Relationship Building at Andela Bootcamp

The journey to becoming an Andela software developer requires you to understand one of their core values-collaboration. Andela has made it in such a way that Bootcampers are split into teams and can from there work together to produce quality software.

Even the Lone Ranger didn’t do it alone. — Harvey MacKay

One thing I have come to understand is that we don’t meet people by accident, they are meant to cross our paths. On the first day of Bootcamp, I realized that I didn’t know that many people apart from the people I had interacted with via the slack channel for cohort 13. Let’s face it profile pictures can really do much 😅. My team-which we refer to as Flash is made up of 7 people and led by an Learning Facilitator Assistant (LFA), Peter Walugembe. From what I can conclude so far is that we need each other. Working together brings out the best in personalities. Not only that, teamwork is connected independence. You see great minds at work because alone we can do so little, and together we can do so much. Another important thing to note is that knowledge is equally shared when you work in a team.

One of the most interesting things I have noticed about Peter, my LFA is that he is time conscious. I like working with people who treat time as glass. He always wants work submitted on time-earlier even. Peter has been available on our slack channel whenever needed. For the last few days, I was trying to make my test coverage work and I couldn’t figure it out after trying so many builds. But he came through for me, and I had it working in no time. I am grateful for his generosity and willingness to share his knowledge and views.

Frank Atukunda a member on my team, is always willing to try and learn a new concept. He has come through a couple of times to offer his help. He is funny too and very approachable. Outside of work, Frank is outdoorsy and you will catch him hanging out with friends or watching soccer.

Armstrong Muhwezi is very passionate about his work. He loves what he does and is always looking up more resources. One thing, I like about him is that he shares his knowledge. He is always online to offer help in one way or another. Armstrong loves listening to podcasts and doing DJ stuff.

Lastly but to mention a few, is Ampaire Phemia who happens to be the other lady on the team. I feel empowered whenever I meet fellow women in technology. She is a teacher of Physics and Math with a limited background in computing which is an interesting fact. I am very proud of her making the brave decision to join the technology field. In the little time, I have known her, I can conclude that she is willing to learn and she takes corrections and suggestions well in addition to being welcoming. Phemia loves eating. If you want to put a smile on her face give her a plate of food.

Words can only say so little, Andela is a welcoming place. It teaches you so much and everyone you meet there is going to impact your life in one way or another. Your only job is to take the lessons learned and put them to good use.