In 2016 I attended a course about the communication strategies in politics. Although it dealt with some specific techniques used in this context, the basic mechanisms it illustrated are valid for the communication in general. The course was held by a mental coach who has specialized to work with politicians and work/sports teams. Therefore, I took … Continue reading Teamwork and communication
To relax, I occasionally read a web site which talks ironically about basketball. It is called "La giornata tipo", "the typical day" in English. Many of the articles you can find there describe hypothetical average days of basketball teams and players. These hypothetical days are littered with invented facts that exacerbate the flaws of the … Continue reading The typical day of the embedded systems engineer
When it comes to explaining to a foreign friend why it is so difficult to run a business in Italy, I struggle to find the words to describe this matter properly. There are some irrational situations that are incomprehensible to the people who have never lived here, especially if they come from a country with … Continue reading The backbone of the Italian economy
Managing a team to work effectively and efficiently is one of the most common problems that managers have to face and I am no exception, as I currently work as R&D Director. Effectiveness and efficiency of working teams are probably some of the most studied and debated issues in the field of management theory.  … Continue reading Sharing meetings
Even though engineering is commonly associated with cold scientific laws and rigid technical rules, often it has to do with creativity and fantasy as well. This is very true in the embedded systems engineering, in particular, the field in which I currently work. All Electronics and Software Engineers know that most of the time our … Continue reading The art of troubleshooting
Introduction Last January, I posted an article about Bitcoins. This post is a sort of part II of the linked article. Due to the fact that the new post will talk about Bitcoins as well as other cryptocurrencies, I decided to change the title. I realized, in fact, that the world of cryptocurrencies goes well … Continue reading Playing with cryptocurrencies and blockchains (previously: Playing with Bitcoins) – Part II
Introduction Last month I attended a public talk where the main guest was a former professional soccer  player, Fabio Rossitto. Currently, he works as a coach  of pro and youth teams. Even though I never played soccer seriously, I used to be a fan and I watched tons of games throughout my life. … Continue reading Information society, youth, and sports
Nowadays, it seems that many people realize suddenly that they have a so far unknown entrepreneurial side and decide to start a new company. On the one side, this is undoubtedly positive. The attempts to put into practice new ideas can be a very powerful driver for the developments of new products and services for the … Continue reading Are we start-upping too much?
A couple of years ago I had the chance to meet Giovanni De Sandre, who has become a good friend of mine. He is one of the engineers who, under the supervision of Pier Giorgio Perotto, created the first ever desktop Personal Computer, known as Programma 101 (P101 for short). After retiring, he is used … Continue reading When part of the Silicon Valley was here
Nowadays, Tesla Motors is on everyone's lips. They are not manufacturing cars, they are trying to revolutionize the mobility and use of energy on a global scale, as described in their master plan written by co-founder Elon Musk. ,  Regardless of what you think about fossil fuels, climate change, etc., I think that the … Continue reading Is Tesla’s master plan feasible?