19th May 2022
Get to know Delivery Architect Filippo De Santis
Welcome back to our Day in the Life blog series, where we are interviewing NearFormers across our business functions to learn more about what their role entails, how they came to be in their current roles, and to showcase the diverse career progression stories that our team have.
Today we are travelling to Isola del Liri, the only city in Italy with a 27 metre waterfall in its city centre, Italy to interview Filippo, a Delivery Architect who has been with NearForm since 2016.
What is your role, and what does it entail?
I’m a Delivery Architect, which is in between a tech lead and a team lead. My overarching role is to make sure we deliver value to our clients, on time. This involves setting the correct expectations, being proactive in raising potential issues/risks and making sure all parties are clear on what we are going to build.
Part of my day to day, internal-facing role is to act as the person who “clears the field” for the team: removing any project roadblocks, making sure that the next steps are clear, helping steer technical decisions and coordinating between people on the team.
What is your favourite thing about your role?
My role allows me to be of help to a wide group of people both internally, namely my team, as well as externally for NearForm’s clients.
What is your biggest work challenge on a day to day basis?
A big challenge in my role is making sure I’m always up to date on progress and developments, and ready to go at all times (during working hours of course!).
What did you study at university?
Computer science in Cesena, a branch of the Bologna University.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Spending time with my family is my priority, and travelling, when possible.
Tell us about your day.
An early wake-up. I start out by reading through emails and doing focused work without interruptions for 1 to 2 hours
Time for an “at home gym” workout- with or without my daughter (depending if she is awake already, usually she is!).
After a workout it’s time for breakfast with my family while preparing my daughter for school. My wife and I walk our daughter to school, which is just a few minutes away from our apartment- we like to play different games while walking.
A picture of my hometown, Isola de Liri
It’s time for my daily standup with the team and the client. Once this is done, I follow up on PR reviews and comments from the previous day (or from my early morning work).
After the standup, I make sure the backlog is up to date and all the user stories have the necessary details. If there are open questions, I ping the appropriate people to provide answers. I then start working on my dev tasks, mixed in with some calls with my team and the client to sort out details regarding progress and next steps for the project.
Time for a quick lunch with my wife, chatting about where we want to travel next!
I return from lunch, catching up on emails and answering or setting up calls if needed. After this, I go back to either my dev tasks or coordination around the backlog and work in progress.
I have a backlog grooming session with the client PO, where my team and I add more details to user stories or add/park them based on the information we have. This activity becomes the base for sprint planning so we also discuss high-level priorities.
I wrap up my day. My daughter gets back from school around 3:30 pm, so I take her to the park and we spend some quality time together.
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