Sr. Technical Program Manager, Amazon.com
Bart has been an ecommerce program manager for 15 years, and can’t…
A member of my team recently introduced me to a new concept: the “Watermelon Project.” These are projects on your dashboard that are green on the outside while being red on the inside. (Some online definitions call them “red and bleeding” on the inside, for what it’s worth.) He didn’t invent the term, but I found the concept fascinating, and it resonated with my experiences. Let us examine why the phenomenon exists at all, and then some examples of types of watermelons.
Boiling it down to a color. At a certain organizational size, senior leadership stops being able to remain in touch with all the details of the projects that are in-flight. While