CMPS171, Winter 2014, Section 01: Team Assessment Template

See also: description, evaluation

For all team members, the weekly assessment report for each person needs to follow this format provided below.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Assessments will be performed in the following areas:

Skill Level / Technical Ability 

How difficult and valuable are the kinds of problems this person solves? How important/critical of a problem can this person be given? Are they uniquely capable of solving a certain class of problem, delivering a certain type of art asset, contributing to design, or writing, etc.? 

Productivity / Output 

How much shippable, valuable, finished work did this person get done? Working a lot of hours is generally not related to productivity and, after a certain point, indicates inefficiency. It is more valuable if you are able to maintain a sensible work/life balance and use your time in the office efficiently, rather than working around the clock. 

Group Contribution 

How much does this person contribute to studio process, integrating people into the team, improving workflow, or amplifying their colleagues? Generally, being a group contributor means that you are making a trade-off versus an individual contribution. Stepping up and acting in a leadership role can be good for your group contribution score, but being a leader does not impart or guarantee a higher stack rank. It is just a role that people adopt from time to time. 

Product Contribution 

How much does this person contribute at a larger scope than your core skill? How much of their work matters to the product? How much did they influence correct prioritization of work or resource trade-offs by others? Are they good at predicting how players are going to react to decisions the team is making? Things like being a good playtester or bug finder during would fall into this category. 

Professional Endorsement 

Rate your teammates in terms of how willing you are to recommend them for a job. Be aware that any shortcomings they have may reflect poorly on you. For example, if your boss hired someone based on your recommendation, and that person later turned out to be unreliable or prone to embarrassing behavior, then it is likely that your boss may lose some respect for you (or at least your judgment.)

Accomplishments

This is a self-assessment item only. For this category, provide a brief description of tasks completed over the past week. This can be as simple as reporting the tasks completed via Scrum over the past week in the form of a list, or it can be a short paragraph. If there were no accomplishments, there should be a brief description of why this occurred.

SELF AND TEAM ASSESSMENT

For each of the assessment criteria, you are to rank order every member of your team, including yourself, based on their performance over the past week. So, if there are five people on your team, including yourself, you would have a ranked list of 5 people under each assessment criteria. A rank of first means the person is the best exemplar of the assessment criteria on the team, for the past week. Note that if a team member was historically strong in a category (excepting Professional Endorsement), but was not strong over the past week (or vice-versa, was historically week, but was strong over the past week), only the prior week's performance should be used in formulating the assessment. The exception to this is Professional Endorsement, where your ranking will be based on all performance to date.

If you wish, you can add a comment at the end of each ranked list. This can be used to express items like, "Everyone is very close in this category," or "The 5th ranked person is a very distant last," or "The firtst three people are essentially the same,"or "Dramatic improvement over the last week for {person}."

You will be asked to complete this form online. 

Skill Level / Technical Ability:

1st:
2nd: 
3rd:
etc.

Comment: 

 

Productivity / Output:

1st: 
2nd: 
3rd: 
etc.

Comment: 

 

Group Contribution:

1st: 
2nd: 
3rd: 
etc.

Comment: 

 

Product Contribution:

1st: 
2nd: 
3rd: 
etc. 

Comment: 

 

Professional Endorsement:

1st: 
2nd: 
3rd: 
etc.

Comment:

 

Accomplishments:

Provide a list of your personal accomplishments for the game over the past week, as either a bulleted list or a short paragraph.