Challenging myself and others
I started my adventure with GFT 4 years ago as Java Technical Lead - one of the first employees of the newly opened Warsaw office. Moving to GFT from a large telecommunications company, I had some concerns about whether the projects I would get into would be as fascinating, impactful on the market and challenging as at my former position. Now I know that my doubts were unfounded. GFT has given me challenges, a sense of impact, and people to stay with for years.
My first project at GFT was related to the development of an e-trading Forex platform for one of the leading investment banks in the world. Bank traders and a growing group of institutional clients were the main users of the platform. Because of that, business owners of the platform wanted to implement the concept of Continuous Delivery/Deployment in such a way that would allow to do quick, but above all, safe releases of new functionalities. For my involvement in overcoming all the challenges that this project posed before me and my team, I was awarded the GFT Values Award in the Committed category. I would summarize the experience gained from this project with my favorite motto: stop starting, start finishing.
In the meantime, I started my adventure with knowledge sharing. I began my participation in GFT Academy – our programming workshops for people from the inside and the outside of the organization. It turned out pretty soon that this could be my next passion, as I was doing it well. Now I am part of the growing GFT Development Platform - a crew of ambassadors who shape the development of knowledge within the organization and its promotion outside. I've become one of the frontmen of the knowledge sharing practice in the organization.
I’ve just finished my first significant cloud migration. The application, which I brought into the cloud, is used for visualizing the risk associated with trading of equities and derivatives. I have been developing it with my team for over a year now and it’s been going great. The cloud is currently hotter than the lava in GFT, which offers great opportunities for development in this area.