How can we measure the performance of our software engineers?

Posted by Ted Johansson on Nov 8, 2018 10:01:25 AM

That question can send a chill down the spine of many young and aspiring engineering managers, and prompt a jaded sigh from old and weathered ones.

“Here we go again.” “Well, we can’t” is the most common reaction. “At least not in any meaningful way”, another interjects.“Or in ways that aren’t counter productive”, someone adds. “It’s complicated.” So what is it about measurements in software development that is so complicated? Why is it that we can’t, or shouldn’t, measure the performance of our engineers? And what can we do instead? We were faced with these same questions when building our engineering team in EngageRocket, and in this article we will outline some of the things that we have found work, and some that don’t.

We will start by having a look at the most common pitfalls when setting out to measure software development in general, and individual performance in particular.

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Topics: Recognition, Management, Mentoring, HR Tech, Tech

Four Key HR Trends To Watch In 2018

Posted by Chee Tung on Jan 16, 2018 3:02:16 PM

You may have already noticed it, subtle changes in your office space allowing you to concentrate more. Your boss being that little bit more concerned about your professional growth. Maybe it's also gotten just that bit easier to get your application for time off approved 2017 has seen people analytics arrive "with a vengeance": this year, 69% of companies studied have been actively taking steps to improve the way they look at people data, compared to only 10-15% before.

If managers are able to effectively analyze and predict staff needs accurately, making the office environment more productive, improving career development, and implementing human resource processes should become much easier.

The increasing adoption of human resources (HR) software has helped streamline the data analytics process and expedite “social connections” by providing management with the speed to act on these real-time and actionable insights.

With this as a strong foundation for progress, 2018 promises to have some radical changes to the HR landscape.

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Topics: ER Highlights, HR analytics, HR Tech, HR trends

Five Powerful Steps to Turbo-Charge Your HR Software Implementation

Posted by Quynh Nguyen on Jul 27, 2017 8:37:42 AM

If you dread changing your HR software, you are not irrational. Implementing a new system in human resources often runs the risk of budget deficits and delays, as shown in this Bersin by Deloitte's research. A software vendor could promise you the moon (e.g., saving time, reducing cost and increasing productivity), yet many new technologies failed to meet business requirements.

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Topics: Digital HR, ER Highlights, HR, HR analytics, HR software, HR Tech, strategic HR

Three Leadership Roles That Technology Can't Replace

Posted by Chee Tung on Jul 6, 2017 8:11:07 AM

Backup-Test-and-Implement-New-HR-Sofware[This post was originally published in Forbes on 9 Jun 2017]

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Topics: Culture, Employee Engagement, ER Highlights, HR Tech, Leadership, Management