Talent Journey [Challenge]

by Francesco Marzullo, Antonio Torre, Francesco Casillo

Before to start with the description and analysis of our challenge, we would like to introduce some concepts and definitions used in this paper in order to facilitate the understanding.

Like A Coffee (LAC): community of people in ICT sector which has among its objectives the growth and creating new opportunities for its members in a Human Oriented Environment.

Talent: an IT student close to complete his study path(or fresh graduate) which get in touch with LAC to start his new path in the working world.

Mentor: a senior LAC member which has the task of following Talents from technical point of view

Talent Manager (TM): a LAC member which has the task of following Talents from no technical point of view, eg: administrative, motivational, communicative, etc.

Talent Journey: it’s the journey made by a Talent from being a student to being ready for a customer project(Junior)

Talent Management System(TMS): (still in progress) it is an internal tool used by LAC to manage and monitor talents activities.

Data science research project

Our data science team is continuing its journey with elearning courses on the languages and approaches to use and with continuous comparisons with mentors.

Challenges will soon begin in which they will measure themselves with the first applications


This video tells the story of the first period of training and research activities of the Data Science working group of Like a Coffee

The research projects in which we involve the Talents who approach our community have the primary objective of making us grow

To learn
to experiment
and to share the new knowledge acquired within our community

This is a very short video that we shot during one of our work sessions at Palazzo Innovazione

The members of the research team of this Data Science project are:
Francesco Casillo Francesco Marzullo Pasquale Scudieri Luigi Cutolo Antonio Torre e Giuseppe Jepis Rivello

The new talent Francesco, Pasquale and Francesco coming from Università degli Studi di Salerno Dipartimento di Informatica, Università di Salerno

with Francesco Casillo, Pasquale Scudieri, Francesco Marzullo, Luigi Cutolo, Antonio Torre and Giuseppe Rivello

Luigi Cutolo OnBoarding into the customer’s project with Technical Mentorship of Antonio Torre

Talent to Expert Journey is an experience of several months and involves different characters of the Like A Coffee Community. In addition to the Talent himself , Technological Mentor, Project Manager, Design Thinker and at least one Business Mentor are also directly involved in the process.

This process results in Onboarding of junior developer into Like A Coffee partner’s projects, where Talent gets real project experience within a development team of big company. We in Like A Coffee strongly believe that mentored onboarding is part of successful Talent to Expert Journey, and it makes all involved sides (LAC partner, Talent and LAC responsible persons) confident about the result.

few months ago we were telling the story of Luigi’s journey, passing through the most significant steps:

My thesis in DevOps Testing [part 1] >>

My thesis in DevOps Testing / Talent-Mentor Conversation [part 2] >>

We have collected feedback about the Onboarding in a new video where  Antonio and Luigi tell us about their feelings and their experience during a mentored onboarding phase:

Time Assistant development Story by Luigi Cutolo and Antonio Torre

Time Assistant is a web and mobile  application of Like A Coffee community developed by Luigi Cutolo during his Talent to Expert Journey.

This is  mobile app that aims to facilitate developer’s time tracking.

It allows Talents to  track their activities via their smartphones or web and synchronize them with the Project management tool and calendar of activities.
Here you can see a small video with Antonio Torre an Luigi Cutolo during a development session:

Development of this application has helped Luigi to follow the whole process of developing an application from scratch:

Ideation and designing in cooperation with Design Thinker and Talent Manager

User stories structure in cooperation with Project Manager

Sprint and Agile development in cooperation with Project Manager and Tech Mentor

Testing and Delivery with Tech Mentor

Luigi Cutolo / my thesis in DevOps Testing / Talent-Mentor Conversation [part 2]

Over the past year we have followed our talent Luigi Cutolo along his journey to fulfil his dream of becoming a web developer within the Like A Coffee community.

We were there during his experimental project development, the choice of his thesis topic, and in his overall learning path.

Last December Luigi earned his bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.

Follow the presentation delivered by Luigi Cutolo regarding his thesis topic, introduced by his mentor Antonio Torre in the video below: Implementation and Testing of a Microservices Architecture on the Preso project by using the DevOps methodology.

Over the past few months he created the whole infrastructure to be implemented, and then tested and deployed a microservice.

Here some technical specifications: Microservice: NodeJS Application.

Testing: Unit Testing,

Integration Testing and End to End Testing.

Build: Docker Cloud.

Deploy: AWS EC2

Today he is here to tell us how he accomplished his path with us.

His mentor – and Senior developer – Antonio Torre is still by his side in order to support Luigi in his professional growth and to turn him into an expert developer of our community.

If you missed the beginning of Luigi’s thesis path on DevOps testing, here below you can find it:

Now, it’s really time for Luigi to unlock his future!

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