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    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....
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    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...
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    Tips and Tech to Thrive While Pairing Remotely

    Throughout my eight years at Source Allies, I have had the opportunity to work on several teams at our various projects. Most of the time our teams work in open collaborative spaces, where pair programming is done side-by-side. However, there are occasions where I have paired with developers remotely. As...
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    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...
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    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...
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    Asking the Right Questions

    In a previous blog post, Brenda Peshak discussed the “Definition of Done”. As a team, we ran through an exercise to understand requirements and determine Minimal Viable Product (MVP). This got me thinking about real life examples of software and how decisions made by product owners and product managers directly...
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    Building a Mobile App using John Deere's IoT APIs

    Each summer Source Allies offers an apprentice program to college students who want to develop their software development and consulting expertise. This summer’s team consisted of four returning apprentices – Alec, Jared, Max, and myself – as well as one new apprentice, Yousef. Project Each year the projects vary from...
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    Breathing New Life into an Old Laptop with RancherOS

    While taking stock of my electronics graveyard I came across an old laptop. I had been looking for a reason to play with Docker containers and this laptop provided me an opportunity to do so. Since it was only going to be running Docker containers, I wanted a no-frills setup....
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    Node Reference - Conclusion

    Prerequisites This article builds on the prior article: The “Join” Problem. Conclusion In this series, we walked the reader through the considerations of building a production-ready microservice. More important than the tools we used (e.x. NodeJS, AWS) were the questions we asked. You may choose different tools and libraries for...
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    Node Reference - Change Events

    The “Join” Problem Modern applications no longer exist in a silo. They need to integrate with other systems within the organization. In a microservice architecture, this is even more valid since very few business processes can be completed by involving only one service. Let us suppose that our product service...