Who are you and what do you do?
I'm product manager for the JIRA platform, so I look after core functionality, extensibility and our APIs. I help plan the roadmap for Atlassian Connect in JIRA and work with our ecosystem partners to understand and address their needs. My focus for the last year has been on the major structural changes we're making in JIRA 7.
Is anyone using JIRA 7 already?
Yes. We've been releasing JIRA 7 EAP milestones to developers. These are preview builds so developers can test their add-ons for compatibility with the many API changes and library updates coming in JIRA 7. Additionally, most of the work of the JIRA Ecosystem team is already available in JIRA Cloud, like dashboard items, add-on entity properties, and the first-ever public REST API for JIRA Agile.
What new ideas and opportunities does JIRA 7 bring to the table for developers?
We're introducing some fundamental changes and focusing JIRA around three types of teams: software development, IT & service, and business teams like marketing and HR. Two specific things are that we're committed to making JIRA Agile more extensible so developers can build great add-ons for software development teams, plus more teams outside of software IT are adopting JIRA so there are huge opportunities to build add-ons for business teams as they get started with JIRA.
What's your top tip for collaborating with stakeholders, developers, and managers all around the world, as you do?
Test early, test often. There's been a lot of build up to JIRA 7, which means a lot of API change. Make sure you have adequate test coverage and you've read the development guide thoroughly. But most importantly, we want to hear from you so we can serve you better. Please take two minutes to fill out a quick survey as we plan our roadmap for the next two years.