Stories from an Italian Software Engineer

DevOps: as you make your bed so you must lie in it.

I wholeheartedly agree that DevOps should not be a role. However, the current reality is that IT IS a role.

During a DORA community meeting (, the recurring question, “Is DevOps a role?” surfaced once again. My daughters are peacefully asleep so I’ve decided to delve into this topic.

Over the past seven years, I’ve dedicated five years to leading a “DevOps” team, and for the last year, I’ve served as the Head of DevOps and Platform Engineering.


Development Environment

The first step of the Path to Production starts from our development environment, as the rest of the stages it changed quite a lot in the last ten years.

I clearly remember how I was coding during high school, from the Z80 suitcase where we would enter HEX instructions in the Numpad to Pascal, C and Borland Delphi.

Machines had a fraction of the power or memory or storage they have now, and yet the software I was able to build with Delphi was pretty impressive (for the 17 years old me), and I felt very productive.


My home setup

I’m a nerd; I’ll not deny it. I love to explore new things, run experiments and learn from them.

I want a stable system to backup my data, be it pictures, videos, documents etc. I want a place to install and run software that I want to test and possibly have it at hand reach when needed.

I want everything in my network to work over SSL, and I want to have the ability to serve different services on different subdomains of a well-known domain so that my family can reach them without having to know an IP address.

After a couple of years of experimenting, I finally found something that works.



It has been more than nine years since I moved to London in November 2013.

It was a couple of years after I got out of university and one of my biggest regrets was not knowing English as well as I wanted.


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