Emanuele Rapisarda

nominato in Who is Agile in Italy da:

Stelio Verzera

What is something people usually don’t know about you but has influenced you in who you are?

Emanuele -“When I was seven years old I used to live in a small village surrounded by fields, and at that time a wood behind my house seemed endless. One day I discovered by chance that I could access it through the corn field at the end of the street, and so, in the throes of lust for adventure and the sense of discovery I called a couple of friends, my peers, in order to build a house in the woods. We robbed some tools from our parents and secretly we began to build that house. I spent there whole days building or simply joking with them. We had our own place. It was our home.

Today I have no idea what happened to that house because I left the village a few years later, but I’m sure that adventure has thrown the first seed of a strong personality trait in me: the tendency to literally give shape to my ideas, have confidence in myself without the fear of entering in mysterious woods in search of something of mine.”

If you would not have been in your current industry / role, what would have become of you?

Emanuele -“I can not see my life as a photograph, which is why I do not know even what I do now without putting it in a dynamic vision, like seeing a movie that you can’t understand from a single frame. This means that for me is very difficult to say what-I-would-have-become-if, because whatever it might be, it would still be constantly changed over time. And we’re about to enter in a space-time trip! So, let’s stop here!”

What is your biggest challenge and why is it a good thing for you?

Emanuele -“My biggest challenge is to be today better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today. Then, as a result, I try to make the world today better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today. Why is it a good thing for me? Let me say it tomorrow, when I’ll know the consequences of words and actions of the “me” of today :)”

What drives you?

Emanuele -“Definitely doing things always different, knowing that every morning I open my eyes and there are endless possibilities in front of me.”

What is your biggest achievement?

Emanuele -“My biggest achievement has been to do what I wanted in my life. Always. In a generation like mine, where hope for the future is something quite rare, to have the determination to always believe in myself and in my life is definitely a source of great joy.”

What is the latest book you have read?

Emanuele -“N.N. Taleb – Antifragile”

What question do you think we should also ask and what is the answer?

Emanuele -“What is the future of “Agile”?

The answer is: no future. I mean, the Agile has really done a lot and widely changed the traditional management putting the organisation of work in line with the complexity of the society. The point is that now there are clear fundamentalist tendencies that are making the Agile not agile. We must begin to question everything again.
And as I said above, if today we are better than yesterday, we must also strive to be tomorrow better than today.”

Who do you think we should ask next?

Emanuele -“Alessandra Cianchettini – because she is a highly professional person, able to see the Agile beyond the label and for its true value.

Claudia Pellicori – because she has a different focus than usual, tuned on personal and professional development, and thus can greatly enrich the discussion with her experience on the use of agile methodologies in these contexts.”