Developer Coaching

Morphing Coders into True Problem Solvers.

Hi! I'm Aaron Saray, and I'm a programming and dev coach.

How do I get to the next level as a developer? Why doesn't the programming team show more progress? How is growth and success measured in a development role? Do any of these questions sound familiar? Don't worry, I can help.

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What Does Coaching Achieve?

I specialize in taking anyone from a junior programmer to a 10x developer and coaching them to become what I call the 5x^5 programmer: 5 times more productive than the average developer, with 5 areas of focus that elevate them even further.

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Empathy

When programmers are more open to feeling empathetic, two great things happen. First, they are more connected to the user experience. They will push aside any ambivalence and fight for the best thing for the customer. Second, they'll make decisions to make their code easier to understand and maintain for their fellow team member or the next developer.

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Communication

Every industry, every business, every group says the same thing "communication is key." Yet, a lot of developers have yet to master this key responsibility. Programmers need to communicate to demonstrate their work as well as explain the value of their decisions.

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Documentation

If "What" is the business and "How" is the code, "Why" is the documentation. Most programmers don't like documentation because they haven't had a chance to see the value of it. Proper documentation techniques and workflows make what used to be a bore into something that all coders can be proud of.

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Insight

The capacity to understand the intricate details of the business and the problems to be solved make a stronger programmer. A developer begins as a coder, but becomes a problem solver by gaining deeper insight into processes.

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Foresight

Looking ahead is an under-developed skill by most developers. This is not about using the newest technology on the market (unless that's appropriate), it's about understanding the impact of current decisions on the future of the code and project. What does a programming decision now mean for the future? What changes might the company make next year?

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How Does This Work?

When I take on a new client, I learn their goals, listen to their concerns and develop a plan that helps us get measurable results. This takes time. This requires a commitment. There is no quick fix or easy panacea. But, we do have options on how we might work together.

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Monthly

Either once or twice a month is the most common, most effective engagement. We'll set specific goals and work towards milestones during our video calls. My goal is to help make significant improvements, but I can't always predict the timetable for this. You do have my word that I will coach effectively during the time we've agreed. If I feel I can't provide enough value for your investment, I'll be the first to tell you and help wrap things up.

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Condensed Report

Sometimes engaging for a few months can seem scary or daunting. I get that. I do provide an alternative which is a condensed engagement. We will find a few times that work for us, and meet in a more accelerated manner. I don't recommend this for most developers, but there are some situations that may benefit from a more targeted, rigorous plan.

But I Have Questions...

Okay, what are they?

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Did I read that right? You want to slow down my 10x Dev?

"Productivity" - which is usually an alias for "speed" - without restraint and constraint is dangerous. When you jerk the steering wheel going 120 miles an hour, it's much more dangerous than at 60. Good programmers rely solely on speed. Great programmers holistically solve problems.

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Can't you just tell me what I need to improve on my own?

Programmers are very smart. You probably can identify a lot of your surface challenges, so you're equipped to solve them yourself. As a coach, I dig in deeper by getting to know you, learning about your history and experience, and observing your work. Just like with programming, more complex goals require planning and structured solutions. So... no.

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Will I receive detailed status reports if you coach one of my developers?

As managers, we must remember that we are just stewards of a programmer's career, and enjoy the benefits of their growth while they're a member of our team. You've made the right decision investing in them; but this is an investment in them, not for you. I give factual, attendance-based reports if required, but I will not share the specifics of coaching sessions. It's important to provide an atmosphere where things can be discussed, challenged, and explored with no fear of any judgement or repercussions for someone to grow.

Let's Get Started

During the last 2 decades, Iโ€™ve learned the best practices that make a programming project or team successful. I've managed developers, built strong teams, and bridged the gap between many styles of businesses and many disciplines of programming. Letโ€™s schedule an initial call for me to learn about your needs and let you know how I can help. If I canโ€™t help you out, Iโ€™ll try to connect you with someone who can. Itโ€™s as easy as clicking the link below!

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