is an engineer who has been an avid Atlassian user since 2014. She helps companies of all sizes transform the way they work with the Atlassian stack, including Jira and Confluence. In this article, you'll learn how her expertise trickles into her day-to-day life.
Why did you first start using Confluence?
I quite often go to conferences, workshops or Meetups where I need to take notes. I used to bring a notebook with me and leave it like that, but it was hard to find anything when looking back through my notes. So I decided to keep the notebook but to store my notes on the internet to access them easily. This means that I take some time after a conference to re-write my notes online. I tried OneNote and Evernote but wasn’t satisfied with either of them, I guess because I was used to Confluence at work and wanted something similar. I ended up installing a personal Confluence on AWS to build my own knowledge base!
Can you tell us a little bit more about how you organize your Confluence?
My Confluence is organized as follows:
- Jira – a space dedicated to Jira tips and tricks
- Confluence – a space dedicated to Confluence tips and tricks
- Notes – a personal space dedicated to my different notes: webinars, workshops, trainings…
I’ve created a template to save time:
- Date – to sort notes from recent to old
- Theme – to quickly see about which tool or subject my note is
- URL – if it’s a webinar, to be able to watch it again later
How do you use Trello?
I also use Trello to organize my to-do lists. I once used it to plan holidays but I only listed everything in the To Do column and never moved any card through In Progress or Done, so it was not a success. The board I use the most is my Stash one: a board where I keep track of my knitting stash. It allows me to quickly see what I already have and what combos I could make when shopping.
I have 5 columns:
- All alone – to list balls and skeins that don’t have any assigned project yet
- Future sweater – to list the ones that will become a sweater
- Future accessory – to list the ones that will become a hat, scarf…
- In progress – this column is not really useful but it’s so satisfying to move cards there!
- Leftovers – to keep track of leftovers and see if I can make a combo out of them for a scarf or something
I only have one label, just to identify what project is going to be a gift and to prioritize what I’ll be doing next. I could use due dates but it doesn’t really work for me.
It’s really easy to use, I simply take photos of my stash with my phone and can see in a minute what I already have at home!