Why Agile Development is Taking Off in Ghana

Why Agile Development is Taking Off in Ghana

Over the past decade, software developers over the world have adopted a new project management framework known popularly as Agile Development. This framework ostensibly seeks to put the customers first to develop and deploy software that most directly meets customer needs. Simply put, it proposes breaking down the software development process into incremental stages that continuously create increasingly complex versions of software. This entire process is meant to be responsive to changing customer demands. Agile Development has really picked up steam both amongst major software developers and tech start-ups over the years as they look to achieve more with smaller development teams.  In Ghana as well we are seeing a rise in the teaching of agile methods in tech education as well as its use by local developer teams in organizations. So what exactly is ‘Agile’?
Continue reading

Advertisements

Forget the Government, What Can WE Do to Help Local Entrepreneurs?

ImageIn Ghana we’ve discussed, researched, and held numerous workshops on the challenges in starting a small business in this country, tech-oriented or otherwise. We’ve known for years that the biggest challenge has been the difficulty in accessing affordable credit. However, despite the ‘best’ efforts of our central bank, credit rates remain high and distinctly unaffordable for most entrepreneurs. So the government’s plan so far isn’t working, that’s obvious. But can the private sector do anything themselves about this?

Continue reading

Can Ghana Create Its Own Silicon Valley?

The Way to Build Our Own Silicon Valley?Minister of Communications, Haruna Iddrisu, recently revealed government plans to build a technology park to encourage high-tech entrepreneurial growth in Tema. This park is set to model successful examples such as Egypt’s Smart VillageSouth Africa’s Innovation Hub and the best known example, Silicon Valley of the United States. Laudable, and feasible, as this project may appear at first glance, strong doubts can and must be raised as to whether the government plan has the necessary factors to become as big a success as Silicon Valley.

Continue reading

Could Steve Jobs Have Grown and Succeeded in Ghana?

Steve JobsThe world these past few days has been mourning the loss of a great inventor and leader, Steve Jobs. Judging from Facebook status updates, many here in Ghana mourned him just as much as others in the world, and why not?  Jobs’ inventions: the iPod, iPhone, iPad and Apple computers are just as well regarded and popular in Ghana as elsewhere in the world.

Continue reading

Has Communication Technology Transformed Your Business?

CommunicationGeorge Bernard Shaw wrote “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” In Ghana today, Shaw’s statement continues to hold true for many of our organizations, whether private or public, for profit or otherwise. As the world has changed and communication technology has transformed how we speak to each other, it is a sad fact that many organizations in Ghana have failed to take advantage of the new communication tools available to them.

Continue reading