As a company, we're trying to push more quarterly OKR's into the individual level. We've had success with quarterly goals at the team level (IE code coverage, # of successful releases, up time, % crash free users, etc), and we have long term professional individual goals for career growth. However, we're new to pushing goals down to the individual quarter to quarter. What are the metrics you use to track engineers growth and achievement quarter to quarter?
Before going any further, I should recognize some of the similar questions that have been asked on this topic, and my agreement with the negative answers -
- I whole-heartedly agree that tracking lines of code is a horrible, terrible metric. There's probably a 100 reasons for this, a few of them included here: https://pm.stackexchange.com/a/8970/27888
- I also agree that attempting to track bugs written / solved / etc. is an anti pattern. Good answer here that I agree with: https://pm.stackexchange.com/a/5290/27888
- I asked in a different question about tracking story points achieved per engineer. I'm still mixed on these answers, but worth calling out the conversation exists: Are story points achieved a good individual quarterly goal?
So given all the things that are bad ideas for showing / tracking individual achievement and growth quarter to quarter, what are the right ways to do this?