Why am I writing this content?
In theory, software is a terrific field to be in. We make good money, we get to be creative, we have comfortable offices, flexible schedules, can work from home, and there is great demand for our services.
In reality, many of us are miserable. We are stressed, unhealthy, don’t like our jobs, and get burned out in great numbers early in our careers. This isn’t true for all of us… some people truly love this work.
But as I started to explore the reasons behind my own personal dis-satisfaction living as a professional coder, I started to explore more broadly why some of us dislike this work so much, and more importantly, how can we fix it. How do we reclaim our own satisfaction and mental health working in this field?
This site intends to share my own findings, in hopes of providing answers and solutions that can help others. I also intend to build up this content and my own knowledge enough to start to change careers to focus more on the people in this industry, and less on the production of software.
Who am I writing to?
I’m writing to individual contributors – those of you who do not manage others. You may be brand new to this field, or you may be a senior level member of your team, or anywhere in between.
I’m focusing on individuals because most other writings focus on management. Not only is there no need for yet another article/book/workshop on how to manage your team, but such works miss the root causes of misery in this industry. Our problem is not how to lead, but how to follow while still standing up for ourselves and our needs.
I intend to focus on content that helps individuals, to help them gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enact change within their own teams. I can already tell that writing to empower the individual may start to sound like I’m encouraging a revolt against our collective management. This isn’t truly the case…
I do believe that as a community, individual coders have more power over our environment than most people believe, and we can act for more change than we do today. I also believe that our empowerment can benefit our leadership – as we become more satisfied and engaged with our work, their goals will also be met.
Therefore, I’ll be writing up problems and solutions that can be addressed at an individual level, and I’m going to encourage people to be less passive about their own work environment. It is my belief that we can improve this industry from the bottom up, driving change through our personal behaviors.