A personal story about music and dreams

It’s the end of April 2011. I am in Palermo, my hometown. I’m on a very large stage of a theatre, where I have already been several times to watch movies or concerts. But this time for this specific concert I am going to be on stage, playing for the audience with my bass guitar. The event is only 2 days away. I’m in the middle of one of the last rehearsals. I am on stage with a full-size symphony orchestra from my hometown’s conservatory and my rock band, the Flowerstone. We are playing Concerto for group and orchestra, one of the first combinations of rock and symphonic music that was performed for the first time in 1969 by Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Concerto is split in 3 movements and it was composed by Jon Lord, the keyboard and organ player of Deep Purple. …

And why we should call it mental fitness

The title of my article may look a little controversial. If you’re thinking “what does he mean by that?”, it means I achieved my goal.

The expression mental health and the language used when people talk about it makes me want to roll my eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy that finally people do talk about this theme openly and it’s not seen as a taboo anymore.

However, in the collective imagination mental health is still something that relates to people who have problems and need support, whereas I strongly believe that everyone should invest in their emotional-selves without waiting to have problems and need support. …

And 5 tips to make conflict a driver of success rather than a necessary evil


When you hear this word, what comes to your mind?

Argument, fight, division, friction, contention, dissent, violence, war. I could carry on, but you get the gist of it. Conflict is a word with a negative connotation.

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Photo from Pikist

Steve Jobs used to say “I don’t really care about being right, I just care about success”. I, on the other hand, as most human beings I suppose, do care about being right and definitely don’t like being wrong.

Today I am going to tell you the story of how I moved from being competitive, self-centred and always wanting to be right as a kid to being able to not only manage conflict but to create healthy environments for teams of people where conflict is used as a fantastic tool to achieve better decision making, commitment, accountability and ultimately great results. …

The fascinating connection between leadership and emotional intelligence

Imagine a golf player at the golf course with their golf bag filled with different golf clubs. Over the course of a game, the player has to pick and choose clubs based on the demands of the shot. Sometimes they have to ponder their selection, but most of the time it is automatic. The golf player senses the challenge ahead, swiftly pulls out the right tool, and elegantly puts it to work¹.

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Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash

But, why am I telling you about golf today? Well, this is a very powerful metaphor provided by Daniel Goleman in his famous Harvard Business Review paper on leadership style and emotional intelligence. …

And why they are more than just buzzwords

44.9% was the percentage of White British population in London at the 2011 census

The rest of London was from different ethnic groups. It’s quite impressive, isn’t it?

London is one of the most diverse cities in the world. And this is one of the main reasons why I love this city and I chose it as my home.

Diversity and inclusion are themes that have drawn more and more of my attention recently. Curious to know more, I’ve done some research on these topics. …

A story of turning trauma into something positive

It was the 14th July 2016. I was living in Nice, Southern France, then. I had a flat right by the Promenade des Anglais. I went out for a walk in the afternoon to observe how French people were celebrating their fête nationale. It was all joyful and colourful. Families and kids all around. Music and sounds created a great atmosphere. After walking around curiously for an hour or so, I went home to have dinner, planning to go back in the evening and watch the fireworks. …

Releasing value early, amplifying learning and reducing risk in the supply chain space

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A Gousto box delivered to a customer

Gousto offers 40 delicious meals to customers across the UK each week — our ambition of becoming the nation’s most loved way to eat dinner means that it’s easy to see us just as a food company — however, speak to anybody at Gousto and they’ll tell you we’re a tech company. Tech makes up nearly 50% of our London office. I personally see Gousto as a supply chain company. Effectively, our core business is providing food to our customers in a way that suits them, with no waste. …

The surprising truth about how a team can be more reliable while preserving Agile ways of working.

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At Gousto, everything is moving really fast. This is why business agility and lean ways of working are crucial for us to be successful. As with many other companies, we always try to learn from our mistakes and aim for continuous improvement. At the end of last year, we held some project retrospective to identify problems when executing big deliverables.

What came out of that was a list of issues including big bang releases, cross-team dependencies, fixed scope, manual testing and late engineering engagements. This ultimately led to unpredictability and lack of trust — sound familiar?


Andrea Marchello

Passionate engineering manager with a strong technical background and a genuine interest in Agile leadership and Lean principles. Musician as a hobby.

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