Take a piece of yellow paper, a slice of pizza, and a couple of guys with clipboards – and what do you have?
Last week – it was the latest gathering of the North Bay Agile Meetup group. The topic was “Performance Review Pain Relief.” So what would you do with that piece of paper – write a performance review – or make an airplane? At this Meetup – we did both.
Led by Chris Sims of Agile Learning Labs and Harold Shinsanto – we formed agile teams of expert paper airplane manufacturers. And in the course of producing some of the most embarrassing paper airplanes in aeronautical history – the group explored what works and doesn’t work with performance reviews.
In the context of “agile business” – it would be easy to decree that old-fashioned stack-ranking and personal performance reviews should go by the wayside. After all, rating the performance of individuals relative one another runs counter to the ideas of self-organization, teamwork, and continual improvement so central to agile product development.
And until the HR department hops on board the “agile train” – are we just stuck? The group decided no. As an agile team – we can
And to the Human Resources professionals who may accidentally stumble on the great world of agile, scrum and team-based work – come on over. We’d love to talk. We saved a couple of slices of pizza just for you.