In response to the Alternatives to Stack Ranking? post on the popular Mini-Microsoft blog.
What I would deeply appreciate is real-world experience from people living with stack ranking alternatives.
I strongly suggest chapter 9 (Performance Without Appraisal) of The Leader's Handbooks, by Peter Scholtes. You mentioned Deming. When asked "If we eliminate performance appraisals, as you suggest, what do we do instead?" Dr. Deming's reply: Whatever Peter Scholtes says." (page 296).
Abolishing Performance Appraisals by Tom Coens and Mary Jenkins also provides great practical examples.
Actually, I just noticed the previous post to the mini-microsoft blog pointed to us.
* Total Quality or Performance Appraisal: Choose One by Peter Scholtes.
The comments on the mini-microsoft blog shows performance appraisal continues to be an emotional topic. People on opposite sides of the debate are very passionate.
I admit it took me longer to accept Dr. Deming's thoughts on performance appraisal than other ideas (and that is even with Peter Scholtes being a friend which gave me the opportunity to discuss the idea with him). So I understand it is not an easy concept to accept. Management Craft has also been focusing considerable energy on this topic recently.
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