Luciano Castro, Project Manager in Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
Luciano Castro

Project Manager in Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

Member since July 20, 2018
Luciano is a business-driven manager with over 15 years of experience as a CTO and CEO in multinational companies and startups. He has a strong technical background in IT and excellent management skills and is in love with Agile and Lean methodologies. Luciano's worked on more than 2,000 projects with both small and big teams (+400) and always remotely. He also possesses multiple certifications in PMP, Agile, Scrum, ITSQB, ITIL, and Microsoft.
Luciano is now available for hire

Project Highlights

  • Led the creation and delivery of Cloud.it—one of the most important cloud SaaS providers.
  • Led the creation of a new product for Unified Communications, from the design phase to the delivery with Agile methodology.
  • Led the PMO team to plan and execute the delivery of our product for the biggest telco in Europe.

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Employment

  • Owner

    2016 - PRESENT
    WeTechnology (Software House and Mobile Application Software Factory)
    • Managed the design and implementation of carrier-grade solutions for telcos and bank institutions.
    • Led development teams in five different countries to create outstanding products.
    • Managed a UX team and developers to create mobile applications for SaaS companies (IT, CZ, UK, USA).
    • Collaborated with startups to improve their quality assurance process.
    • Helped companies to transform from Waterfall to Agile methodologies.
  • Owner

    2016 - PRESENT
    Anomadic.com (Agile Software Factory and Lean Development Consultancy)
    • Managed a consultancy for agile product development, consulting with companies among the top ten in hosting and cloud storage in Europe.
    • Helped companies create successful agile teams, coached them to create successful products.
    • Assisted startups in creating products using a design-thinking process.
    • Aided luxury and fashion companies in entering new online markets.
    • Consulted for industries in different fields—from entertainment to fashion—with a focus on innovation and opening new channels for online sales.
    • Managed outsourced workforce for telcos and hosting providers using agile methodologies.
    • Acted as a business consult during acquisitions and team replacements.
    • Served as a consultant for C-level managers and entrepreneurs to plan and execute lean/agile team transitions.
  • Senior Product Manager

    2018 - 2018
    NascentCorp
    • Coached the product management team to establish a new process.
    • Defined the discovery and engagement process and procedures.
    • Performed agile coaching during the development process, increasing quality and overall efficiency.
  • Senior Product Manager, Customer Experience

    2018 - 2018
    Swarovski
    • Conducted a customer experience analysis on the product development that led to the consolidation of a new AR/VR experience.
    • Worked on a product study and product discovery (ideation and discovery phases, running interviews, workshops) and roadmap preparation.
    • Successfully completed a rollout of the product integrating different vendors and managing the outcomes.
  • Senior Technical Project Manager

    2016 - 2017
    MediaHeroes
    • Organized and staffed remote teams to reach their efficiency in one month.
    • Managed and was in charge of the architectural design and implementation of the product.
    • Planned and implemented the software lifecycle process in the company.
    • Managed the transition from in-house to remote teams.
    • Implemented agile methodologies as a scrum master with a full remote team.
    • Trained junior project managers that successfully handled the project after two months.
  • Senior Product Manager

    2016 - 2017
    KEYSOLUTIONS
    • Applied design thinking methodology during the discovery phase of their new solution.
    • Defined the MVP and roadmap implementation for the solution.
    • Led a team of 50 developers, five QA, three product owners, five marketing specialists, two designers (all remote, in three different countries) to deliver the product.
    • Improved the process and managed the transition to a fully Agile methodology.
  • Chief Product Owner

    2011 - 2016
    Cloud.it
    • Defined the product discovery and design for Cloud.it's solution, from the initial prototype until the architecture definition and delivery process.
    • Oversaw and coordinated the UX team for the definition of all the products involved.
    • Created the quality assurance process and DevOps to reach a daily delivery in production.
    • Defined the product as a product owner chief (seven product owners) and managed the product program and portfolio.
    • Oversaw the negotiation and vendor selection in eight different countries with more than 200 people involved.
  • CTO

    2005 - 2016
    Aruba
    • Organized the development process accordingly to agile methodologies for all of the departments (involving more than 300 collaborators) in four countries.
    • Applied Lean and Kanban methodologies on production and quality.
    • Developed the continuous delivery system that is still used by the company.
    • Created and organized the IT support according to ITIL standards.
    • Managed the entire outsourcing process including the vendor selection, qualification, and negotiation.
    • Managed the staffing processes (including sourcing, recruiting, and hiring) and the interview procedures.
    • Implemented test and quality assurance procedures to achieve daily production deliveries.

Project History

  • Cloud.it
    Led the creation and delivery of Cloud.it—one of the most important cloud SaaS providers.

    Cloud.it is a cloud provider solution that's available in five different countries and has a goal of mass targeting. The product was designed and created to reach the masses and keep an overall low cost (in terms of hardware and software maintenance) to guarantee outstanding growth.

    As the chief product owner of Cloud.it, I led all the teams involved in this spinoff to create a market-ready product in less than six months. It eventually became the leading market product.

  • Unified Communications System
    Led the creation of a new product for Unified Communications, from the design phase to the delivery with Agile methodology.

    The project led to the creation of a unique solution for Unified Communications in Europe. The platform, used by SMBs and large enterprises, was designed and created with the collaboration between the client's team and a remote team of 20 people, working from all over the world.

    By applying Agile methodologies, we managed to deliver the first MVP of the product in only two months (four sprints) and tested with beta participants.

  • Telco | VAS Services
    Led the PMO team to plan and execute the delivery of our product for the biggest telco in Europe.

    The project had a short timeline (five months) and a budget of 2 million to complete the complicated integrations and a go-no-go canvas in which the client had to decide if they would keep going with the product or drop it.

    After seven years, the product is still actively used by millions of users.

  • ValidCandidate | HR Solution
    Led the creation, implementation, and marketing of the product in four different countries.

    ValidCandidate is an HR solution dedicated to startups and IT companies.

    I led the design, implementation, and distribution of the application with different teams while working remotely.

  • AskMaria
    Implemented a solution for remotes support in two different countries, leading a distributed Agile team with mixed skills.

    This product is an innovative solution for remote support. With a low budget, we managed to deliver the solution successfully. We did this by implementing a Lean and Agile methodology within a team, consisting of system administrators to marketing managers who had never worked with Agile methodologies before.

  • Technical Author
    Published 11 various books—from Development to Management—two of those books were adopted by IT schools to teach development.

    I have published eleven books on various subjects ranging from ASP.NET to Lean development strategies. I have also worked as an author for a variety of technical magazines and blogs.

Education

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology
    1999 - 2004
    UniFI: Università degli Studi di Firenze - Florence, Italy

Certifications

  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
    APRIL 2015 - PRESENT
    PMI | Project Management Institute
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
    MARCH 2014 - PRESENT
    PMI | Project Management Institute
  • ITIL v3 Intermediate Level Certification
    MARCH 2013 - PRESENT
    ITIL
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner
    MARCH 2012 - PRESENT
    Scrum Alliance
  • Quality Assurance Manager
    JANUARY 2012 - PRESENT
    ITSQB
  • Microsoft Certified Professional
    JUNE 2009 - PRESENT
    Microsoft
  • Microsoft SQL Server Certification
    FEBRUARY 2008 - PRESENT
    Microsoft
  • Hosting Professional Certification
    AUGUST 2007 - PRESENT
    Microsoft

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