Formal versus Informal Peer Reviews of Work Products

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Formal versus Informal Peer Reviews of Work Products
David Harland
I have been fortunate enough to work for a number of organisations where we used peer reviews of the products we produced.
In one we used a system of FORMAL and rigorous peer review.
These formal peer reviews for me and most of my colleagues took a while to do well and to be comfortable with, but we all benefited. The purpose, and everyone understood it, was to help us produce the best products we could. The process of formal review taught the participants a lot about cooperation and its benefits, and also a great deal about themselves.

What I realised was that in previous firms, where I really enjoyed working, although we did not use a formal process, we were also engaged in an INFORMAL process of peer review, peer engagement and mutual assistance. Turns out this informal level of peer engagement is the most highly correlated behaviour linked with success (J.R. Hackman).

Informal Peer Engagement Process
Marl van der Toorn, Manager, Netherlands, Moderator
Hi David, thanks for your interesting posting.
Realising that an informal process does not have a fixed structure, how do you go about creating s...Sign up

Outcome of Informal Peer Reviews
James Antwi, HR Consultant, Swaziland, Premium Member
Hi David, thanks for your posting which is very interesting. Yes I agree that we engage in informal peer reviews now and then sometimes without even r...Sign up

Peer Review… It's About Trust
David Harland, Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
In the beginning, the collaborative review process and its informality emerged by virtue of the surrounding context. This was in the early 80s, We wer...Sign up

One or the Other, Neither?
Chris Hoe, Director, Australia, Member
In my opinion, you need BOTH. Formal, periodic one(s), and informal, friendly continuous reviews for continuous development & improvement....Sign up

Peer Review not Appraisal
David Harland, Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
Just to be clear, I'm not talking about manager staff relationship or performance appraisal.
I'm specifically talking about PEER REVIEW OF WOR...Sign up

Peer Review is a Feed Back
anwer abdalla mohammed abubakr, Lecturer, Saudi Arabia, Member
Encouraging employee empowerment is not contradicting with the evaluation of the outcome. There has to be some intended improvement, without that ther...Sign up

Peer Review is not Quality
Tim Dibble, Project Manager, United States, Member
@Anwer abdalla Mohammed abubakr: Quality assurance is making a product to a CUSTOMER's specification.
The purp...Sign up

Formal Evaluation, Open Review and Informal Intimate Feedback
Chris Hoe, Director, Australia, Member
An example of a FORMAL review is a yearly larger open appraisal of the products (incl services) offered by the company. It may include a recognition a...Sign up

Clarify Peer Review Appraisal Terms
Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
David Harland: I’m somewhat confused.
You say you are not talking about performance appraisal, although the distinction seems moot. In my apprais...Sign up


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