Monday, January 24, 2005

Measuring Performance

Generally only performance of menial tasks can be measured quantatively.
Performance measurement generally is much more subjective!

accountability

At a recent Performance Management Training course I was discussing the difficulty of appraising staff who are on XP team. After walking the trainer through the process and describing how developers give estimates and sign up for stories per iteration, the trainer pointed out that although you dont know who has written each individual item of code but you do know who has been accountable (ie the person who signed up for the story).

It was also noted that while writing 3, 6 or 12 month objectives was difficult due to the changing nature of a project, XPs combination of Iterations, Stories and Planning provided an excellent performance management system.

Futhermore it is my own opinion that setting project level performance objectives where success depends on team performance assists in generating a collaborative environment and contributes to the overall success of the project

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

how to motivate?

A friend said that software is being paid to have fun. Since we spend so much time at work it should be fun and we should encourage each other to celebrate successes.

Ken Blanchard Newsletter: November 2004: "Cheering each other on�Create a collaborative climate where milestones and other measures of improvement are celebrated and people feel acknowledged. Reward and recognition focused on catching people doing things right is one of the best ways to positively reinforce a motivating work environment."