GET EMAIL UPDATES FROM POWERTOFLY
By signing up you accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy
BROWSE CATEGORIES
GET EMAIL UPDATES FROM POWERTOFLY
Homecare Homebase

Homecare Homebase’s software engineers use a cutting-edge, collaborative process

They want you to join their team!

Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner Homecare Homebase. Go to Homecare Homebase's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

Homecare Homebase (HCHB) provides a powerful Software as a Service (SaaS) & Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution for home health and hospice agencies to run their practice. With the company's proprietary software at their fingertips, practitioners can focus on what's most important: patient care. While the tools simplify and streamline every administrative task for health workers, the coordination that makes that innovation possible is anything but simple.

HCHB has grown steadily over the last 17 years through careful coordination among many teams of software engineers. Within the last year, the company has implemented cutting-edge collaborative processes known as the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), to efficiently build their software products.


Off-site planning

The company hosts six off-site planning events annually where all agile teams present their progress, discuss issues, align on goals, and determine next steps and team dependencies. It's crucial that teams identify any potential problems beforehand because one team's innovations can affect the work of many others.

"Prior to the event, the product team gets together and comes up with what they want to achieve in the next release, everybody then comes to this event to map out the next eight weeks," says Cheri O'Neil, Director of the company's Program Management Office.


During the event, each team points out ways to improve, and identifies where they must collaborate to produce seamless upgrades without breaking the work of other teams through their next development sprints.

"This has provided a great benefit to getting commitment while there's also less churn — less starting and stopping of work," says Sam High, company Chief Technology Officer. "Once you commit on this event, you're locked and loaded for the next eight weeks. Our product works in a very integrated fashion, so it takes a lot of joint planning between our mobile products, our back office products and our ancillary products."

The teams

Each of HCHB's agile teams has a colorful name. Some are functional descriptors and others are poetic or humorous, like Smartinis, Thunderous Mammals, and Nerf Herders.

Derwin White, a software engineer who's been with Homecare Homebase for about two and a half years, explains the name of his team, Clinically Clouded Madness: "We're facilitating interoperability through the cloud for the first time. We weren't sure how we were going to do it, so that's where the madness comes in."

Prior to his move to Homecare Homebase, White worked on internal systems for insurance and security companies. "Here, which is very hard to find in Louisville, we get to actually work on the product." It's a challenge, he says. Any problem with the software is a problem with the product itself, not an inconvenience behind the scenes. That's why SAFe methodologies, which identify problems before they happen and keep the work of 20 distinct teams in sync, have been so beneficial.

After each team presents its work, members huddle to identify any dependencies within the next development stages. Each interoperable function where dependencies lie is illustrated by connecting teams' noted tasks and projects with pieces of yarn across a 10-foot-tall board.

Over the course of the next eight weeks, as goals are met and potential problems are averted through careful collaboration, the post-it notes and the yarn connecting them are removed from the board.

Like planning a marathon race

Of the SAFe methodology, O'Neil says it is like planning a marathon race with various groups working in cooperation. "You have your course plan and your date, so then you need to get a team on the blocking of the roads. One group manages the starting line, and one handles the finish line. Another team handles water breaks. In the end, the runners enjoy a carefully-engineered and seamless experience."

It's the same idea at Homecare Homebase. The coordination that results from the SAFe planning event directly impacts the technology. As White explains it, "The quality of our product has definitely improved. You can see the benefits of the [SAFe] process."

At the root of all this work is the knowledge that the HCHB platform drastically improves the quality of care practitioners can deliver. With less time devoted to tasks like logging therapy goals, billing, scheduling, routing, and CMS compliance, there is more time for face-to-face interaction between patients and healthcare workers. In 2018, HCHB will have brought their mission of empowering exceptional care to over 500,000 patients daily. Through ever-improving methodologies and innovation, that number of lives they touch can only grow.

popular

How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

READ MORE AND DISCUSS Show less

5 Things All Product Managers Should Do for Their Engineers (And Vice Versa)

Tips from SeatGeek's Anuja Chavan

When Anuja Chaven turns on a fan in her house in Jersey City, she can't help but think about how every piece of it works.

"There are an extensive amount of things that have to go perfectly at the same time," says the former engineer (and current product manager at live event ticketing platform SeatGeek).

It was that interest in understanding how things actually worked that drove Anuja to study engineering—first electrical, during her undergrad in India, and then computer science, during her master's program in the U.S.

READ MORE AND DISCUSS Show less
Pluralsight

The Secrets to Balancing Work and Family Life

3 Pieces of Advice from Working Moms at Pluralsight

Being fully committed to work and family is a challenge that many working parents have to take on. It can be exhausting and thankless pursuing a fulfilling full-time career, while taking an active role as a parent. Achieving a healthy balance can help keep you motivated and productive at work, while allowing you to be fully present when you're home.

We recently chatted with working moms at technology skills platform, Pluralsight, about their best advice for striking that elusive work-life balance. Here were their key points:

READ MORE AND DISCUSS Show less
Plex

How to Make the Most of Being on a Growing Team: 3 Tips from Plex’s Adriana Bosinceanu

When the startup Adriana Bosinceanu was working for got acquired, things changed fast.

She went from being one of eight engineers on a small team building a streaming service to joining a company that was five times larger and had a much bigger scope.

That company was Plex, where Adriana has been working remotely as a software engineer for the last four and a half years.

As her team grew from two people to ten, Adriana decided to lean into the opportunity to grow; along the way, she found herself deepening her technical skills, her self-confidence, and her relationships. We sat down with Adriana to learn exactly how she did that, and to hear the tips she has for other engineers experiencing growth opportunities on their team.

READ MORE AND DISCUSS Show less
popular

What These Companies Are Doing to Celebrate Juneteenth 2021

*Updated on June 17th, 2021 to reflect Juneteenth officially being named a Federal Holiday in the U.S.*

Juneteenth has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s, but in recent years (particularly in response to global protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans), there has been a surge in interest in the day that celebrates freedom.

Before it became an official federal holiday, many businesses shifted toward marking June 19th as an annual company holiday, creating different initiatives around the holiday and offering employees opportunities to learn, reflect, and take action toward racial equality.

READ MORE AND DISCUSS Show less
© Rebelmouse 2020