Project17 - in association with Callaghan Innovation - are thrilled to announce that Dominic Price, Head of R&D and Work Futurist at Atlassian, will be visiting Auckland for two events - an evening Keynote on Tuesday, 4th April and a 3hr morning Masterclass on Wednesday, 5th April.

From humble beginnings as a two-man team in 2002, Atlassian has grown into a global powerhouse, with over 2,000 staff and 16 acquisitions since 2006 (most recently, Atlassian acquired Trello for US$425 million). With more than 68,000 customers, millions of IT and DevOps users and a market cap of over US$6 billion, Atlassian knows a thing or two about scaling and innovation.

Growth, particularly explosive growth, that catapults a company from a handful of staff into the thousands, is the stuff of entrepreneurs' dreams. And yet huge monolithic global companies are not usually known for innovation. Something about size and scale seems to inhibit leanness, change and rapid iteration. Not so Atlassian. They remain innovative, consistently streamlining and improving, and consistently topping 'best places to work' lists in Australia and the US.

Price admits that growing at such supersonic speed presented unique challenges that few firms ever have to deal with.

"If we're all going to get hit by tech change, competitors, new industries and high customer expectations, then how can we innovate and disrupt from within? What are the mistakes and pitfalls - and what have we tried that has enabled us to stay innovative, from 10 people, to over 2,000?"

On 5th April, Price will be sharing more in-depth stories and strategies in a 3 hr interactive Masterclass: Leading in the 'New' World.

"The industrial revolution left us with a lot of process and habits that don't lend themselves to the modern work environment or employee. How can we all revolutionise the way we work as leaders to inspire those around us, in this world of high-tech change, millennials, disruption and competition? Atlassian has done this through the Team Playbook and open-source methodology that can be used by any team, anywhere, to build new muscle."

  • Dominic Price

    Dominic Price (AUS)

Dominic Price (AUS)

Dominic Price is the Head of R&D and Work Futurist at Atlassian, an enterprise software company that develops products for software developers, project managers, and content management. It is best known for its issue tracking application, Jira, and its team collaboration and wiki product, Confluence. Atlassian serves over 60,000 customers.

"Software is everywhere – on our computers, our watches, our refrigerators. And the teams building software together – developers, product managers, doc writers, bug-bashers – are our heroes. Our products help teams of all sizes track and share everything, work smarter, and create better software together.

Atlassian is a family of passionate and innovative folks, who's desire it is to make the world a better place, through the medium, collaboration and raw simplicity.

The Program Management group at Atlassian owns enabling all the diverse and distributed product teams, to do what they do as efficiently and effectively as possible. We drive programs, facilitate workshops, assess team health, develop new plays and ways of working. We get to make sure dependent teams communicate and don't slow down.

In a previous life I was the GM Program Management for a Global Gaming company, an around the world traveller, book writer and technology risk management consultant."

Dominic Price