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Donato Mangialardo

nominato in Who is Agile in Italy da:

Raffaello Torraco

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

Donato -“My grandmother in a small town near Bari used to send me to the “public oven” to get her homemade focaccia pugliese baked. Which then I would pick up. Those scents and aromas has left such indelible impression in my brain/taste buds system that I became later obsessed with bread-making. It’s such a deep, heterogeneous universe, which I still explore, wonder, learn and get passionate about. In one word, that’s beautiful complexity to me, for which there is no model (as in math model)”

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

Donato -“A researcher or a soccer player”

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

Donato -“Looking at complexity, identify patterns, dissect into workable units, remodel for valuable outcomes. This is what I have always been doing and I think I am good at — well at least in software product management/ownership. You cannot do that with focaccia :)”

What drives you?

Donato -“Learning”

What is your biggest achievement?

Donato -“Friends telling me and my wife that our daughter Zoe is really a sweet and polite kid and ‘you can tell she got the best from you both’ ‘”

What is the last book you have read?

Donato -“The ‘Ominivore’s Dilemma’ and ‘Cooked’ by Michel Pollan (both at the same time)”

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

Donato -“What is something that you really enjoy doing and are really good at?

My answer: explaining seemingly complex concepts (such as derivatives/calculus or the 3 changes of state of water) to friends or family that don’t have a clue about (and when they then understand and smile)”

Who do you think we should ask next and why?

Donato -“Gaetano Mazzanti: As a humble guru, there’s never enough of him in the agile world
Claudio Perrone: I have heard many great things about him and would love to see his answers :)”