Riccardo Toni

Before starting as a software developer Riccardo worked in the music industry, as a musician at first and then as an artist manager and consultant in both Italy and the UK.

He later gained some experience working with JVM based languages and Pivotal’s tech stack, across different systems from legacy monoliths to cloud based microservices. This gave him the opportunity to observe in different circumstances how often the success of a software product can be jeopardised by some poor choices in software design as well as over-engineered architectures or lack of communication and feedback inside the organisations. Therefore he ended up becoming a fiery sponsor of the Software Craftsmanship movement and a TDD, Extreme Programming and Clean Code advocate.

Within the last few years, his continuous learning approach gave him the opportunity to grow quickly - sharing his learning and absorbing technical knowledge from his fellow colleagues, adopting a collaborative attitude and always remaining curious and inquisitive.

He inherited from his past experience, in other contexts, a set of soft skills such as a natural ability to comprehend the business domain and the business needs, negotiate solutions, understand different perspectives or mitigate contrasts.

In his free time he loves cycling, swimming, playing drums, cooking, reading and listening to jazz music.


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