SoftSkills.app is a comprehensive Soft Skills Assessment and Self-Improvement training program designed specifically for Software Engineers.
How our soft skills training program works
There are 5 stages to the SoftSkills.app training program:
- Assess - Software Engineers take a 252 Question Softs Skills Knowledge Assessment that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
- Score - Scores are presented across 14 Soft Skill Categories as a Soft Skills Scorecard.
- Target - Based on their scores, a software engineer is recommended to start with either Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced levels of Soft-Skills Coaching.
- Listen - 126 Soft Skill Topics are broken up into 42 podcasts totaling 13 hours of audio coaching.
- Repeat - Software Engineers can retake assessment sections to improve their scores as they progress through the coaching podcasts.
Who our soft skills training program is for
SoftSkill.app is optimized for the following scenarios:
- When there is a need for coaching that is specifically geared towards the challenges encountered by Software Engineers on cross-functional Agile/Scrum teams.
- When soft skills training budgets are highly constrained or non-existent.
- When delivery timelines prevent developers from taking days or even hours away from their work to improve their soft skills.
- When software engineers would prefer private self-paced soft skills training rather than sitting in lectures or 1-on-1 in-person coaching.
- When distributed development teams find it challenging to arrange group training sessions.
- When software engineers would prefer to get coaching at their convenience: e.g., while commuting, while at the gym, or while at their desk.
Which soft skill topics we cover
The following are the 126 topics presented across the 42 coaching podcasts totaling 13 hours of content:
- Communication - How well you communicate. (Topics: Respect, Honesty, Trust, Assertiveness, Debate, Consensus, Persuasion, Aggressiveness, and Manipulation.)
- Teamwork - How well you work within a team. (Topics: Individuality, Mission, Alignment, Strengths, Weaknesses, Balance, Leadership, Ownership, and Obstacles.)
- Curiosity - How much interest you have in learning new things. (Topics: Thinking, Intelligence, Openness, Research, Experimentation, Prototyping, Imagination, Innovation, and Invention.)
- Initiative - How much you desire to start new things. (Topics: Ideas, Opportunity, Determination, Planning, Selling, Compromise, Inspiring, Motivating, and Enthusiasm.)
- Skill Level - How well you develop software. (Topics: Education, Knowledge, Experience, Dedication, Perseverance, Incrementalism, Expertise, Mastery, and Mentoring.)
- Attention to Detail - How well you understand and implement requirements. (Topics: Patience, Listening, Questioning, Scenarios, Diagrams, Checklists, Internalization, Interpolation, and Perfection.)
- Business Focus - How much you care about the goals of the business. (Topics: Capitalism, Profit, Growth Sales, Advertising, Licensing, Payroll, Funding, and Runway.)
- Deadline Focus - How much you are concerned with deadlines. (Topics: Estimates, Commitments, Contingency, Stakeholders, Expectations, Reporting, Negotiations, Contracts, and Consequences.)
- Estimate Accuracy - How accurate your estimates are. (Topics: Precedent, Investigation, Decomposition, Scope, Dependencies, Competencies, Interruptions, Turnover, and Overtime.)
- Productivity - How much work you produce per unit time. (Topics: Distraction, Motivation, Discipline, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Completion, Flow, Previsualization, and Sleep.)
- Criticality - How important you are to an organization. (Topics: Fungibility, Uniqueness, Importance, Specialization, Exceptionalism, Recognition, Reputation, Politics, and Promotion.)
- Marketability - How easily you can find a new job. (Topics: Jobs, Careers, Ambition, Demand, Economy, Trends, Recruiters, Networking, and Offers.)
- Adaptability - How well you can adapt to new situations. (Topics: Comfort, Confidence, Courage, Absorption, Adjustments, Resiliency, Detachment, Formlessness, and Survival.)
- Risk Tolerance - How much you fear failure. (Topics: Fear, Costs, Rewards, Success, Failure, Recovery, Gambling, Odds, and Recklessness.)
Why our assessment is so detailed
The SoftSkills.app assessment is 252 questions distributed across 14 soft skill categories. Each question has a short statement carefully crafted to make a Software Engineer aware of their own opinions on a wide variety of soft skills related issues. The Software Engineer answers how strongly they agree or disagree with each statement, a process that usually takes less than 10 seconds.
Each of the 14 categories consists of 9 topics, and each topic has 2 questions associated with it. As there are 126 topics, this results in 252 questions. As there is no time limit on the assessment, and the Software Engineer can elect to take it all at once or in stages, the total time to complete the assessment is ultimately up to the individual software engineer. Typical times range from between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on how much time is spent contemplating each question.
Once complete, Software Engineers reviews their Soft Skills Scorecard, which shows how well they scored across each of the 14 categories. The Scorecard also functions as the media player for exploring and listening to the coaching podcasts, as well as the means to retake assessment sections.
Why we use podcasts to deliver training
SoftSkills.app has adopted in Podcasts as the format to deliver training for the following reasons:
- Familiarity - Podcasts are a very popular way that Software Engineers already use to learn new skills while they are working.
- Convenience - Podcasts can be listened to at any time, on any device, from any location.
- Relevance - 13 hours of content is broken up across 42 podcasts average 17 minutes each, allowing software engineers to focus on the topics they find most relevant to them.
- Multi-Tasking - Software Engineers can get soft skills training by listening to the coaching podcasts while they work.
- Efficiency - Podcasts can be listened to at up to 1.75x the normal speed, and individual topics can be skipped to within the same Podcast.
- Repetition - Podcasts are carefully structured to cover three related topics in a thorough yet concise presentation that lends itself to repeat listening.
When time and budget are constrained
SoftSkills.app is particularly well suited for situations where both time and budget are constrained. The training program is highly affordable at $49.95 per-engineer and does not require dedicated blocks of time to complete. This allows software engineers to take the program at their own pace as they have the time throughout the workweek.
Already helping developers around the world
Software Engineers from the United States, Canada, Israel, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, and the Netherlands have used the SoftSkills.app training program to further their careers by adding valuable soft skills to their technical expertise. These include Software Engineers from top technology companies, such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, American Express, GitLab, and Disney.
How to get started now
SoftSkills.app is a frictionless turn-key training solution that can be implemented immediately by individuals or organizations.
For Software Engineers:
- Take the Soft Skills Assessment to test your knowledge of Soft Skills and generate your Soft Skills Scorecard.
- The free version of your Soft Skills Scorecard has the results of the first 3 category sections unlocked. It also includes 3 free Soft Skills Coaching Podcasts (~1 hour of content) that you can use to determine if you would like to unlock your full Soft Skills Scorecard.
- If you like the advice given in the free Soft Skills Coaching Podcasts, you can choose to unlock the full version of your Soft Skills Scorecard for $49.95. This will grant you access to all 42 Soft Skills Coaching Podcasts totaling 13 hours of content covering 126 topics.
- Purchase as many Gift Codes as you like for your organization for $49.95 per engineer.
- Download the spreadsheet of Gift Codes, and share them with your Software Engineers.
- When a Software Engineer uses a gift code, they do not have to pay to unlock the full version of their Soft Skills Scorecard.
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