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I am into software development and an individual contributor in the team working from off-shore. My manager is onsite and he assigns work to be on calls. The project is in very initial stage so I am mostly doing POC's (Proof of Concept).

However, I get this feeling that I am bit slower in completing the tasks than expected. It takes me longer to resolve issues though I do not take many breaks during the day.

How do I know if I am going with right pace or what can I do to complete things faster?

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what is your job? – maz3tt Feb 4 '13 at 8:37
I am into software development. – mehta Feb 4 '13 at 8:58
Fast is not always best, 10 lines of quality code may be better than 100 lines with errors... – Simon Martin Feb 7 '13 at 15:20

It sounds like you're afraid that you're performing under the minimum base-line. The best way to find the answer to this is to ask your boss for feedback about your performance. Keep it professional and non-apologetic. If there is a problem, take it to heart and try to fix it.

As far as evaluating your personal performance, start measuring. The next time you start a task, note the time, expected difficulty, and estimated time of completion. When you finish note the time, actual difficulty, and actual time of completion.

This gives you a starting point to measure your performance.

Hope that helps.

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Thanks @matt for replying. Yes, I have always thought that I can perform better or I am under performing. At times I have tried getting feedback from my manager and always got good positive feedback. I will try measuring my performance the way you suggested. – mehta Feb 6 '13 at 4:12
if you're getting positive feedback, stop worrying so much. :) Measuring your personal growth will help prove to yourself that you're accomplishing more than you might think. Good luck! – matt. Feb 6 '13 at 6:45

I've found that almost everybody in the world likes to be asked their opinion - and I'm sure your team and the person you report to would appreciate your being open with them and asking what they think. I've spent years of my career being afraid of what I thought someone might have been thinking - and pretty much every time I actually asked there was no problem and I felt happier.

Now I'm very comfortable doing it and almost never have any stress around job performance as at least I know when someone thinks I'm not performing as well as they think I should - and we can discuss and improve.

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