STSI Sponsors Freedom Fairways Classic

Oct 12, 2018 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI was proud to sponsor and participate in the Freedom Fairways Classic Golf Tournament on October 1, 2018. The event, organized by 540, raises money for the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which has a number of  initiatives to help injured service members and their families during recovery. The primary missions of the event – raising money for a good cause and having fun – were certainly met. However, the golf-related ambitions of team STSI may have fallen short. It was a great way to spend one of the first dry days so far this fall. Read More

DevOpsDays DC 2018

Jun 07, 2018 by bmorris Comments: 0

  STSI was excited to sponsor and attend DevOpsDays DC this year. 8 STSI staff participated – as attendees, volunteers, and/or speakers. The event brings together DevOps practitioners across government and private sector industry, and was hosted at the USPTO building in Alexandria, VA. Ben Morris presented on The 12 Factor App Distilled (download slides in PDF). The talk was in the 5 minute “ignite” format where the slides advance automatically every 15 seconds. Read More

Rethinking Company Gifts

Dec 20, 2017 by bmorris Comments: 0

During the holidays, STSI tends to send out small gifts to some people we work with. The gifts are a token of appreciation to those whose collaboration is important to us – such as business partners or service providers. This year, we decided to rethink how and what we give. For a portion of the recipients, we replaced a gift basket or similar item with a donation of equivalent value to a charitable organization. Our thinking was that: People get so many treats this time of year that they don’t fully appreciate yet another package of sweets/cheese/etc. There are many people in need in the world who could put those resources to better use. The recipients would appreciate the intent of the gift, and appreciate it even more if it went to a far better use. We have just started sending out the “in lieu of” notes, and have received positive feedback in return. We have donated about $1000 to Feed the Children and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. With this year’s experiment still underway, we may look at expanding this program for next year. Happy holidays! Read More

AgileDC 2017 Recap

Oct 18, 2017 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI was pleased to sponsor and participate in the AgileDC conference again this year. We had several attendees, two presenters, and one (sometimes cold) booth. The conference was a great ‘firehose’ of information on all things software development and agile. STSI had two presentations at this year’s event, with slides available here. Better than Boolean presented by Jeff Farley 12 Factor Primer presented by Ben Morris Read More

Open Letter to DHS Regarding the FLASH Procurement

Jul 26, 2017 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI was one of 11 awardees on the highly competitive and innovative DHS FLASH contract vehicle. That contract was since cancelled as a result of the protest process and corrective action. Several of the awardees, including STSI, have drafted an open letter to DHS regarding FLASH. The message is simple: a “Thank You.” We wanted to acknowledge the foresight, effort and courage to undertake such an ambitious effort. STSI is excited at the prospect of continued innovation in government contracting. In addition to the group letter, we have also published a point-of-view story on our FLASH experience.   Read More

STSI to Sponsor DevOpsDaysDC

Jun 16, 2017 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI will again be a sponsor for DevOpsDaysDC. Our team got a lot of value out of last year’s event, and we look forward to engaging this year. STSI attendees liked the open space conference format and the ignite talk speaking format. There are still spots available, including some registrations available to only government employees. STSI has long been committed to bringing DevOps practices to the federal government space. This event, particularly with the DC-area location, provides a great opportunity to be part of that broader community. Read More

STSI to Sponsor RetroRuby Event

Mar 09, 2017 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI is proud to be a “Ruby” level sponsor for RetroRuby, a one-day open space unconference on March 11, 2017.  The event focuses on the Ruby programming language and related topics – spanning DevOps, front-end/JavaScript, team culture, and more. If you are lucky, there may still be tickets available at The unconference format means that topics are proposed and decided by attendees the day-of. There is little in the way of rehearsed one-way presentations, and more open space conversation. Several STSI staff will be in attendance to learn about emerging open source technologies and practices. Read More

STSI to Sponsor AgileDC 2016

Sep 26, 2016 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI is sponsoring AgileDC again this year. Two STSI participants will be speaking at the conference, presenting on DevOps practices. We have found the event to be quite worthwhile for staff development. The one-day time commitment is easy to schedule around. The multi-track, rapid-fire format of talks allows everyone to find relevant topics throughout the day. Read More

STSI Releases Video on Agile Process

Jul 06, 2016 by bmorris Comments: 0

Recently, the Department of Homeland Security asked vendors to explain their agile practices via a 3 minute video, with an emphasis on implementing agile practices, engaging with end users, and handling change. At STSI, we prefer to work in the open, and are thus opening up our submission as a public video, available on youtube. Although in response to a DHS request, the video captures some key points about agile adoption and our user-centered process. Read More

STSI to Sponsor DevOps Days DC

May 05, 2016 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI is proud to sponsor DevOps Days DC, a technical conference on June 8-9, 2016. More information on the conference is at: STSI is committed to helping government agencies with DevOps adoption, and supports the local community of practitioners. DevOps tools and practices are an important enabler of agile development, allowing teams to iterate quickly by automating and integrating software development and operations. Read More