Are you looking for a group of young programmers that already have a client-first mindset and are able to work on challenging projects? If the answer is yes, read the article and find out more about OakForge!
OakForge – a dedicated program for your company’s development
A lot of enthusiastic and smart students struggle to get their first job in the IT sector. Your company probably had to leave a fresh graduate candidate with “thank you for your application. I’m sorry to inform you that you don’t have enough experience and we won’t proceed with your application.”
On one hand, you lost an opportunity to hire a promising, smart person. On the other hand, you know that you need at least a middle level developer to join forces in a demanding commercial project.
The problem is that young and proactive developers don’t have commercial experience because no one let them work… in commercial projects. And sometimes, the pace in such projects is so fast that seniors don’t have time to train young talents.
And the vicious cycle continues.
At Oakfusion, we created an internal Talents Forge. The goal of the program was to prepare students so they become a qualified team of young developers. People who are able to jump into a commercial project and bring value to the client.
Now, we opened our program to every company that needs junior staff. We invented OakForge – a Talents Forge where we lead young and proactive programmers so you get the right people for your commercial project.
If you have ever needed a software development team who already have practical experience, keep on reading. From this article you’ll learn:
- what OakForge is,
- how you might benefit from it,
- what the rules are.
What is an Oakforge and how does it work?
Oakforge is a program dedicated to companies that want to save their experienced staff’s time and effort in training your employees.
What’s unique about the course? It does answer IT industry standards. If you’re looking for training young developers in such a way that after a few months they will be ready to support you during a real project, there you go.
If you think it’s another programming course where young learners learn everything on the surface but nothing in particular, we assure you that it’s not like this.
Our approach is tested on ourselves. We know that to prepare young people for working for commercial projects, they need hands-on challenges, knowledge and examples from a real IT project environment.
Oakfusion’s Talents Forge (a business to business model) will get you people that learned on the example of an environment that resembles real IT projects. It means we teach young students practical things. They face the same problems and similar project stages as in reality.
We teach young programmers how to:
- develop soft skills and use them to the benefit of the project
- work independently,
- collaborate with the team,
- work with programming tools (CI, CD, GIT, JIRA, IDE, etc.),
- work in Agile/Scrum,
- organize programmatic work,
- do code reviews.
Another aspect that differentiates our OakForge from impractical courses is that we verify people’s skills and style of collaboration. If a certain person immediately gets the vibe of the organization and its principles, it is the person who will deliver great results.
Sounds good? Find out below some details on how we work and how you can benefit from the program.
Talents Forge – who can benefit and what are the key principles?
You can benefit from Oakfusion’s program. We introduce the program to you so you can get trained beginners that know how to work independently.
Below, read about the five key rules of our OakForge
- We embrace the Agile Methodology and a lean mindset
We don’t believe in Waterfall as much as we believe in Scrum and Kanban. In our courses, young programmers get immediate feedback and can rapidly adjust to changing demands. We use daily meetings. During the meetings, they have a chance to talk about what they’ve done and what they’re going to do on a given day.
- We teach how to choose the right system architecture
We embrace message driven architecture (MDA). MDA means that an architecture consists of autonomous pieces that communicate with each other via messages. The approach is popular in a distributed application – every component has to communicate with each other, despite sitting in a different server. The approach might also be implemented for non-distributed applications. Also, MDA guarantees a good level of testability.
- We drill testing into young minds and employ test driven development (TDD)
We went through situations where a project suffered because the proper test coverage was missing. Providing that, we encourage young people to employ a better approach – test-driven development (TDD).
TDD is a process of writing and running automated tests before the functionality development. This approach brings you the benefits – you avoid code duplication and get proper test coverage. However, there are situations where pure TDD is not applicable and not even desirable. In such cases, we recommend our students take a more laid-back approach.
- We believe in microservices and work according to the newest technology trends
Microservices have been trending since 2014. Microservices are valuable and thus we teach young people how to build a complete, complex system. Microservices have better scalability than monolith. Also, in microservices it is easier to deploy one component rather than the whole monolith system. What’s good is that each microservice contains components built with different technologies. And we push young talents to specialize in one or two fields. Finally, such an architecture is perfect for a first deep dive into something interesting.
- We show that automation is the key to becoming successful
The IT world doesn’t exist with well-planned and automated workflows. In reality, every repetitive process is automatized. Whether it’s environment configuration, automate testing or CI/CD deployment, we automate it.
In OakForge the teams consist of 4 to 8 people. Each team has its mentor – a lead developer or a solution architect. Mentors keep an eye on young talents and points at fields that need more development.
Wrapping up, Oakforge is:
- The perfect alternative for IT teams outsourcing
- A great way to source young talents
- An effective way to train young talents
- An easy way to measure young people’s qualifications
- A great way to match a person with the organization’s culture.
Do you want to learn more about OakFusion’s Talents Forge?
If you need a young tech team that understands the obstacles and challenges of a commercial project, contact us. We’ll answer your questions and explain the program in detail.