Adam Polczyk


Agile Teams (B) 2016
Agile Teams (B)

Session type: Lecture
Session level: Introductory

Performance Management: the new team responsibility

Traditional performance reviews are ineffective and especially unsuitable for Agile teams. In this session Adam will share the learning from over a year of experiments with an alternative approach that is aligned with the Agile values of respect and fast feedback. He will argue that it is now possible and desirable for Performance Management to become a team responsibility.          

There is growing recognition that traditional performance reviews don’t improve performance and are an impediment to collaboration and team self-organisation.

What if Performance Management was the responsibility of the whole team? How would that look, would it work and could it be more effective? Agile makes this possible.

In this talk Adam will present an alternative team oriented approach that is aligned with Agile values. One that treats people with respect and enables the frequent exchange of meaningful feedback between all team members. It supports conversations that develop people and help teams stay productive.

He will share data from over a year of trials and propose that with the right approach and support, it is indeed possible and desirable for Performance Management to become a team responsibility.



Adam is an Agile practitioner with 30 years experience of commercial software development. He started programming when he was 11 years old and hasn’t stopped since. For the last 15 years however, his focus has been helping teams and organisations apply Agile values to be more effective and to create a better working experience for their people. He is an accomplished and energetic Scrum Master and Agile Coach who loves sharing great ideas. When he isn’t walking about, he still likes making things and is the creator of