One year of London: eXtended edition

No, I didn’t die, I was just too busy to change more or less…everything in my life.
Long story short: I had to stay one year in London, but when the end of the year came I realized that maybe one year wasn’t enough for a lot of different reasons.

So I changed plan.
And job.
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Playing with software architecture in a Space Opera

In 2030 a massive project were kicked-off in order to colonize new planets.
The name of the project was International Space Program.

A lot of planets had been probed looking for the best candidate of the first mankind settlement in the space.
At the end Mars won and a bunch of settlers were chosen to colonize it.

The main reason for the colonization of space was the research and the harvesting of an important resource missing on Earth: “Whatsoever” (on periodic element table: WH)

What you could achieve using the “Whatsoever” was limitless, so a lot of Companies invested on the International Space Program.

The settlers were sent on Mars in 2032 and an interspace link granted the quick send of designs, prototypes useful to build objects on Mars.

The name of this link was: New Universal Gate for Extraterrestrial Transport or N.U.G.E.T for short.
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TDD workshop

sherlockFew months ago in the office we started a discussion about testing.
The original topic was “how to implement a continuous integration/continuous delivery workflow”, so “how to test” became immediately a requirement and a parallel important topic.

My suggestion was to start coding in TDD of course, but like every office we had a lot of legacy code to deal with.
In order not to be stuck by that, we decided temporarily to focus on new (or almost new) projects and apply it to them.

So the point became to find a way to have all the developers, regardless on the seniority and the project, on the same page about the topic.

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Clarifying the expectations.

sherlockAlong this year in London I’m learning how the projects are managed here, how teams are formed and dismissed, how to deal with the day-to-day activities, how to create roadmaps for projects…and a lot of other things.

Needless to say that the environment in the London office is more fluid and working with Projects is very very different from working with the Products.

I’m attending a few business classes focused on Communication and Management, nothing specifically Agile related, but very focused on the Business and the Company.

An important concept that I Iearned in these months and I’m using to re-analyze how I did before is “be sure to set and clarify the expectations”.

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The padding’s attitude

Let me set the scene

…at the end the Great day came, you would have had to go live in a couple of hours and the tension and the excitement were tangible. Then…something went wrong. Badly. What happened after it is not so easy to recall, the servers stopped to work and some people started to shout orders, other people started to type on the keyboard frantically or talk at the phone, someone was reporting about an accident in the server’s room, something maybe went on fire.
You were in the room, paralyzed, with the corner of your eye you were sure that someone was climbing over the window and someone else was ready to set himself on fire in the middle of the room before the End.
And suddenly…«GUYS!».
Everyone stopped.
A terrible silence came upon the room and everyone in the room looked at that Guy.
The Guy slowly bent over one desk and pointing at the screen said
«It’s me…or there is missing a bit of padding in that label?»

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A London-Turin retrospective

sherlock Prologue (suggested theme music for this post here)

At the end of June I moved to begin a secondment for one year in our London office. One of the purpose of the secondment is to help to implement a software developed by my team in Turin.

So I temporarily dropped my Scrum Master role and I became Tech Leader of a new project in UK that had to use the new software: we went live at the end of July, but a lot of things happened even if the launch has been a success.

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