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Developer Non-Developer Collaboration Harmony?

Atlassian has unveiled Confluence Blueprints, an augmentation to its content and team collaboration platform. The new tool features page creation templates, instructional "placeholder" text, and an automated structure for organizing content.

The firm says that it now sees instances of developers working with non-programmers inside its tool extending into product management, sales and marketing, plus human resources teams.

More than two-thirds of customers surveyed by Atlassian say that they use Confluence as an intranet or knowledge management platform, yet many still struggle with common workplace productivity issues such as unproductive meetings, inefficient file sharing, or unstandardized documents.

The product is designed to help alleviate productivity roadblocks by making it easier for users to create content that is consistently formatted, automatically organized, and easy to find.

This release features three built-in Confluence Blueprints that aim to address common team inefficiencies:

  • The Meeting Notes Blueprint is designed to help users make better use of meetings with formatted meeting pages to track people, agendas, and notes. Each page features automated agenda distribution and simple task assignment capability with follow-up notifications.

  • Atlassian suggests that 79 percent of respondents to its own surveys reported having a hard time finding shared files that were either trapped in email inboxes or scattered across shared network drives. With the File List Blueprint, teams can share and access files — PDFs, Office documents, and images — in one place that is searchable, versioned, and permission-controlled.

  • The Requirements Blueprint helps these teams define, discuss, and organize product requirements by automatically versioning updates and allowing the use of custom properties for tracking and reporting.

Developer Non-Developer Collaboration Harmony?

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