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Miscellaneous Monday - Crisis Management

Andy Gladstone Community Leader Apr 11, 2022

This past week, the Atlassian universe experienced a wave of emotions. The highest highs were felt as Team '22 kicked off in person in Las Vegas and virtually in cities around the globe, namely:

And these were only the 'official' parties. We heard of many other Atlassian User Groups and fans that were watching with smaller groups of friends and family in innumerable gatherings on perceivably every continent (possibly even Antarctica). 

These events were a celebration not only of Jira, Confluence, Trello, BitBucket, Halp, OpsGenie and the myriad of Atlassian solutions in the market, but a celebration of the reliance of the users, admins and consumers of these products that made it through twenty-four months of challenges and came out stronger, better and together. It was and is a celebration of the UNITY of COMMUNITY.


Which made the test of the outage that affected so many instances and users just another reminder that we must always expect the unexpected.



As an attendee in person at Team '22 it struck me how Atlassian stayed the course throughout the event and did not allow this crisis to affect the experience of the attendees, partners and sponsors of Team. While teams were surely working 24/7 in the background to resolve this outage, in the foreground there was no sign of panic or stress - which allowed all of the events - in person and virtual - to meet and exceed expectations.

We have all had moments in life, personal and professional, that have required us to remain calm in the face of crisis, to rise above the moment and focus on the big picture. Share a moment you have had to manage a crisis and how you or your team succeeded despite the pressure and stress of the moment.

Let's celebrate the unexpected together.



Well said, @Andy Gladstone !

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Darryl Lee Atlassian Team Apr 11, 2022

I'm super proud of every single team in Atlassian!

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Srinatha T Atlassian Team Apr 11, 2022

@Darryl Lee , Totally agree with you.

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Jennifer Medley Community Leader Apr 11, 2022

Enjoyed meeting and talking with you at the conference!

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Brant Schroeder Community Leader Apr 11, 2022

Looking forward to next years conference.  This years was great.

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Srinatha T Atlassian Team Apr 11, 2022

I attended the event virtually. I really miss being there personally. A great event. 

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Vishwas Rising Star Apr 12, 2022

This is great !!

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Crisis Management Victory.  Keeping communications strong during an issue is key!  

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Karthick S Atlassian Team Apr 13, 2022

@Andy Gladstone totally agree with you! We did face a lot of challenges but something that keeps things going is teamwork and trusting each other!

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Karthick S Atlassian Team Apr 14, 2022

A world which is divided by religious ideologies needs people who can trust  each other. | by Esham Hassain | Medium

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I was there at Team 22 in person with you @Andy Gladstone and totally agree how well Atlassian kept the focus on the experience for attendees. 

As much as we try to mitigate crisis', they can pop up. I have found that staying calm and open communication helps to keep the team in control while we fight through to the resolution. 

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Jack Brickey Community Leader Apr 15, 2022

Great post @Andy Gladstone . I actually took the outage as an opportunity for me step back and assess what my IT team and in fact the entire company needs to consider when looking at deploying any software solution on-prem or SaaS. As a member of the executive team for my company I am involved in our BCP (Business continuity plan). Anytime there is a threat of incident or actual incident our BCP team comes together to monitor, assess, and act on business threats. Fortunately my Atlassian cloud instance was not impacted but I truly feel for those that were. We have a great deal riding on our day-to-day operations leverage Atlassian products. So this outage take me into action. I have establish a set of tasks that I believe will help us assess the best software solutions for reliability, High Availability, SLAs, etc.. Moreover we need to ensure we have a well documented assessment and procedure for each software solution to guide us through any outage situation.

In the end I think this will provide some good out of the proverbial bad that happens every day.

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"Celebrating unity and community" is great even to hear and read, something we all need.

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SriKumar P Atlassian Team Apr 19, 2022

I really liked the way this incident was handled, A lot of teams went above and beyond to mitigate the issue. 

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Karthick S Atlassian Team Apr 19, 2022

Even though we have not been directly impacted by the incident, we could provide helping hands to other teams with some processes. It is great to see how we unitedly handled this incident!

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"Celebration of failure" is a key point in order to avoid the same scenario in the future!

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John Funk Community Leader May 04, 2022

@Andy Gladstone  - And what a joy to be able to meet you and so many of the other Community Leaders in person. I can't wait to get to meet the rest one day and share a meal and fellowship. 

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Craig Nodwell Community Leader Aug 21, 2022

I've never done one of these.  I've been invited many times over the years.  Now you all got me pumped for next year, you can count me in.

Craig Nodwell Community Leader Aug 26, 2022

Also looking into local events.

Sakina Rising Star Sep 15, 2022

Looking forward to more such kind of events

It's so important to acknowledge mistakes and accept responsibility, especially in a professional context. I think it shows so much goodwill and helps build trust and accountability.

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One of the merits of Cloud Services is that the provider assumes the responsibility for risk impact and incident resolution. Big Thanks for the great team


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