Posts tagged “Milestones

Watermelon Day

Posted on August 3, 2017


In basic red-yellow-green project status reporting, a watermelon is a project that is reporting its status as green when it is actually red at its core. Green on the outside, red in the middle. It is superficially showing on track when it’s really at risk. What is seen on the outside doesn’t match the reality of the content. On National Watermelon Day, resolve to go below the surface, have substantive conversations, and solve real issues. Let’s go cut into some watermelons. *

Exit Strategy

Posted on December 9, 2016


How do we know when we’re done, an executive asked me this week. It’s a great question. What is our definition of success? When can we stop? So many activities focus on the announcement, the start, the big release, without fully considering the expiration date, the phase out, the closing. It’s the summit fever in high altitude mountaineering, the compulsion to reach the peak with too little regard for a safe descent. It’s the redundant technology in the work environment or the never-ending career role. It’s why garages and landfills get cluttered with objects. Look around…something might need an exit strategy. *