Bring all the news to you with RSS, Facebook & Twitter integrations

HipChat integrations with RSS, Facebook, Twitter

You work hard enough, so be lazy for a hot minute and let the news come straight to you. You can now pipe your favorite RSS feeds, Facebook pages, and Twitter handles and hashtags into any HipChat room. And since rooms are a disposable asset, you can use this integration to keep up with Cat Fancy news, if that’s your thing.

Really simple syndication in HipChat

HipChat integrations with RSS, Twitter, Facebook

Our newest additions to the HipChat integrations family, RSS Feed and Facebook, make sure your team is always in-the-know. Keep tabs on competitors, clients, and press. Or, just create your own room to get all the news and updates you want. (We all need a break from work.)

The integrations are simple to set up. RSS, Facebook, and Twitter can all be installed from your integrations page. If you are the admin of a room, just click the three dots in the upper right corner and click Integrations. From there, you can easily add the integrations you want.

Integrations with Facebook and Twitter allow you to get tweets and Facebook posts right in your HipChat rooms. You’ll know the second anything important happens on social media.

The RSS integration lets you enter any RSS feed and receive updates in your HipChat room. To get you started, we’ve gathered some popular RSS feeds that we thought you’d dig:

RSS integration on HipChatFacebook integration for HipChatTwitter integration on hipchat

The complete guide to using HipChat as an agile team

HipChat resources for agile teams

Taking root in the Agile Manifesto, the agile methodology emphasizes a fast, iterative process. A divergence from traditional project management, agile teams work in “sprints” (usually between 1-2 weeks) and rely on rapid delivery and continuous testing.

Many awesome tools have been created to help agile teams, like JIRA for sprint planning and Bitbucket for code review. While working through your sprints, it’s crucial to have communication pipelines set up that help your team share information and make decisions quickly.

That’s where HipChat comes in.

Whether you’re sitting together in one office or spread across the world, HipChat has features that help agile teams stay organized and get more done. See how your agile team can get more from HipChat:

1. Communicate at the speed of agile

Agile means moving fast, and the right communication techniques make all the difference. The Agile Manifesto recommends face-to-face interaction as the first line of team communication. However, if your team is distributed worldwide, use HipChat to chat, video conference, and share ideas and code as a team.

HipChat for agile teams

2. Integrate with your agile tools

HipChat integrations allow your team to stay updated with all your agile tools. You’ll get notifications and updates in your HipChat rooms when there are changes on your services, for instance, a new ticket in JIRA. Agile integrations include JIRA, JIRA Agile, Bitbucket, Github, Confluence, Pivotal Tracker, and many more.

HipChat for agile teams

3. Bridge the gaps of distance and time

Is your agile team remote? No problem – HipChat can bridge the gap of distance. Use techniques to structure your team, build team rapport, and create a united development culture.

HipChat for agile teams

4. Perform agile ceremonies…anywhere

Four “ceremonies” make up an the backbone of an agile team: sprint planning, daily standup, iteration reviews, and retrospectives. HipChat can help your team stay organized and cohesive while performing these ceremonies.

HipChat for agile teams

5. Make the robots work for you

First, robots are just awesome. But besides the joy they bring to our nerdy lives, they are also very helpful to agile teams. Try Standup Bot, which records everyone’s standup and will report it on command.

HipChat for agile teams

6. Make code review easy

When you’re a developer, being able to share snippets of code is imperative. With the slash command “/code”, you’ll get code formatting (syntax highlighting) that maintains the integrity of your beautiful work.

HipChat for agile teams

Meet Standup Bot

HipChat standup bot

Standup Bot is the friend of remote, agile teams everywhere.

Out of the office? Working from home? Taking a “sick” day? No worries. Standup Bot records everyone’s standup and reports it on command, like so:

HipChat standup bot

The commands are simple:

HipChat standup bot

And setting it up is just as easy. Click below to install it in any, or every, room on HipChat.

Install HipChat standup bot

Emoticon throwdown – HipChat sticker packs are here

Earlier this month, we unleashed emoticon anarchy when we made it possible for anyone to add a custom emoticon to their HipChat group. Thanks for keeping things SFW. Now we’re going to make your emoticon game even more awesome – HipChat now supports emoticon packs.

The packs are just zip files of images, so create your own, and then share them with the world.

Meet your first pack, brought to you by Major League Gaming

Our first pack comes from the incredible team at Major League Gaming – the global leader in eSports. They’ve graciously shared 13 of their custom HipChat emoticons with all of us.

HipChat's Major League Gaming emoticon pack

To get the MLG pack, just download this zip file, and add it to your group’s emoticon list.

On our team, we’ve had a good time using (letsgo) to get meetings started, and (jason) when an idea is about to get murdered. Share with us how you’ve used them in the comments, or link us to your packs so we can try them out.

Accelerate team communication to the speed of agile

3 weeks ago Jeff Park 0 Comments

When your team is moving at the speed of agile, communication is the force holding it all together. It’s one of the primary laws of physics. You know – gravity, relativity, communication.

Just as everything that goes up will come down, teams that communicate effectively will work faster and better together. Open and frequent communication creates a safe space for teammates to ask questions, share information, and make informed decisions.

So what techniques do successful agile teams use to keep communication flowing like chocolate in Willy Wonka’s factory?

HipChat for agile team communication

Well, it all depends, and here’s why:

Face it: Focus on interactions and individuals

The Agile Manifesto emphasizes individuals and interactions. Agile teams should prioritize face-to-face conversations as they provides a bevy of cues, both verbal and nonverbal, that help teammates get on the same page.

HipChat for agile team communication

As the agile method has gained traction, teams of all sizes are now working within the agile framework. Teams are often spread across the globe, and in-person communication simply isn’t always possible. Once teams become distributed, space and time constraints begin to affect the quality of communication between teammates.

Fortunately, technology can help.

HipChat for agile team communication

Email: Friend or foe?

Today email is the most widely used form of electronic communication. It’s simple to use and straightforward in function. But is it an appropriate tool for agile communication? Usually not.

HipChat for agile team communication

Email is far from perfect. We’re all familiar with those annoying, endless email chains, which make it inflexible for anything other than a group announcement. But, probably its biggest downfall is the inbox. Since emails sit in your inbox, it’s rare to expect an immediate response.

While email is good for bulletins, announcements, and formal correspondences, agile teams require a more immediate form of communication. Working at the speed of agile means shipping often, learning fast, and continuously improving. To do this, agile teams need tools that work at their speed.

HipChat for agile team communication

Group chat: Work at the speed of agile, anywhere

Group chat brings your entire team to your fingertips. Regardless of whether you’re co-located in the same space or spread across the globe, group chat gives your team a channel to access other team members. (See also 4 handy HipChat tips for agile, remote teams.)

Special features like video conferencing allow for face-to-face conversation regardless of location, while guest access makes it easy to bring in specialists for specific work. Integrations with other agile tools like JIRA, Confluence, and Bitbucket help your team keep track of sprints, releases, and retrospectives. Chat bots even come equipped with built-in standup and planning poker features.

HipChat for agile team communication

All these features help your team save time, stay structured, and conduct agile ceremonies, no matter where teammates are.

Don’t be a tool: Use the right tools

Agile visionaries believe that teamwork is essential to delivering great software. Great agile teams embody “we” rather than “I.”. If you lead an agile team, finding the right tools will help bridge the gaps of distance and time to make sure your team, no matter how distributed, stays a cohesive unit.

Let’s chat: Are you a part of an agile team? How do you keep your team connected? Join the discussion by commenting below or tweeting us.

HipChat is EU and US-Swiss Safe Harbor certified

4 weeks ago Rahul Asave 0 Comments
HipChat Safe Harbor TRUSTe certified

We’ve got good news. Atlassian’s HipChat is U.S. – EU and U.S. – Swiss Safe Harbor certified!

EU HipChat users can now use either HipChat Server or HipChat Cloud knowing that their personal data is protected under EU standards.

This voluntary certification demonstrates HipChat’s commitment to privacy. The Safe Harbor Framework is set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce as a mechanism to comply with EU standards for the collection, use, and retention of personal data from European Union member countries.

To learn more about the Safe Harbor Framework, and to view Atlassian’s certification for HipChat, please go here.

The Safe Harbor Framework and certification is through U.S Department of Commerce and is verified by TRUSTe.

Thanks to you, emoticon limit is raised to 500!

Just last month we gave emoticon-creating powers to everyone (not just admins), and it was the dawn of a new era:

HipChat custom emoticons

But there was one, big problem: the emoticon limit.

HipChat custom emoticons

So, we turned to you. On Twitter, we asked for your retweets in return for upping the emoticon limit.

HipChat custom emoticons

And man, did you come through. You raised the emoticon limit from 100 to a whopping 500! Mathematically, that’s 5 times the fun.

We’re stoked, and we hope you are, too. In the emoticon spirit, we pulled this oldie but goodie video out to give you a good laugh (or maybe an idea or two on how to use emoticons for…everything). Enjoy!

Ready to create your own emoticons? Learn more!

Four HipChat secrets for remote teams using agile

1 month ago Andy Chang 4 Comments

HipChat for agile remote teams

Agile development was created with the idea that teams would work in close proximity with one another in order to operate faster as a team. But, let’s be honest, working remotely today is as ubiquitous as Elvis in Vegas.

Most businesses now have a few – or several – distributed teams. And for good reason. Strong talent can be found in less competitive markets, and teams can work around the clock.

Even so, being a remote agile team comes with challenges like coordinating across time zones, building team rapport, collaborating among different development cultures, and scheduling meetings. Luckily, communication tools like HipChat can bridge the gaps created by distance and time.

Below we’ve gathered four tips that will help your remote team go agile.

1. Structure your team

Develop a single piece of technology in each office to boost autonomy and get work done more efficiently.

HipChat for agile remote teams

HipChat Tip: When your team begins to work remotely, it’s the perfect time to use HipChat. Boost autonomy by providing an open room for your team to communicate and share information.

2. Build team rapport

Give remote teammates the opportunity to create personal connections. Doing so will build trust, minimize missed expectations, ease self-organization, and boost morale.

HipChat for agiler remote teams

HipChat Tip: HipChat lets you communicate via chat, voice, video, or text. Multiple options reduce obstacles preventing communication, giving your team the most opportunities to share business and get to know one another.

3. Create a united development culture

Keep your team in sync by laying down the framework for a united development culture. Helpful tips: over-communicate decisions, minimize the friction in setting up the development culture, clearly define the definition of “done,” and create guidelines for filing bugs.

HipChat for agile remote teams

HipChat Tip: Create a room for your devs to report, discuss, and announce news. Integrate the room with JIRA, so your entire team can stay updated on projects and tasks.

4.  Maximize the golden hour

Take advantage of the hours when the local and remote teams are both in the office by holding standups.

HipChat for agile remote teams

HipChat Tip: Encourage your team to set their timezones in their settings, so they can know everyone’s local time. That way, you can be sensitive when you call a standup and you’re not pinging people while they sleep! 

 

In a distributed organization, the reality is that every team is remote. All teams need to adapt and learn how to share work between offices, communicate effectively, and grow a consistent culture across geographies.

The most effective teams seek to find and share successful practices across all locations, with help from communication tools like HipChat.

HipChat for agile remote teams

 

Android 3.1 gets better support for Wear, pretty faces, and GIFV

1 month ago Seth Gholson 0 Comments

HipChat for Android Wear

On the heels of its Material Design release earlier this summer, HipChat is rolling out another round of improvements to please die-hard Android fans.

HipChat is first to support Android Wear

First up, HipChat is bringing our leading team communication app to your wrist. Android 3.1 is tightly integrated with Android Wear. The latest update lets Wear users receive messages and reply with a dictated answer or quick-reply with common emoticons like or .

Visual refresh with Avatars

Beyond support for Android Wear, HipChat is also updating the Android experience with avatars. It’s a small design decision that personalizes communication even when you’re away from your desk.

HipChat Android avatars

Of course, some delight

When teams adopt HipChat as their primary communication platform something special happens. They become more productive and have more fun. As a result, technology can help build team culture. The culture piece is as important as the productivity piece. So we added support for GIFV files in Android 3.1.

Go ahead and share that link from imgur and gfycat. It will render properly in HipChat with minimal lag time and won’t burn through your data plan. We suggest prancing goat gifs to combat the mid-afternoon energy slump.

HipChat for Android

Four HipChat tips for agile ceremonies

1 month ago Andy Chang 3 Comments

“Agile” is defined in the dictionary as “able to move quickly and easily.” You can apply that to your ninja nunchuck skills, yoga moves, or, even, the way your team works.

The agile methodology is an alternative to traditional project management that uses an iterative approach to software delivery. Broken up into “sprints,” teams can tackle tasks in pieces and review along the way. This methodology encourages flexibility to change, focusing on adaptive planning, early delivery, and continuous improvement. 

Four “ceremonies” make up the agile process – sprint planning, daily standup, iteration review (demos), and retrospectives. Atlassian has an amazing resource, The Agile Coach, which gives detailed information about these ceremonies and how to implement them on your team.

Atlassian is home to many products that help teams adopt the agile methodology, specifically JIRA, JIRA Agile, Bitbucket, and Confluence. HipChat can also play a huge role in helping your agile team communicate. Use The Agile Coach to gain deeper knowledge on agile methodology, and read on below to get our best tips for using HipChat on an agile team.

1. Sprint Planning

Set up your team for success by defining what will be delivered in a sprint. 

HipChat for agile teams

HipChat tip: Set up your JIRA integration to monitor the progress of your team’s sprint

2. Daily Standup

Quickly inform everyone of what’s going on across the team.

HipChat for agile teams

HipChat tip: Use the Standup Bot to keep track of every teammate’s report.

3. Iteration Review

Showcase the work of the team and get feedback.

HipChat for Agile Teams

HipChat tip: Create a room specifically for iteration review, then use screen-sharing to show your work.

4. Retrospective

Help your team understand what worked well – and what didn’t.

HipChat for agile teams

HipChat tip: If you’re working with a remote team, use video chat to review work as a team.

 

HipChat for agile teams