Peer Review - Clear Expectations Required for Success
Anthony Maden, ICT Consultant, USA
As I have experienced recently, imho there are good and not so good ways to initiate and execute peer reviews.
My company is using an online performance system this year for the first time. Our manager has invited a peer review within our team but has not made clear that peer review means review of project and work performed, not a focus on what a person thinks (judges) about another person
. "These are completely optional and are only meant to provide an opportunity for you to provide feedback on your peers". Notice the wording "feedback on your peers" not, "feedback on your peers projects or work task".
Without this clarification, fear will ensue, and the review could create unnecessary conflict, and not build the team up (unintended consequence).
My recommendation is to think about the implementation method
around peer reviews.
Also, include yourself in the peer review process as the organizer too
, else you might alienate yourself as team leader.