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I'm Fabio Cicerchia

Passionate Solutions Architect

I'm Fabio, a Passionate Solutions Architect and Application Developer with 17+ years of experience. Always enjoying creating quality web applications and web portals using cutting-edge technologies.

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Throughout the years I’ve worked in different markets and industries, covering different roles, here’s a quick summary of my career path:

  • Freelance, allowed to be comfortable working with the UI/UX (User Interface / User Experience) side and improve the communication with the clients.
  • Employee, gave a huge experience of team and company dynamics, it also helped growing on the technical side by using different stacks, frameworks and methodologies.
  • Startupper, increased my flexibility and versatility, by covering different topics such as marketing, sales, management, financial planning, accounting and bookkeeping, and much more.
  • Chief, responsible for the whole IT area: from the physical infrastructure (mixed bare-metal and cloud servers) to the application architecture (web and mobile), from Projects Management to IT Recruiting, from writing procedures and policies to their implementation (eg. GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation).

Thanks to my background, I'm totally confident working either alone or in a team, remotely or on-site, in building web applications and web portals by following the best practices with a particular attention to Maintainability, Scalability, Reliability, and Performances.

Working in several positions, from Software Developer to Frontend/Backend Developer, from Sysadmin to Team Leader, allowed me to work on each layer of a web application, covering the whole life-cycle from initial requirements gathering to design, planning, coding, testing, documentation, deployment, and maintenance.

During the tech career I've managed to build these core strengths:

  • Tech Stack Flexibility
  • Productivity Orientation
  • Work Passion
  • Continuous Learning
  • Problem-Solving Mindset
  • Product Management
  • Project Management
  • Performance Optimisation
  • Software Maintainability

Constantly looking for opportunities and challenges to improve my skills while providing creative and high-quality solutions.

Professional Skills

FullStack Developer 90%
DevOps 90%
Project Manager 75%
Recruiter 60%
Result Oriented 99%
Processes Optimisation 99%

Work Experience

2020 - Today

BAGBNB

Senior Software & Cloud Engineer

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AWS (CloudFormation, CloudFront, ECR, ECS, Route53, S3, SQS) BDD CQRS DDD Docker Go Kanban Microservices PHP

2016 - 2020

SKUOLA.NET

Chief Technology Officer

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Working on new strategies to, continuously, improve the quality of the technical projects and make the internal process leaner. Took charge of the whole IT architecture in a very short time and built a team from scratch for the Head Quarter in Rome. Worked directly on the optimisation of the architecture in terms of uptime, on the implementation of a geographical nodes redundancy in order to manage any downtime on the Data Centers, on the tech stack upgrade process (dated 2013), on the optimisation of the loading times, and on the implementation of the GDPR Policies.

Managing the interactions cross-teams by facilitating the different phases: requirement analysis, epic/story planning, estimation and forecasting, execution, delivery and follow-up.
Introduced several approaches and methodologies: standup meetings, retrospectives (internal and cross-team), gantt and burn-down charts, issue tracking system (Jira), support tracking system (company wide), deployment summaries, kanban board, planning poker, no estimates (not fully adopted), team capacity planning.

Chief Technical Officer and Lead Developer, Software Architect, Agile (SCRUM, XP) Facilitator, System Administrator, Recruiter.

Ansible Apache AWS (EC2, Polly, S3) Docker Swarm ElasticSearch Foreman Galera GitLab GitLab CI Jira Kanban Kubernetes MariaDB MaxScale Nginx Packer Percona Proxmox (on bare-metal) ProxySQL PHP React Native Redis Symfony 3 Terraform Varnish

2015 - 2017

DXpertise

Lead Developer & Owner

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Created an aggregation platform for programming courses and events, in many countries, focused on developers. Took care of all the product aspects, from the IT architecture to the planning, and the implementation of marketing and sales strategies, from the scouting process of providers, clients and partners to the relationships management, from budget management to the hiring process in several areas.

DXpertise is an IT training course aggregation platform that allow developers to find the best courses available on the market. The platform is made by developers for developers with the aim to increase the knowledge level of each one of us in order to make the whole industry better, more challenging, more qualified, more satisfying, and more fun! Want to prove yourself and get better? Join us, we are going to help you achieving it.

AdWords Capistrano CSS DigitalOcean ElasticSearch HTML5 Mandrill MariaDB Microdata & Microformats MixPanel Nginx PHP 7 RabbitMQ Redis SEO Schema.org SparkPost Symfony 3

2015 - 2016

IMMOBILIARE.IT

Senior Developer

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Learned the internal processes and technology stack of Immobiliare.it in order to replicate it to LuxuryEstate.com and mentor the team who was working on the project. We’ve managed to work on a restyle of the UI and write from scratch the whole codebase. The whole team managed to learn new approaches such as code reviews, kanban boards, morning standup meetings and advanced tools such as Apache Thrift, Capistrano, GitLab, Grunt, PHP 7, Symfony 3, WebPack.

Apache Thrift Capistrano Code Review CSS GitLab GitLab CI Grunt HHVM Kanban Board MariaDB PHP7 Standup Meetings Webpack XHProf

2013 - 2015

IOVOX

Senior Developer

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Introduced some improvements related to the internal technical processes, especially adopting agile methodologies, unit and functional tests, advanced code versioning. As a tech lead on some internal projects I’ve taken care of several phases of their lifecycle such as requirements gathering and estimation of the user-stories, code-reviews and post-releases retrospectives.

Some of the clients I dealt with: Autotrader, Trader Media, Golden Pages IE, 192.com.

Agile AngularJS Apache Bash CSS Code Coverage Datawarehouse HTML JavaScript Jenkins Jira MariaDB MongoDB Pair Programming Phalcon PHP PHPUnit Profiling REST Selenium Unit Testing Zend Framework

2012 - 2013

FUSEPUMP

Senior Developer

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Working in a team to develop a cutting edge real-time statistic system, then, after few months, I became the Lead Developer of the project, reporting direct to the CTO. My everyday duties were basically technical project management, product planning and code development.

Some of the clients I dealt with: ModelZone, Staples, Chemist Direct.

Agile Apache AWS Bash CSS Code Coverage HTML JavaScript Jasmine Jira JSON­RPC MongoDB MySQL PHP PHPUnit Redis REST SCRUM Unit Testing XHProf

2010 - 2012

DOING (formerly DNSEE)

Web Developer / Project Tech Lead

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Working as Lead Developer to a big project, reporting directly to the CTO. My everyday duties and responsibilities were basically technical project management, customer relationships, internal / external training, team management (3 Developers, 1 Art Director, 1 Sys Admin, 1 Account, 1 Quality Assurance), and code development.

Some of the clients I dealt with: San Raffaele, Policlinico Campus Biomedico, Samsung.

Agile Apache CSS Code Coverage HTML Hudson JavaScript Jira Joomla MySQL PHP Selenium Symfony Unit Testing XP

2003 - 2012

FREELANCE

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Working on showcase web sites and custom web applications, interfacing directly with the clients and taking care of every single step of the development, from the kick off to the delivery of the projects.

Some of the clients I dealt with: Studio Baggio, TBS srl, Good Night and Good Luck, OCE srl, Cilia Bus, Comet Expo.

Apache Bash Capistrano CSS GIT HTML5 JavaScript Jenkins Microdata & Microformats MongoDB MySQL NodeJS PHP Profiling Redis REST SEO Silex Static Code Analysis Symfony Wordpress

2008 - 2010

POPULIS (formerly GOADV)

Web Developer

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Working on the development, from scratch, of the front-end side of a user management system integrated into all the websites in the Excite network and deployed in 6 different countries (UK, Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands and Italy).

Main activities:

  • Management of channels Video, Bynight, MIX and Blog of Excite
  • Creation of user management system (frontend side) of Excite
  • Maintenance of the sites of Excite Europe Network, the Network NanoPublishing and corporate sites
  • Maintenance of a system for tracking ROI

CSS Functional Testing HTML JavaScript Joomla MySQL MySQL Pair Programming PHP PostgreSQL Python Selenium Wordpress Zend Framework

2007

ADQ

Web / Software Developer

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Managed and maintained two live core products, one e-commerce website and one travelling online community.

Main projects:

  • StockInformatica (http://www.stockinformatica.com)
  • ItalianCamper (http://www.italiancamper.com)
  • NoPayZone (http://www.nopayzone.com)

Access DB ASP CSS E­Commerce HTML IIS JavaScript MySQL osCommerce PHP Visual Basic Wordpress

2005 - 2006

THE ITALIAN TOUCH

Web Developer

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CSS HTML MySQL PHP

2004 - 2005

STUDIO BONITO

Hardware / Software Consultant

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CSS Hardware HTML Visual Basic 6

Education

2005 - 2007

Computer Engineering

University of Rome Tor Vergata

Degree Not Completed
2000 - 2005

High School

Computer Science

Projects

Badge-Poser

The PHP badges, renders some badges for your readme with the packagist information.

Developer's Learning Path

Developer's Learning Path | List of great resources.

skuola-tech-test

Check that an anagram of a string is contained in another string.

wipe-free-space

CLI Wipe Free Space.

S3Backupper

S3 Backup Tool (based on Restic).

WP Development Utilities

This script is useful during the development of WordPress, because will extend with a set of functions.

COVID-19 Spreading in Italy

CLI Script + Web GUI for COVID-19 Trends in Italy, based on the Official Data.

Talks

2019

Skuola.net

How to Survive the Day

A bunch of pills about it.
Slides

2019

PUG Roma

IT Metrics in Real Life

It's all about measuring, and that's just the easy part. The hard part is focusing on what really matters.
Slides | Video | Meetup Blog Post

2016

PUG Roma

Performance Optimisation

Little introduction to different techniques useful to optimise and improve your website performance.
Slides | Video | Meetup Blog Post

Books

It's all about measuring, and that's just the easy part. The hard part is focusing on what really matters.

Easy ways to boost your sales while making your users and the search engines happier

A journey through thoughts and suggestions off the beaten path to make your developer life easier.

Certifications

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2019

EF Standard English Test

EFSET English Certificate - Score: 74/100, Proficient (CEFR C2)

Certificate

References

  • Fabio was a great asset to my technical team from the outset. He possesses a solid and up to date technical understanding of web development, best practises and Agile methodologies and has a critical mindset when architecting solutions. A pleasure to work with and always keen to share his knowledge and promote inter-team learning.

    Dan Donegan CTO
  • I had the pleasure to work with Fabio when I started working on a challenging project with crazy requirements (FusePump's internal real-time tracking and reporting tool). I needed to expand my team and he stood out among the new hires, so I wanted to work with me. Fabio impressed me by his manner of carrying out his tasks with competency, accuracy and punctuality. His best strengths are the ability to quickly pick up on new technologies and/or frameworks he's not even ever heard about, and the fact that you'll never need to explain to him the requirements a second time. His coding is driven by genuine passion. Also, I shouldn't leave out the fact that I've never seen a developer cover their code with unit tests as much as Fabio does. Definitely a top of the game developer, and a friend.

    Samuele Artuso Team Leader
  • Fabio has a deep understanding of the platform, the language, its synthax and all the tricks you can take advantage of to solve unhandy situations: from a low-level perspective, he has skills like no PHP developer I've ever seen.

    Additionally, in the last 2 and a half years he made a really vauable experience with the symfony framework, which has been his daily basis for writing webapps here at DNSEE.

    He's also making experiments with new technologies, like Mongo, and in the last 2 years I've seen him turning into a really good PHP developer, after coming from the old PHP school.

    I would definitely hire him in my next team, as you'll always need guys like him during every kind of projects' lifecycle: when he works under a lead, his commitment is a goldmine.

    Alessandro Nadalin Team Leader
  • Working with Fabio is stimulating. He has great talent in the programming and development jobs.

    His excellent technical skill give him, and the team where is working, high speed development, and he is able to understand the problems related to a project development.

    Curious and passionate new technologies, Fabio like to find new way to solve the issues that have been entrusted.

    Deep knowledge of Internet, Fabio can follow the most difficult solution with high concentration and an overview of the problem.

    These quality give the opportunity to all the team to learn new techniques, and new ways to solve the daily issues.

    Francesco Contini Software Architect