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Performance Reviews That Don’t Suck

February 13, 2019

Let’s face it, most performance reviews suck! Many in the agile community suggest abandoning performance reviews, but few offer suggestions for alternatives. A large percentage of software developers work in an enterprise environment where performance reviews are mandated. And even when they are not mandated, what if you could do performance reviews that will honor agile values and not only suck less, but actually provide value to the individual and the organization?

Todd Little will demonstrate such a program that was rolled out successfully with strong support across the enterprise−from the individual colleagues to people leaders, and even including HR. He will demonstrate the principles and the specific implementation of the system which you can tailor to your organization’s values and constraints. While the system was originally designed to cover developer roles, the approach has been broadened and utilized to cover many knowledge worker roles and then expanded to cover leadership roles.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to go about designing a performance management system that honors agile values and actually provides value to both the organization and the individuals.
  • An approach for developers and other knowledge worker roles
  • An approach for leadership roles

On demand recording

Meet our panelists

Todd Little, CEO at Lean Kanban, Inc.

Todd Little is the CEO at Lean Kanban, Inc., a company that operates a professional services business, an education program and a global conference series. He has been involved in most aspects of software development with a focus on commercial software applications for oil and gas exploration and production. He is a co-author of the Declaration of Interdependence for Agile Leadership and a founding member and past President of the Agile Leadership Network.  He has served on the Board of Directors of both the Agile Alliance and the Agile Leadership Network.

Mike Watson VP Engineering at Synerzip

Mike Watson, VP Engineering at Synerzip, is a veteran engineering leader with over 15 years of experience leading software teams. Mike’s passion is in helping software product development organizations transition into strong Agile practices and cultures within. He has experience working with large and medium public companies (such as Motorola and Tangoe), as well as mid-to-late stage startups (such as 4thpass, Solbright and Quintessent). Mike has been fortunate to work with a few of the leading minds in modern agile process development.

Mike’s technical specialties include Kanban/Scrum, highly scalable enterprise software, SaS/Cloud compliance, Application Security, System Integration and Mobile Commerce.