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All new: Atlassian’s Compass | Mission Control for Software Development


Software development has become increasingly complex over the years. As this complexity grew, so did the amount of engineering output (services, libraries, APIs, and other linked artifacts). The more impenetrable the distributed software architecture became, the more the agility and innovativeness of software teams suffered.

To counter this trend, many software teams are using microservices on distributed software architectures. These are loosely connected services such as tools and frameworks that can be optimized completely independently. This separation of different functionalities offers some advantages, for agile software development. However, the distributed architecture also makes for an almost unmanageable level of complexity. Maximum coordination, communication and constant optimization are required.

The new product Compass from Atlassian offers for the first time a fully comprehensive overview of all development components and teams, and is the complete mission control for your software architecture.

Learn everything about the new tool here!

Mission Control for Distributed Software Architecture

Great news from the Atlassian Team ’22 event: The Atlassian product family gets reinforcement with the new product Compass. This is a platform for all those who have wished for the comfort of a mission control also for distributed architectures. That’s because Atlassian’s Compass lets you see all teams and development components at a glance, which helps immensely when navigating your distributed software architecture.

Compass is the answer to the following questions:

  • Who owns a specific software component?

  • How can I contact the owner of a component when an incident occurs?

  • Are my teams reaching their operational maximum?

  • How can I gather accurate information about component data and trends for reporting?

  • How do I create components that meet best practices?

The features of Compass

To facilitate the operation, maintenance and availability of the software for development teams, Compass consists of three powerful building blocks, which we would like to introduce to you here.

1. Component catalog

The component catalog provides you with a clear interface for tracking the technical infrastructure and the teams involved. Whenever you need to access documentation, important information or components: This is the shared place to build all the software.

Never before has it been so easy to manage all services, applications or libraries in one place – and to track development. In the component catalog, you can see exactly what has been changed in a particular component and what dependencies exist. In addition, you can see at a glance who your contact person is in the event of an incident.

With Compass, you can easily avoid software sprawl. As soon as your team has created a new component, it is immediately displayed. The relations are also clearly mapped.

2. Scorecards

With scorecards, you use a health tool from the DevOps concept. At this point, teams can use scorecards to assess and evaluate the health of their development and improve it based on that assessment.

Assessments are based on baselines, specific security requirements, or your own unique compliance requirements. Using Compass’ scorecards helps you develop and establish best practices for your organization over the long term. Insights on problem components that require action, as well as changes over time, help teams improve distributed software architecture.

3. Apps

The Apps section is an extension engine that enables the expansion of the individualized solution easily. As a result, the software team gains flexibility and agility. This area consists of an open tool chain approach of various SaaS solutions (such as CI/CD, monitoring, incident management, APM and security), allowing the user experience to be optimally aligned with the development teams’ tools.

The Activity feature displays comprehensive component activity updates in real time. This gives you a clear view of all your data from your software development tool chain in a single place.

Atlassian Compass as a guide to getting the most out of your agile practice

Atlassian’s new product says it all: Compass is the ideal guide to your agile optimum. This platform is the added value that makes the difference and will facilitate the daily work of both developers and engineering managers. All relevant software development data can finally be viewed in one central location.

Furthermore, Compass is fully compatible with Forge, the Atlassian development platform. It is also easy to integrate third-party apps for component discovery and data ingestion.

Saving time, increasing performance, and innovating all in one, Compass is your new mission control for distributed architecture.

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