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Performance Review Pain Relief

  • Aug 4, 2011 · 6:30 PM
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6:30-7:30 - Meet, greet and eat

7:30-8:30 - Presentation

8:30-9:00 - Debrief

9:00 - Conclusion and networking


The Performance Review survives almost intact in most organizations despite the ever increasing rate of adoption of agile and lean techniques. Unfortunately attempts at motivating and engaging employees from such a mindset is more likely to cause damage.

Help your clients to understand the pain of the Mass Production mindset with an experiential simulation. And then see within the simulation how coaching can help adjust the process to use intrinsic motivation through more deep understanding of customer purpose.

(Editor's note: This is a sneak preview of a session that Harold and Chris will be presenting at the Agile2011 conference next month in Salt Lake City. Come to the meetup and save a ton in conference fees and airfare!)

Presenter Bios

Harold Shinsato works for SAP and is a developer, agile coach, Open Space facilitator and founder of Missoula BarCamp, and has also acted with BayArea Theatersports as an improvisational actor.

Chris Sims is the founder of Agile Learning Labs, and co-author of The Elements of Scrum. Chris started the Bay Area Agile Managers Support Group, and he is on the board of BayAPLN, the Bay Area chapter of the Agile Project Leadership Network.

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  • Tracy K.

    I felt like the activities did not translate directly to the topic although they were fun and engaged. It would have helped if more of a bridge was drawn between the activites and theme. I understood the activities were to highlight the arbitrary nature of reviews but they were a bit heavy handed. It was jarring to jump from the first activity into "now act like a scrum team". My assumption is that most people at the meetup are already bought into the benefits of Agile and scrum. I, for one, would have preferred that we jumped into the meat of the discussion. I was hoping to find some thoughts and suggestions that would be actionable for a large corporation. It felt like we didn't spend enough time talking about how to still meet the need that a performance review provides in an organization while still making the process more relevant to Agile teams.

    August 8, 2011

  • Harold

    Thanks all who attended for helping to make the event a fun and successful event. I've promised a paper. This blog post is not that paper as I'm still doing research. But it's a start.

    August 7, 2011

  • Jonathan L.

    Great topic delivered in fun/interactive way. Presenters engaging and asked lots of good questions -- let us extract learning and application to our day-to-day lives.

    August 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun game that helped to realize how different the environment we work in now is from the perspective of performance and feedback. Realize that we have work to do to shift away from old ways and truly adjust to agile also from HR perspective.

    August 5, 2011

  • Karen M.

    Informative and fun meeting.

    August 5, 2011

  • Harold

    Bob Payne's last Agile Toolkit podcast was relevant to the topic tonight.
    W. Edward Deming called performance appraisals and reviews "one of the deadly diseases", and recommended that they be abolished.

    August 4, 2011

  • A former member

    A former member changed the location for this Meetup

    July 14, 2011

  • Harold

    Awesome David! I'd like to sponsor the food. Do you think folks would go for take out chinese? Might be an upgrade from pizza.

    July 12, 2011

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