We have a dozen aspirational values that we talk about frequently at Source Allies. They are derived from simply observing the qualities we admire in our fellow teammates. They can be distilled into these four core values:
Leadership is situational and inspirational. From day one, we can take the lead when we have the knowledge and vantage point to influence the best decision. Our best leaders are good teammates: inspiring us, offering feedback & supporting each other.
Expertise goes beyond title. We believe that the pursuit of mastering a craft is a lifelong journey. Consistently practicing and stretching beyond your comfort zone will ultimately outperform natural-born talent. It is about drive, commitment, and passion.
Teachers share their knowledge and value learning from others. Our collaborative environment enables clear communication and encourages giving & receiving peer feedback. When we teach, both parties’ abilities and understanding grows in tandem.
Ownership is a mindset that is empowering and rewarding; it is the key to our success. We treat every product we build as if it were our own and balance short-term wins with long-term success. Our self-directed culture allows our teams to take responsibility for our decisions, our teams, and our future.
Clients tell us we act like owners, not renters. Our slippers symbolize our Ownership Mentality.
Renters wear shoes at home, but an owner takes them off as they come through the door. We wear slippers in the office for the same reason. Source Allies feels like home, and we treat our projects as if they’re our own – looking out for clients for the long term.
We’ve always been the go-to company for highly experienced, technical folks who are looked up to as experts within the IT community. Our team is also known for their humble, down-to-earth attitude. All of these aspects can be summarized within our tagline: Powered by People…In Slippers.
I founded Source Allies in 2002, shortly after graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in Industrial Engineering. As the CEO, I am very passionate about Open Source software because I believe that it enables Source Allies to focus on delivering powerful tools for our clients.
I truly believe in a shared commitment to client success, so I have established a linear employee model at Source Allies where there are no managers. This enables our team to take pride in ownership as everyone shares an equal responsibility.
Not to be overlooked are our Source Allies Slippers. As a way to make sure everyone feels at home while at work, the slippers are also a symbol of our “ownership mentality”. Feeling at home with our work and our clients allows us to build an important connection where we balance our easy-going nature with our strong commitment to success.
There are a lot of characteristics within martial arts that translate to being a talented software developer. Source Allies’ founder, Matt Vincent, discovered this first hand as he embarked on his journey to earn a Black Belt in Taekwondo.
Matt noticed that the Black Belts were always practicing, humble, courteous, and eager to teach others. He realized that these characteristics relate directly to being an excellent software consultant. As a result, the Source Allies Black Belt Awards were created.
Source Allies encourages our peers to carry a Black Belt mindset and model these characteristics. Each year the award is presented to teammates who are recognized by their peers for regularly practicing their craft, teaching others, and humbly inspiring those around them. These Black Belts will be joining our previous recipients: Akrem Saed, Travis Klotz and Neil Bode.
Paul brings his expertise and ownership mindset to every project he touches. He is a lifelong learner who constantly evaluates solutions and different technologies. Paul instills his passion for XP principles by practicing pair programming and test driven development through all stages of the development lifecycle. He is recognized by his peers as an advocate for quality software, coding principles, and general design. He is also one of our go-to resources for all things AWS.
Jodi is a change enthusiast with a passion for making organizations and our community a great place for technologists. She works with several of our development teams, and focuses on improving delivery using Agile techniques. Jodi exemplifies our core values by utilizing her coaching expertise to be a soundboard for other teammates. Her ability to build relationships with teammates and partners is invaluable to our success.
Jodi has influenced the Des Moines technology community. She helped co-found dsmHack, organized the Des Moines Agile conference and the first DevOps Day Des Moines conference.
Ben exemplifies a number of our core values. Our partners identify Ben as an expert and leader because of his ability to solve complex problems and inspire those around him. He has expanded his influence on each project by evaluating new technologies and sharing his knowledge with other teammates.
Ben is also involved in our Source Allies Community, whether it is collaborating on our internal Tech Radar, interviewing candidates, or mentoring others. Ben always motivates and encourages teammates by leading by example.
Carter brings enthusiasm and positivity to Source Allies. His passion for building relationships and for Source Allies’ culture is evident every time you talk to him. He is always available to assist and guide teammates through the various situations that arise in a consulting environment. Carter enjoys the nuances of soft skills and inspires others to grow in this area. He believe in continuous improvement, so feedback or constructive criticism is welcomed.
Carter is also very active in the Des Moines Tech community. He has helped Source Allies grow their presence by hosting and sponsoring a number of local user groups including; CIJUG, IADNUG, dsmJS, and dsm Web Geeks.