Today we are talking to Archana Rao, the CIO at Atlassian. And we discuss why tension can make healthy teams, 3 tips to up your communication skills, and we keep it classy by drinking our own champagne instead of eating our own dog food.

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Archana Rao is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Atlassian. Her team is responsible for building and scaling all the systems and processes used by our business functions and our customers. Archana has more than 20 years of experience setting systems strategy and partnering with business leaders to build and scale corporate systems. She was a vice president at Veritas, where she managed the IT separation from Symantec during a record-breaking one-year period. Prior to that, Archana was a vice president at Symantec and also worked in a variety of engineering, IT, M&A, and leadership roles at Cisco. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Achieve Kids, a Palo-Alto based school for special needs children.

Archana holds a Master’s in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and a B.A. in electrical engineering from Mysore University, India.

ABOUT Atlassian

Atlassian is a leading provider of collaboration, development, and issue tracking software for teams. With over 138,000 global customers (including 85 of the Fortune 100), we’re advancing the power of collaboration with products including Jira, Jira Service Desk, Jira Ops, Confluence, Bitbucket, Trello, and more. Driven by honest values, an amazing culture, and consistent revenue growth, we’re out to unleash the potential of every team.

Find out more at atlassian.com

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