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

STSI Awarded EPA CISS Contract Vehicle

Mar 07, 2016 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI was awarded a contract with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the Comprehensive Infrastructure Support Services (CISS) vehicle. STSI is the lead firm on a small business team formed via a Contractor Team Arrangement (CTA). The CISS contract is an EPA-wide vehicle spanning four GSA schedules. The multiple award $211 million BPA covers facilities management; safety, health & environmental management; security management; and IT and general support. All EPA offices, regions and labs can make use of the BPA. Read More

“DevOps for the Rest of Us” at DC Continuous Delivery Meetup

Feb 10, 2016 by bmorris Comments: 0

DevOps is a fashionable buzzword these days. Everyone wants DevOps, but few can agree on the details of what it is or why it is so important. STSI consultants Chris Cassatt and Ben Morris will deliver a talk on “DevOps for the Rest of Us” at the upcoming DC Continuous Delivery meetup on the evening of February 17. The talk is geared toward a wide audience: project managers or analysts who want to understand the value of DevOps, or developers who are new to DevOps. We address the nebulous definition of the “DevOps” buzzword, then dive in to real demos. This talk is based on one we gave at AgileDC this past fall. Download the slides. Read More

STSI Releases EPA National Lakes Assessment Prototype

Dec 30, 2015 by bmorris Comments: 0

STSI released the NLA Data Explorer prototype, which improves how EPA shares the National Lakes Assessment dataset. The EPA National Lakes Assessment is a statistical survey of the condition of our nation’s lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. The prototype application allows you to explore that data. You can view the data for a given lake and can gain context about the data. By clicking on a field, you get a definition of what it contains, as well as some descriptive statistics as to how the lake compares to other lakes. This prototype application was developed by STSI as part of a response to a Request for Information published by the EPA. The EPA has done a great job of making raw data available as a set of CSV files. This prototype expands on that, allowing would-be users of the data a chance to “kick the tires” and understand the contents of the dataset.     The code is open source and available on GitHub. Read More