Use this sample and step by step explanation for setting meaningful and inspiring employee performance goals for a software development engineer.

A Software Development Engineer has the major role in developing information systems by designing, developing, and installing software solutions. He/she develops the various channels through which software functions will work and will also recommend which products to be purchased and how they will be tested to ensure they are of high quality and durable.

In addition he / she performs the following roles; design and modify software programs, install software applications and operating systems, perform systems tests, develop software solutions for the clients, protect the client's or organization's confidential information, conduct system analysis, recommend any change or solutions that needs to be made and document and present all data and information in a clear and understandable manner.

Employee Performance Goals Sample

Employee's Name: Title:
Review Period: __/__/__ to __/__/__ Employee SSN:
Work Location: Supervisor's Name:


  1. Setting Goals: List specific goals in the space provided below each competency under "Performance Goals". Assign an appropriate timeline for each goal as well as numeric or financial terms to measure the goal.
  2. Employee Comments: The employee must comment next to each goal under "Employee Comments" with "Okay" for goals which he/she feels comfortable working with, and "Needs Clarification" for goals which he/she believes need to be discussed further. An employee who is comfortable with all the goals can sign the goals at this stage.
  3. Summary: Give a summary of the total time estimated for the employee to have achieved the goals. State action plans and specific milestones to track the goals. Any additional comments agreed between the employee and the supervisor should be noted here.
  4. Human Resources Review: Human resources personnel must confirm that the goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. He/she must then sign the goals in the "Human Resource" section provided under "Signatures".
  5. Signatures: When discussion of the goals has been completed and consensus has been reached, sign the goals and let the employee sign too. Send the final copy to the human resources for inclusion in the employee's professional records.

Performance Goals for Next Period

Performance Goals

Employee Comments


Look at things in different perspectives and angles and to develop alternative options.

Keep a cool head when dealing with more pressing and exhausting issues.

[employee comments goal]

Communicate effectively whether in writing or verbally to ensure people understand what I am trying to pass across.

Learn to give and receive constant feedback on the task being handled.

[employee comments goal]

Break big goals into smaller, manageable goals and use planners, sticky notes, and checklists to remind one to keep going

Cultivate a supportive environment by avoiding colleagues who make one feel discouraged and keeping close those who provide positive energy

[employee comments goal]

Create time to individually engage each employee in finding out where major problems lies

Balance out working and personal time to bring up a happy workforce

[employee comments goal]

Be honest and polite when evaluating others and give credit to those who deserve it

Give one's personal opinion in a direct and friendly manner that does not threaten the other person

[employee comments goal]

Start and end meetings on time and encourage all participants to show up for all meetings on time

Assign clear roles to all participants and put extra effort in making notes during a meeting

[employee comments goal]

Learn to concentrate in all training sessions and avoid distracters while learning

Encourage team members to put extra effort in taking part in crucial training sessions

[employee comments goal]

Learn how to troubleshoot basic computer hardware problems and know the basic hardware components

Seek for assistance when faced with a problem related to using a computer service

[employee comments goal]

Automate processes and operations by developing programs that improve efficiency

Show more interest to follow and learn the latest trends in programming

[employee comments goal]

Show more interest to understand how complex systems and processes work

Welcome chances to learn new skills and seek for more opportunities that enhance knowledge in existing skills

[employee comments goal]


Sections 1-2: To be completed by the supervisor

Section 3: To be completed by the employee

1. Goals completed since last performance feedback

2. Goals for next period

3. Employee comments


I acknowledge that I discussed this performance feedback with my supervisor. My signature does not mean that I agree or disagree with this appraisal.
Employee: Date:
Supervisor: Date:
Human Resources: Date:

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