The big reveal…
I couldn't be more excited. There are so many reasons why I think this is the perfect job.
If there is any sense in which one can claim to have a company as a hero, then Atlassian is one of mine. I've returned many times in this blog to the theme of the Open Company. But that entire idea was originally inspired by the experience that I had as an Atlassian customer. They demonstrated to me that buying and using enterprise software didn't have to be painful. Within weeks of downloading the demo of JIRA three years ago, Atlassian had set the bar by which all other software vendors would afterwards be measured.
Atlassian has managed to open up their code, their development process, their support system, their documentation and their community further than all but a handful of companies. And I'm incredibly excited about the working for a company that will let me practice what I've been preaching here for so long. I hope that I have the opportunity to show other developers that there is a better way; that they needn't suffer through the indignities of typical enterprise software vendors.
Atlassian builds two products in which I believe wholeheartedly. And I'm enthusiastic about both of them, through for different reasons. JIRA is the best bug-tracker I've ever seen. It's beautifully designed (inside and out), well thought-out and a joy to use. I've been using it as a customer for three years, and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending it for teams large and small.
Confluence shares many of the JIRA's best attributes. But I'm excited about it because it is truly a transformative product. I saw how it changed the way we worked: eliminating the pain of collaboration, making us more efficient, and capturing incredibly valuable knowledge that would have otherwise been lost. And we're not unique: I know that most companies could benefit in the same way. The potential is huge.
I can't wait to show people what can be done with these tools, and to help make JIRA and Confluence even better.
- Atlassian is exactly the kind of company I was looking for. It's young and has a lean, focused team. They're able to react quickly and push their products forward rapidly. And the founders, Mike and Scott, are phenomenally smart, incredibly nice guys. I feel lucky to be invited to work with them. And I can't wait to meet the rest of the team, who I know to be some of the best and brightest programmers in the industry.
- These guys are just getting started. Atlassian has been growing rapidly for the last few years. The products are so good that they have literally sold themselves. There is so much potential here. I can't wait to see where we go next.
This new position with Atlassian will open up a huge new vista for me, personally. Atlassian understands how powerful relationships are in growing your user-base. Interacting with the development community (including blogging) will be an integral part of my job. I'll have the chance to work with talented developers doing interesting work all over the industry.
I'm greatly looking forward to this next phase of my career. I'll be working with a great team, for a company I admire, on products I believe in and in a challenging new role. Stay tuned, and I'll let you know how things go.
One final question I'd like to address: what does this change mean for my blog? I've thought about that question quite a bit, and I'm sure I'll continue to work it out with the other guys from Atlassian as we move forward.
But at this point, I intend to keep writing about wikis — both in general and in particular, including wikis from other software vendors. I will do my utmost to be honest and accurate when I do. If you think I got something wrong, let me know. You can always contact me directly via email or AIM. And I promise that I will always make my affiliations clear. I'll leave it up to my readers to decide how much credence to give to my opinions.
Wikis, as a software category, are brand new: there is still a vast amount of room to grow without sniping at competitors. I strongly believe we're at the "rising tide lifts all boats" stage of development. I am sure that I will continue to be motivated and inspired by the other wiki companies. There is much to admire about the other wikis I've written about, and that won't change just because I'm working at Atlassian.