May 26, 2022

At Teams ’22 today, Atlassian announced the launch of Atlas, a new cross-functional team update service previously in beta called Team Central. The service aims to be a central repository for the features the team is working on, with updates limited to 280 Twitter-style characters.

“When the pandemic hit, this digital acceleration that we were already experiencing reached super speed. People took away all the equipment they needed to do their job in such an incredibly chaotic way, but it kept people working, I think it probably kept people safe and alive – but it immediately led to chaos,” they said. . Erika Trautman, VP of Product and Task Management at Atlas.

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Because of this chaos, information often ends up all over the place, and no one knows who is doing what. As Trautman noted, many companies are trying to bring everyone together on one platform to make their processes more structured, but he says people work differently. At best, he says, you’ll get an obedient workforce and mediocre results when teams use equipment that may not provide the specialized capabilities they need to do their best work.

So, with Atlas, Atlassian has created a tool that can bring teams together and prevent this chaos, while still allowing them to work with the best tools for their job. The idea is to provide teams with information about what everyone else is working on and tie those updates to the team’s specific overall goals (like Epix in Jira Software). Users can post their updates to the atlas itself, as well as connect to Jira or Trello to publish them. There’s also integration with Slack and Microsoft Teams to share updates, get reminders, and get a summary of what you need to get done.

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These summaries are also an important feature. By default, Atlas will ask teams to post updates about their work every week and update their goals every month (and can even add videos, images, and GIFs if they want to). Every Monday, users receive personalized summaries in the channel of their choice, along with updates on the projects they follow.

Each user also has a personal profile with their projects and goals, so other employees can see what they’re working on, as well as a team profile.

Sheriff Mansour, senior product manager at Atlassian, said the company is already partnering with Warby Parker, Canva, LaunchDarkly and a “popular streaming company” to test Atlas. Many of these companies may have a Trello-based marketing team, but the Jira software development team and HR team may use a different service. “It doesn’t matter anymore because they all say what they are working on, how it relates to other work, and they all share a common vocabulary,” he explained.

As an added bonus, he says, a tool like Atlas allows for “a bunch of status meetings that nobody likes” and replaces the tedious spreadsheets that product managers often send out to teams to fill out (only for them in a mysterious way disappear).

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