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Performance-Based Management and Andy’s Law

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Published Friday, May 10, 2013 10:29 AM by andyleonard

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Mike Henderson said:

This reminds me of a pet peeve I had about performance metrics since I have been an adult. And that's the ever popular "At Brand X we don't meet expectations, we exceed expectations."

What happens next is annual performance reviews get so inflated that if an employee isn't painted as a super-hero, their career is dead in the water.

It become a viscous cycle. Supervisors worry that if a person who comes into work and simply does there job well, they will unfairly hurt that person's career if they report just that.

May 10, 2013 11:06 AM

RichB said:

"Shipped" is great, but if it only works within the limited tests, or under only minimal load, or fails to scale over even short periods of time then we have bigger problems.

May 13, 2013 4:32 AM

RichB said:


A viscous cycle?  Is that like a bike race through custard?

May 13, 2013 4:33 AM

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