I will never forget my first day with X-Team. It was winter in Lisbon, and summer in Melbourne. I received a personal video from Dave Rosen (X-Team’s CEO), filmed on a beach in Australia. It was amazing getting a welcoming video from the other side of the planet. We then did some Skype calls with other X-Team superheroes from all around the world. I will never forget that.
As part of my welcoming experience, I had to, like a true superhero, build my own cape and mask. Literally. And so I did. I gathered some cardboard, markers, tape and other materials left in the office, and I built my suit.
I’d never worked in a company like this. X-Team was like no other company I had ever had the opportunity to work with. I discovered an amazing atmosphere of people who truly believed in collaboration; that was the real power of every superhero I got to meet.
It was a great experience. Especially because X-Team changed me, challenged me and pushed me forward. Today I am much different than I was when I first started. And I’m glad to have experienced what I did.
Almost a year has passed and I now know that there actually was a lot of a designer in me. I’ve only discovered that with X-Team. I’ve learned that design isn’t just a matter of aesthetics or a word to explain how fancy some product can be; design is rather a process, an approach for problem-solving.
Through the process of Design Thinking I’ve learned that X-Team designs better solutions because it puts the user (not the client) in the center of the solution. More importantly, the client is brought together into the solution design, in a very collaborative and inclusive process.
I will never forget the person and the professional I became just by joining the X-Team community. To my fellow colleagues: thank you for unleashing the superhero in me.