During a project management course several project manager’s suggested that their performance management interviews were a waste of time. I decided to ask several more people (all involved in running projects) on several more courses and they were quite scathing of the process:
- managers needing to complete 20 interviews in a short period
- no feedback given
- simply going through the motions
- 15 minutes was all I got – and that was a lot compared to others
- there was no link to last years process
Pretty damning stuff.
I then started to ask the managers of those being appraised about their experiences of the performance management process and I soon discovered that very few of these managers had received any feedback from their own managers; in other words they had negative role models. By this I mean managers did not give them feedback, or if they did, they appeared to give it in a manner that did not motivate or develop the subject.
Those who I spoke with found the whole process depressing, a waste of time and non-developmental (their words, not mine!)
Look at the responsibility of those involved in project management
If you look at the project management community and see what they are charged with delivering; huge change agendas, tight deadlines with even tighter financials and poor resource levels. Yes, it’s the job of the project manager to deliver, however how about some feedback on their performance? How about some motivation some development and some communication on how the company (their manager!) perceives them? This approach should help in developing the project manager as well as project management within the business.
Let’s have 360 assessment for project staff
For this reason, my company Project Agency has introduced a tried and tested very practical 360 assessment for project staff. It will provide the individual, the project management community and the company with some really objective feedback, and help in the production of solid development plans. The target group for assessment could be project managers, project team members and even project sponsors.
360 degree appraisal is not new. However, focusing on the project management community is! We have developed a range of documents for you to look at which includes a sample report of a project manager.
This is 360 project management appraisal by a project management company. We believe that feedback is critical – to the development of the individual, the project management community in your company, and the company as a whole! Hence 360 assessment for project staff.
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