Not long ago at Blendle, we took a look at how we do performance reviews. The Engineering Growth Framework
that Medium developed was a great source of inspiration. At its core is the idea of continuous improvement, instead of subjecting people to a big nerve-wracking performance review twice a year.
Combine that with a super clear model, and it becomes evident what you can do to grow. You can use their open source tool
to score yourself.
Scoring your own performance is nothing new. Benjamin Franklin was doing something of the sort nearly 300 years ago. He wrote in his autobiography about the thirteen virtues
he assessed daily in his own behavior.
A value framework like Ben’s, or a model with different tracks for development like at Medium – both are ways to discover where there’s room for improvement. After all, if you can’t measure your performance, it’s hard to know how you can grow. Easy to see why self-scoring is such a popular mechanism.