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About dick1stark

I am the President, CEO, and founder of RightStar Systems, a leading ITSM and DevOps consultancy and BMC Software Gold Solution Provider and Atlassian Platinum Partner. My passion is customer success—whether it’s reducing the cost of service management, improving overall efficiency, or increasing end-user or employee satisfaction. Since founding RightStar in 2003, RightStar has made the INC 5000 list four times. In 2011, RightStar was awarded the prestigious National Capital Business Ethics Award (NCBEA) by the Society of Financial Service Professionals based upon RightStar’s foundation of honesty, ethics, and integrity. And in 2014, RightStar was selected by Forrester Research as one of 13 North American companies profiled in its ITSM Consultancy Wave Report. Finally, in 2019, BMC selected RightStar as its DSM North American Partner of the Year for its sales and partnership excellence. Dick is a graduate of Stanford University and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

The Unicorn Project, Part 2

By Dick Stark To refresh, Part 1 of the Unicorn Project reviewed the early failures of “Phoenix” from the Dev rather than the Ops perspective. Here the main character is Maxine, a very successful architect/developer who has just been “exiled” … Continue reading

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The Unicorn Project, Part 1

By Dick Stark At the end of last year and to much fanfare, Gene Kim released his follow-up book to the Phoenix Project, the Unicorn Project, a novel about “developers, digital disruption, and thriving in the age of data.” I … Continue reading

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Report from the Atlassian Government Symposium

By Dick Stark Last week, RightStar exhibited at the Atlassian Government Symposium, held at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. This is one of a series of worldwide stops to promote Atlassian products, services and customer networking. Atlassian had a … Continue reading

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Report from the ATARC DevOps Working Group Launch

By Dick Stark Last week I attended the ATARC DevOps Working Group Launch at the Department of the Interior. ATARC brings government practitioners together with Industry to discuss topics such as the role of security in DevOps, and cultural and … Continue reading

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Agile Change Management

By Dick Stark Last Week, RightStar emailed its customer base a Forrester Report, “Change Management: Let’s Get Back to Basics,” by Forrester Analyst Charles Betz. Given the focus on Agile and Continuous Deployment, Change is not the Change Management of … Continue reading

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This Year’s High-Tech Prayer Breakfast

By Dick Stark RightStar was one of the many sponsors of the High-Tech Prayer Break-fast held several weeks ago at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner.  This is an amazing annual event with more than 800 attendees. The speakers this … Continue reading

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Report from BMC Exchange NY

By Dick Stark BMC’s New York Exchange, was held last Thursday near Times Center in New York City.  Turnout was excellent with more than 400 customers, partners, and BMC employees. The attendance was up and the mood more upbeat as … Continue reading

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