Posted by: kerrywills | February 20, 2015

50 Shades of Yellow

Ok I had to jump on the recent media blitz around the 50 Shades of Grey movie. I have found that on projects there are multiple shades of yellow…while maybe not 50 there are many shades. Generally, yellow means a project is at risk but, as noted, there are multiple “shades” of yellow…

  • Orange – The project is at significant risk and requires management to do something about it
  • Moderate Yellow – The project has significant risks which have mitigations and management needs to be aware but doesn’t need to take additional action
  • Yellow-Ish – The project has some noted risks but is still tracking to its milestones
  • Yellow/Green – The project is going well and there are a few ‘watch items’ but nothing major



I think the lesson here is that we need to be clear in our communications when there is a yellow status and manage expectations around what that means and what action is needed since not every yellow status is the same.

So I am sorry if you thought, from the title of this posting, that the article would be more ‘stimulating’ but this is a Project Management blog after all. But if it makes you feel better, consider that I am writing this while blindfolded and handcuffed to my office chair….


  1. Excellent points, I agree with your perspective. And, I find paint swatches very stimulating.

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