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Many times I run into with many Scrum team members worried about their annual evaluation because in the traditional way they have to reach many individual goals (any for corporate, others for personal and professional targets) but when the company move to Agile things the evaluation should be per team.
Indeed, all the rewards would be for the team.
Furthermore, if you want to work as Scrum member you have to be self-organised. It means, if one of the member of the team is struggling to finish his job in several Sprints the rest of team members have to collaborate with him to do his job. Then during the Sprint Retrospective the team have to come out the issue of this guy in order to take any action to help this guy. Sometimes the issue is lack of seniority so one of my suggestion would be do pair-programming that would include a senior developer with the member that is showing delays in his tasks.
As a team they should evaluate themselves as a team in order to improve their knowledge about the business domain, technological platform and so on.
Many managers hesitate about evaluating teams as whole but you (as an Agile Coach or Scrum Master) need to help them why it is very important to validate the performance of team and not individually. In fact, I consider that when you do individual evaluation you are pushing people to forget the main objetive that is to reach the corporate goal. Every time I talk with stakeholders and mention the idea of using empathy in our daily labours many guys realised that only if all of the members of the area (or group) reach their goals, the goal of the area will be reached.
Collaborate, Collaborate and Collaborate is a powerful mantra to reach any personal and professional goal. Pay attention to your coworkers and help as soon as you realised they need it!!
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