Oh yeah! Last year was a great year for our Palm Bach Florida Atlassian User Group (AUG) and Temecula Valley California AUG and we ended with a great social event sponsored by Atlassian Partners and local companies. However, the question here is: Why should I attend or organize an Atlassian User Group (AUG) meeting?. Well, I hope this article will provide an answer and motivation as I share some insights about this great community initiative. (Due to space restriction this article has a Part 2, don't miss it!)
I personally found the AUG as the right channel to find individuals that share the same passion and enthusiasm for the Atlassian products. During my professional life I spent a good amount of time organizing events or working on Open Source EHR Community Development, however, since I started interacting with the Atlassian Community in 2008 I found myself immerse in a good wealth of knowledge, but more than that, surrounded by a treasure of good attitude, positive behavior and local empowerment. Bottom line, a great place to nurture and grow friendship and comradery.
Palm Beach, FL AUG - Lunch and Learn session
I will share some experiences with you from different angles so you can have a big picture overview and understand what is really involved in this effort. As I do, I will honor other AUG Leaders around the globe and the Atlassian Community team that make this possible. Some of the angles that I would like to analyze are: The User Attending to our meetings, The AUG Leader, The Atlassian Partners, The AUG Local Online Community, our service project and our own local events information (just to share some ideas of the topics that we had during our meetings and probably to sparks some initiatives for your local events)
These meetings are for you, without considering your level of expertise, instead, focus in your search for knowledge. This is the place where you can find answers or help others finding theirs. Of course, room could be of different sizes but not all of them have enough space for the ego, so always ask to use the “Ego parking lot” that we have outside. Well, what I was trying to say is that it is a plain environment were all of us are the same, so we can be part of that warm atmosphere.
Atlassian Team in Town presentation
Here are some key elements to consider in your role as member of your local AUG:
Of course, you can be the next one or the one that starts a new local Atlassian User Group close to your office or home. There is no expertise requirement to lead an AUG, passion and time is the only requirement. (Check the article that I wrote about "The AUG Leader Under the Hood" experience)
Some highlights to understand the AUG role:
Well, we are entering here to a sensitive issue. In this article I am writing about “USER Group” and not “CUSTOMER Group”. And that is the first ground rule to keep present all the time. As soon as you pass the door, you are also an Atlassian user and all the attendees will expect that behavior as well.
One of the recommendations that are part of the Leader guidelines provided by Atlassian is focused on the role of the partners attending to these events. “No sales pitches: The main goal of Atlassian User Groups is for users to get together and learn from one another. Partners or Marketplace vendors are welcome to speak on relevant best practices, but sales pitches are not permitted. User group leaders should review presentations before events.”
Atlassian and Partners Swags
Here we go with some considerations for Partners attending to AUG meetings
AUG member and end of the year event swags
This is a new initiative to help us with local interaction as some events are not frequent as we need, this virtual “venue” allows us to continue our conversation, to start a new thread or just to be introduced to the group. Our Palm Beach Online AUG is active and we welcome and encourage our members to join.
Fabian A_ Lopez _ACL _Mentor_Community Leader
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