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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).

How to Manage Your IT Assets with Jira Service Desk

By Dick Stark On Thursday, May 20, RightStar presented, a webinar, “How to Manage Your IT Assets with Jira Service Desk.” In that session we described how to manage assets and Configuration Items (CIs) using a Configuration Management Database (CMDB). … Continue reading

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The Unicorn Project, Part 3

By Dick Stark In case you missed my previous blog articles, Part 1 of the Unicorn Project reviewed the early failures of “Phoenix” from the Dev rather than the Ops perspective. (Remember the Phoenix Project is Gene Kim’s prior book … Continue reading

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Report from Atlassian’s Virtual Summit

By Dick Stark and Alan Reynolds Instead of a live Las Vegas Atlassian Summit, Atlassian hosted a virtual event April 1 and 2. Although it is not clear how many showed up, Atlassin reported that more than 25.000 registered for … Continue reading

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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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