Like most founders, Steve Elliott became passionate about solving problems out of necessity; this passion drove him to create a startup that would help other companies facing similar challenges. When the journey began in 2013, AgileCraft’s vision had the potential to change the way large enterprises plan and execute work. Steve, with his co-founders Shak Patel and Rick Cobb, began the journey of building transformational software by signing up large enterprise customers and convincing them to bet millions of dollars on enterprise agility — all while AgileCraft was a start-up company with only four employees and very limited funding.
AgileCraft’s software enabled a new way of working that involved rapid learning and collaboration. This empowered the world’s biggest companies to aggressively drive large-scale strategies based on measuring outcomes versus the outputs that so often falsely dictate success in large enterprises. This new way of working successfully spawned innovation in many Fortune 500 companies in the US and around the globe. Looking back, the team admits they had an audacious goal for this scrappy startup. Very quickly, the team was able to help drive transformational change for some of the world’s most admired companies.
From early on, AgileCraft’s focus has been connecting business and technology teams’ strategy to execution with the goal of revolutionizing the way modern enterprises learn and innovate. The mission is to simplify the building of software at scale by making all work visible, aligning teams and prioritizing work for value. Digital Transformation is an important undertaking because most of the world’s big problems will be solved with technology, driven by software.
“We have always known that business agility is core to our customers’ survival in the long term. Therefore, we set out to offer customers a highly differentiated enterprise platform with the flexibility to scale across different teams, methods, and flows,” said Steve Elliott, Founder and CEO of AgileCraft.
Elliott added, “the AgileCraft team has been on this journey because we love the mission, we love software, and we love a good challenge. We have worked day and night to build something lasting and truly impactful that we can all be proud of for decades to come. I am so thankful for the work and passion that every AgileCraft team member has contributed to build this company.”
In early 2019, AgileCraft was acquired by Atlassian, the makers of Jira Software (NASDAQ: TEAM). AgileCraft bet big on the combined power of AgileCraft and Atlassian. With AgileCraft, Atlassian now offers a complete solution for enterprises to transform with the tools they need to align teams, drive outcomes, and win together. The combined capabilities of these solutions are unmatched in the marketplace today. Atlassian’s suite provides the foundation and building blocks for an organization to drive a modern digital enterprise, ultimately giving Atlassian customers choice and flexibility as they progress on their agile journey.
“AgileCraft will continue to focus relentlessly on our customers’ success. We remain dedicated to pioneering enterprise agility and are thrilled to team up with the outstanding people at Atlassian to help our customers thrive,” said Elliott.
AgileCraft has been awarded dozens of awards and accolades since founding, including being named the leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Agile Planning, the #1 small workplace in the USA from Fortune Magazine / Best Places to Work, and winner of the Global Red Herring award.