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Taking Out the Trash for Earth Day 2018

By Praecipio Consulting on Apr 24, 2018 12:35:00 PM

Praecipio Consulting is dedicated to doing what we can as a company to take care of our Mother Earth. As important as the environment is to every human being sharing our Earth, Lake Austin and its well-being was particularly important to all of us at Praecipio Consulting. When Earth Day 2018 was upon us, we knew what our passion project needed to be. We signed up as a company to help clean Lake Austin, not because the lake is such a fun part of Austin life, but because it desperately needed it.

Keep Austin Weird

Austin is known as a college, techie or even a hippie town (#KeepAustinWeird after all), but it’s also a family town and a real city where many of us love to live and work. Because Texas weather is kind to us throughout the year, we have many weekends swimming, boating, or simply enjoying one of many awesome restaurants on the lake. Sadly, with that enjoyment of the most beautiful and relaxing parts of our city, comes a whole lot of our trash.

According to the City of Austin website, “each year City staff and volunteers pull 250 tons of trash from Lake Austin (in addition to the 6,500 tons removed annually from Austin streets). Some of these discarded items were dropped directly into the river, but most trash washes in from the creeks or through storm drains from land-based areas, such as streets, parking lots, sidewalks, and parks.”

Keep Austin Clean

Once we committed to cleaning up the quarter-mile of Lake Austin that was assigned to us by the City, we had to start planning the logistics. Who has access to a watercraft? How do we even transport a watercraft and how many do we have the ability to transport? How many life vests do we need? Does anyone have access to personal floatation devices? And, of course, as our company has to put our staffs’ safety first, we needed to know who was a strong swimmer to actually remove trash from the lake and determine who was able to help in other ways.

After months of logistical planning, we successfully removed a ridiculously tremendous amount of trash from Lake Austin. To say that is was a “feel good” kind of day is an understatement.

Praecipio Consulting made a commitment to our community, both small and large, by getting involved and doing our best to make a positive difference in the world around us. We are so proud of our staff’s 100% participation in our clean-up event and extremely humbled to be a part of such a large-scale operation with fellow volunteers all throughout Austin. One thing is for sure – we will see you all again next year!

Praecipio keeps Austin clean ...

Praecipio keeps Austin clean ...

Praecipio keeps Austin clean ...

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The Praecipio Consulting Way

By Praecipio Consulting on Jul 3, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Whether we're finding new, innovative ways to bring the Atlassian suite to clients or challenging ourselves to live our healthiest lifestyle, Praecipio Consulting strives daily for good practices in all spheres of life. Our experts believe in pursuing greatness not only in technology service and support, but in our daily lives- from staying in great shape to having great times together. We're a curious and competitive bunch, which makes us leading Atlassian Platinum and Enterprise experts; it's also why you'll find amongst our team an assortment of outdoors-loving, musically-inclined, organic & sustainable cooking folks with a penchant for craft beer (We'll let Dave continue to believe Coors is a craft beer.) Praecipio Consulting understands that a happy, healthy team gives us a competitive edge, which is why we invest in our experts- mind, body and soul!

MIND

Praecipio Consulting's international reputation as a top Atlassian expert service provider is founded upon the collective experience, knowledge and innovative insight of our team. Enjoying an open work environment, both in our home office and through collaborative, transparent products like Confluence and Jira, our experts share visibility of information, allowing us to engage in discussion and dialogue that capitalizes on our various areas of expertise to provide the best solutions. Praecipio Consulting experts regularly weigh-in on projects, training and other issues to deliver the highest quality results to our clients every time. "This is the first job that's pushes me to be better," says Praecipio Consulting expert Hernan Montes. "I love being challenged to reach my fullest potential." Praecipio Consulting experts don't just provide great solutions to clients; they flex their technology prowess in Atlassian internal competitions and challenges such as the Tour de Confluence Questions (which our Charles Wells dominated!) and Atlassian's Dragon Slayer challenge. 

All we do is win!  Charles Wells repping for Praecipio Consulting in Atlassian's Tour de Confluence Questions

With twice weekly company "stand-up" meetings, our expert team shares their current projects and blockers to leverage our collective expert knowledge for the most thoughtful and efficient solutions to clients' most difficult issues. Beyond technology practices, Praecipio Consulting experts' outside interests keep their minds expanding. "We have a multi-lingual office, so you end up expanding your vocabulary without trying." says Marketing & Sales' Erin Davis. "Any given day, you might hear Spanish, French, German or Thai." Our experts love to learn and develop their creative abilities, from developing custom add-ons for clients to staying well read and informed in their downtime.   

Bryan and Isaac practice the Buddy System of code writing

BODY

Praecipio Consulting experts are an active bunch! When we're not rising to meet technology challenges, we're setting goals and making time to keep at our personal best. Each team member is provided a wireless bracelet that tracks and shares your daily activities, from how many steps you take to how long you sleep, allowing us to set internal goals and cheer each other on. "You won't meet a better team of people working to help each other improve professionally and personally." says solutions architect Brian Nye.  

Get on your feet for twice weekly Stand-Up meetings

With our home office in scenic Austin, Texas, our team capitalizes on the many outdoor amenities the city has to offer. Our weekly "Board Meetings" get our experts wakeboarding on the lake. The Praecipio Consulting team can often be found swimming at Barton Springs, hiking Enchanted Rock or joining a pick-up game of soccer at Zilker Park. When it comes to team get-aways, our company retreats allow for activity interspersed with productivity. We look forward to these opportunities to spend time together outside of the office- dreaming up some of our best plans whether in the mountains or on a ranch.

Some of the Praecipio Consulting team... at our 2014 Retreat in Roddy Tree, TX

SOUL

18th century poet Sir Thomas Moore once wrote "finding the right work... is like finding your soul in the world." At Praecipio Consulting, our souls find joy in our daily work through helping our clients achieve greatness- but it doesn't stop there! Our work environment considers our team's comfort and enjoyment. After all, who wants to work someplace they don't enjoy being? In between projects, Praecipio Consulting experts share downtime lounging in oversized bean bag chairs, or strumming on one of the guitars we keep on hand. (After all, Austin is the Live Music Capitol of the World!) Need a break from your desk? Try working away in our extra-large hammock (though if it lulls you to sleep, you will dream of Jira workflows). If we haven't mentioned it already, we enjoy a good beer. Carrying on the Atlassian tradition, Friday afternoon is Happy Hour at Praecipio Consulting- a great way to celebrate the week's successes and start making plans with co-workers for the weekend ahead. Yes, our team truly enjoys spending time together- even outside of work! "We're more than just a company- we're a family," says business development's Shayla Sander. Office manager and human resources' Robyn Lane concurs, "It's like working with your favorite brothers and sisters!" 

 

Praecipio Consulting's Shayla & Victor at the 2013 Austin Atlassian User Group SXSW Stash Bash

Praecipio Consulting believes that we do our best work when we're at our personal best! Mind, body and soul, our experts demand excellence of themselves to provide the highest quality client experience.  

Learn more about the Praecipio Consulting lifestyle by meeting our team and reading our blog. Want to join us? Check out careers  at Praecipio Consulting... and have a great day, y'all!

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Praecipio Consulting - Atlassian Enterprise Expert

By Praecipio Consulting on Nov 15, 2012 11:00:00 AM

Along with Atlassian’s new offering of Enterprise level Jira and Confluence comes the Atlassian Enterprise Expert Certification. It’s designed to help Enterprise level clients find Atlassian Experts best suited to provide solutions to enterprise level problems. It’s hard to believe that it has been 6 years since our first enterprise deployment, and we are honored to announce that we are officially, Atlassian Enterprise Expert Certified!  

As an Atlassian Enterprise Expert, we have expert-level knowledge and success in the following:

  • Configuration,  analysis, development, and integration of large scale Atlassian installations
  • Diverse product experience with the entire Atlassian product suite
  • Hybrid tool chain experience with both Atlassian and non-Atlassian tools and their integration
  • Git, Mercurial and Subversion

Over the last 6 years, Praecipio Consulting has provided Expert Services to small, 5 person companies to large fortune 100 and 500 companies across several industries including the automotive, pharmaceutical, aerospace engineering, retail, gaming, and financial sectors. 

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Jira: Not Just for Software Development

By Praecipio Consulting on Aug 17, 2012 11:00:00 AM

Jira’s an issue tracking application, but its core flexibility and strengths mean it can become much more than a tool limited to a development group. Jira’s incredibly adept at helping teams track and accomplish tasks. Jira also has a masterful ability to manage life cycles - and it’s found great success in numerous use cases.

Use Cases

The following use case guides are meant to explain a bit of the details related to using Jira for a specific use case. The info you’ll find in here highlights much of what we’ve learned from working with clients in a variety of different industries, as well as our internal expertise and use of Jira.

For each of these use cases, we’ll attempt to highlight:

  • Particular Jira functionality specific to the use
  • Related plugins we’re aware of
  • Customization and tweaks
  • …and sometimes a sample file to help get you started

General and Non-Software Uses

Agile Software Development

Project Management

HelpDesk / Support / Trouble Ticketing

Test Case Management

This can be done by using either of the following approaches:

Requirements Management

Change Management

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First-Ever San Antonio Atlassian User Group

By Praecipio Consulting on May 4, 2011 11:00:00 AM

San Antonians, you don’t have to make the drive to Austin to get involved. We’re bringing San Antonio its first Atlassian User Group (AUG)!

Join us later this month for the first San Antonio Atlassian User Group (SATXAUG)! Expect to enjoy appetizers, speakers, and the chance to talk shop with other Atlassian users about how they use Atlassian tools.

The event is free – just RSVP here and show up Thursday May 19 at 6PM. Location and directions on our Meetup page.

As we’ve said before, whether you’re a Jira fan, crazy about Confluence, or just looking for advice, come on down and have a good time. We’ll look forward to it.

Follow us on Twitter at @satxaug.

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CTXAUG Second Meeting: Join Us!

By Praecipio Consulting on May 3, 2011 11:00:00 AM

To all Austin-area Atlassian users (we know there are lots of you) – please join us next month for the second-ever Central Texas Atlassian User Group (CTXAUG)! At our first meeting we enjoyed snacks, beer, two Jira and Confluence whizzes, and the chance to talk shop with other Atlassian users about how they use Atlassian tools.

The event is free – just RSVP here and show up Wednesday May 18 at 6PM. Location and directions on our Meetup page.

Whether you’re a Greenhopper fan, crazy about Crucible, or just looking for advice, come on down and have a good time. We’ll look forward to it.

Follow us on Twitter at @ctxaug.

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CTXAUG First Meeting at Scholz Beer Garten

By Praecipio Consulting on Feb 22, 2011 11:00:00 AM

We’re excited to host the first Central Texas Atlassian User Group next month – a place for Atlassian users (Jira, Confluence, Greenhopper, Crucible, etc) to connect and share ideas. We’re expecting over 50 attendees, so we’ll be starting off with a bang!

The meeting details:
Thursday, March 17, 2011
6:00PM to 8:15PM
Scholz Beer Garten
1607 San Jacinto Boulevard (at 17th Street)
North Dining Room
Austin, TX 78701

We’ll provide some pizza to munch on. Beer can be purchased at the bar. Expect mingling, brief group planning, and two fantastic speakers:

Christopher Pepe, Praecipio Consulting
Sean deBardelaben, AT&T

To RSVP, visit our Meetup page or our Eventbrite page.

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First Central Texas Atlassian User Group

By Praecipio Consulting on Dec 14, 2010 11:00:00 AM

 

We’ve talked a lot on this blog about what Atlassian Jira and Confluence are and how they can be used. We’re big fans. But some of you are already benefiting from them, and are big fans too. That’s why the Praecipio Consulting team has launched the Central Texas Atlassian User Group (@ctxaug), the first Atlassian user group in the Austin metro.

This user group is open to all current and prospective Atlassian product users in the Central Texas Area interested in knowledge sharing and mingling with fellow users – over happy hour, of course. Quarterly group meetings will last 2-3 hours, and will give attendees the chance to:

  • Share and learn Atlassian product knowledge, best practices, and case studies with fellow current and prospective users.
  • Address the needs of both Atlassian product system administrators as well as novice and experienced product users.
  • Network and socialize with fellow Atlassian product users.
  • Meet four times a year on Wednesday or Thursday evenings in locations throughout the Austin area.

When possible, we’ll have an actual Atlassian team member on hand to answer any product questions or discuss how to solve California budget-scale problems.

For more info, follow us on Twitter (@ctxaug) or visit our Meetup page to RSVP for our 2011 Q1 meetup. We look forward to seeing you!

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Austin, Texas - Our Home

By Praecipio Consulting on May 22, 2009 11:00:00 AM

Austin’s a progressive, active city that’s often compared to cities like Portland, Boulder, and Seattle. The city’s diverse economy and relaxed atmosphere make it one of the most desirable US cities to live in.

Austin’s business atmosphere includes the high-tech, manufacturing, political, education, film, music, and non-profit industries. The University of Texas, State Capitol, and thriving arts culture offer a wide array of career opportunities.

 Austinites love the outdoors. You can bike, swim, kayak, rock-climb, or go spelunking within a 3-mile radius of downtown. The picture to the right shows Barton Springs – a spring-fed swimming pool within walking distance of downtown where hundreds of folks cool off each day. Since the weather is usually sunny and warm, outdoor events are common all year round – including the nationally-known Austin City Limits music fest and SXSW film, interactive and music festival.

Central Texas surrounds Austin – a land of rolling hills, cedar trees, and the Highland Lakes. San Antonio’s Riverwalkthe nation’s largest waterpark, Texas wineries, and scenic drives are all nearby.

You can read more about Austin here:

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