- Humans like to measure things.
- Humans also like to evaluate things.
- Humans usually like to have only one metric for evaluations.
Example: Academic performance.
- Performance is measured using grades: letter, or percentage.
- Performance is evaluated on how good or bad the letter/percentage is.
- All of that gets condensed to one number: GPA/Average.
It’s easy to evaluate stuff on a single number. But it also creates some problems. Nuances are lost. Subspecialty strengths are not shown. Could we do better? I think so.
Proposal: Rather than evaluate stuff on a single line, I think we should start evaluating people on a multi-dimensional spider plot. Keep the metrics, but start evaluating people on more metrics than one.
Example: Job performance
- Peer-reviewed perception of performance.
- Company metrics attained.
- Cross-departmental engagements.
Basically, measure more things that are valued than just the single thing that seemingly captures everything… but doesn’t.