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Should Software Engineers Receive Professional Coaching?

Should Software Engineers, Computer Programmers, Developers, and/or Mid-Night Hackers receive coaching? It is a good question. Now, most coaching for these people is limited to Agile or DevOps coaches bringing in consultants to tell and teach developers how to do their jobs but not to coach and counsel.

In fact, most development managers and directors receive no training in coaching and development of staff. They, instead, are chosen for their abilities at technical architecture and design over the ability to motivate and coach employees. As such Software Engineers, while least likely to receive coaching, are often most likely to need coaching as their management line is absent of specialized training in the area.

With our development team developing institutional knowledge that is irreplaceable in our organizations we should invest in developing programmers as a total person and not just a “resource” to be utilized. Professional coaching is not just for Executives and Line Employees on the “Leadership Track”. Coaching helps every one in an organization shine!

Ennis Lynch

Ennis Lynch

Ennis Lynch is a Professional Coach Based in South Florida. His primary area of coaching focuses on coaching Software Engineering Leadership. On occasion he does Agile Transformation work as well but prefers coaching at the Team and Individual level vs. the organizational level.

If you have ever wondered: is professional coaching right for me and you are a Software Engineering Manager, Director of Engineering, Director of Software Engineering, VP of Engineering, or CTO reach out for a free initial coaching session. See if coaching is right for you. Initial coaching sessions are the real deal, no hard-sells, no "here is what you would get if you paid". Individuals that receive a free coaching session will get a normal private professional coaching session of 90 minutes (30 minute onboarding + 60 minute coaching) and it will be up to you to follow-up if you want to continue with help on your journey.

Ennis is always gathering research through a team building exercise called the Ball Point Game. If you are interested in a team-level exercise and want to participate in a research project to further the field reach out. The exercise is free in South Florida (and really fun)

Ennis Lynch

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