Annual performance reviews can hide weak management. The annual performance review, as conducted by many companies – just once a year, tends to offer little in the way of performance improvements. They cost a fair old wedge of money to conduct too but more importantly, they can hide weak management.
A few years ago I wrote an article about being a T-Shaped Tester. It seemed to resonate with many people who expanded on that post with testers of all different shapes and sizes. In reality, it wasn’t really an article just about testers, the T-Shaped idea (originated by Ideo) applies to any role in the business.