Why Should You Measure You Team’s Skills?

Ana Morales
By Ana Morales
2020-05-07

Have you ever wondered why it is important to measure the skills of your team members? Keep on reading we’ll give you more insight into this question.

So, you have a team, whether it is a Tech team or from a different industry. This team of yours has different capabilities. We all know that but, have you taken the time to take a look at their development? By that, I mean, have you noticed if they still have the same skill sets they did when they started? Or have they learned more?

Nowadays, people are looking for one thing in common: growing professionally and having a career path. But, how can you make this real for your team?

Are your team’s skills constantly improving?

At Applaudo, we have a big team made up of Mobile and Web Devs, QA Analysts, Project Managers, UX/UI Designers, and DevOps. For us, it is very important that our team keeps growing professionally. To be able to learn more skills, to enhance their current ones, and keep looking forward. And we take the job of providing all the tools they need to do so.

Part of our goal as a company is to create a career path for our team. When they come to Applaudo we want them to feel as they have the opportunity to grow here. That here in 2 to 3 years they will have more knowledge and skills compared to what they started with. Measuring competencies is an essential part of assessing a team member’s performance.

About a week ago, we internally launched a program that is helping us have a better understanding of the overall skills of our team. The goal is to create a better picture of the skills that need to be reinforced, tools that can be learned, and abilities that can be polished.

This tool helps our team stay motivated, understand their own strengths and weaknesses, and areas of improvement. How do we achieve this? Our team members are the ones to give endorsement to other team members, according to how well they dominate a certain skill. This can be a programming language or a tool.

We believe that through its understanding, we can be highly equipped to build the professional development path that each one of our team members wants to pursue.

Listen to your team

This tool and initiative create a positive environment because our team knows that their needs are taken into consideration. We want our team to know that their career path is a priority for us. 

Measuring our team’s skills provides us an overall look at how well they are doing and how we can help them. If they need to take a certification, these are available for them, if there’s a tool they need or want to learn, they can ask for it. 

Our team has the unique characteristic of looking to outperforming themselves always. And we want to be able to bring more new opportunities to help them grow and push them to be better.

Now that you have the answer, we encourage you to do the same, or if you are already doing it, kudos to you. Remember that our most valuable asset is our team. Without them, we wouldn’t be able the same.