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🦊 FlowDingo, The Story of a Codegeist Winner 🏆

Hey Community,

Have you ever wondered what happens to the app that wins Atlassian’s Codegeist? Well, in the back of my mind I’ve always wondered about this until my colleague, Julian Wolf, won the competition. Julian won the 2022 Codegeist business category as well as a regional award for FlowDingo.  

You might be asking, what is Atlassian’s Codegeist?

The Codegeist is Atlassian’s annual developer hackathon where developers can unleash their potential by building custom apps and integrations on Atlassian’s serverless app development platform, Forge. At Codegeist developers from around the globe showcase their creativity through apps that extend Atlassian products. 

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It's hard to believe that nearly a year has passed since the introduction of the adorable little dingo with its tiny backpack. But, let’s get back to the creation of FlowDingo and the start of Atlassian’s Codegeist. Julian felt that Jira has always been missing an overview of the actual status of an issue and its dependent tasks. He also felt that a one dimensional metric like status is too broad and ignores the hard facts about our daily work which includes:

  • Working in teams. Issues are getting resolved together.
  • Not working with a strict waterfall model: People can work in parallel.
  • Sometimes there are bottlenecks (like mandatory approvals) or tasks that build on each other: Some tasks need to be resolved before others.
  • Groups and subgroups of tasks that an issue is contained of 

You may be thinking that Jira already has workflows and subtasks, including the numerous apps on the Atlassian Marketplace for subtask templates, checklists, and workflow diagrams. However, we are offering them too! Although one challenge remains unaddressed: small tasks within an issue are not always following the waterfall model, as teams work on issues together some action items need to be resolved before others.

What is FlowDingo?

FlowDingo is a workflow visualization solution for Jira issues. It shows the actual work progress of an issue right within the issue view. You can see which of your team members are working on what and which tasks need to get resolved to move forward. When tasks aren't ready yet (because other tasks are placed before them in the flow) FlowDingo marks them accordingly with a lock item. 🔒

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Each Jira project can have its own workflows. Those workflows are created with a workflow builder which allows you to build even complex structures. The editor uses well known AtlasKit components like the editor and the emoji picker. This makes it easy to recognize single tasks and integrates seamlessly into the Atlassian UI.

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Seibert Media + Kantega SSO

Julian and FlowDingo got first place in Atlassian’s Codegeist, surely it gained attention and became well known. Despite this recognition, several months went by without FlowDingo receiving the attention it deserved – a dedicated product team to bring Julian's vision to completion. A turning point arrived with AppWeek, a developer conference hosted by Atlassian bringing together Forge developers from around the globe. Our long-standing partner, Kantega SSO, committed to bringing the little dingo to life and the app to the Marketplace. Following a series of meetings spanning a few months all the details were ironed out and “FlowDingo – Task Flows for Jira Cloud '' was born.

We can’t wait to hear your feedback and hope the app fills a gap for you and your customers. Learn more about it here and try it out today for free on the Atlassian Marketplace 

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Clara Roder September 14, 2023

We are really excited about the partnership 💙 Together we are stronger within the Atlassian Community!

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September 14, 2023

Thank you for sharing a peek behind the scenes of what life is like after the award and accolades. It gives perspective into what it really takes to get from the point of recognition to a fully developed Marketplace App.

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