Monday, January 24, 2005

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

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