My Boss Beat Me To It and The Dull Spoon

So there I was. I was to have a pre-farewell lunch with my boss' boss and afterwards I was to tell my teammate the bad (I hope) news. On the way to lunch, I told my boss' boss that one of the hardest, if not hardest, thing I was going to have to do was to tell my teammate that I was leaving. The response "Oh, [my boss] told him yesterday". I was shocked. Not that my boss told him, but that my teammate let 1 1/2 days go by without saying a word!!

I walk into my teammate's cubicle after lunch, sit down and he gives me this look like he knew that I knew he knew the news (is that an alliteration??). I asked why he didn't say anything. He said so I could suffer in agony. He brought out his dull butter-knife that he said he would use on me if I was to ever leave and then said he was going to use a dull spoon instead ;-)

He understood my reasoning for leaving.

I am going to miss my teammate. He is a good guy and super smart. I wish him all the best in the world.

Telling a teammate you are resigning

Tomorrow, I get the "great pleasure" of telling my lone teammate that I am leaving the company in a couple of weeks. I actually like my teammate quite a bit. He is a good guy; tries to be humorous. He has good software engineering skills and will keep things moving forward. It is the truth that it is better to lose me than him with respect to the project that we are working on -- he has been there much longer and knows the product very well. This is probably the hardest part of this whole process for me, as weird as that may seem. Or maybe I should use the word awkward instead of hard.

I imagine it is going to be strange for him to be the only one reporting to my manager. It was strange only having a two person team, let alone a one person team.

I hope I use the right protocol and etiquette.

I will let you know how it goes.