Re: Skills Matrix

Subject: Re: Skills Matrix
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2003 12:28:15 -0400

"Robert Plamondon" <robert -at- plamondon -dot- com> wrote:
>My questions are:
>1. What, if anything, is the practical use of the skills matrix?

>The odds are that the answer to #1 is "nothing," and thus the important
>thing is to participate in the exercise with enough diligence that you
>aren't singled out for more than your share of criticism.

[big snip]


Please consider the possibility that you are falling victim to the sort of paranoia that is typical when times are hard. A skills matrix may, in a Theory X organization, be intended as a tool for evaluating individuals in an HR context. However, I think it is far likelier that its purpose, as I suggested yesterday, is to help managers figure out who can help them get the job done.

>From this point of view, worrying about who knows how to create tables in FrameMaker or who has more years of Adobe Illustrator under their belts is unimportant. The project manager just wants to know that Robert has the ability to produce good engineering documents.

There is WAY too much worrying going on in this thread, folks. Really.


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