Individual Performance in a Team Game

Overview

Many companies are shifting to Agile. But, most continue to use their existing performance evaluation methods! Why? This creates a “chasm”. Industry is moving towards the new age technologies and methods to produce better software, more complex elements, but we have not as yet moved ourselves with respect to evaluating the performance of an Individual and a team.

The word agility is on the lips and tips of most business executives throughout the world as they try to increase their employees’ and organizations’ ability to anticipate change and respond efficiently and effectively.

The benefit of one team, one vision, common mission gets diluted due to the aspect that aspects of HR related processes not being aligned to the Agile approach

The Interesting part of the story is that Agile and its manifesto have heavily focused on the harder part of the system, leaving the softer issues on the back burner or should I say to the traditional approaches. On one hand using the values and principles we are trying to move away from the traditional approaches of development and on the other hand we still continue to embrace and adopt the old system. This carries the risk of creating a unknown Chasm in the system

It is human nature for people to modify their behaviors to match the evaluation system.

  • A very important part of any agile rollout is to align the performance evaluation system (and other HR practices) with what Agile emphasizes.
  • Not doing so causes dysfunction that will erode the team’s effectiveness.

The performance appraisal isn’t always the most popular subject, but the evidence has been in for quite some time that it is more harmful than beneficial. There’s room for more research and thinking, but not for improving the performance appraisal (This part of the abstract is not clear). Instead the most important research is in engaging with your system and using continuous improvement and inspect and adapt to improve both the relationships in the workplace as well as the systems for getting work done. There are solutions available for how to set pay without performance appraisals. If you’re willing to be a transformational leader – will you bring these ideas to your workplace?

The purpose of this talk / session is to bring out the finer points of performance appraisals of individuals in Agile setup, How it can be achieved, What can be done?

 Benefits

Will help the participants:

  • Understanding the issues with the performance appraisal process
  • How to conduct and performance appraisals for Individuals in Agile

Outline

Would cover the following main areas:

  • Issues with the traditional approach to performance management
  • Role of Scrum Master in Performance management
  • How to deal with Performance management

Audience

Would be useful for:

  • Mgmt
  • Scrum Masters
  • Product Owners
  • Development Team Members
  • HR
  • Talent Management team

 

 
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Discussions

Presentation

Discussing Implementation approach

Case Study

Learning Outcome

Ability to understand the difference and the need for a innovative approach in Performance Appraisals of Agile Teams

Target Audience

• Sr. Mgmt • Scrum Masters • Product Owners • Development Team Members • HR • Talent Management team

schedule Submitted 10 months ago

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  • Rahul Sharma
    By Rahul Sharma  ~  9 months ago
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    Hi Ajay,

    Interesting topic, still most of the organisations are struggling with appraisal approach when agile environment is in place. I would like to know are you thinking or relating appraisal system with feedback (how it is at most of the places) or separate these two aspects? Your talk goes to which side?

    Also would you be sharing real time examples, where you tried or you have seen these new ways working?

    Regards,

    Rahul

    • Ajay Kabra
      By Ajay Kabra  ~  9 months ago
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      Yes Real life examples would be shared during this talk

       

      Thanks

       

       

      Ajay Kabra

      Sr. Director – Agile Transformation

      +91 9820628506

       

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      Your proposal Individual Performance in a Team Game has received a new comment from rahul-sharma-2

      Hi Ajay,

      Interesting topic, still most of the organisations are struggling with appraisal approach when agile environment is in place. I would like to know are you thinking or relating appraisal system with feedback (how it is at most of the places) or separate these two aspects? Your talk goes to which side?

      Also would you be sharing real time examples, where you tried or you have seen these new ways working?

      Regards,

      Rahul


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  • Chandan
    By Chandan  ~  9 months ago
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    Hi Ajay , with the above approach , if I have 100 rs note and I need to distribute 100 rs to 5 of my team members, this concept will help me to do it with high team satisfaction level? or still we will use Bell curve to do that? BR Chandan

    • Ajay Kabra
      By Ajay Kabra  ~  9 months ago
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      Hi Chandan

       

      The thought process as presented in your comment is actually Anti-Agile appraisal approach, we are going to see a different and a refreshing thought and style (with a case study) on how this would be feasible and do-able. The concept of Bell-curve is very much against the idea of this presentation.

       

      Thanks

       

       

      Ajay Kabra

      Sr. Director – Agile Transformation

      +91 9820628506

  • Vishal Prasad
    By Vishal Prasad  ~  9 months ago
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    Hi Ajay,

    Seems an interesting topic, could you share some more information towards the performance appraisal approach with the program team please? If possible, please provide links of your presentation and past presentation videos.

    • Ajay Kabra
      By Ajay Kabra  ~  9 months ago
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      Thanks for email.

       

      I do not carry any videos of my past presentation, but the same presentation was done @ Regional Scrum Gathering 2015 in BLR and Agile NCR 2016 (In Gurgaon).

       

      Presentation copy would be provided later, currently it is an IP issue. (Hope we understand this element)

       

      Thanks

       

      Ajay Kabra

      Sr. Director – Agile Transformation

      +91 9820628506


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