Hello, and welcome back to our next (and final!) edition of our Developer AMA series. This week, we’re hosting a few members of the leadership team from Appfire: Gorka Puente and George Dinkov.
Appfire — a leading enterprise collaboration software provider for teams looking to make work flow — has built more than 200 solutions for the Atlassian Marketplace since 2005 and was one of the original partners in our ecosystem. Their mission is to enable teams to thrive and do their best work.
We’re excited to have them here to answer your questions about building for the Marketplace. Before we begin, let’s meet our hosts @GorkaPuente and @GeorgeDinkovAppfire :
With a Ph.D. in Web Information Systems and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Gorka Puente brings his knowledge and almost 10 years of experience in the Atlassian ecosystem to research and visualize new markets, products, and opportunities. Gorka founded RoninPixels in 2020 before joining Appfire, though his team has Atlassian roots going back to 2013. When he’s not working, his focus is on cats, beer, BJJ, wrestling, and sneakers (though not necessarily all of that at the same time).
George Dinkov first got involved in the Atlassian ecosystem in 2013 when he co-founded Botron Software. Since then he’s enjoyed solving hard problems in Jira (and occasionally Confluence and Bitbucket) and building up Botron’s - and now Appfire’s - team. He is a Director of Product Engineering at Appfire, responsible for the development of a suite of apps in the Administrative tools category - most notably Configuration Manager for Jira.
Without further ado, let’s chat! Share your questions for Gorka and George below, and come back on Nov 2 to see their responses.
What’s the one thing you wished that somebody told you when you started out?
If you could wave a magic wand and have Atlassian fix one thing - what would that be?
Hi @danielwester! That’s a though one…
I’ve learned so much since starting out that it’s hard for me to point to a single thing that may have an outsized impact. It’s more of an accumulation of many things.
If I have to choose just one - probably to drop things that aren’t working as early as (reasonably) possible rather than trying to make it work for way too long.
@danielwester, this would probably be adding some of the API’s we’ve been asking for
Hey Daniel! One thing that wished someone told me… “Create a test management app” . Just kidding.
Having quite limited resources, I’d say that I wished to have focused on creating a single app, instead of trying several options. There was this idea of launching different apps to see if one magically worked.
I did this the last time with RoninPixels and it worked out better than my first try.
When you work as a partner within a marketplace there are many things you’d like (new APIs to simplify your code or enhance your capabilities for example), but the one I’d value most is communication. I think there are a few improvements could be done in this regard.
Thank you so much to our AMA hosts @GorkaPuente and @GeorgeDinkovAppfire ! And thank you as well to everyone who submitted questions and followed along during the AMA. We’ll post a summary of this AMA on the developer blog in the coming weeks. Cheers!