Sharing Our Passion For Technology
& continuous learning
  • Source Allies Hackathon Reflections

    Often times when a group of teammates get together, ideas are brought up on how to make Source Allies a better place. During a company-wide retrospective, where all teammates were invited, we were brainstorming possible things that could be done to bring teammates closer together. One particular table focused on...
  • What are Self-Directed Teams?

    When people talk about working for Source Allies, rarely do they go a sentence or two in without mentioning one of the defining characteristics of the company – the flat organization structure. Here at Source Allies, there is no one looking over your shoulder or telling you what to do....
  • Allies Week

    Here at Source Allies, we took a whole week in January to consciously display the qualities that compose our core values and make us unique as a company; we called it “Allies Week”! We viewed this week as an opportunity to learn more about our teammates, collaborate across teams and...
  • Go Goal Crazy!

    As we head into 2019, it’s time to start thinking about what we want to achieve in the new year, so let’s go goal crazy! Some people think that setting a goal is the easy part and the follow up to make it happen takes all of the effort. I...
  • Culture and Mindset Propels Growth

    Ask any Source Allies teammate what the key to our success is, and they will tell you without hesitation it is our positive culture and ownership mindset. We have a culture that supports teams making their own decisions and shaping their own future. This culture enables Source Allies to be...
  • What Did You Do This Summer?

    As I head back to school at Northwestern this fall, I am sure I will hear, “What did you do this summer?” 100 times. My response will be “Well, let me tell you about my experience as an apprentice at Source Allies.” From day one, myself and four other apprentices...
  • Introduction to Pair Programming - Infographic

    In our previous blog post, Pair Programming 101, we outlined the roles and responsibilities of pair programming. We also discussed the rotating roles, how to pair in different environments and the pitfalls. Since collaboration is in our DNA, we decided to take this topic one step further by creating an infographic.
  • Navigating Our Pair to Success

    I’ve been pairing for over a decade. I’ve witnessed and tried all kinds of things shoulder-to-shoulder with all kinds of pairing partners. Through the years I’ve witnessed a single consistent misfire while pairing. We don’t understand our roles. As professional problem solvers we gravitate towards actively solving the problem at hand. Similarly,...
  • Recap: SAU TDD Workshop

    About a month ago, I facilitated the first event as part of the Source Allies external mentoring program known as Source Allies University (SAU). It was an interactive forum and networking event designed to: Cover basics and explore new tricks of Test Driven Development (TDD) in Java Create new code &...
  • SAU ARRIVES!!!

    Source Allies is a technical consultancy proudly working with partners in Des Moines. We focus on application development, and trend towards newer technologies. Our strength lies in our people: talented, intelligent, and able to handle challenges in a professional manner. Our hope has always been to have a positive impact...
  • Continuous Learning and Career Development Goals

    Continuous learning is a critical puzzle piece to staying competitive in today’s business world.  In the IT world specifically, as we all know, the only constant is the fact that processes are changing and new processes are evolving all the time!  In order to keep up with the learning curve, we must...
  • Success!

    While searching through quotes to include in our company newsletter, I came across this: “Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure” Read that again… “Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it,...
  • Source Allies Office Culture

    With one step into our office on Ingersoll Ave, visitors are greeted by a pile of shoes and several racks of slippers. Watching the expressions of first time guests is priceless. Some don’t even notice this small detail while others are quick to question the story behind the slippers. On...