phpDay, jsDay and Kerning 2014 three awesome recaps

This year we had, with the GrUSP, the budget to create recap videos for phpDay, jsDay and Kerning.

The three of them were amazing conferences and I’m very satisfied of the job we’ve done, I hope these videos express all our efforts.

Take a look at the videos.

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Free hugs

Time by time in ideato, like in other IT and not-IT companies, someone needs a hug.

We have to manage on daily basis complex tasks, sometimes also quite frustrating, to talk with customers with lot of confuses ideas and deal with the bleeding edge technologies with no documentation.

Since we chose to adopt a remote office approach, do a proper hug is quite difficult. That’s why we created a proper channel (#abbracciatone, aka big hugs) on slack.

We also are lazy and looking every time for a hug image on google is a pain. To clear this pain I wrote a very little script for slack using a web service (this the Json endpoint url) created with kimono lab and the slack API to send a random hug image on the channel triggered by the command /hugs.

If you want to create your own hugs-bot this is the code you can start from:

A new year, a new conference

Every year I try to raise my daily job participating to the organisation (and/or creation) of new conferences.

Last year I dedicated a lot of my time to BetterSoftware and Kerning (do you know that the 2014 edition of Kerning will be awesome?) and this year I’ll try to bring some not-so-typical topics in a not-so-typical venue.

The conference is named Blank Disrupt, it is organised by a non profit association called Blank (where I’m involved as a member with ideato) and it will be held in Catania, Sicily .

This is no time for searching incremental innovation. The challenges Mankind is facing do not leave any more time. We need disruptive changes. In order to heed new opportunities, putting new tools in action, we are in the need for gamechangers. We have to produce new systems, with new rules.

All this is already happening. And it is what we’re all about.

– Blank Disrupt intro

Blank Disrupt will be held on March 28th (workshops day) and 29th (conference day), in the beautiful town of Catania and the conference stage will be at Benedictine Monastery of “San Nicolò”. As for Kerning we choose to use a gorgeous location, like the Monastery instead a plain hotel/conference center. It is a unique place that tells about the human and historic events of the city on the slope at the foot of Etna, from the ancient times until today.

9 great speakers, relevant innovators in industry will cover all the topics related to innovation from disruptive organisations to methodologies boosting innovation, disruptive technologies and game-changers for business models.

I hope you’ll join me in this (new) adventure :)

The Big Crunch spec document

We are all quite familiar with the Big Bang theory, not the TV serie but the astrophysical thing, from a single instant we have a big explosion and life, universe and everything were created [ok, it’s a little more complex, but who cares?].

Lets try to use the big bang metaphor for our normal (web)work. We start with a single idea and then we have to expand it exponentially adding customer validation, ux design, frontend and backend development, community management and everything is needed to fulfil the scope of the idea.

The Big Crunch is just the opposite. We start with a complex and expanded system and then, little by little, it will be condensed in a single, unique and clear point.

Time by time some customers send me a “Big Crunch Spec Document“.

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Rebooting BetterSoftware

Come qualcuno di voi saprà da quest’anno ho messo le mie mani (anche) su BetterSoftware. Conferenze fino allo scorso anno gestita da Develer ed ora in mano ad un manipolo di soggetti con l’idea di rilanciarla in una nuova veste.

In realtà, il “nuovo” BetterSoftware è un ritorno alle origini. Quindi piuttosto che andare a parlare di come “spaccare il bit” cercheremo di portare interventi utili ed a corredo del mondo del software. Non solo sul project management, ma anche su come si fa impresa (tech), come la si mantiene, come si fa evolvere un progetto, etc. Se hai idee interessanti il CfP è ancora aperto.

Dedicheremo quindi l’evento ad un range di partecipanti che spazino dal CTO, o Lead Developer, fino allo startupper o imprenditore scafato per spiegare loro che il brief con 2 fogli powerpoint spesso non è il miglior modo di approcciare un progetto, che chiedere ad un account (preso in stage) senza nessuna esperienza di gestire un team di lavoro distribuito (e magari in outsourcing) non è la scelta migliore, e che sviluppare e mantenere codice senza i giusti strumenti, metodologici (agile, lean startup, xp) o tecnologici (continuos integration server, scm, etc) rappresenta un salto nel vuoto.

Quindi cari sviluppatori che vi lamentate che il vostro management è illuminato come una candela perché non lo convincete a farsi un po’ di cultura? ;)

GTF – Mentoring time

I love teaching, I love to share my (little and far to be perfect) knowledge to someone else and see how he/she can re-elaborate and evolve it. Every year, in this period, I have a class on entrepreneurship to a bunch of high school students and every year I’m amazed on how young minds can approach problems.

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