Unboxing 7 years of Atlassian Swag


Hi, I’m Rachel Wright, Certified Jira administrator and author of the Jira Strategy Admin Workbook. I started using Atlassian products in 2011 and attended my first user conference in 2013.  At that event, I learned about the Atlassian user group program and immediately signed up to be a community leader.  The program has grown and changed a lot since then.  Back then there were only 30 leaders (cities) and now there are hundreds!  It’s great to see and be a part of it.

Atlassian recently revamped their recognition program, so I received 7 years worth of gifts and swag in one big shipment!  It was like Atlassian Christmas in my RV. 

I wanted to share the unboxing with you and show you some of the cool items you’ll receive as you gain tenure, host local events, and contribute to the online community.

I seem to be having some trouble with this box.  Good thing I’m better at Jira administration than box opening.

Here is the perk for year 7.  It’s a light-weight suitcase, with packing organizers, and a enamel pin to commemorate the year.  There are only two types of luggage in this world, carry on and lost. I’m excited to carry this on my flight to Vegas, next year, for Team 2022.  I’ve already started packing.

Next, is a cap, business cards, and an enamel pin for year 2. 

Early on in my Atlassian community journey, I founded the Northern Virginia user group and hosted local events for users and admins.  The perk for hosting 5-9 evens is this exclusive t-shirt. 

Without an in-person conference this year, to restock my Atlassian shirt supply, my wardrobe desperately needs some new threads.

The next item is this fantastic North Face down jacket.  This packs down well and is really warm.  Of course, there’s also a five-year pin.

The first-year items are a pin and an insulated thermos for hot or cold drinks.  On top is a removeable cup that’s magnetic.  This is perfect for chilly nights around the campfire.

The next item is an ACE-themed duffel bag and a pin. 

The last item to unbox is a sweet pair of custom Vans shoes.  Of course, there’s a pin for year number 3 as well.

With all my goodies unwrapped, I transform from Rachel Wright to Atlassian-ified Rachel Wright. Oh, and don’t forget a view of the custom shoes.

Thanks, Atlassian and here’s to another 7 years!  Being a community leader has so many benefits beyond trips and swag, but these perks sure make me feel appreciated.

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Palm Beach, FL Atlassian User Group
Palm Beach, FL Atlassian User Group

Rachel Wright is a featured presenter at the September meeting of the Palm Beach, Florida Atlassian User Group.   On September 14, 2016, she’ll give an early preview of her new book, the JIRA Strategy Admin Workbook.

This book is different – it’s not documentation.  It’s over 150 recommendations that stem from years of cleaning up horrible JIRA configurations.  This book includes 32 real life examples of what NOT to do, over 50 worksheets to get you organized, and templates, code snippets, and wording samples to help you establish and streamline processes.

Atlassian Users Groups are where users meet, learn, network, and share best practices. The groups meet locally, all over the world, on a quarterly or more frequent basis. User Group members are newbies and veterans who like to “talk shop” about Atlassian software, about Agile development, and about related business topics. At these events, you can network with your peers, share solutions, meet Expert Partners, get special content from Atlassian, and enjoy a beer.

Will you be in Palm Beach on September 14?  Join us, join the User Group in your city, or start a group!

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