around in called Fortuna. The presentation comes with an amazing song that just hit me right in the heart! Do you like it?
 

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Gliffy Projects for Jira - Get designs done right!

Gliffy Projects for Jira is another great product from the Gliffy Team and this time they help bridging the gap between design and development. It's an easy concept that is easily understood by the designers using hotspots in the design directly connected to development tasks. The concept is super easy and it is quite nice to be able to just add work tasks directly to a design the way Gliffy Projects do it. The down side however is that you need to use another image manager which is the Gliffy Projects. If I am already using Invision for example it does not really feel natural to add the images again to another tool just to create the hotspots to Jira. For this to be a slam dunk I would love to see it integrated in Confluence like their other products so I can stay in one tool for requirements and from there simply connect the uploaded designs in the same way. I do hope Gliffy are working on this because that would make this an invaluable tool in any project using visual design or workflows that need to be translated into activities.

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Finally back in the gym again!

It's been a very long time since I went to the gym, but I am finally back again. I am weak and today I am in pain as my muscles complain about the abuse I put them through the last few days. It feels pretty good in other words. As usual when I hit the gym I go for contact over weight. People look a me a bit weird when I workout since I do not push for heavy weights since my body is so weak right now. Instead I focus on getting the movements right. Technique is more important and instead of stressing the muscles with heavy weights, which means I would risk injuries, I "bleed" them instead. Bleeding the muscles is just pumping them so full of blood that you rip the muscle fibers from within. This can be done with small weights so the risk is smaller than loading up on heavy weights. The pain is just as bad though, so that is good. The aim now is to push at least four days a week for the next 4 weeks to get into the routine gain. As I go back to work after the vacation I need to figure out how to keep the training going. As I work long days that are eleven to thirteen hours long with commuting that makes working out a bit difficult unless I want to hit the gym at the same time as everyone else. I do not like that kind of training though and I just get frustrated in crowded gyms. I also need to do something about my core. I have problems finding good ways to get focused core training and since that is my biggest training area due to a funnel chest and weak abs. I am considering if I should join a Tae Kwon Do club as I love the art of kicking and it's an amazing way to get great core training that I love to do. I also need the flexibility training as I am getting old and stiff. First I need to get my body used to the workout again so I do not have to walk around like a zombie due to the muscle pain 🙂

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Playing Destiny 2 online is a bit scary

Playing Destiny 2 is fun, but being a solo player means you are pretty much screwed out of most of the end game activities such as Raid and Escalation Protocol. The solution is to join a clan, but that require you to connect with people that you do not know over Discord. That is a bit scary. As a person I like meeting new people in person, but I hate talking to them on the phone. That is because I pick up so much in the communication non verbally so I feel a bit awkward just using voice communication. In my gaming I do not play that much. In fact I spend roughly 10-12 hours a day with work, if I include the travel time. That leaves very little time to play games, especially a game like Destiny where you pretty much need to be organized if you want to get anywhere with end game activities. So in order to actually do Nightfall and Trials I joined a clan. Well, technically it's my second clan since the first one kind of died out. Joining a clan is just the first step however and you need to join in on one of the chat rooms to co-ordinate things. In my clan we use Discord for this, which is a great way to communicate. But a bit scary. You pretty much randomly call someone and you have no idea who might be on the other end. This is a bit scary, but scary does not always have to be bad. Sometime scary is actually quite fun as you get to push your own limits a bit. So far my experiences have been great, but there is a lot to learn about the online social interaction that is quite different from analog social interactions.

Things are a bit weird right now

Life lately have been a bit weird. On one hand I am having a blast at my assignment at H&M and on the other I have this feeling of being unfulfilled. I can not really put my finger on it, but there is something inside that is just so very tired right now. Trying to make sense of this duality is usually a futile exercise since I am very much a duality person. I am extrovert and introvert, Intellectual and creative and so on. My very personality is a continuous conflict and cooperation between my dual natures. Still I am a bit concern about this lack of energy that has caused me to pretty much removed all social activities an engagements outside of work. Still I have this feeling of being drained of energy. Most likely it is because I am frustrated over time in general (late 40 year crisis perhaps?), but I also feel unfocused. Feeling unfocused is common for me and it happens every 3-6 months or so when my mind try to shift in one direction or the other. For a week or so I will be restless and not able to focus on an interest until my mind has shifted over. This time however it has been a little more than that and I struggle a bit to get past it. It's also typical that the universe try to counter my attempts to become a social hermit. So far I have 3 internal requests to educate and hold presentations on how to promote yourself online. I also have several requests to become more involved with Atlassian coming from the Atlassian team. I even got an invite to Barcelona this fall for the Atlassian European Summit. On one hand I am pretty much at the best moment in my life doing what I love most. On the other hand I am at a pretty low point feeling strangely lost and tired. It's a very strange feeling and I will have to figure out a way to break it. I'll start by taking a long vacation and really rest to see if that will help. I am guessing it will, but in case it does not then I'll figure something else out and go from there. Life is a strange thing and sometimes you just need to stop for a moment and see where you are going and why.

Take control of your notifications in Jira with Announcer for Jira

Announcements in Jira is an important part of the Jira administrators job. The balance between being annoying and not keeping the users properly informed is a thin line indeed. While Jira provide email and banner options, its still a blunt tool to use and sometimes you even wish for your Jira Project Leaders to have the power to keep their projects informed. This is where Announcer for Jira can help. With it's flexible system it can inform users in many ways, including group selection, scheduled notifications, several types of notifications and more you can make your notifications as unobtrusive as your users need them to be. It's quite the tool to add to your arsenal of plugins and during upgrades and incidents your users will love you for giving them the power to be informed.  

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The responsiblity of the Jira Project Lead (JPL)

Jira Introduction for Jira Project Leads Welcome Project lead, to a brief introduction to Jira and your responsibilities and options as Jira Project Leader (JPL). As JPL you are responsible for all activities within your projects. This includes all on-boarding and off-boarding processes as well as making sure your project is maintained in a way that ensures that no performance impacts can occur. As your responsibility is quite big, you are also eligible for training and support.    Responsibilities The JPL have full responsibility of his or her project. This means that anything happening within the project will fall on the JPL. This includes performance issues due to wrong setup or usage of fields, flows, boards and filters. It also includes on-boarding new users and of course off-boarding to ensure that no users that should no longer have project access still linger within your project. As the JPL you are also responsible for ensuring that your team or, teams, can work in an optimal way. This includes helping them to setup and operate boards, sprints and so on. You may not be the person who actually do this on a day to day basis, but you need to know how to support the members of your project should they need it.  You are also responsible to ensure that the project specific functions for versions and components are maintained correctly. That includes to archive versions no longer being used and ensure that the setup of components are used according to standards to allow for cross functionality and integration sanity.   Contact person The JPL is the first contact, and often only contact, when issues occur in Jira. As the contact person the JPL is required to be a member of the Jira Teams as well as keeping updated regarding news on the Jira SharePoint site. In the event of an issue with Jira as a whole, or even more important an issue with the project the JPL is responsible for the JPL should be able to respond within a reasonable time frame. Failure to respond could lead to a shutdown of the project. If a JPL is no longer active the project can be shut down until a JPL is assigned. This is because we cannot have a project without a responsible person owning it. A person must be contactable should anything happens that require action from the JPL.   On-boarding a Project On-boarding a project is done by making sure the correct setup has been added during creation. This is done by accessing the project settings and reviewing the settings. If the settings are not correct it could cause serious problems working in Jira for the whole team. During the project creation it is also up to the JPL to verify that the workflows and other settings are not only correct, but also suitable for the team to work with. If the way of working can benefit from customization than this can be discussed with the Jira team. Customizations are exceptions and require an obvious improvement to the workflows of the team.   Off-boarding a project When a project is no longer needed it need to be archived. This is done by sending a request to the Jira team. Doing this will make the project read only for a year and then hidden for a year before it is deleted. When a project is archived it will no longer show up in searches. All issues in the project will also be hidden from searches. This reduce the number of items that show up in searches, which in turn will reduce the number of items that need to be fetched from the database. This help performance and reduce clutter in Jira.   Handling Users Handling users is done by adding or removing users manually in the Roles section. When a user is added to the Jira project it is the responsibility of the JPL to ensure that the users have the knowledge and understanding of how to work in Jira. As the JPL this responsibility cannot be put of someone else and if a user cause incident in Jira due to not understanding the way of working or how Jira works, that is on the JPL. For this reason, it is suggested that new members get proper training within the project or by attending a Jira training session. Each user uses a license in Jira and as such it's very important to not let users accounts remain after they have left. It's the JPL who is responsible for keeping their members up to date as they also are responsible for the license cost of their project.   Handling versions Versions are important parts of Jira as it is the way we can determine in what code base development or configures has been committed. Version are created and managed by the JPL and project managers, which means that the responsibility with releasing and archiving versions also fall on the JPL. Once a version no longer is required to connect defects to that version should get closed. This is done by the JPL and the project managers. If this is not done properly the list of versions will grow exponentially, which causes issues for the project and potentially for Jira as a whole.   Handling Components Components are used for additional grouping for Jira issues within a project. While this is a very useful feature it's also important to remember that components are project specific and if you work cross projects then a moved issue can lose this information. It is the responsibility of the JPL and the project managers to manage the components and make sure it's used on a level that cannot be compromised if an issue moves to another project. For this reason, components should not contain issue critical information.   Performance impact decisions Decisions within the project, like adding new custom fields or values within a custom field, custom workflows or filters for boards also fall under the responsibility of the JPL. For this reason, it's important to understand the impact new fields, filters and so on have on the project as well as on Jira as a whole. Should a project become slow due to performance issues or worse, if all of Jira would suffer due to decisions that lead to performance issues, that is on the JPL. For this reason, it's no excuse to claim ignorance as failure in this regard can cause severe impact and possibly legal actions. As JPL it is strongly suggested to consult the Jira team if you wish to adjust your project that you are unsure if it can impact performance.   Expectations Day to Day operations The JPL should have knowledge on how to do the basic day to day operations. This includes creation of sprints, setting up boards, working with filters and backlogs as well as the JPL specific tasks of managing components and versions. The JPL are the owner of your project and as such the JPL should know how Jira works so they can guide the members of the project on a daily basis. The JPL are not expected to be an expert but should know the basics. For this reason, all JPL's should attend the JPL training before starting their project. It's also suggested to attend at least one JUT training session and all JST training available.   Possibilities While it might sound like a JPL have a lot of responsibilities they also have a lot of possibilities. Not only will the JPL have access to the JPL trainings, they also have the possibilities to request support and guidance from the Jira team.   Training Besides access to the JPL training sessions all JPL's have the option to request support from the Jira team for specific training sessions. This can be anything from an extra JUT session or it can be a full-fledged JST with custom content specifically designed for the need of the JPL and the project team. At any time can the JPL request assistance on Jira matters from the Jira team through Teams.   Jira Customization All projects are not equal, but in Jira they all follow the same structure. For this reason, it is sometimes necessary to make customizations to improve the quality of work or improve efficiency. The JPL can request a consultation with the Jira team to discuss a solution to achieve this that is best suited for the project as well as for the system as a whole. Common requests are custom fields to add more information inside Jira, custom workflows for situations when the standard flows no longer apply and custom screens for displaying certain type of information differently. Since these requests cause a strain on performance they need to be carefully considered and designed so they can be used by many and not be project unique only. All customizations must be requested by the JPL and it must be approved by the Jira team before it can be added to the system setup. Plugins Plugins is a special request that also can be initiated by the JPL, but as plugins have a much higher degree of maintenance it cannot be approved by the Jira team alone. All plugins follow the demand process where it will go through an approval board. It is up to the JPL to define why a plugin should be added to Jira and to secure the finances to pay for it.

Scaling Agile with JIRA Software & Portfolio

In 2015, ABN AMRO, one of the largest banks in the Netherlands, rolled out agile across their organization. Within a year and a half, ABN AMRO grew from over 100 to 7000 users, and they are now moving towards using JIRA Software Data Center. This growth greatly increased their system complexity, that included 65 administrators that had created over 65 issue types, 250 statuses, and 400 workflows. In this session, ABN AMRO will share the process of introducing scaled agile to their organization, which includes identifying the impact on usability, gathering metrics, and improving system performance and maintenance. You can also learn about how Portfolio for JIRA is an integral part of scaling agile across an organization and which best practices you can apply to your own journey.

Scaling Agile with Portfolio for Jira

It's no secret that scaling agile is a challenge both culturally and operationally. So, how do other companies do it? How do they achieve success and what do their journeys look like? Bree Davies, Portfolio for Jira Product Manager, will detail one such case study of how a large insurance company with 12 software teams collaborate, plan and track their work to deliver value to their customers continuously. You will hear about a company's transformation to scale agile and how tools such as Jira Software and Portfolio for Jira have been key to their operational and cultural success. Plus, you'll walk away with tips and tricks to use Portfolio for Jira efficiently for your own long term planning.

Day 2 - Back training

Day 2 felt a lot better and I did a focused 55 minute training session where I focused on my back. That felt familiar and all the old moves came back to me. Instead of feeling silly and walking around the gym like a ghost I had purpose again. I am still weak, but feeling the burn while doing low weights with control is pretty awesome anyway. Lat pulldown I built up with sixes until I did a three on 65kg which is actually ok. Tried out some face pulls and did rows with both narrow grip and bar to test some things. Over all it was a nice workout and I took a slight detour on my way back to pick up some groceries and a big package of toilet paper. It was actually a bit heavy to carry home for 3-4 kilometers and in total I did almost 11 kilometers walking in addition to my gym time. I now have a very impressive pain in some of my muscles that was expected. It's mostly the triceps that restrict movement, which happen every time I get started again. Back, lats and chest also is complaining loudly so I will rest now for a few days before hitting the gym again so my muscles can rest from this shock. Meanwhile I am checking times to see if I can go training early and of course looking into a workout plan. My focus areas are stomach, back and legs, which might sound strange, but they are my weak points. Since I have a funnel chest my stomach need extra attention because getting a flat stomach is almost impossible. I will slowly build up my strength for pullups and dips in the assistant machine for that and I will also do some workout to correct posture and things like that before I start to go heavy. The aim is still body weight in the big three: bench press, dead lift and Squats with bench press being the toughest one. It feels great being back in the gym and I look forward to the next session already!

First training in 3 years

2 weeks ago I returned to Fitness 24/7 after 3 years of no training at all basically. Or rather I bought the membership, like most people do, and then it took me almost 2 weeks to find the time to go pick up the card and scan my finger so I can actually train. Yesterday was my first actual training and it was painful. For a while now I have had this great walking ambition and with the exception of a few weeks where I could not work due to illness I have walked pretty much everyday. Working days it's just a few kilometers per day, but on the weekends I do almost 10 kilometers. So yesterday I took that same walk and also did my first visit to the gym in a long, long time.  It hurt and I felt incredibly weak. Not surprising considering how long it has been since I last did any physical activity, but still it felt a bit sad. On my way home I thought about it and the fact that I could barely do 5 sets of 50kg in incline bench press. It even took me a few sets to find the hand positions again and it felt silly to not even remember how to bench press. Then I felt something inside me and it was that hunger that got me started a long time ago. Yes I am weak right now and it will cost time and energy to get back to where I were before we moved to Täby. It will be a struggle finding the time during work week, but I am ready for it. Weekends I know what comes my way and it feels good even if the gym is a bit small. I woke up this morning with training ache for the first time in a very long time. It was wonderful! I am now preparing myself for another 10k walk and then gym again. I will not do any heavy lifting for at least a few weeks, maybe even months. This so I do not damage myself before the body get used to the exercises again. I'll slowly claw my way back to the heavy lifting because I really, really need it again. I am back and it feels so good!

Building a documentation space

Building a documentation space with SharePoint. Through Teams. No, I am not joking. I am actually doing this and it's not even a painful experience, quite the opposite! Teams from Microsoft is starting to popup in many organizations now and with it comes all of the other fun parts of Office 365. Including the creation of sites in SharePoint for each team you create in teams. Using Sharepoint for me has been pretty much a pain in the behind and I have hated SharePoint for many, many years. Not because it's a bad service, not at all. It's because people never use it right and I spend more time requesting access and finding out who owns what document than actually working with the damn documents. With Jira I want a common place to document the daily work processes, the technical setups and of course how to work with the system. I also want to keep people informed about what goes on in the world of Jira as well as bringing in the Yammer and teams discussions in one place. As it turns out this is very easy to do with Office 365 and it takes literally no time at all to do it. What I did was I created a new Teams. This automatically created a SharePoint site with a basic template. I then connected Yammer to Teams with a few clicks to bring in the Yammer conversations into my teams channel of choice. I also added a Yammer component to the SharePoint startpage. This not only bring in the lastest conversations, it also give me a posy function to yammer directly from my Sharepoint site. I rearranged the startpage a bit and added some components and posted some news and now I have a complete site in SharePoint that is completely integrated with Teams. Just to make it a bit easier to find I added the site also as a tab in Teams, so now I can just manage all of my activities through teams. SharePoint sites are pretty nice and since you already have connections throughout your office 365 experience it's actually super easy to setup an information hub that everyone in your team can access and work with. I am impressed Microsoft, very impressed.

Jira Server 7.10 EAP has been released

We've just released a sample of Jira Server 7.10 as part of the Early Access Program (EAP) to let you know about the changes coming to Jira. Changes With this release, we're bringing the following improvements: New look and feel: We're updating the most frequently used pages in Jira, following the new Atlassian design direction. We've also changed typography, icons, colors, and made some smaller tweaks here and there. This is the first wave of changes, more will follow in the next releases. We hope you'll like it, we surely do! Support for IPv6: Jira is now supporting communication over IPv6. You can use it for all configuration that previously worked on IPv4, however there are some best practices and limitations you should read about. You can read more about these changes in the development guide for Jira Server EAP. For any questions you have, reach out to our developer community. Downloads We've prepared separate EAP Server downloads for Jira Core, Jira Software, and Jira Service Desk, so just pick your favorite here: Download the Jira 7.10 EAP. What's the deal with EAPs? EAP releases are early previews of Jira during development. We release these previews so that apps developers can see new features as they are developed and test their apps for compatibility with new APIs. The Jira Server 7.10 EAP is best explored hand-in-hand with the Preparing for Jira Server 7.10 development guide. The development guide contains all changes in Jira Server 7.10, and important new features that may affect app developers. If you discover a bug or have feedback on Jira Server 7.10, please let us know. Create an issue in the Jira project on jira.atlassian.com with the component Jira 7.10 EAP. Download the Jira 7.10 EAP

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Wanting to be alone is not a bad trait at all

A lot of people likes to be alone. Not because they do not like other people and not because they are weird or creepy, but because they have a need to spend time reflecting and regain their inner energy. We call these people introverts and as I am one of the people that share this trait I often see other introverts struggle with their need to be alone as it is not socially accepted. I am one of the people with a dual disposition where I am equally extrovert as I am introvert. My extrovert side allow me to be what some people refer to as a social and likable person. I am funny and find it easy to make others laugh and feel comfortable around me. I am also the person many people stop on the street when they need to ask for directions and things like that. The other side of me is the introvert part where I have a need to reflect and think without distractions. I am very comfortable being on my own and I very rarely feel lonely even when I am away from my family. It's not that I do not miss my family, it's just that being away from them do not make me feel lonely. Time on my own is very important for my well being as well because as much as I love to interact with other people I do tend to spend a lot of energy doing so. Even if I do get energy from that interaction it also drain me of energy very slowly and sooner or later I need time to recover. I do this by going inside myself and close myself off from others. In parties I am often one of the first that leave. Not because I do not like the people or the party, but because I get overwhelmed and because I spend so much energy that my energy levels drain faster than usual. In my youth I struggled with this because I thought I was weird and strange. In our society we do not see the need to be alone as something that is socially acceptable but something odd and weird. Today I am very comfortable with this and I am open with the fact that I will not be as social as others might think or want because I have a need to be alone to recover my energy levels. I had a period 20 years ago where I burned myself out completely and for a year I could barely function as a human being. I am well aware of the cost to ignore the signs my body will give me when my energy levels are getting low and there is not a single person in this universe that will be able to shame me to be social because of this. I do not care if someone think I am boring or unsocial because they can never understand what it means to need time alone. Not everyone feel that they have the strength to do that however because they feel the social pressure from people around them. This is one of the causes many young people to harm themselves or even take their own lives. When I found this video it really resonated with me because being a persone that need alone time is not a bad thing. We are not weirdos or creeps, we are quite amazing in our own way and we should never have to hide who we are because we live in a society where the social norms are written by the extroverts. So if you also like time alone and if you feel that social pressure to deny yourself that time to reflect and regain your energy levels, then watch this movie. You are an amazing person and regardless of what people around you think or say you are not the only person in the world who feel this way. There are many of us and it is perfectly ok and normal if you want time for yourself. Never let anyone convince you that you are anything but awesome just because you sometimes prefer to be alone. You are perfect just the way you are.

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