Since the “Scrum” methodology became popular trend in the SW organizations, the problem of performance evaluations has been in the …Continue reading
The basic problem that Scrum raises up is: Should the company measure only the performance of the “Team”, or should it measure the performance of the “Individuals”? In Scrum philosophy the smallest basic building block of organization is “Team” and so it would be logical that only the performance of the Team is evaluated, not the individuals. In the systems thinking it is the cooperation of the agents that creates the ideal performance – optimizing the performance of the individuals could result the “system as a whole” performing worse (i.e. suboptimization). However, this is conflicting with the traditional HR systems – how could you know who are theindividuals responsible for the good/bad performance of the teams if you don’t evaluate them?
One solution proposal for this are the peer evaluation systems. The idea seems to be that if the team members do the evaluation themselves, then it is actually part of the self-organizing phenomena of the “team as a system”. This supposedly leads to less danger for the hurtful suboptimization.
Via Iñaki Agirre