- We Make Work Matter
- Our Engineering Leadership
- Engineering Team Values
- Engineering Team Characteristics
- Engineering Velocity
- Organizational Design
- A Fully Remote, Global Team
- The Code We Want at CBH Engineering
- Ideal code:
- At CBH, our goal is to:
- Any new project, starting from zero, should have 3 stages:
- Our Tech Stack
- Opportunities In Our Engineering Team
- Stack Improvement Projects
- Selenide vs Selenium For Test Automation
- Functional Programming, Test Automation and MongoDB
- Assessing Flutter For Cross-Platform Development
- Team Member Profiles
- Creating Value Profile: Alexey Petuskov Senior Software Engineer
- Creating Value Profile: Charles Ahmadzadeh, Engineering Manager
- Creating Value Profile: Ron Carroll, Engineering Manager
We Make Work Matter
We never run out of opportunities for impact. Clipboard Health is growing fast, exploring new verticals, and constantly improving our core product. Our only real bottleneck is talent, and we make sure that none of their efforts are wasted.
That has led us to build a “toeless” culture where there are no feet to step on - people can ask for and get help whenever they need it. They can fix problems they see without red tape getting in the way of the job they know they can do.
Our Engineering Leadership
Our Engineering Team is led by Sonesh Surana. A Kuwait native, Sonesh holds a Ph.D. in computer science from UC Berkeley, is a previous startup founder, and grew Optimizely’s engineering team from 3 to 100+ members while rebuilding processes to keep up with the rapid changes of a scaling, growing company.
Engineering Team Values
We do the hard work of making well-reasoned decisions beyond self-interest and own the consequences despite the temptations of taking the easy way out or the difficulties of not having enough information.
As much as is practically possible, we consider multiple perspectives before making a judgment or decision.
In addition to providing context openly for our actions, we have the courage to respectfully discuss challenging situations. No topic is taboo when figuring out how to solve problems and move forward together.
We strive to create a safe space to listen deeply and to show empathy while coaching team members through difficult moments, asking that they in turn demonstrate an internal commitment to their own growth.
We follow through on what we say. If things change, we communicate that proactively along with a plan to handle the change. Our team is comfortable with failure and the resulting learnings and growth from it but does not tolerate a lack of effort or follow-through.
While leaning on fairness and kindness, we press for higher integrity, transparency, and reliability in ourselves and in our our team. In support of this, we communicate clearly, quickly, and decisively when we perceive that the team is falling short of these values.
Engineering Team Characteristics
Compared to other engineering teams, our team places a particular emphasis on maintaining a speed that can scale with a rapidly growing company. We approach this in the following ways:
To maintain our competitive advantage in growing markets, despite the challenges of doing so during rapid growth. We do this by scrutinizing code organization and typical PR sizes. We pay attention to “time to first code” reviews and assess our ability to use feature flags for controlled experimentation and rollouts. We design loosely coupled systems with lessened inter-team coordination requirements, leverage automated tools to manage key development processes and make well-considered buy-vs-build decisions in non-core-business areas.
Our organizational design is centered around building self-managed, self-sufficient teams that can and do operate autonomously. We constantly reassess our team structure, team execution, and team self-organization to improve workflows and reduce dependencies between teams.
We balance and re-balance individual goals, team goals, role definitions/responsibilities, and key metrics to create an environment that purposefully avoids “organizational debt accrual” while also making sure to maintain team cohesion, camaraderie, and focus.
A Fully Remote, Global Team
We’ve been fully remote since the founding of the company. Every tool we use and every part of how we work is optimized for remote work - to make people more productive and to facilitate communication between team members, no matter where they are.
This lets us cast a wide net for talent. Clipboard Health is a global team comprised of the best, most talented people the world has to offer. For a team member working here, that means working on teams built based on talent, initiative, and a drive to take advantage of a high-impact, high-opportunity environment.
Today our team is 80+ members signing in from all over the world - from the US, Africa, India, Canada and Latin America.
The Code We Want at CBH Engineering
- Does what it should (functional)
- Follows a consistent style (readable)
- Is easy to understand (modular)
- Has been well-documented (self-descriptive)
- Can be tested (testable)
At CBH, our goal is to:
- Find the shortest path to value
- Communicate our work and progress to stakeholders regularly
- Ship working code frequently
Any new project, starting from zero, should have 3 stages:
- Proof of Concept (PoC) - Make a minimum viable snippet, module or package that is stable and shows that the objective is achievable with the tools you chose
- Elaborate - Expand the PoC to be more flexible (configurable), powerful (additional tools) or more efficient (infrastructure and optimization) per the needs of the end-user
- Refactor as needed (rinse and repeat)
- At each of the 3 stages, there should almost always be a stable branch that can be used by stakeholders while we develop the next stage
Our Tech Stack
Cypress.io for frontend e2e testing
Jest unit testing
Redis for caching
Elasticsearch usage is planned for frontend DB queries, log storage
Kafka usage is planned for real-time queues/topics
AWS Lambda functions will also be used
Built in-house for now. Simple user-level scope/role/task-based permissions
Prisma.io for ORM, schema versioning and migrations
Selenium 4 (for Browser automation)
Appium (for Mobile automation)
RestAssured (for Rest API automation)
Java (as the common language of choice for all above automation frameworks)
GitHub Actions (for Continuous Integration)
Docker (for test framework dockerization)
DataDog (for Test run monitoring)
Opportunities In Our Engineering Team
Our engineering managers are the best IC engineers on the team even if coding isn’t part of their day-to-day. They lead one or more teams at seed-stage speed, making architectural decisions, mentoring, and driving their team to create robust and reliable software.
Typically requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 6 years and a Master’s degree; or a Ph.D. with 3 years experience; or equivalent experience.
Extra credit if your stack includes: Next.js (Express.js/React), Tailwind UI, Flutter, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Docker
We exist to lift as many people up the socioeconomic ladder as possible. We dramatically improve lives, by letting healthcare professionals turn extra time and ambition into career growth and financial opportunity. We achieve this with our app-based marketplace that connects healthcare facilities and healthcare professionals, allowing healthcare professionals to book on-demand shifts and healthcare facilities to access on-demand talent.
Stack Improvement Projects
Our speed requires that we constantly reassess the tools we need to maintain efficiency and flexibility. To give you a better idea of how we make those decisions and the kind of thinking that goes into the process, read on below sampling of articles explaining how and why we made the decisions to go with a few of those tools.
We don’t write up articles for outside consumption for every choice we make, but every tool we use has at least this level of consideration behind it.
Selenide vs Selenium For Test Automation
Why we chose Selenide over Selenium for our Test Automation Needs
Introduction: Clipboard Health is in a rapid growth phase and as a result, we're rapidly iterating and releasing software with a huge number of changes (a recent release included over 30 separate user stories in a 1-week sprint model.)
Functional Programming, Test Automation and MongoDB
Writing clean code with Lambdas to interact with Mongo Database - Java
Introduction Functional Programming was introduced in Java 8 but was not yet tapped to its full potential. Since it may be difficult for someone who spent a lot of time in Object-Oriented Language to start to think in a functional style, I will try to give a small taste of what benefit it can give, especially in writing concise, scalable, maintainable, and clean code.
Assessing Flutter For Cross-Platform Development
Why We Chose Flutter For Cross-Platform App Dev
When the engineering team at Clipboard Health adopts a new tool, we can't afford to be afraid of failure. As a company undergoing rapid growth, we have to run major experiments and take big risks. We can tolerate a lot of potential downside if the upside is keeping up.
Team Member Profiles
Creating Value Profile: Alexey Petuskov Senior Software Engineer
Alexey talks about his enthusiasm for remote work, Web3, and engineering from an early age.
Profile: Alexey Petushkov, Senior Software Engineer
My name is Alexey. I'm from Rustov-on-Don, which is a city in the south of Russia. I am the father of two daughters, who are 4 and 10 years old. I'm a bit of a computer geek. I started programming in the 7th grade, even doing some sysadmin for the school LAN (local area network).
Profile: Charles Ahmadzadeh, Engineering Manager
The following phone interview was edited before publication. Clipboard Health will be publishing a regular series of interviews to highlight our incredible team, share what we're accomplishing and to give a window into our unique work culture. Enjoy! I want to see opportunities at CBH Tell me about your skillset - what do you do now?
Creating Value Profile: Charles Ahmadzadeh, Engineering Manager
Charles talks about working from Germany, his experiences with an always-fast working environment, and his love of very spicy food.
Creating Value Profile: Ron Carroll, Engineering Manager
Ron shares his views on the de-risked opportunity at CBH, giving power back to users, and balancing work and life
Why Clipboard Health Exists: We exist to lift as many people up the socioeconomic ladder as possible. We dramatically improve lives by letting healthcare professionals turn extra time and ambition into career growth and financial opportunity. We achieve this with our app-based marketplace that connects healthcare facilities and healthcare professionals, allowing healthcare professionals to book on-demand shifts and healthcare facilities to access on-demand talent.