When was the moment you KNEW that coaching was your calling?

My Unforgettable Journey from Coder to Coach

Life’s unexpected moments often shape our path in profound ways and sometimes, it takes another’s perspective to reveal our true path.  ๐ŸŒŸ

For me, the pivotal moment in my coaching odyssey and when I recognised Agile Coaching as my destined role was both enlightening and transformative.

Here’s how my story unfolded. ๐Ÿ›ค๏ธ

Software Developer Lens

I’d always looked at things through my ‘Software Developer’ lens, where every challenge felt like another piece of code waiting to be cracked and I was fueled by a passion for coding, tackling every hurdle as a challenge in coding. ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ

But then, as often happens, life threw me a curveball.

Was I a Software Developer or an Agile Coach?

Then, a singular conversation shifted my trajectory.

A Telling Question

One day, an esteemed coach, whose insights I deeply valued, pulled me aside and posed a simple question which was, “When did you last code?” ๐Ÿ’ฌ

The answer was instant; truth be told, it had been months since I last dabbled in coding.

The Reality Check

Her words were crystal clear when she announced, “You’re more than a ‘Software Developer’ โ€“an Agile Coach.”

Her rationale? ๐ŸŒ

She went on to say, “You invest your time uplifting others. Your attention is on the team and their surroundings. Building products isn’t your mainstay now.”

My Aha! Moment

Her observations resonated with me. I had evolved from coding to guiding without even realising it. ๐Ÿ’ก

The coding universe continued, but I carved a niche in aiding others to code proficiently. While the coding world moved forward, my journey had taken a different turn: I was now more invested in helping others code.

Stepping into My New Role

This was more than just an epiphany for me.   I can say that this newfound clarity was transformative. ๐Ÿš€

It wasn’t about distancing from coding but about embarking on an enriching journey – empowering coders, amplifying team synergy, and fostering the correct settings.

It marked the beginning of a new phase where I wasn’t leaving coding behind but leveraging my experience to guide, mentor, and uplift a new generation of coders.

It was about enhancing team dynamics and nurturing a conducive coding environment.

Want to elevate your Agile capabilities?

Explore Agile and Scrum through my courses and let me guide you to unlock your inherent potential and direction. ๐ŸŒฑ

If you are interested in becoming an agile coach and value mentored, coach-driven skills development in your journey to mastery, visit our Growing Agile Coaches page.

If you are inspired by the idea of an online apprenticeship for a scrum master, visit https://www.agilesuccess.academy/courses/growing-scrum-masters-advanced

If you like the idea of becoming a scrum master and want to achieve internationally recognised and certified accreditation as a scrum master, visit our Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course page.

If you are already a scrum master and want to upskill to a more advanced level of knowledge and agile coaching capability, visit our Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) course page.

If you have several yearsโ€™ experience as a scrum master and want to validate and certify your professional skills, visit our Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-SM) course page.

For more information on John McFadyen, visit https://www.johnmcfadyen.com or connect with John on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnmcfadyen/.

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John McFadyen Managing Partner
John McFadyen is an Executive and Enterprise Agile Coach with proven experience working on some of the UK and Europeโ€™s largest, most complex Agile Transformations. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, John brings a wealth of experience as an Agile coach, Agile practitioner and software developer into each of the four core courses he provides. The war stories, the insights into successful Agile transformations and everything he has learned from coaching high-performance Agile teams combine to provide course delegates with a unique, compelling training experience that transforms as much as it empowers.

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