Francesco has changed the way I work, and more.
Dealing with fast growth, technical debt, demanding deadlines? Are you fed up of feeding a dangerous Code Monster, one IF at a time, feature after feature?
The participants of the Anti-IF Course learn through a series of lectures and exercises how to solve design problems related to complexity, growth and change without applying the "IF strategy".
"Let's add an IF" is the most widely chosen "design strategy" used by teams to manage complexity, growth and change. It is also the most damaging one. One IF after another, your software becomes a dangerous code monster: an intricate mass of interdependent lines of code impossible to test, to read, to modify.
By the end of this course participants will have learnt a range of design techniques and patterns to deal with complexity, growth and change in an effective and sustainable way. Replacing the "IF strategy" with more effective design strategies will also enable you to deal with the stress of a demanding deadline.
Francesco has worked at the forefront of the software industry for more than 30 years.
In a career spanning startups, corporations and freelance consulting, he has mentored thousands of professionals, developers, managers and software teams.
In the 1990s he worked as a Senior Consultant and Mentor for Sun Microsystem, expert in Software Architectures and Software Development Processes and Java and Object-Oriented Evangelist.
Francesco is one of the pioneers of agile methods. He started working on XP and TDD in 1999. He was chosen by Kent Beck as reviewer of the second edition of the book Extreme Programming Explained.
He created the Anti IF Campaign in 2007 to raise awareness in the international community of developers to apply good design principles.
He has been running the Software Design School since 2019.
Francesco created the Pomodoro® Technique, a renowned time-management tool used by millions of people all over the world, while a university student looking for a way to get more done in less time.
Senior software developer (Contractor) at Nutralete
Since attending this program with Francesco Cirillo, and learning his approach to software design, I have realized that my previous understanding of the topic was not as effective as I once thought. By understanding his approach, I have been able to significantly improve my own software design, benefiting both my team and myself. Despite the fact that my course was focused solely on software design, it has helped me become an all-around better software developer.
Agile Coach at inspearit Italy
Having experienced Francesco’s work and methodology in the past, I wanted to study with him again and try his mentoring program. Amazingly, I was able to regain immediate momentum, motivation, and obtain astonishing results, even though working remotely. This was also due in part to the organization of the sessions, which were always efficient and productive. One of the best investments I have ever made in myself. Thank you!