Mentoring with Francesco

Individual Mentoring Sessions

Join "Mentoring with Francesco" for personalized, one-on-one guidance to enhance your software engineering skills. Whether mastering Anti-IF techniques, implementing TDD, or managing system complexities, Francesco's mentoring adapts to your needs, ensuring practical, hands-on learning and expert feedback to help you reach your professional goals.


Half-Day Session

$125/hour (3.5 hours total)

3.5-hour session: $437.50 total, to be used within 30 days of purchase - live online stream.

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Intensive 30-Day Package

$118.75/hour (14 hours total)

Four 3.5-hour sessions: $1,662.50 total, to be used within 30 days of purchase - live online stream.

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Power-Pack 30-Day Package

$112.50/hour (28 hours total)

Eight 3.5-hour sessions: $3,150 total, to be used within 30 days of purchase - live online stream.

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Become the developer you want to be


"I would like to learn how to defuse the IF-Strategy and also to make collaboration diagrams, TDD the code in order to develop new features without increasing technical debt and indeed, if I have any, to reduce it with each feature."

"Working with Francesco" offers an exclusive mentoring experience tailored to your individual needs. Whether you're looking to eliminate the reliance on IF statements, master collaboration diagrams, or implement Test-Driven Development (TDD) to reduce technical debt, Francesco's program adapts to help you grow.

This program is perfect for anyone wanting to deepen their software engineering skills through a highly interactive and customized approach.

What to Expect

  • Initial Assessment: Develop a feature with Francesco to understand your current skill level.
  • Ongoing Evaluation: After one or two months, we'll reassess to track your progress.
  • Customized Learning Path: We'll identify key areas (conceptual, practical, principles, processes) based on the assessment.
  • Priority Setting: You choose the areas to tackle first, and we'll work together on a software project.
  • Resource Provision: Receive curated resources to support your learning journey.
  • Continuous Improvement: As you master each area, we'll move on to the next, ensuring comprehensive skill development.


Personalized Mentoring

One-on-one sessions tailored to your unique needs.

Expert Code/Design Reviews

Get in-depth feedback to perfect your techniques.

Real-World Application

Learn to apply Anti-IF principles and other best practices in practical scenarios.

Complexity Management

Develop strategies to handle complex system designs.

Skill Development

Targeted sessions to improve and expand your software design capabilities.

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Interested in advancing your development skills with Francesco? Contact us today to learn more and secure your spot. Our limited spaces ensure you receive personalized attention for maximum learning outcomes.



Francesco Cirillo

Francesco’s journey in software spans over 30 years, influencing startups, corporates, and individual consultants.

A seasoned mentor, he has impacted countless professionals and teams. From his early days with Sun Microsystems to pioneering Agile Methods and creating XPLabs, Francesco's mark on the software industry is profound.

Notably, he's the creator of the groundbreaking Pomodoro Technique, a time management method embraced worldwide, as well as the visionary behind the Anti-IF Programming philosophy, challenging conventional coding practices.


Junaid Mohammed Raza

" We embarked on an enriching journey with an Electron Project written in Typescript. There were lots of preparation for this project. Our preparation spanned a spectrum of essential areas: delving into the intricacies of the JavaScript Object Model, establishing effective inter-process communication, navigating through different programming paradigms and their identification, how to seamlessly integrate into a framework that now bends to our control. This was facilitated by lots of refactoring and thoughtful design.
Focus management skills came to the forefront, learning how to to sift through non-essential elements in a professional context and instead concentrate on one’s objectives, thereby fostering expertise. This voyage also deepened my comprehension of technical debt, a lesson that will undoubtedly endure. I’ll try to write more in time to come. Working with, being coached and mentored by and being led by Francesco throughout this journey has been nothing short of incredible! "

Join the Mentorship Experience

Are you prepared to evolve your coding practices and dive deep into the world of Anti-IF programming?
Here's your chance to learn directly from its founder.

The Story Behind This Program

"Programming with Francesco" isn't just another mentoring program. It's a culmination of years of experience, insight, and passion. Join Francesco, delve into your projects, and experience a programming transformation that goes beyond code.

Francesco Cirillo

"Recently, I've mentored several teams and it always played out the same way: they diligently applied mainstream processes, tools, and practices - Agile, Jira, Continuous Delivery, you name it - yet deadlines kept slipping and 'never-ending user stories' became the norm. Even worse, the blame game was in full swing: the product team pointed fingers at the tech team, the tech team retaliated, and the management team blamed everyone.

It wasn't about the tools or processes they were using. It was the hidden monster - software complexity. Everyone overlooked the task of reducing the complexity of both the software system and the product's value system. As complexity spiraled, confusion and frustration set in among the product and software developers, leading to delusions: "Do we already have this feature?" the Product Developers would ask. "Our software is fine, change is our only problem," the developers would insist. All the while, the beast of complexity grew as they were mired in their Jira to-do lists, pointless remote meetings, and 'clean' silos driven code duplications.

They were so embroiled in the day-to-day grind that they lost sight of the big picture: dealing with change and fostering growth of their software and product value structure by curbing its complexity.

This was the spark for my programme. The goal for your team shouldn't be just to latch onto every new process, practice, or tool. It should be about continually reducing the complexity of your software system. And to achieve that, your team needs a self-tailored blend of process, tools, and practices that work for them, not just by the book. By doing this, you can adapt to changes and let your software grow sustainably, without fear, stress, waste, or delusions. And that is the beating heart behind my programme."


Originated by Francesco Cirillo in 2007, the Anti-IF Programming approach has transformed how many perceive IFs and conditionals in software design. At the heart of software design lies a simple yet potentially dangerous tool: the conditional 'IF' statement. Undeniably foundational, its use to handle changes in a growth context, dubbed the "IF Strategy", can be a silent saboteur, complicating code and tangling logic. The IF Strategy can lead to debugging problems, never-delivered user stories, technical debt, entangled design, frictions in the team and other inefficiencies. In essence, the IF Strategy can escalate costs and delay software delivery times while degrading internal quality.