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

To learn as much as possible from these exercises, write your responses before revealing the provided answers. If any exercises seem irrelevant, you can skip them and instead write a justification as to why they are unimportant. These justifications will help us improve the lesson for future students.

Exercise 1

Commit our mission to your memory. You can look it up, but because it guides everything we do, it’s worth having in your head for quick recall. To test yourself, write it down as accurately as possible.

Answer

Our mission is to accelerate progress in the medical device industry by

  • providing quality services to our clients
  • sharing knowledge
  • creating tools
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?

Answer

We share our knowledge, in part, via articles we write. Primarily, we focus on sharing with others in the medical imaging field, so that we can help accelerate progress in the industry and ultimately improve patient health. For example, by providing information about the DICOM standard, regulatory compliance issues, etc., we indirectly contribute to the success of other companies. In addition to writing articles specifically related to medical imaging, we also like to share our expertise in other topics, like project and team management. For example, during the COVID-19 outbreak, when many people were forced to work from home, we published an article series about our tips and tricks for distributed work to help people transition to effective distributed working environments. You can read about our article writing process here.

Additionally, our open source libraries and tools are free to be used by others. In particular, our DICOM standard browser is used by thousands of people around the world every month.

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

We hope that our mission-driven approach, high degree of team member autonomy, and our focus on education allows us to provide meaningful careers for our team.

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

We provide financially rewarding careers 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 you contribute more to Innolitics’ mission, 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

Download 1Password, install the browser plugin or desktop client, test it out, and learn its keyboard shortcuts. What is the keyboard shortcut for filling in login information? What is the purpose of a vault?

Hint
Answer

For the desktop client, on MacOS, Command-Backslash fills login information into the current page. On Linux and Windows it is Ctrl-Backslash.

For the browser extension, Shift-Command-X (Shift-Ctrl-X on Linux and Windows) in Chrome, Edge, or Brave will bring up the entry selection popup, and from there you can press Enter to auto-fill the selected entry. For Firefox, the same applies, but use Command + . (period) to bring up the selection popup (Ctrl + . on Linux or Windows).

Vault members have access to all of the passwords in it. Thus, vaults provide a way to set the password permissions for groups of people. If you need more granular password permissions, you may need to create a new vault.

Exercise 4

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.

Answer

Here is a screenshot of Grammarly (March 2020), after pasting in the content of the lessons overview page:

Screenshot of Grammarly including some helpful tips

Exercise 5

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

Exercise 6

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

Exercise 7

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

For detailed instructions, refer to this Help Center article. If you have just joined the company, you might not have access to the section of Gusto described in the instructions, until an administrator grants you permission.

Exercise 8

If someone says “meet at 3 PM” in Slack, what timezone are they referring to?

Answer

By convention, we assume all times are in the central timezone. But its best to confirm. Also, when you say times, its safest to include the time zone. Speaking of time and timezones, this short article is awesome!

Exercise 9

Review the labor law posters for your state.

Exercise 10

What is the purpose of our standup messages?

Answer

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 11

Follow our reimbursement policy to have your internet bill reimbursed.

Exercise 12

Review the health insurance plans we offer. Note that if you waive your health insurance option you should receive a health-care reimbursement in your paycheck.

Exercise 13

If you are planning on moving to another state, what do you need to do?

Answer

Tell a partner, at least two months in advance! This is critically important. See the handbook for more details.

Exercise 14

If you have a LinkedIn account, add Innolitics as your company.

Exercise 15

Log in to Gusto, navigate to the “Personal details” page, then fill in all of the fields in the “Additional Information” section.

Continuous Lesson Improvement

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