Atlassian launches Atlas for cross-functional team updates

At Atlassian’s flagship conference, Team ‘22, several exciting announcements were revealed, including Atlas. Find out more here.

Atlas

Atlassian is an organisation that is always improving and evolving its products to work better for teams around the world, wherever they may be. Atlas has come at a time when remote working teams are finding it harder than ever to stay aligned and know the progress of their projects.

What is Atlas?

Atlas provides five key pieces of information about a project to keep teams focused:

-Who is working on what.
-What is being delivered.
-The importance of it.
-Its value.
-When the project will be delivered.

Features of Atlas include status updates, which are an important part of the product as development leads often spend hours creating project update reports that tend to go unread. Atlas encourages a Twitter-like 280 character limit on updates, keeping them concise and easy to digest. This ensures that teams and external stakeholders are regularly updated, removing surprises.

Users can post updates in Atlas itself and connect to the likes of Jira and Trello to share them. Further apps that Atlas can be integrated with that help with sharing updates, receiving reminders, and digests of what people are doing include MS Teams and Slack.

Why Atlas?

Atlas is a solution to the chaos that often comes with collaboration, where information can end up all over the place with nobody knowing who is doing what and why. Atlassian built Atlas to connect teams and end the chaos whilst allowing users to continue working with the tools that help them do their best work.

Digests are a key feature of Atlas as, by default, Atlas requests that teams post weekly updates on their work and monthly info on their goals. At the start of each week, users receive personalised digests in the channel of their choosing with updates on the projects that they follow. Users can include videos, images and GIFs to their updates as well.

Other features include a team profile and a personalised profile containing projects and goals for transparency of what is being worked on.

Sherif Mansour, the product manager at Atlassian, noted on testing Atlas that there is a disconnect in terms of the applications in use across departments. For example, IT may use Jira, while Marketing relies on Trello, and HR another platform. He stated that with Atlas, this is no longer a ‘thing’ because users can share what they’re working on and how it’s connected to other projects and so on.

Nigel
Technical Consultant, Nigel Budd

“Atlas is an exciting new product in the ever-growing suite of tools provided by Atlassian. Keeping stakeholders informed regularly and easily with status updates has been a challenge for pretty much every organisation, and Atlas will be a game-changer in terms of project management. Best of all, it’s free!”

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