Storylog

Helping software engineers to nail their performance reviews
elviovicosa
06/15/2022

Description

Your performance reviews don't need to suck. Well-tested code and pull requests won't help you in your next performance review. Storylog helps you to make your work visible, and get the recognition you deserve.

  • elviovicosa

    Storylog has been born out of my frustration with unfair performance reviews among Software Engineers.

    I’ve been working as a software engineer for the last 15 years. In that time, I’ve seen outstanding engineers not advancing in their careers. In most of the cases, it was because they spent their entire time writing well-tested and performant code, fixing nasty bugs, helping peers to grow, and helping their companies to increase their profits. So much time and focus, they forgot to make their achievements visible to others.

    Performance reviews are based on past achievements. People that can remember and tell the best stories will usually get the best reviews. In the ideal world, managers and peers would remember all the great work one did. The reality is: they can’t. I can’t remember the things I did last week. Can you remember what you did six months ago?

    If you’re lucky to have an outstanding manager and peers that do remember, you’re still at risk. If they leave the company or the team, which is quite common, the knowledge also leaves with them.

    Storylog solves that problem. It helps software engineers to document their achievements and to make them visible within the company. It goes beyond the list of coding tasks an engineer was assigned to. It highlights every single activity that creates value for the company, either directly or indirectly. Everything that is there, but that is not visible on team boards and dashboards.

    Think about mentorship, interviews, onboardings, presentations, tech documents, pair-programming sessions, cross-team collaboration, books & courses, etc. These are just a few things that are easy to forget. Well, not anymore.

    I am building it in public and posting updates to my twitter account. Follow me to keep posted about what I'm currently working on.

    06/15/2022