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Alcor Academy

We are software crafters, entrepreneurs, award winning authors, international public speakers and technical coaches with half a century of combined professional experience.

Our mission is to help CTOs & Technical Leaders to promote a Culture of Excellence through our Innovative Socio-Technical Training on Advanced Engineering Practices.

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Marco Consolaro


Marco learned to code on a Commodore in the 80’s, when he was nine years old. He graduated in Computer Science at Venice University on 2001 and he has been working in software development teams ever since, either in Italy and the UK.

Wearing any possible hat – from junior dev to CEO, he is continuously learning and believes that iterative approaches based on trust, transparency, self-organization and rapid feedback loops are the way forward for any team working on high knowledge domains.

Overall Marco describes himself as a Systems thinker and designer and is always up for some Venetian joke.

Alcor Academy's testimonial Aghudum Okowa

Marco is an excellent and engaging communicator!

Alcor Academy's testimonial from Cazoo
Aghudum Okowa
Senior Software Engineer
Cazoo, London (GB) Alcor Academy's testimonial country GB
Alcor Academy's testimonial Pat Howeson

Alessandro will dramatically improve any company he works for!

Alcor Academy's testimonial from M&G Investments
Pat Howeson
Senior Cloud Engineer
M&G Investments, London (UK) Alcor Academy's testimonial country UK


In the past 18 years Alessandro has helped organisations (from small start-ups to large enterprises) to embrace Agile technical practices, working in Italy, Norway and recently in London, UK.

He is a practitioner of eXtreme Programming (XP), therefore he likes concise, expressive, readable code in either object-oriented or functional style. He is always looking for better ways of designing asynchronous distributed architectures.

Although Alessandro considers himself a forever learner, he is also a coach and a mentor because he loves to share his experience.

Alessandro Di Gioia
Alcor Academy's testimonial Stian G. Edvardsen

Very skilled, experienced and enjoyable guys to be lectured by. Highly recommended!

Alcor Academy's testimonial from Bouvet
Stian G. Edvardsen
Software Engineer
Bouvet, Stavanger (NO) Alcor Academy's testimonial country NO
Alcor Academy's testimonial Patrick Zbinden

What I will take with me forever: it's all about mindset and communication!

Alcor Academy's testimonial from CSS Insurance
Patrick Zbinden
Senior Software Engineer
CSS Insurance, Lucerne (CH) Alcor Academy's testimonial country CH
Alexandre Cuva


Alexandre is an Agile technical coach, consultant and trainer with over 20 years of international experience in finance, government, insurance, and the watchmaker industry. He was the co-founder and CEO of SmartDev LLC, an Agile IT company in Vietnam with about 100 employees without line management, using the ROWE practice.

Alexandre is passionate about Modern Software Development, Agile, kanban, dev-ops, Agile transitions, agility on large-scale, remote collaboration, agile leadership, management 3.0, team dynamics, happiness. He is a practitioner of eXtreme Programming and loves to code in Java, C#, Python, Elixir, and JavaScript.

Alexandre is also an international speaker, a member of the Agile Vietnam committee, and the co-founder of several software development communities like Geneva ScrumBeers, Software Crafts Community Romandie, Da Nang Agile development community (Vietnam).


Agile Technical Practices Distilled

In "Agile Technical Practices Distilled", we touch on all the principles we consider most important to deeply understand software design.

All too aware that in our profession, too many details can obscure the ability to learn, we have carefully selected our topics of focus.

You’ll learn individual practices (namely, XP practices like TDD, refactoring, pair programming, simple design, and more) in a step-by-step journey battle-tested during our trainings.

Alcor Academy's testimonial Guillem Fernandez

Amazing compilation to prepare software organizations for the next level of quality, skills and production. It’s a book you must have, if you are part of a software development team.

Alcor Academy's testimonial from CoKaiDo
Guillem Fernandez
Co-founder & CEO
CoKaiDo, Barcelona (ES) Alcor Academy's testimonial country ES
Alcor Academy's testimonial Patryk Woziński

That’s totally the best book about agile, socio-technical architecture, extreme programming etc I’ve ever read. I highly recommend it to anyone who identifies with Software Craftsmanship culture.

Alcor Academy's testimonial from Fresha
Patryk Woziński
Software Engineer
Fresha, London (UK) Alcor Academy's testimonial country UK


Public Speaking & Workshops

DDD Europe 2019, Amsterdam

Marco speaking about Bounded Rationality and Agile principles.

Conference Agile Spain 2019, Barcelona

Marco speaking about Connascence and Software Design.

Agile Tour 2017, Bangkok

Alexandre Cuva speaking about Managing Happiness. 2018, London

Alexandre Cuva speaking about Quality Assurance.

KanDDDinsky 2019, Berlin

Marco speaking about Bounded Rationality and changing the culture.

DDD Europe 2020, Amsterdam

Alessandro and Marco running the workshop "Outside-In development guided by tests".

Alessandro and Marco delivering the workshop