My first month at Engage

Time flies.

One month ago it was my last day at Microsoft. It seems like it was forever ago.

Now I work at Engage IT Services, a small Italian software house that develops a sport betting platform.

I work to learn and as I started to understand that my passions were shifting from coding to people, teams and processes, I understood that my role at Microsoft was no longer a fit for me. A friend of mine, Alessandro Alpi, co-founder of Engage IT Services, told me that his company was facing a challenge as the business grew very fast during 2021. We had a dinner together and he offered me a job to help him shape the future of the software engineering practices of his company to meet new business needs. From teams management and interactions to promote new testing practices within the company: there’s a lot of work to do.

The “jet-lag” from Microsoft to Engage hit me quite hard. From a huge company (>100.000 employees) to a small one (<100). From a “services/consultant” profession to a product team. In so many ways this reminds me of MadLab, my first job.

I thrive in a product team because it’s where things are built and as an engineer and developer, in my heart, I love the process of building things and delivering into production. It’s here where I spend hours looking for ways to improve efficiency, software reliability, testing, reduce waste, improve communication between teams and the list goes on.

In a couple of weeks we reorganized the way we visualize and manage the day-to-day work scheduling with a kanban board and the benefits were immediate. Forgotten bugs, requirements and features were hidden. Now, we see. Power is nothing without control. This took courage and determination because we’re in rush to meet business needs for a new market for the company; but we were ruthless and completely changed the way we manage work. That was a very good first month.

So many challenges are ahead and new skills to learn…

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