Welcoming Jon Levin

Welcoming Jon Levin

This week we welcomed Jon Levin to our systems engineering team! Aside from improving our 3rd down defense (Jon’s a former college football player and mentor to future athletes), he brings a robotics background to the squad. To make sure we aren’t all eventually replaced by drones with this Bethesda native controlling them all, let’s see how Jon’s first week went…

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These are, in fact, the bots we were looking for…

These are, in fact, the bots we were looking for…

One of this summer’s automation projects was developing a bot that performs Configuration Management (CM) for us in Slack! This bot allows anyone at Bluestone to generate an accurate and unique CM number, without bothering our CM professionals, giving them back time to maintain deliverable integrity and source code version control for our entire product portfolio...

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Technical Debt — In Plain English

Technical Debt — In Plain English

This summer we ramped up our prototyping efforts to implement some of our collaborative content creation concepts into a minimal viable product that we can test and use. As our “summer of sprints” nears its end, we realize that “technical debt” has been a reoccurring theme in our lab the whole summer. We found ourselves constantly making decisions about whether we implement a feature in the quick way, and “fix it later” (incurring technical debt), or implement the feature in a better way or more scalable way, but ship less capability.

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Washington Post’s inGENuitY 2015 Conference

Washington Post’s inGENuitY 2015 Conference

WaPo’s inGENuitY 2015 conference last week marked the final event in the storied history of the Washington Post building (the organizers were unamused by our registering as “Deep Throat”). Since the building is coming down (we assume to provide a massive Starbucks/Potbelly/Cosi Death Star), No Kings Collective installed an amazing art piece on the walls of the conference hall.

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