Who are you?
It’s me… Giovanni… you know…
OK, seriously. I am italian, a husband and a father (or vice versa), an agile coach, a beekeeper, a biker.
Generally speaking, I am an enthusiast of what I do.
What do you do for a living?
I am an agile coach, whatever it means. I make my living helping teams and organisations to adopt agile methodologies, or more generally to be more productive.
Even though I have worked as a programmer for many years, now my focus is on methodologies that improve production processes (Scrum, Kanban, Agile for C-level) and on soft skills that help people to gain a better teamwork attitude.
What do you want to talk about at Lean Kanban France ?
Starting from the ideas in the book Antifragile by Nicholas Taleb, last year I devised a talk that I then presented at several Italian conferences.
Being “antifragile » is an important feature to build organisations that not only can resist external shocks, but also can thrive in a stressful situation. Only a system that can even improve in uncertainty can be defined as antifragile. Being antifragile is a key concept in Agility.
Based on this experience, I have developed a workshop to convey the Antifragile concepts by using serious gaming techniques: the participants will take part in an exciting challenge, trying to create the Best Antifragile Organisation in the IT world.
What will make you say ‘waouh’ at the end of the conference?
I would like to go to sleep and say: « Wow, it has been a very tiring day, but what an exciting one! I have met some really interesting people. I have seen a lot of new things. I have found a lot of bracing ideas to work on, when I get back home”.
What will make you think that attendees have learnt a lot during your session?
I wish everyone gets involved in my workshop in a collaborative way, bringing new content and ideas.
I will know that people have learnt new things if everyone adds something, in addition to passively following the rules of the game. And I will be sure that it has been a useful session for participants if I learn something new from my workshop
What is your favorite word?
What is the word you hate?
BDBDA: “Before Doing, Better Discuss Again”
What is the sound, the noise that you love?
I don’t have a definitive answer… Maybe a special one is the “bzzzzzzz” of my bees when I am working in the bee yard; it calms me and creates a relaxed/focused approach to my work… and to my life. Bees feel if you are nervous or if you are working absent-minded: under these circumstances, they attack you.
What is your favorite oath, swear word or blasphemy?
I do not say blasphemies at all. But I was born and raised in Florence, a city where irony is almost a “cult” and where you can use the same word to make compliments or to insult: it all depends on the context. You can actually use really bad words to show good feelings to your dear ones. It can sound strange, but that’s how it is
Who is the man or woman to illustrate a new banknote?
I don’t know… What if we put a perfect stranger on the paper? A randomly rolling, monthly change
What is the job that you would not have liked to do?
Any repetitive one.
What is the plant, tree or animal in which you would like to be reincarnated?
An animal, something like an agile coach
If God exists, what would you like, after your death, hear him to say?
Well, I told you my favourite word is “co-creation”, but expecting to hear it from God would sound a bit arrogant…
What is the question you’d like me to ask you ?
This one… (#recursive-interview)