Personal guidance to acquire the skills and insight you need beyond coding.
You're probably considering help with your software development career because you're bored or frustrated, other people on your project are hard to deal with, or work's interfering with your life.
Research shows that a fulfilling job should have a positive impact on you - while staying in one that doesn't match your ambitions can actually be very bad for your health!
Unfortunately the software development industry is notorious for leaving talented people in positions where they stop growing, and eventually burn out. 😫
Early in my career I enjoyed the typical dev stereotype of being lazy and antisocial - until eventually it held me back from growing.
Things finally started to really open up for me when I stopped following what everyone else did, and learned new persuasion and communication skills as a consultant.
After working on over 30 software projects, I still run into frustrated developers all the time - but they usually don't do anything but bitch about it.
So I started offering coaching to help people just like you get unstuck and keep growing.
Clients sometimes come to me after a bad experience with a generic career coach who didn't understand the unique challenges of the software industry.
As someone who's spent over two decades delivering products - I'll help you get clear about what you want, develop a realistic plan to get there, and encourage and guide you all along the way.
I use the co-active method, where I don't "tell you what to do" - but rather I help you discover the answers within you supported by my experience.
You may find that you quit wasting time chasing someone else's dream, stop being freaked out or angry all the time, and increase your self-esteem and confidence by getting straight talk about what it takes to survive in this industry.
My coaching is a collaborative, experience-based, results-focused approach and you'll find my coaching style compassionate, non-judgmental, and uplifting.
Let's make 2020 your breakthrough year!
Amplify any role you play on a software team.
The pressure to "know-it-all" and deliver faster can feel unrelenting. Get clarity with your career vision, learn consulting techniques for persuading people, and make more realistic commitments so you can have a life outside work.
When anything goes wrong it's easy to blame the gatekeepers. Get help with setting boundaries for responsibility with management - so you can share ownership with the rest of the team. Don't take all the blame and let that keep you so busy you aren't growing!
Making the switch from individual contributor to leader is difficult on software teams. Use consulting techniques to reset expectations, and empower people to bring their best each day so you aren't overwhelmed. Earn the trust of your team AND your supervisor.
To find out if you're a good fit to participate in this software development career coaching program:
Schedule a free 45 minute initial consultation with me over Zoom™ videoconferencing.
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If I agree to take you on as a client, you may then invest in the software development career coaching program that fits your needs.
You can enroll in a monthly subscription, or purchase a pre-paid bundle of sessions.
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I was fortunate enough to work with Jayme during my most recent project where I was fulfilling a new role as automated QA. Anytime I contacted him to ask for help, Jayme patiently taught me everything he could about Azure DevOps with which I’d never worked before. He taught me so much that I was able to become our team’s Azure expert. Without Jayme’s help, I don’t believe I could have fulfilled my responsibilities in time. The foundation he provided is what allowed me to be the mentor of the entire development team for Azure DevOps. I highly recommend Jayme for coaching.
Jayme Edwards is a software developer coach.
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It's hard to be completely honest with people employed by the same company as you. There's competition for pay and promotions, and egos get in the way. I provide confidentiality, and I'm an advocate for you with no conflict of interests.
I can provide you with the opportunity to be honest and vulnerable, and share challenges you're having with specific people so you can do something about it. I would often vent to my wife about struggles at work. And while she'd listen to my problems - I couldn't really expect her to help me through them.
If you're reading this, chances are you're either stuck or having a hard time knowing which way to go with a problem in your project, career, or life. Unfortunately many people only work in a few roles over their career, or with several companies. Burnout is a real problem in this industry. I've been fortunate enough to work on a large number of projects at different companies with different business problems. I'm offering you a broader perspective.
I understand a lot about how the common job roles on software teams are measured and motivated differently. And I can help you think outside your own role to win support with other people. I've serviced many clients as a consultant to help most roles on software projects including designers, product managers, CTOs, operations, and more.
You can watch (or listen to as a podcast) over 100 episodes of my YouTube channel Healthy Software Developer, if you need more help deciding whether to seek my services.
One of the biggest challenges in software development is having a healthy work/life balance. Depending on your situation, I may recommend books, products, or activities to do to balance out your life with working in this industry. There's no "silver bullet" solution to stress and anxiety on software projects - each person is different. With that being said, I've found some things that work very well for me and learned a lot through trial and error. I believe the unique experience I have with trying to raise a family while working in software development can offer you solutions a regular life coach can't.
From a technology standpoint - I can advise you on your product's design, architecture, release strategy, and how you and your team work together as examples. I'm paid highly as a consultant because of the wide variety of problems I've solved in different industries. But this service is not for debugging and working through specific programming algorithms. It would be too expensive for you due to the time needed.
Software development projects and the nature of our work can be incredibly contextual. So it's likely that what we do together will be specific to a combination of variables that make your situation special. Depending on what you're trying to achieve, I may offer coaching activities you can do outside of your session (provided as PDF files you'll print out and complete usually). I may also suggest both physical and online learning resources as necessary.
We'll be sure to discuss together how realistic it is that you can actually do the activities, or learn from the resources, before you commit to anything. Having been in this industry a long time, I know time is one of the hardest things to find in our career. I want to help you get slack back into your life again, and I wouldn't be doing a very good job if I overwhelmed you with too much homework!
I'm all too familiar with confronting high pressure leaders. As a neutral advocate for you, I cannot directly get involved in the politics at your company by communicating with others on your project(s) unless you book a team session with them. This is why I'll help you learn consulting strategies as needed to earn respect for your ideas and convince people yourself!
I'm happy to provide guidance on what you need to do to win in your pursuit of new positions! However I will not provide a reference unless we've worked together on a project. It's important that your reputation is kept ethical and honest as you grow.
Getting promoted can be a complicated process, but there are several strategies I've used that have worked well for me. How we approach this will depend a lot on how measurable we can make the goals you feel will put you in the best position for promotion, as well as the personalities of the people you work with. I cannot guarantee that you'll get promoted if you apply my guidance, but I'm confident we can put you in the best position possible to be considered if you're willing to put the work in.
You can cancel your session up to 24 hours in advance. If you cancel by then, you'll be refunded in full.
You may email me about scheduling questions, or to respond to materials I send you. And feel free to discuss any of the content on my blog, YouTube channel, or podcast with me there. I personally invite you be part of our growing community of healthy software developers! You can also find links to all my social media accounts at the bottom of this web page. But please don't abuse these channels to discuss your case - you should book a session for that.
Some people prefer sharing high level ideas to a big audience. And while it's fun to get up on stage, make people laugh, and throw ideas around - it takes getting your hands dirty to actually put them into practice. I've spent my career doing the hard work needed to implement these ideas one on one with people on real teams.
I've given many presentations over my career and they are great tools for making decisions, or raising awareness. But achieving goals and overcoming challenges is done by people working closely together. I don't believe I can be effective at this while helping any more than about 5 people at a time, so that's the limit for my team coaching sessions.