I have quit jobs over their idiotic daily meeting rituals. Continuous evaluation does nothing for team performance.
Firing people hurts morale. Hiring people who suck hurts morale.
Making people who suck, suck in public on a daily basis hurts morale.
Forcing people who actually get shit done, to mire themselves in tedium and busy work, and engage garish displays of self-appraisal, not only interrupts actual work, distracting from things that count, but provides for a constant atmosphere of interrogation.
Playing the daily meeting, and weekly status game is shit. I won't do it. Never again. Not for any amount of money.
Know what you want before you assign it to me. I'll get it done. Don't ask me are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? You child. Grow some patience. The car ride is over when I park the car.
I'm not directing this sort of statement at any actual person, but if someone is asking me for advice and personal opinion, I'd always prefer to tell it like it is.
I can't stand the constant inquisition of these systems. It makes it seem like the focus is on the dance of "doing work" and not the actual work product at all.
I don't believe so. Micromanagement is the result of two things: lack of actual management skill and lack of trust in employees.
These become more and more common as organizations grow in size, because:
a)Bad managers become more likely to play politics or slip through the cracks and get promoted, and
b) inefficiencies (correlated with firm size) and the resulting decline in output tend to be attributed to employees not working, or not working hard enough - which breeds mistrust.
Then what's to be done? Unless you've figured out how to hire only good people?
> Making people who suck, suck in public on a daily basis hurts morale.
Really? I feel a lot more resentful if someone's doing a terrible job and no-one seems to notice.
> Know what you want before you assign it to me. I'll get it done.
So you can estimate perfectly? Or when it becomes cleare something is going to take twice as long as originally thought, you have all the knowledge of the business to decide what action to take?
When you find good people, certainly don't bog them down with the albatross of making them do the things that terrible people waste time on.
If you know terrible people are wasting time (and you will) and you know it's not fun to watch, why make a public display of it?
Management can suck as much as subordinates. Terrible people cut across all levels of employment. They are a fact of life. Rituals don't improve anything.
Know what you want. Your estimates will be destroyed if you don't. If you have to estimate, then you don't know what you're getting into. You are experimenting. Nothing will be precise.
Don't burden me with your stupid, pointless rituals, if you're going on adventures into uncharted territory. You're wasting time with rituals.
If you care about time, don't estimate. If you have to estimate, then stop caring about time.