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Giordano Scalzo

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Francesco Dominidiato

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

Giordano -“I decided to be a Software Developer when, in the mid 80s, I read an interview to David Crane, founder of Activision and a face behind the Atari VCS games.
Since University I started to be a programmer, enjoying the job.
However, in Italy at that time, being a developer was considered a job for young people, so after few years, I was “convinced” to move to the management side of the job.
When I was promoted to this role, after a while the company, as per policy, sent me to attend a “Management Course”.
In this course, which I attended because I must to, I learned a lot of useful stuff, like negotiation, public speaking, sales techniques, etc. but the most import outcome was the choice of a professional goal.
As final assessment of the course, each of the attendee must find a personal goal in 5 years, and define an plan to reach it.
It was the first time I really challenged myself and my career, to eventually understand the I was following the dreams of someone else; I decided that my goal was to be the best developer I could, and be able to support my family just with my passion.
It’s been a long journey, and an emotional rollercoaster, but I’m proud to have reached my professional goal.”

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

Giordano -“Difficult to say, because I haven’t nurtured my other skills too much.
Leaving aside, for technical reasons, my first choice, which was being a pilot of the japanese giant robots, I’d have been probably an architect, or any other role related to drawing.
I was particularly good at drawing during the high schools, and I’ve even set up a business selling technical drawing for the homework of my classmates, and my teachers thought I’d have been a good architect (or business man :-))”

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

Giordano -“Being always on the cutting edge of the technology.
In our sector, if you stop learning, you are professionally dead: every day there are tons of new different technologies, languages, methodologies etc, and you must try to understand if they are good for your job or not.
It’s good, because I’m a quick learner and I truly love learning, and the more I learn, the more I can deliver.”

What drives you?

Giordano -“Developing a Software Application means to produce something for someone else, often not interested in the technology side of his “thing”: I really enjoy when I meet, or exceed, the expectations, when I see in my client’s eyes ”This is what I wanted!”.
It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s magic.”

What is your biggest achievement?

Giordano -“Being a programmer, after all these years.
Giving a future, and a present, to my family, doing something I’m really passionate about.”

What is the last book you have read?

Giordano -“Being a complete newbie regarding the finance, and living London, the capital of the Fintech, I’m trying to be introduced in this world, hence I’ve just read “Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets” by John J. Murphy.
Before this, I read “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline, because… well, it could have been my alternative story :-)”

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

Giordano -“”Being today much more easier to develop software compared to the 90s, aren’t you concerned to become obsolete, replaced by some youngster, or by an AI?”
Thanks for your question, really appreciated.
I was there in the 90s, and I don’t think that now is easier, indeed now is harder.
Once we had lower goals, and with had a lot of trivial tasks: I remember someone having the role in the team to just write the setters and the getters in Java classes.
Now we have much higher targets, in term of complexity, features, etc, and we don’t have these trivial tasks anymore.
Also, as Alan Kay said in his 1997 talk “The Computer Revolution Hasn’t Happened Yet”, our industry cannot build the equivalent of a cathedral in one year, giving the money isn’t a constraint, which we can be translate into “You cannot build Facebook in one year, even thought you put a lot of money into it”, and I know it by first hand.
Hence, there is still a lot to learn and discover, and I’m not concerned by the youngsters, or by the AI: someone must teach them, or program them ;-)”

Who do you think we should ask next?

Giordano -“Even though they probably don’t consider themselves as agile (maybe Post-Agile), and they aren’t in Italy anymore (they are part of the London Italian Geek Posse, like me), both of them influenced my choices in different periods of my life: I’d like to read interviews to Cristiano Rastelli and Uberto Barbini.”