Today’s my last day at Bango. Feels almost unbelievable and surreal, despite it has only been three years and eight months, and can’t really believe it’s the last hours of my employment here. Feels much, much longer. But it’s time to move on and feel excited about a new professional opportunity; despite I’m currently struggling with my own feelings of excitement, fear and sadness, I am sure I have made the right decision for my future and I’m looking forward to go on leaving Bango in great terms and with the certainty of having made great friends and the unmeasurable satisfaction of having worked with an excellent team of professionals, hoping the best for each and every one of them, but also hoping they’ll have a place in their lives and hearts for me. It is time now to provide a little tribute to this incredible company and, especially, the truly remarkable team I’ve had the honour to call my colleagues during this time.
I joined Bango as a Senior web developer in the summer of 2013, moving for the first time permanently to the UK from my native Madrid, Spain. I had been to the United Kingdom countless times as a visitor and as a student (when I was much younger), but despite something inside me knew I needed to have the life-changing experience of “leaving the nest”, I didn’t make it happen until Bango offered me the possibility to actually move to Cambridge and work for them.
It did happen, obviously, and during all this time I’ve had a series of roles and promotions within the company: from Senior web developer to Team leader of the UX team, and from there to also hold the responsibility of championing the Agile process as a servant-leader Scrum master from the very first moment of its implementation. It has been challenging and sometimes really, really tough; but everything has paid off in terms of knowledge acquisition, expertise, leadership and, most importantly, understanding what it means to truly care for individuals in a people-centric culture with the sole objective of making them the best version of themselves by gathering and applying good working practices, plus nurturing a unique, genuine team feeling.
I am very proud of each one of them (thanks so much Ben, Jon, Sofia, Darrel, Michal, Santi, Jimmy, Lukasz, Asad, Uri, Sam, Madhu, Nick A and P, Iain, Yomi, Mark, David, Lewis, Jack and Jamie in no particular order, plus everyone that already left but still are present: Gemma, Simone, Keir, Sean, Maria, Sonya, Glenn, Jason, James, Alexie, Albert, Bola, Luke B, Andy… goodness, I’m still missing a lot of people inside and outside development, forgive me for not mentioning you all!) and I’ll be happy if, even if just a little bit, I’ve contributed to make them better and more assertive professionals, willing to accept their responsibilities but also able to challenge constructively the process. Especially, to have the right attitude towards impediments, blockers and impositions but also understanding that we are, as a whole, a team that pursues the same goals.
I really thought I could make a difference, and I believe I did, but not because of myself, but because I was also trapped in the synergy of the team, and happened the expected unexpected: I learnt more from their challenges than anything I could really offer them from a so-called senior position, and I simply ended being another piece of their puzzle. They made me be the best version of myself, and I will always be grateful for it.
This is exactly why I’m linking this post to Scrum Senshi: because it’s about ethics and feelings, about an attitude, about removing your personal ego and thinking as a team towards productivity, efficiency and work balance; the only way to truly achieve excellency.
I feel emotional and slightly blocked as I type this post, because I know tomorrow my present will become past; but like everything in life, it will not stop me, and neither it should. The experiences I have gathered during these years at Bango will always be a part of me now, and I just want to be grateful to a great company that has made me grow in many ways. The senior developer is now an experienced team leader and Scrum master with several certifications in Agile and Leadership, hence I can now take the next step in my career.
But all these achievements are nothing but a confirmation that still have a lot to learn. The more you know, the more you realize how ignorant you are. And this is exactly why I adore Agile and I’m so passionate about it: because we’re all equals, pieces of a puzzle, and we all can gather the best of our individuality and share it with our colleagues so we can influence each other in the good practices, factual and ethical.
The obvious question is: why am I leaving then?. I believe we all have our path, our personal aspirations that somehow clash with a state of quietness, stillness and stability. It’s a very personal decision, something not everyone’s able to risk, and I don’t mean it as a negative thing at all. It’s simply a unique choice. Something attractive where I felt I could grow more showed up and took it. Doesn’t make me less appreciative or grateful. It’s just a path I’ve decided to take, and stray from the current one after assimilating and gaining new skills. However, I spoke recently about how I the work ethics above contracts and I stick to what I say there.
Thank you, Bango, for these incredible years and the opportunity given. I’m a better person and professional thanks to you. I’ll always be a Bango person, because I care about the Bango team. Please keep working on this incredible people-centric culture and building awesome products with such an outstanding team of professionals. And I don’t mean just development; this also goes to Operations, Integrations, Sales, Customer services, Marketing, Finance, HR, Facilities, and everyone else.
Gracias por todo. Nos veremos en el camino.