Horreum Competence: Evaluate your team’s skills without leaving your Jira project

Forming a team takes great consideration. Not only that you have to choose teammates with skills that align with your project’s goals, but they have to be compatible in commitment, able to communicate in an efficient way and be highly interested in developing their skills further, whether that’s a project related need or a part of the company’s strategy.

But how do you know the level in which your resources mastered the skill set demanded by their work position and company role? Assess, compare and be transparent about the results. Or, Horreum Competence can do it for you.

Competence assessment: The Why

As a manager, you want to see your company move in an upward trajectory. You work hard to assemble a team united in a mission to bring improvements to the line of business you’re into and to ease your clients paint spots. Creating a new product takes much care and thorough research, whether you’re creating one for yourself or in compliance with your client’s requests. You’ll need your team on the same page with the company’s business strategy and that takes a lot of monitoring of their personal progress.

Many smaller or medium companies don’t have the budget to afford a full-time HR department, so the role is trusted to upper management who eventually are the go-to people for all kinds of decisions, and making them make another one is not going to make their day.

Still, resource management is not something to leave for later. Teams must be nurtured and watched over in continuous conduct. And they are truly as strong as their weakest member.

For your company to achieve success, your team needs to develop their skills and be on track with the technological advancements of your industry. And you have to know how far along on that track they’ve traveled.

Effective evaluation: The How

Put yourself in the shoes of someone who has so little time to dedicate and so much important stuff to resolve. You would need help, too. Here are a few tips to get started.

Keep employee information organized

Be sure to know who belongs to what department, and which of your managers is trusted to lead the team. Having an organization chart and updating it regularly helps a lot. Having it in a digital form helps even more.

horreum competence org chart

Schedule yearly audits

Try to make time so that once a year your employees can do an assessment. Adjust the assessment to the requirements of the position. As a manager, you can’t possibly know every single task your teammates do and the challenges they face during the work hours, so when forming an opinion about someone’s performance, try to make self-evaluation your company’s practice. Your perspective might change. The important thing to remember is that you’re evaluating the performance, not the person. Keep that in mind when giving feedback.

Analyze and track progress

When you get results it’s important you analyze them and deposit lesson learned repository of some sort. You can use charts for visualization of your teams progress tracking.

horreum competence skill performance chart

A full-cycle resource management tool: The What

If your company is using Jira as a project management tool, you’re probably using some of the great Jira add-ons out there. We needed our HR processes documented, so we were in search of an app that can store custom personnel data and monitor our team’s growth. That’s when we realized that we have all the resources we need to build an add-on for Jira and tailor it to serve our HR processes.

We wanted to know are we leading and managing our team the right way, or do they need more training in certain skills. After all, the team is a reflection of their manager, so by evaluating our teams, we evaluate our own work.

You can take a look at Horreum Competence at Atlassian Marketplace and download it for free if you need to manage your resources in an effective and time-saving way.

Horreum Competence is part of Horreum brand, a set of tools intended for automating traditional project management processes.

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