Our Mission, Values, and Handbook

Purpose

Innolitics is mission driven. In this lesson we examine our mission, how we attempt to fulfill it, and our values. We familiarize you with our company handbook and its most relevant policies.

Learning Material

Read and reflect on our mission and values.

Carefully read through our company handbook.

If you haven’t already, spend some time looking through our company website.

Exercises

We recommend that you write your response to each question, before revealing the provided answers.

Exercise 1

From memory, write down our company mission as best as possible.

Our mission is to accelerate progress in medical imaging by

  • sharing knowledge
  • creating tools
  • providing quality services to our clients
with the ultimate purpose of improving patient health.

We do so while providing meaningful, flexible, and financially rewarding careers to our team.

Exercise 2

What are some specific ways that we pursue our company mission?

The articles we write share our knowledge with others in the medical imaging field, hopefully accelerating progress in the field and ultimately improving patient health. For example, perhaps, by providing helpful information about the DICOM standard, regulatory compliance issues, etc., we can indirectly contribute towards the success of other companies. You can read about our article writing process here.

Our open source libraries and tools are used by others. In particular, our DICOM standard browser is used by thousands of people every month all around the world. We hope this, in a small way, is helping accelerate progress in medical imaging.

Most directly, through our client work with a talented companies in the medical imaging space.

We feel that our mission-driven approach, along with a high level of team member autonomy, allows us to provide meaningful jobs for members on our team.

Remote work, flexible schedules, our sabbatical policy, and part-time leave policy all contribute towards a flexible work environment.

We provide financially rewarding careers to our team members by providing competitive salaries and benefits. We recognize skill and hard-work through bonuses and performance-related raises. As your technical skills, client-skills, and management skills grow, and this you contribute more to Innolitics’ mission, then your salary will also grow. You can accelerate this process through on-going learning outside of work (writing articles is a great way to do this) and by finding opportunities to contribute to our mission outside of your client projects.

Exercise 3

Identify two pairs of the bullet-points on our values page which are in tension with each other.

Here are a few such pairs.

These values can be in tension, since pushing hard for deadlines (especially if the deadlines are unrealistic or too frequent), can decrease our ability to enjoy our work:

  • We push hard to meet deadlines.
  • We want everyone on our team to enjoy their work.

Although it may seem that these two are in tension, I would argue they are not, since while we push on the deadline, if it is unrealistic we (hopefully) won’t expect ourselves to meet it:

  • We push hard to meet deadlines.
  • We push back on unrealistic deadlines.

Perhaps these values are in tension:

  • We continually and actively improve our development processes.
  • We do not complain.

Since complaining can lead to improvements? Although, one may define a “complaint” as unhelpful criticism, in which case they are not.

Perhaps these are in tension:

  • We help each other learn new things.
  • We avoid micromanagement.

I guess they only really are if the “help” is forced on the other person.

Exercise 4

What are our company holidays?

See the list in the handbook

Exercise 5

Play around with 1Password for a bit, install the browser plugin, and learn its keyboard shortcuts.

Exercise 6

Create a free Grammarly account (if you don’t have one) and save the login information in 1password. Copy-paste something you have written recently to see how well you do.

Exercise 7

Update your email signature so that it uses the format specified in the handbook.

Exercise 8

Review your Slack notification preferences, and update them as appropriate.

Exercise 9

Login to Gusto, and add the company calendar to your preferred calendar application.

Exercise 10

Review the labor law posters for your state.

Exercise 11

What is the purpose of our standup messages?

To inform other developers on your project what you are doing and plan on doing. This can help avoid merge conflicts, encourage opportunities for useful discussions, and more.

To inform developers who are not on your project about what you are working on (they are likely interested in it and may even have useful comments or pointers).

To provide an easily searchable record of what have worked on for performance reviews and end-of-year reviews.

Exercise 12

Follow our reimbursement policy to have your internet bill reimbursed.