Atlassian User Group (AUG) London

A few weeks ago I attended the Atlassian London User Group. This was the first time I'd attended an Atlassian User Group so wasn't quite sure what to expect. One of the highlights of the afternoon had to be the free t-shirt all atendees were given, sadly having searched flickr my exact t-shirt isn't displayed by the picture here is similar...

The event, which was jointly run by Headshift and Adaptavist was held at the Royal Horticultural Halls & Conference Centre in South West London, this brought back a few memories as my parents used to display plants in the halls once upon a time. Anyway back to the event, the first part of the afternoon was devoted to case studies from three organisations; the first was from Headshift themselves and looked at the "Business uses of social tools" I've embedded the presentation below.

The second presentation was from Steve Perry (ex-Freshfields) called "Introducing a social intranet at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer" Steve talked about how Freshfields were using Confluence as their intranet as well as some of the issues he encountered and best practices he developed during his time their. This for me was the most interesting presentation as some of the issues Steve mentioned were similar to ones I'm experiencing in my own organisation so it was great to take away some tips on how to encourage and increase adoption of Confluence.

Introducing a social intranet at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

The final presentation was called "South Central PCT Alliance doing it the wiki-way" and looked at how the South Central Primary Care Trust is using Confluence. After the presentations there was a chance to ask a panel questions about how they thought Confluence could be used and was being used in their organisations. Overall a very good afternoon spent learning how different organisations were using Confluence and an opportunity to ask some Confluence experts some questions.

Overall this was a really worthwhile event, especially as I now rather sadly wear my Atlassian t-shirt all the time! roll on next year.