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Miscellaneous Monday - Looking back and looking forward

Meg Holbrook Community Champion Dec 31, 2018

We've completed another revolution around the sun, my friends!

New Year's eve is a time to reminisce about the past and resolve to learn better and do better in the future. With these things in mind, I have a challenge for you today:

1. Share one memory or thread you've participated in this past year where you either had a lot of fun or learned something new.

2. What is one community resolution you'd like to make for the coming year?

 

Here are my ghosts of community past and future:

1. My all-time favorite thread this year is the Advent Calendar hosted by @Thomas Schlegel. These threads take all the wonderful things that weave together our community and showcase them in one post. The twist this year that Thomas incorporated was to post new responses on those threads in the theme of the holiday. Other really great threads this year were the AMA offerings that were new. It's always fun to get new perspectives and pick the brains of people in large-scale businesses. 

2. Next year - I want to write an article! I've held off on doing this for some time because I want to make sure that I am providing useful information that could really help people understand a workflow, or business case, but I am also sunk for time most days. I would love to just take the time and knock this out. 

 

Look forward to reading from all of you including my wonderful Atlassian friends who are the shephards of our little corner of the internet - @Erica Moss @Daniel Eads @Monique van den Berg @Bridget Sauer @Stephanie Grice @Maura Randall @Kevan Lin

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Jack Brickey Community Champion Dec 31, 2018

Happy New Year to all! 

2018 - There were so many threads and so many memories (Summit, interacting w/ other champions in Stride, etc) it is hard choose TBH. However, the one thing that pops out to me is being invited to be a part of the CAB. This made me feel that my contributions were making a difference and appreciated.

2019 - I want to be able to look back and see that my input as part of the CAB has truly made a difference in the effectiveness of the Community. From how members search and find what they are looking for to how we as Champions can better support the Community. For sure I want to continue contributing with articles as I think this adds a dimension beyond simple Q&A and make the Community a place where people come to hang out and interact. In other words, a place to give and receive.

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Happy New Year @Meg Holbrook et al! :) I missed Miscellaneous Monday yesterday as I was trying to get all my work done and inbox zero to start the year off right :)

I learned so much this year from all of you, it is hard to choose just one. Top of mind was the thread on "Three Things I wish Id known" for Tuesday Tips in the Welcome Center - I really enjoyed reading the Community Champions perspectives each week, and was happy to share my three things on December 18. For fun, I always looked forward to your Miscellaneous Monday and Friday Fun. So uplifting!

This coming year, I want to diversify and start learning more about some of the other Atlassian products that I have not used before. My wish would be to attend the Summit in April, fingers crossed. April is a busy time at work but I will see if I can make it happen. Would love to meet you all IRL someday :)

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Happy new year to @Meg Holbrook and everyone else in this wonderful community!

to 1. 
I learned so much during this last year that it is hard to pick one. What really gave me great experience was starting my first discussion about Language Usage in Confluence. And that's where you can see - I love this wonderful and appreciate the help and knowledge you get here soooo much. 

to 2. 
For this year I want to give back some knowledge and fun  I got here to other community members. I also want to seize the chance given by Bridget to write an article. 

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Happy 2019!  

I enjoyed (and learned a lot from) many great threads this year, so it's hard to pick one.  However, I truly enjoyed the 2018 Advent Calendar.  Great pictures, interesting comments, and something I looked forward to every day.

 

This year, we're upgrading from JIRA 7.2 to JIRA 7.13, so I'm going to have to get up-to-speed.  We thought we were going to the Cloud, but were unable to find a cloud-friendly version of nFeed or a substitute, so we're staying server-based.

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Erica Moss Community Manager Jan 02, 2019

@Meg Holbrook Love this post, Meg! Challenge accepted. 😉

For your first question, you may as well be asking me to pick my favorite Taylor Swift song, as it is nearly impossible to narrow it down! I will say, though, that I've been very impressed with @Mary Ramirez's posts in the Diversity & Inclusion group, as they are always thoughtful and spark important dialogue.

Secondly, my community resolution is to extend the strong camaraderie I see among a core group of our Community Champions to the rest of the folks in the program. I find that newer Champs tend to feel a bit intimidated (I know you've expressed this sentiment in the past, Meg), and I want to better understand what those roadblocks are and how I can help remove them. In doing so, I think all Champs will feel more empowered, and it will benefit the Community at large.

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Mary Ramirez Community Champion Jan 02, 2019

Thank you @Erica Moss! You're the sweetest.

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Scott Theus Community Champion Jan 02, 2019

Happy New Year!

My favorite posts or questions on the Community are the ones about applying PM and Scrum principles to the Atlassian toolkit.  What's an Epic? What's a Story? How do I manage my Releases? For that matter, what's a Release vs. a Component? I've met lots of PMP's, Scrum Masters, and others with an entire alphabet of letters after their names that are so tied to the PMBOK or whatever that they lose sight of how to put their knowledge into practice. I enjoy helping people apply what they know already to get  the most out of the tools. 

But most of all, I came to the Community to learn. In the New Year I'm going to spend more time looking for and learning from the questions I can't answer. To quote a book I'm (re)reading: 

 

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Jack Brickey Community Champion Jan 02, 2019

captures my sentiments for sure

Thomas Schlegel Community Champion Jan 03, 2019

There were so many great posts last year, but the first post which came to my mind was @Erica Moss' very personal post about Politics and the desire for community - the post itself and all the empathetic comments are proving once more, that our community is a very special precious one.

This year, we will start with Jira Service Desk, so I'll dive deeper into this topic, trying to read more than answering about it. Maybe I should also reactivate the admin and motivate him telling new tales of his kingdom - but he's so lazy sometimes :-)         

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Erica Moss Community Manager Jan 03, 2019

Really appreciate the kind words, @Thomas Schlegel!

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Meg Holbrook Community Champion Jan 03, 2019

That WAS a fantastic article! Mossy is the bossy. 

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Oooh this is fun!! 

1) Memory = Going to Trello HQ and hanging out with @Erica Moss and Rani and Brendan and nerding out about Trello. (Honestly not just saying this cause this is an Atlassian post... it was genuinely one of my favorite 2018 memories :).. it's just the cherry on top that it was an IRL community situation.)

 

2) Resolution = I've been saying I want to learn to code for a long time, and this year is the year I'm going to do it! And that might include playing around with building power-ups for Trello at some point, and i'm 1000% going to need some quality community time to help with that :).

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Erica Moss Community Manager Jan 10, 2019

@Brittany Joiner Remember how we tried to get you to stay forever? 😉 Thank you for being a bright star IRL and in our Community. 💫

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Rani Shah Atlassian Team Jan 10, 2019

@Brittany Joiner I'M NOT CRYING, YOU'RE CRYING.

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Meg Holbrook Community Champion Monday

So many meetup tears in 2018 - love it. 

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