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Evaluating Technical Performance

Consider a situation in which the project manager (a generalist) is asked to provide an evaluation of a functional employee (a specialist). Can the project manager effectively evaluate the functional employee on technical performance? If not, then on what information can the project manager base his evaluation?

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Consider a situation in which the project manager (a generalist) is asked to provide an evaluation of a functional employee (a specialist). Can the project manager effectively evaluate the functional employee on technical performance? If not, then on what information can the project manager base his evaluation?

The project manager essentially becomes the leader when assigned to a project and creates a working team. A true project manager should be able to get assigned to any project within the company they work for and be responsible for not only the overall outcome, but for the human resources assigned as well.

As a project manager myself, I ...

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As a project manager myself, I am frequently required to evaluate individual performance during the annual performance reviews. Unless a resource is assigned 100% of the time during a full year of an employee's time on the project, the project manager should not be expected to be the only person to evaluate the technical employee.

Evaluations are done based on the tasks assigned to the resource. Did the person finish the tasks on time? On budget? How was the person's communication within the team? To the project manager? A project manager can create his/her own evaluation, but should refrain placing a formal evaluation until after the team after action review occurs.

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