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Confluence Holiday Workshop: Mad Libs

Hi Confluence Community and happy December! ✨ As the end of the year approaches, this month is often a time of reflection for both teams and individuals. However, the holiday season is also a joyful time – and the perfect opportunity to channel your inner-child! Our first activity of the Confluence Holiday Workshop sits right at the intersection of these things…We’ve created a Mad Libs that will hopefully spark some thoughtful reflection…and goofiness! Here’s how it works:
  1. Copy + paste the numbered list below (“Word Bank”) and fill it out with the word(s) listed for each item
  2. Populate the blank spaces in the Mad Libs text with the corresponding numbered words from your word bank list – you can utilize the graphic template below OR copy/paste the body text 
  3. Share your results with us in the comments of this post! 
  4. Bonus: Share your results on social media with #ConfluenceHolidayWorkshop and tag us 

Word Bank
  1. Adjective
  2. Team/organization (this is the only term that’s reused throughout the Mad Libs)
  3. Adverb
  4. Adjective
  5. Adjective
  6. Adjective
  7. Adjective
  8. Hybrid/remote/distributed
  9. Adverb
  10. Accomplishment of team/organization in 2021
  11. Noun
  12. Confluence use case
  13. Workflow or task
  14. Confluence feature
  15. Adjective
  16. Noun
  17. Trait of successful teams

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Mad Libs Text
It was the end of the year and the 1._____ 2._____ had 3._____ gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was 4._____, but the mood was 5._____  as 2._____ reflected on their 6._____ year. They had faced plenty of 7._____ challenges as a 8._____ team, but 2._____ navigated them 9._____. In fact, they even 10._____. How did they do it? With 11._____, of course! They also utilized Confluence to 12._____. 2._____ had mastered 13._____ with the help of 14._____. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more 15._____ 16._____ because of their 17._____.

33 comments

Dave Liao Community Leader Dec 01, 2021

As all MadLibs are, this is a little chaotic. 😂

It was the end of the year and the 1.cheery 2.Services team had 3.excitedly gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was 4.snazzy, but the mood was 5.gold  as 2.the Services team reflected on their 6.delicious year. They had faced plenty of 7.delicious challenges as a 8.hybrid team, but 2.the Services team navigated them 9.calmly. In fact, they even 10.consolidated redundant flavor factories. How did they do it? With 11.buttercream, of course! They also utilized Confluence to 12.centralize knowledge on their favorite recipes. 2.The Services team had mastered 13.a birds-eye view of their inventory with the help of 14.page properties report. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more 15.amicable 16.tacocats because of their 17.honest communication style.

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Meg Bailey Atlassian Team Dec 01, 2021

@Dave Liao love this – reading it made me crave a cupcake! 😅

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Jimmy Seddon Community Leader Dec 01, 2021

Ok this was a ton of fun to do!  Thank you @Meg Bailey!

First, 8 year old me would have replaced everything with the word "butt".  I'll let you read through what that would end up like on your own.  If you are still immature like me, you may even chuckle at it :)

Here's how mine ended up:

It was the end of the year and the energetic R&D Team had secretly gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was bold, but the mood was courageous as the R&D Team reflected on their curious year. They had faced plenty of eager challenges as a hybrid team, but the R&D Team navigated them often. In fact, they even successfully split their Confluence Instance into smaller spaces. How did they do it? With a baby, of course! They also utilized Confluence to share information with the entire company. The R&D Team had mastered tasks with the help of Page Templates. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more quick computers because of their collaboration.

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Dave Liao Community Leader Dec 01, 2021

@Meg Bailey - I may have just finished watching The Great British Bake Off...

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Dave Liao Community Leader Dec 01, 2021

@Jimmy Seddon - yeah... adult me had to check myself as I was filling out the MadLibs.

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It was the end of the year and the self-organized Confluence Operations team had excitedly gathered for a year-end retrospective.

Outside the weather was blizzard, but the mood was sunny as the Confluence Operations team reflected on their substantive year. They had faced plenty of eager challenges as a operation with only 2 people team, but the self-organized Team navigated them often.

In fact, they even successfully completed the version upgrade from 6.15 to 7.13. How did they do it? With Uninterrupted service, of course! They also utilized Confluence to share information with the entire company.

The Confluence Operations team had mastered new features with the page analytics. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more User PV because of their hot spot tracking and continuous user experience improvement.

https://twitter.com/GuanOllie/status/1466245283654684682/

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Gaurav Community Leader Dec 01, 2021

Hello @Meg Bailey 

Just found this....and here is my attempt :)

It was the end of the year and the 1. Committed 2. Operations Team had 3. enthusiastically gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was 4. cold, but the mood was 5. vibrant as 2. Operations Team reflected on their 6. prosperous year. They had faced plenty of 7. demanding challenges as a 8. remote team, but 2. Operations Team navigated them 9. serenely. In fact, they even 10. consolidated multiple Jira instances. How did they do it? With 11. meticulous documentation, of course! They also utilized Confluence to 12. share knowledge across the organization. 2. Operations Team had mastered 13. reporting with the help of 14. page analytics. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more 15. satisfied 16. customers because of their 17. open communication.

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That was a lot of fun @Meg Bailey and maybe escalated a little bit 

It ended like this:

It was the end of the year and the 1.awesome 2.PM Team had 3. accidentally gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was 4.foggy, but the mood was 5.shinny as 2.PM Team reflected on their 6.hilarious year. They had faced plenty of 7.rampant challenges as a 8.remote team, but 2.PM Team navigated them 9.buddha-like. In fact, they even 10.migrated to Cloud and open a Zen garden at the office. How did they do it? With 11.Atlassian (and a gardener 🤫) , of course! They also utilized Confluence to 12. have Multi Project planning overview. 2.PM Team had mastered 13. Stakeholder information & Alignment with the help of 14.Meeting Notes, Reports and @mentions. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more 15.brave 16.Bonsais because of their 17.Zen-garden.

https://twitter.com/flegelkind/status/1466305352824201219/

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Here we go...

It was the end of the year and the sweet Hawkins middle school A.V. club team had excitedly gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was dreary, but the mood was exuberant as Hawkins middle school A.V. club team reflected on their extraordinary year. They had faced plenty of extraterrestrial challenges as a distributed team, but Hawkins middle school A.V. club team navigated them splendidly. In fact, they even rolled out JSM to better keep track of all the new activities in the club. How did they do it? With Scott Clarke, of course! They also utilized Confluence to document and categorize every detail. Hawkins middle school A.V. club team had mastered the alien categorization with the help of templates and @mentions. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more exuberance creatures because of their outstanding innovative thinking and extra high technology adoption rate.

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Brittany Joiner Community Leader Dec 02, 2021

Hahah this is amazing. Of course I got a little trello spin in mine. 

 

It was the end of the year and the 1.happy 2.Trello nerds had 3.Rambuctiously gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was 4.Clean, but the mood was 5.Fast  as 2.Trello nerds reflected on their 6.Smart year. They had faced plenty of 7.brave challenges as a 8.remote team, but 2.Trello nerds navigated them 9.quickly. In fact, they even 10.told more people about Trello. How did they do it? With 11.enthusiasts, of course! They also utilized Confluence to 12.document Trello strategies. 2.Trello nerds had mastered 13.building Trello boards with the help of 14.embedding pages. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more 15.loud 16.puppies because of their 17.teamwork.

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Thanks @Meg Bailey for this. It was my first attempt with Mad Libs and it was super fun experience. Hope everyone like this. So here it goes...

It was the end of the year and the evergreen Production Team had curiously gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was gloomy, but the mood was cheery as Production Team reflected on their challenging year. They had faced plenty of productive challenges as a remote team, but Production Team navigated them confidently. In fact, they even managed to shoot an episode for their series though team was globally distributed. How did they do it? With technology, of course! They also utilized Confluence to share script pages with respective cast & crew. Production Team had mastered script secrecy with the help of Page restrictions in Confluence. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more loyal audiences because of their effective collaboration skills.

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Monique vdB Community Manager Dec 02, 2021

This is amazing!! Here goes nothing:

It was the end of the year and the festive Communiteam had gloriously  gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was Potato-like,, but the mood was Attractive as the Communiteam reflected on their Magical year. They had faced plenty of Triangular challenges as a Remote team, but the Communiteam navigated them Oddly. In fact, they even glowed-up community contests. How did they do it? With Fun Man Andy’s Speedo, of course! They also utilized Confluence to Blog about success. The Communiteam had mastered project management with the help of the status lozenge. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more disruptive community posts because of their mutual respect.

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Love MadLibs!  Thanks @Meg Bailey 

It was the end of the year and the enormous Content Design team had quickly gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was chilly, but the mood was new as the Content Design team reflected on their sweaty year. They had faced plenty of hungry challenges as a hybrid team, but the Content Design team navigated them slowly. In fact, they even happy customers. How did they do it? With bicycle, of course! They also utilized Confluence to knowledge base. The Content Design team had mastered reviewing with the help of inline comments. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more silly film because of their collaboration.
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Fadoua Community Leader Dec 02, 2021

Here is mine:

It was the end of the year and the tireless DevOps Team had enthusiastically gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was gloomy, but the mood was elated as DevOps Team reflected on their rough year. They had faced plenty of unexpected challenges as a remote team, but DevOps Team navigated them thrivingly. In fact, they even surpassed 2020’s achievements. How did they do it? With perseverance, of course! They also utilized Confluence to guide other remote teamsDevOps Team had mastered writing good documentation with the help of Code Snippet. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more successful ultimatums because of their unity.

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Never done a madlib before...

It was the end of the year and the Fluffy Service Desk Team had Hurriedly gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was Snowy, but the mood was Jovial as the Service Desk Team reflected on their Blue year. They had faced plenty of Pointy challenges as a Remote team, but the Service Desk Team navigated them Slowly. In fact, they even Rolled out Windows 11. How did they do it? With a Puppy, of course! They also utilized Confluence to Add a Knowledgebase. Service Desk Team had mastered Approvals with the help of Decisions. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more Warm Sleighs because of their Cohesion.

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It was the end of the year and the fast, marketing team had soon gathered for a year-end retro. Outside the weather was stressful, but the mood was exciting as marketing team reflect on their cold year. They had faced plenty of festive challenges as a hybrid team, but marketing navigate them always. In fact, they even hired new teammates. How did they do it? With cookie (lol) of course! They also utilized Confluence to project collaboration, marketing had mastered design requests with the help of inline comments. They were confident that they year ahead would bring them more smooth eggnog (whoops ha) because of their insync(ness).

Impressed with how much that makes sense! Minus the seasonal cookies and eggnog references ;) 

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Anita Singh Atlassian Team Dec 02, 2021
It was the end of the year and the CLM-MOPs team had sharply gathered for a year-end retrospective.
Outside the weather was horrendous, but the mood was mad as CLM-MOPs team reflected on their cute year.
They had faced plenty of hard challenges as a remote team, but CLM-MOPs team navigated them quickly. In fact, they even created a lead scoring governance. How did they do it? With a lamppost, of course!
They also utilized Confluent to project document. CLM-MOPs team had mastered setting up a new lead score with the help of search. The were confident that the year ahead would bring more smooth phones because of their agility.
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@Dave Liao buttercream is da bomb! Now, I want some...  :)

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Mikael Sandberg Community Leader Dec 02, 2021

Here we go, and I have to thank Annelise (my daughter) for the collaboration on this (Madlib is her favorite thing.)

#ConfluenceHolidayWorkshop

It was the end of the year and the rain deers team had safely gathered for a year-end retrospective.

Outside the weather was running, but the mood was safe as the team reflected on their funny year. They had faced plenty of dog challenges as a hybrid team, but the team navigated them noisily.

In fact, they even succeeded. How did they do it? With grit, of course! They also utilized Confluence to turn conversations into actions. The team had mastered workflows with the help of decision reports. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more laughing Lillies because of their determination.

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Thomas Schlegel Community Leader Dec 02, 2021

This is mine:

It was the end of the year and the impossible Santa's elves had carefully gathered for a year-end retrospective.

Outside the weather was boring, but the mood was shiny as Santa's elves reflected on their tiny year.

They had faced plenty of dark challenges as a Hybrid team, but Santa's elves navigated them joyfully.
In fact, they even saved time. How did they do it? With a Christmas Tree, of course! They also utilized Confluence to write a cookbook.

Santa's elves had mastered creating pages with the help of Collaborative Editing.
They were confident that the year ahead would bring more silly Bells because of their Diversity.

:-)

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Katie Olson Atlassian Team Dec 03, 2021

How fun! Thank you! 

It was the end of the year and the 1._happy____ 2._email team____ had 3._safely____ gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was 4._jumpy____, but the mood was 5._ablaze____  as 2._The email team____ reflected on their 6._valuable____ year. They had faced plenty of 7._messy____ challenges as a 8._remote____ team, but 2._the email team____ navigated them 9._perfectly____. In fact, they even 10._deployed thousands of emails____. How did they do it? With 11._Santa____, of course! They also utilized Confluence to 12._keep documentation current____. 2._The email team____ had mastered 13._calendaring____ with the help of 14._meeting notes____. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more 15._sparkly____ 16._dogs____ because of their 17._clear goals and plans____.

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Here is mine...

It was the end of the year and the 1. bold 2. Sweet Org had 3. lively gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was 4. horrible, but the mood was 5. warm as 2. Sweet Org reflected on their 6. hard year. They had faced plenty of 7. amazing challenges as a 8. remote team, but 2. Sweet Org navigated them 9. perfectly. In fact, they even 10. wrote several KB articles. How did they do it? With 11. sweets, of course! They also utilized Confluence to 12. collaborate with each other. 2. Sweet Org had mastered 13. task with the help of 14. mentions and macros. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more 15. wonderful 16. articles in the KB because of their 17. fellowship and respect

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Here's mine! We had a great time sharing this at Elements last week.

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Laura Holton Community Leader Dec 07, 2021

(I love a bit of goofiness of both kinds 😄)

Here goes nothing...

It was the end of the year and the dynamic the Marketing Team had festively gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was dreary, but the mood was cheery as the Marketing Team reflected on their supercalifragilisticexpialidocious year. They had faced plenty of creative challenges as a hybrid team, but the Marketing Team navigated them splendidly. In fact, they even co-wrote a whitepaper with Atlassian. How did they do it? With cookies, of course! They also utilized Confluence to manage projects and track their Team '22 application. The Marketing Team had mastered collaborative marketing plans with the help of inline comments. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more amazing campaigns because of their open and honest communication.

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Jack Brickey Community Leader Dec 07, 2021

Late to the game…

 

It was the end of the year and the slick Confluence Creampies had quickly gathered for a year-end retrospective. Outside the weather was weary, but the mood was tiny as Confluence Creampies reflected on their dark year. They had faced plenty of heavy-handed challenges as a remote team, but Confluence Creampies navigated them cautiously. In fact, they even migrated to Cloud. How did they do it? With Santa, of course! They also utilized Confluence to gather requirements. Confluence Creampies had mastered page reviews with the help of page history. They were confident that the year ahead would bring more happy administrator because of their diversity and inclusion.

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