Coaching for Software Engineering Leaders that helps you develop your skills,
achieve your goals and be the leader you want to be
Whether you’re a seasoned CTO or someone new to taking a leadership role in a
software engineering team, your role in the ever-changing environment of a
start-up is complex.
As your career advances, the expectations to take on more responsibility for
how you spend your time, set your goals and define and develop your role only
increase. While this is often exciting and rewarding, it can also be
stressful and lonely. Knowing who to turn to for advice and support might be
Working with a coach can be an effective way to tackle the challenges and
stresses of your role. I can help you navigate change, accelerate your
learning and development and support you in achieving your goals.
All my coaching programmes are flexible and personalised to your needs.
Together, we will focus on developing the skills you need to achieve your
Some examples of areas I can help you with include (but are in no way limited
- navigating change (scaling, pivots, re-organisations, promotions etc.)
- reducing your level of stress and helping you feel more in control
- helping you manage both up and sideways more effectively
- tackling dysfunctions in how your teams operate
- improving how you delegate work to your teams
- improving your decision making
- setting technology strategy
- improving how you hire
Who am I?
I am Joel Chippindale and I have 20 years experience building, scaling and
leading software development teams, mainly in start-ups, including CTO roles
at Econsultancy, FutureLearn and Unmade.
I believe in the importance and value of building inclusive, empowered,
sustainable teams and have experienced the challenges of nurturing the
cultures, skills and practices that enable teams and individuals to achieve
their full capabilities.
I use a combination of coaching techniques to help you make the most of your
skills, knowledge and experiences and help you develop your capabilities.
I can also, where you want it and it is appropriate, offer advice based on my
hands-on experience of leading engineering teams.
Please get in contact if you want to find out more.
You can email me at
email@example.com or feel free to book
a video call about coaching
using Calendly – no need
to email first.
What people say about my coaching
Joel is a thoughtful and insightful coach with a talent for helping
you get to the uncomfortable nub of a problem! He helped me both to
understand complex situations and take a step away from them in order
to find useful approaches and strategies for doing my job better and
enjoying it more. I recommend coaching and mentorship for everyone at
every stage of their career and would certainly recommend working
Joel is a great coach to have. Joel was always prepared, knew
precisely the right question to ask and genuinely cared about my
After a coaching session with Joel, I always feel my mind is clearer
and more focused.
Joel is an excellent leader and mentor. He actively listens and asks
questions that make you reflect and give you more confidence in your
decision making. He also promotes an environment where you learn from
your mistakes, take ownership of your successes and take pride in
Joel ran the least dysfunctional engineering team I had ever worked in.
I also offer consultancy services and fulfilling fractional
roles to provide wider support for your organisation.