TAP

I attended our organization's quarterly in-person staff meeting on Sun's Newark, CA campus last week. We covered some of the usual things at the 2.5 day meeting, but spent a full 1.5 days on our annual TAP (Talent Assessment Process) exercise.

This year we discussed every manager and every senior staff engineer in our organization-- roughly 50 people. The reviews of strengths and weaknesses were both thoughtful and frank with staff members contributing their perspectives to those offered by the presenting Directors. We spend the time because these people are our leaders, both managerial and technical, and this is important for the overall health and effectiveness of our organization.

In an industry where the Dilbertian pointy-headed boss is held up as the norm, it was good to see some counter-examples in action. I was impressed by the sincerity and care that everyone brought to the table for these discussions.

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