Flock of Birds is an initiative from a team of people experienced in the field of development and business who have bundled their knowledge, resources and expertise to combine business trade and development and invest in Africa’s young generation. The same carries out a training every year during the summer period (June- August) to equip the young generation with skills and knowledge. For this year’s training which started on 6th June, 2016, Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) is delighted to be the host for the program. Agile Development, an umbrella term for several iterative and incremental software development methodologies, is the core for the summer traineeship program, however the other factors that are its complementary have also been discussed during the program. The most popular methodologies include: Extreme Programming (XP), Scrum, Crystal, Dynamic Systems Development (DSDM), Lean Development and Feature-Driven Development (FDD). All these agile methods are unique in regards to the approach, however they all share a common vision and core values. They all focus on empowering people to collaborate and make decisions together quickly and effectively. In line with the program, the trainees have implemented Scrum Methodology through the Mendix Application Platform.
Mr Eugene Miheso Swinnerstone, the facilitator of the program discussed with us the main aim of the program being an incentive to produce all round individuals who can talk with clients, get involved in the development process and offer consultation services as well. Further he discussed that the program has been centred on mainly five areas of training: technical skills development, communication skills, client engagement, entrepreneurial skills and team work.
The program is expected to end on 11th August, 2016 with a grand challenge; different rewards will be granted then: a tablet and a phone for each individual on the winning team and the runner’s up team respectively, a certificate to each trainee and employment opportunities for two trainees.