Addteq recently partnered up with Amoeboids Technologies to discuss their Atlassian JIRA add-on, UpRaise.
JIRA is a leading project management tool used by over 50000 teams. These teams are not only spread geographically but also are from diverse verticals. Right from software development to a dental hospital, from space technologies to transportation. At times, this flexibility is attributed to the existence of add-ons on the Atlassian marketplace.
UpRaise is the first ever add-on that extends JIRA for Agile performance management. Core offerings of UpRaise include - OKR (a goal setting framework), Continuous feedback & forms. The context that you get while managing performance in JIRA is treasure trove for making HR processes transparent. It helps you overcome the psychological biases that are usually associated with a lengthy performance management process.
Also, the agile principles used in product development when applied to performance management make the entire exercise efficient & productive.
A few fundamental tenets of APM include:
Here is a quick walk-through of the core capabilities of UpRaise.
OKRs is an agile goal setting framework brought to fame by its adoption at Google when it had only 40 employees. Usually objectives tend to answer the question - where do I want to go? whereas key results are - how do I know I've reached there? This makes the entire goal setting process collaborative.
UpRaise lets you create company, team & individual level OKRs within JIRA. All these can be aligned with each other for creating a better line of sight. This lets individual contributors comprehend the bigger picture behind their routine activities. Also, doing your goals management in JIRA is going to help you kill the 'set & forget' syndrome, plaguing traditional goal setting processes.
The OKR hierarchy view in UpRaise.
It is clear that the progressive companies are moving into a 'continuous feedback' culture. Annual reviews end up delineating employees because they are rarely development oriented.
What if it was possible to exchange feedback on every important tasks that the team members worked on. Maybe we can just celebrate their good work or if required help them understand areas of improvement. And all this feedback can be later used at the time of reviews.
Continuous feedback in UpRaise can be tied to a JIRA issue or can be independent of one. The feedback tags are customizable so that they are appropriate for the team's culture.
Giving feedback is just a click away!
Engaging employees has a significant co-relation with the interaction they have with their managers as well as the overall management. Transparent performance reviews, periodic surveys go a long distance in ensuring this engagement.
UpRaise comes with a completely flexible form builder. Right from project reviews to sprint retrospectives to 360 feedback - all kinds of forms can be designed & distributed within JIRA. You need different types of questions? We've got you covered.
UpRaise’s versatile form-builder.
Engaging employees has a significant co-relation with the interaction they have with their managers as well as the overall management. Transparent performance reviews, periodic surveys go a long distance in ensuring this engagement. Agile has been at the forefront of product development. Now is the time to adopt it even for performance management.
Anand is CEO at Amoeboids Technologies, the company behind the UpRaise add-on. His current focus is to create products that stimulate collaboration amongst team members. He also enjoys studying various growth hacking techniques & putting them to test for UpRaise.