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I love using JIRA. 💻💖
I love using Confluence. 📃💘
But MarketPlace, like a dagger, is deceitful, sinful, corrupt, and makes me frail and a fraud. 💀⚔ [Sorry, went a bit too far in the Shakespearean metaphors on that one].
Right now the February Monthly Challenge theme is LOVE and as such budding MarketPlace enthusiasts are sharing their App Love Stories… and it makes me bitter. I cannot be thankful like my peers, “beggar that I am, even in thanks”… (more Shakespeare: sorry!) for I am without Apps: like Romeo and Juliette, I am doomed to never experience a life-time of (App) love.
Basically, my company is not using MarketPlace Apps. 😵
I mentioned in some older articles of mine that TWNKLS is a small company and as such one that must be frugal and not frivolous, as such using budget on cool and value-adding MarketPlace Apps is a luxury we cannot afford.
Not that we haven’t considered it… believe me! Using Jira & Confluence day-in day-out it is only natural that at some point we come across a challenge whereby an App would be most useful. So we check it out, look into the benefits, weigh up the costs / ROI, aaaaand….. say no.
We came really close once though, with a great App for Confluence. Alas, our CTO was concerned about the data privacy clauses of the vendor and didn’t want to take the risk. In addition, and quite ironically, some free-from-purchase apps aren’t of use to us.
Luckily for us it isn’t too much of a big deal, it just means that our overall experience with our most important Atlassian tools is in want for some greater efficiency and effectiveness.
That above quote isn’t Shakespeare; it’s just me being a raging ponce. But Shakespeare aside, it sometimes is a heavy burden. What I wouldn’t give for a great workflow app, or a Confluence Spaces template app…. maybe a nice App to help me monitoring issues that are becoming high risk too quickly, or an app for Gantt chart planning in JIRA. Alas it is not meant to be and so my life is half project managing, half unnecessary administration and FULL on crying.
So, I am wondering about the experiences of other Community buddies who also suffer the same fate. How are you coping without apps? Is it impacting your efficiency and effectiveness? What is the daily work life like without apps? Do you even miss them?
Please post your thoughts and experiences here. It would be nice to know I am not the only one 😇
**This cool wordplay is 100% stolen from @Laura and her article – I have neither guilt nor shame for stealing it. “All the perfumes of ‘MarketPlace’ will not sweeten this little hand! Oh, oh, oh!” [Yup… more Shakespeare. Sorry!].
Andy - PTC Redundant
Former RocktAR Project Manager (now redundant)
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