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Kent Beck has just done an interesting experiment: writing a recommendation letter … for himself.

As he writes “I used the above as an exercise to help try to understand the connection between what I would like to do and what others might see as valuable”.

I think it’s a good exercise for everyone and if you want to know how Ken would love to be “recommended”, read his My Ideal Job Description post.


Here is a great paragraph from Linchpin, a beautiful book from Seth Godin: I think it gives what can be considered the (right) definition of Knowledge Worker (the artist) … or at least as it should be:

The job is what you do when you are told what to do. The job is showing up at the factory, following instructions, meeting spec, and being managed.

Someone can always do your job a litlle better or faster or cheaper than you can.

The job might be difficult, it might require skill, but it’s a job.

Your art is waht you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challengin the status quo, and changing people.

I call the process of doing you art “the work”. It’s possible to have a job and do the work too. In fact, that’s how you become a linchpin.

The job is not the work.



In few days I will be 44.

I don’t like being over 40 but that’s life and in any case I love to be here :).

Since I got 40, when is my birthday,  I read an email that Mark, from Manager Tools, sent me. Today I want to share it with you:

It’s not how much time you have, it’s what you do with it that matters.  You can do nothing about yesterday, you don’t control tomorrow…what are you going to do TODAY to make the world a better place for your wife and son and your friends and company and country and fellow human beings?

“Too many people wish for immortality who are also bored on lazy Sunday afternoons.”

Fill your days with love for your family and friends and your work.  The days will fly by, and death will be hastened…but you will be rich beyond all accounting, and what’s more show your son that a life well-lived is the best answer to time’s inevitable question.

Fill your days!



As you know, if you use Twitter, you can aggregate people you know in lists.

In the picture you can see the Wordle made with the names of the lists in which you put me: it’s a kind of description of how you see me as a Twitter user.

Terms that are evidents to me are:

  • development
  • agile
  • people
  • managertools
  • met

Don’t know if I like it or not … well, I don’t like it so much but that’s an evidence: any term you would like to add?


Being a Premium Membership Subscriber (from the very beginning) of Manager Tools, I’ve the privilege of receiving a regular email from Mark called “Things I think I think”: as usual another very good piece of value from Manager Tools tools (if you don’t know them, go and listen to the HUGE AMOUNT of free content and then apply for the Premium Membership).

In the last one, before Christmas 2010, there was this recommendation I couldn’t agree more:

I don’t really recommend New Year’s resolutions, but if you like them, two suggestions:

  1. Just one
  2. Physical fitness

The ancient latins used to say “mens sana in corpore sano” and it’s something you really understand when you get 40: you cannot imagine how your performance (however you define it: playing with your son, making business, staying with your family, working hard …) is affected by your physical shape.

So, if you are not yet in your 40, don’t wait: start now (no matter the New Year’s Resolution 🙂 )!


If you can speak italian, you may want to go to my Italian blog PierH and read a fancy post about meteorology, life, business or all of this: la cappa di tristezza.

And if you are brave enough, you may want to try the  Google’s translated page


My son was much more interested in the first day of school then in the last day of kindergarten .. while for me and my wife it was the other way around.



I’ve touched this concept in a couple of recent posts: smart goals i persona life and are goals so useful?.

But thanks to a comment by my dear friend Pier Luigi, I’ve discovered the term serendipity: I want to share the definition of Wikipedia with you

Serendipity is a propensity for making fortuitous discoveries while looking for something unrelated


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In the past I expressed my concern on “defining goals” in your life as the only and ultimate way to happiness and success. Yes this is what every coach and business school has been teaching in the last 10 years but I my spider sense is always tingling when I hear about this topic.

I’m so happy to read that I’m not alone: Leo Babauta in his zen habits blog, writes about this topic: the best goal is no goal. I give you just a quote

you stop letting yourself be limited by goals

and then I invite you to go, read it, and leave me a comment!


You may have heard of the Anti IF Campaign:

banner_anti-if-campaign-ive-joined The primary purpose of our campaign is to become aware of the design consequences of using IFs and of control structures in general, applied by following the path of the procedural paradigm in Object Oriented contexts

As Francesco Cirillo wrote: The basic problem is that IFs create dependencies, coupling between modules (methods, objects, components, etc.) and increases possible paths inside our code (which reduces legibility).

What I’ve noticed is that this disease of creating dependencies and coupling is true also in other non tech disciplines and it’s built in our brain:

IF I had time, I would go to the gym”,
IF my boos were not a bastard, I could do more interesting stuff and have a decent carrier”,
IF my girlfriend were more understanding, we might spend more time together (watching football on TV 🙂 )”,
IF that stuff had happened, I would have been more successful”

So it seems this IF pattern is a creator of dependency from excuses and alibis and has the power of make our life more messy.

How can we get out of this pattern??? That’s a tough one, and that’s why we need to extend the Anti IF Campaign everywhere: what do you think Francesco 🙂 ?


p.s. For developers only: what’s the McCabe index of life 🙂 ???

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