Why We started
Ion Channel’s team, based in Washington DC and Portland, OR, includes engineers who’ve developed software that runs at speed and scale for commercial, financial services, healthcare and national security systems. We combine a strong mission/product focus with operational knowledge of how to build smart workflows and automate everything that can be automated. Our experience ranges from bootstrapped and venture-backed startups to Fortune 500 corporations to large government agencies, and experienced the pain points in organizations large and small, fast and slow. We are active supporters of – and contributors to – open source projects. Two of our founders wrote policies that legitimized government use of open source software when vendors were claiming OSS was dangerous and possibly illegal.
We eat our own dog food: Every code update to Ion Channel goes through Ion Channel GRC for analysis, even if it means bouncing our own builds until they meet the more rigorous criteria. Creating and applying new rule sets to risk-manage code isn’t just a technological capability – it’s a business process. So it’s only fair to test new rules and criteria on ourselves, to see how easy or difficult they are to adopt, and how those changes affect the overall development workflow. One in-house rule is: every build has a higher level of test coverage than the last. When we made that a pass/fail rule, we failed – so we learned to write our tests ahead of the code.
Ion Channel is continually broadening the spectrum of software supply chain assurance, incorporating new data and developing data-derived metrics for community health in software ecosystems. We’re inspired by work that has come before: physical supply chain automation and logistics, actuarial analysis, research on the dynamics of knowledge economies and labor markets, the history of manufacturing innovation and its disruptive effects. Software ecosystems are complex systems and data science is a modern instrument, but securing continuous integration and continuous delivery of code is in the same lineage as manufacturing continuous cast steel.
Some of Our Influences:
- Boyd, Robert Coram’s bio of fighter pilot and OODA-loop inventor John Boyd
- Freedom’s Forge, a history of how America’s manufacturers retooled for WWII
- The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
- Warfighting and Disruptive Technologies: Disguising Innovation, by Terry Pierce
- The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
- Drive, by Daniel Pink
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: a Leadership Fable
- Death by Meeting
- Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness
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