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Having worked far and wide through Europe, US, and Asia PAC, he now has responsibility for five global R&D centres and one favorite topic: What the future of work will look like.


Folks at Atlassian call him “Dom”, and this Brit-turned-Aussie runs 5 global research and development centers at for the Sydney-based E-collaboration giant. Of his role, he says, “it’s fascinating. Half of it is internally focused in Atlassian. How do we scale our teams? How do we stay awesome? We’ve got infinite amount of complexity in our business and we don’t want that to slow us down.”

Balancing speed and scale are common problems that face a growing business. In Atlassian’s case, a US$15billion market capitalization valuation and a commitment to make Sydney the Silicon Valley equivalent in Australia with 10,000 new jobs, means that the company needs to constantly innovate whilst concurrently managing proven revenue streams. On top of that, Atlassian is universally known for its culture, which it will need to extend as the company grows.

Read more in our blog – and hear from Dom at WORLDWEBFORUM 2019 to find out what teamwork, collaboration and innovation will look like in the future.

How Atlassian is carrying the developer world

Gaining entry into organizations one development team at a time, Atlassian has managed to create a vibrant ecosystem of software tools that has become among the most popular in the developer arsenal.

And it’s no accident. By lowering the barrier to entry for its tools, Atlassian has gained a broad developer following. And partners have jumped on board to extend and enhance the functionality of Atlassian’s platform.

“What we want to accomplish is to enable our customers, vendors and partners to do what we call ‘custom fit’ of Atlassian products,” said Max Mancini, head of ecosystem at Atlassian. “And so, we’re focused on what do we to enable customers to custom-fit, and they do that through either developing themselves, getting things from a marketplace, or working with a solution partner – a more traditional engagement to build custom capabilities and roll them out.”

Perhaps the most popular of Atlassian tools is Jira, the issue-tracking software used to find defects in applications. “Jira is something the developer world is very familiar with and had been using,” Mancini continued, “and that was probably quite fortunate for us from an ecosystem perspective; there’s nothing better than having a tool in the hands of developers who think, ‘Hey I can make this better by adding this capability.’ So, the ecosystem certainly evolved and accelerated as a result of having the right user base if you will, as developers are our users, so that solves a lot of the problem of figuring out what types of things you want to build.”


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Atlassian is a leading provider of collaboration, development, and issue tracking software for teams. With over 100,000 global customers (including 85 of the Fortune 100), we’re advancing the power of collaboration with products including Jira, Jira Service Desk, Confluence, Hipchat, Bitbucket, Trello, Stride, and more. Driven by honest values, an amazing culture, and consistent revenue growth, we’re out to unleash the potential of every team.



Born to Joy in the harsh Manchester Winter of 77, Dominic has a career that has reached far and wide through Europe, US and Asia PAC.
Dom has responsibilities spanning 7 global R&D centres, and is our in house “Team Doctor” helping Atlassian scale by being ruthlessly efficient and effective, with one eye on the future. Dom helped pioneer our Team Playbook and has personally run hundreds of sessions with our teams globally.

He has previously been the GM Program Management for a global gaming company and a Director of Deloitte.
Dom is proud to work at Atlassian, the home of the most intelligent t-shirt wearers in business, as the Head of R&D.
A keen traveller, Dom has traversed over 50 countries so far, but after 15 years on these shores, he calls Australia home.