Welcome! You are now a member of the CODE ohana.

“Ohana” is Hawaiian and means “extended family.” This perfectly describes how we view everyone who is part of our organization. We may live and work in different places. We may have different backgrounds. We may be using different technologies and work on different projects. We may even work in and for completely different parts of the business. At the end of the day, we are one big ohana. We get together on occasion. We interact with each other. We are there for each other. Whether you are reading this because you have just become a full-time employee, a part-timer, an intern, a contractor, a contributor, or any other kind of relationship with EPS, you are now – to paraphrase the Godfather – “part of the family.” Or, in more geeky terms, you have been assimilated. Congratulations, and welcome!

Like any other organization, we have our own unique approach, our own philosophy, and our quirks. Perhaps more so than others. Some of it may take some getting used to. In many ways, no matter how tight your official relationship with the company is, and no matter whether you are an employee or just a remote contributor, our structure provides an enormous amount of freedom and the ability to structure your own approach. That can be liberating, and it can be intimidating. It is both one of our greatest strengths as well as our greatest weakness. It can take some getting used to, especially if you are used to more rigid corporate structures. This book was created to make you feel as comfortable and as welcome as possible, and to allow you to ease into the place you choose for yourself.