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Happy International Women’s Day. Now Go Hire.

On January 21st, I flew from Lagos, Nigeria, to Washington DC to pour into the streets with hundreds of thousands of women. It was exhilarating. I loved every second of it, every poster, every parent there with their children. I felt the strength in numbers that one can only feel out on the streets demonstrating […]

Jeremy Johnson Joins The Twenty Minute VC Podcast

In case you missed it, Jeremy sat down with Harry Stebbings during a very special episode of Founders Friday to discuss fundraising, the future of work, and more. We’ve included an outline of the episode below, but be sure to listen to the full podcast audio here!   In This Episode You Will Learn:   1.) […]

What an Engineer Looks Like

This past weekend, an Andela engineer from Nigeria named Celestine Omin made his first trip to the United States. He’s not what many in Silicon Valley think of when they imagine a stereotypical software engineer. Celestine — a tall, lanky 28-year-old Nigerian who just became a father — is a leading figure in the Lagos, […]

Demand mastery, reject hubris

I know many people who think that you have to be excellent at something to be successful. I know some people that are successful simply because they are excellent at talking about themselves. Unfortunately, being good at something doesn’t make you successful, and being successful doesn’t make you good at something (although it can often […]

How to Avoid Handover Nightmares

A handover is the process of migrating resources and responsibility of a project from one team to another. It is one of the critical stages of any software development cycle. The way this process is carried out affects the project outcomes and therefore should be well planned and executed.   Being software engineers, we spend […]

Android Learning Community (ALC 1.0) January 2017

In 2017, Andela and Google piloted the Android Learning Community  with a training  program meant to empower the community by training participants in Android.  Over 4,500 people applied within a 3-week period, and more than 2,500 completed an assessment of which 2,370  were selected to kick-off the program. The program combined Google’s community science, Andela’s […]

Andela Partners with UNICEF on Wearables for Good Challenge

Andela Developers thrive on creating innovative solutions that make the world a better place. So, it made perfect sense for Andela to partner with UNICEF on its Wearables for Good Challenge, which brings together developers, designers and problem-solvers from around the world to build wearable devices that address social issues in the emerging world.   […]

What a Year! A Look at the Past 12 Months

2016 was a year of milestones for us. We announced our Series B funding round led by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, added more than 50 new partners to the Andela family, and received more than 23,000 applications from aspiring Andela Developers.   It’s no surprise that Andela Developers continued to make an impact far beyond […]

Prologue: Designing for Human Transformation

The Future of Learning & Technology In June 2015 I said goodbye to life as I knew it and moved to Africa to build the future of learning and technology.   I was living in Trenton, the small, destitute capital of New Jersey. For two abundant and harrowing years, I designed education programs at an […]

Building the Future of Data at Enigma

Stanley Ndagi is an Andela Developer based in Nairobi, Kenya. He’s currently a Data Engineer with Enigma, a New York-based startup that provides data discovery and analytics tools to help organizations make better decisions.   “We are in the future,” says Enigma CEO and Co-founder Hicham Oudghiri. This “future” relies on the infinite volume of data […]

3 Critical Steps to Hiring the Best Developers

Andela’s Chief Information Officer, Lisbi Abraham, has spent the past 25 years as a leader in technology and operations, partnering with clients and bringing new products to market. He recently joined the team at recruiting software platform Lever for a webinar called “How to Win the Competition for Technical Talent.” In his talk, Lisbi shared […]

How to Master Your Next Design Sprint

At a startup, time is your enemy. When your goal is to hit targets and grow as fast as possible, you don’t have time to build the wrong product.   Enter the design sprint. Developed by GV, this five-day design framework gives teams an expedited way to validate ideas and address big challenges. We asked […]

Kent Beck’s Product Development Triathlon

“Pretty much everything I do, I see in Explore/Expand/Extract terms now,” says Kent Beck.   The creator of extreme programming and one of the original signatories of the Agile Manifesto, Kent coaches developers at Facebook and has been a programmer for more than four decades.   Yet earlier this year, he discovered a new approach […]

Sitting down with Kent Beck

Last week on Wednesday, I had the opportunity to sit down and have a conversation with Kent Beck for over an hour. Kent Beck is an American software developer, the creator of extreme programming, the author of books like Test Driven Development By Example, and is currently a Technical Coach at Facebook.   Our conversation […]

Andela Developer Wins Africa’s First VR Hackathon

“People who don’t believe in VR are people who haven’t experienced it,” says Andela developer Abdulmalik Abdulwahab. Abdulmalik’s team, LeVRn, won the Lagos Virtual Reality Hackathon on November 19. Organized by Imisi 3D, a virtual reality creation lab, the hackathon was the first of its kind on the African continent.   Abdulmalik became interested in […]

Andela developer wins Africa’s first VR Hackathon

“People who don’t believe in VR are people who haven’t experienced it,” says Andela developer Abdulmalik Abdulwahab. Abdulmalik’s team, LeVRn, won the Lagos Virtual Reality Hackathon on November 19. Organized by Imisi 3D, a virtual reality creation lab, the hackathon was the first of its kind on the African continent.   Abdulmalik became interested in VR while playing with […]

Who Will Power Africa’s Technology Revolution?

Africa is going to be the next economic powerhouse.   Africa’s momentum, combined with the current digital era, suggests that Africa could leapfrog all other continents by solving many of our problems with technology. But on our current path, this prosperous future is elusive. Right now, we just do not have the technical manpower to […]

Microservices Migration: Lessons Learned

Background “Microservices” is a buzzword that has been going around the tech space in recent times. We ultimately decided to migrate to a microservices architecture and want to share why we did it, how we did it, and what we learned along the way.   Like most web applications, Andela’s systems started out as a […]

Yieldmo’s Josh Wexler on scaling a product team

What’s the secret to scaling a successful product team? We asked Josh Wexler, former VP of Product and now Chief of Staff at Yieldmo, a GV-backed adtech startup, to share his thoughts. Below, learn how to build the high-performing team and structure needed to tackle an ambitious product roadmap – all while keeping an eye on […]

CTO Series: How to Build a Distributed Tech Team

The success of distributed teams is a topic close to our hearts at Andela. For this installation of our CTO webinar series, we sat down with Tray Lewin, Chief Technology Officer at Connect, to talk about what goes into building a successful distributed tech team. Tray has built and led distributed teams as CTO of […]

Hackathon Trials & Tribulations

Scott Carleton is Andela’s VP of Technology. On his fourth day at Andela, he joined a team of developers at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. Here’s what happened:   The team traveled a total of 25,000 miles for this. Two engineers flew from Nigeria, two other team members came from across the US. And me. The […]

Meet This Startup’s New Nigerian Head of Development

Meet Tyler Kessler, CEO and Co-Founder of Lumogram. Lumogram is a tech company providing small-scope, high-impact design services — starting with animated logos that help boost business’ brand impression on digital marketing channels. This is a repost of Tyler’s article in Medium about how he is building Lumogram’s distributed engineering team out of St. Louis, Missouri — starting with Tobi, a full-stack developer from Andela. […]

Explore your Theory of Learning

Modes of Learning Framework Introduction Recently, I was doing some research on learning(how people learn, how the brain works etc) when I discovered “Leaders of Learning” edX course created by Harvard X, the online learning platform of the Harvard University The e-learning course, designed and facilitated by Professor Richard Elmore from the Harvard Graduate School […]

How to Scale Your Engineering With Matrix Management

What is the secret to scaling your engineering team? Matrix management, according to John Pavley.   John leads Viacom’s global media and technology services software engineering, and manages development teams across NYC, London, Berlin, Milan, and Warsaw. In the latest installment of Andela’s CTO webinar series, John answers two questions that are top-of-mind for engineering […]

7 Tools You Need to Work with Remote Developers (and why we love them)

When working with Remote Developers, “distributed” does NOT have to mean “difficult.” Andela’s trainers are working with the best and brightest to build the next generation of tech leaders—a whole new breed of remote developers. In doing so, they constantly have the chance to test and review new remote collaboration and productivity technologies as they become available. They’ve […]

TouchStorm

When working with Remote Developers, “distributed” does NOT have to mean “difficult.” Andela’s trainers are working with the best and brightest to build the next generation of tech leaders—a whole new breed of remote developers. In doing so, they constantly have the chance to test and review new remote collaboration and productivity technologies as they become available. They’ve […]