Online coaching that helps professionals in software development keep growing through confidential guidance to overcome challenges with advancement, coworkers, and work/life balance.
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A lasting career in software development takes more than just learning new processes and technologies.
If you're like me, I'm guessing you loved working on software ...at first.
But after more experience, you probably hit some walls we can all run into:
You're not alone!
ALL the problems above stem from believing 3 very popular...
MYTHS of the Software Industry
#1 The technology or processes you know determine your fate (FALSE!)
This is why we see endless certifications, tutorials, and "top 10 languages to learn" articles.
It appeals to our desire for a "silver bullet" (and fear of missing out on opportunities).
Unfortunately if you keep believing this, you'll stay stuck a vicious cycle of playing catch-up with how technology is changing that will seriously limit your career progress.
#2 More credentials get you more opportunities (FALSE!)
This is why we have LinkedIn, influencer marketing, like counts, and job titles.
Credentials are a false sense of how effective or successful someone is.
They really just say "I know how to make a name for myself!"
If you really want lasting success in software development, you must step out from the crowd -
...and overcome hard truths that only a select few truly fulfilled and successful people are willing to see.
#3 When you do what others ask, you get rewarded (FALSE!)
Why is it that when you work harder, and bend over backwards to meet the demands of your boss or client -
...it never feels like you get recognized?
And other people seem to do LESS work but are enjoying success you feel like you deserve?
Through education, and ineffective managers - we've had this myth programmed into us.
But chasing it guarantees you'll be treated like an "order taker" when you could be so much more...
I'm not sure how you feel about your career, but I had a hard time finding my way.
I started out as a software developer, and soon got experience in a lot of other roles.
But I bounced between jobs always looking for the perfect gig - and never really finding it.
Every project started out well, but seemed to eventually spin into a "death spiral".
Sometimes people weren't honest with each other, or the company used fake agile processes.
Other times I honestly just got bored working with old tech stacks.
So after a decade of working for product companies, I decided to give software consulting a shot.
But my first few years in consulting were a big blow to my ego - I could see I still had a lot to learn.
Even though I was paid well and got to lead a ton of amazing projects; working with clients exposed one of the problems I already knew -
...my coworkers told me I needed to work better with people.
So I started seeking out other consultants to be mentors I could learn from.
I watched them closely to hear how they talked, presented their ideas, and persuaded people.
I read all the typical books on consulting, management, and building better relationships.
And it was a confusing journey, but after a few years I found myself way more relaxed at work.
I even got a few compliments: "Jayme, you make people really comfortable to work with you."
It was hard to believe, but the problem wasn't finding the perfect project - it was me.
Once I understood people on software teams better, I could do more of what I wanted, under less pressure, and make even more money (though that's not why I did it).
I had learned an important lesson: software development becomes a messy game of politics if you can't win other people's support.
But from then on, every new project I started, I ran into other frustrated people on dev teams -
...they were EXACTLY like I had been earlier in my career.
So 2 years ago, after 22 years in the industry - I decided to do something about it.
I began offering an experience for serious professionals who want the personal support only one-on-one coaching can provide.
Most companies are so busy, they don't have time to make sure you're growing!
Are you ready to take the unbeaten path - to create the career that's best for YOU?
Let's make 2020 your breakthrough year!
Coaching helps your talents shine through on any team.
The pressure to know everything and deliver faster is 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.
Jayme will help you decide what coaching term may be best after your free initial consultation.
Below are some examples of career goals and a typical coaching term to impact them. *
* These are just examples, talk to me about whatever you're looking for help with at your consultation.
First, complete a brief self-assessment to evaluate your readiness for coaching and identify your desires.
The consultation will help us decide whether it makes sense to work together - there's no pressure to commit.
Your consultation is a casual meeting where we'll get to know each other a bit and discuss:
After your consultation, you can purchase a bundle of coaching sessions as a package.
The activities performed during each session will vary and depend on what we learn, how your career is changing, and where you need the most support.
Coaching sessions are conducted over Zoom™ videoconferencing software.
Sessions begin with audio, but we can share video if you're comfortable.
* Zoom is a trademark of Zoom Video Communications, Inc.
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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Coaching packages offer a bundle of 55 minute sessions to book over the duration of the package (2 months, 4 months, or 6 months).
Each session you attend will reduce the number remaining in your package by one.
Upon purchase of a package, you'll receive an email with a link you can click to easily book your sessions online.
My online booking allows you to see what time slots I have available so you can book single, or recurring sessions.
I'm available for sessions from 1:00pm - 5:00pm Central Standard Time (CST), Monday through Friday.
I recommend a session at least twice a month to balance making progress with your existing commitments.
However, you are free to schedule sessions more or less frequently depending on your needs and my availability.
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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.