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How to avoid a “watermelon effect” in the Jira SLA report?

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October 23, 2023

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Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are the cornerstone of effective service delivery, providing a structured framework for measuring team and employee performance. However, beneath the surface of seemingly "green" or compliant SLA metrics often lies a problem known as the "watermelon effect." This effect distorts the actual state of SLA compliance, potentially leading to poor decision-making and a lack of accountability. In this article, we'll look at the watermelon effect in SLA reports, why it occurs, and strategies to avoid it. We will also discuss the importance of considering customer satisfaction (CSAT) as an essential metric alongside traditional SLAs.

What is the Watermelon Effect in SLA Reports?

The watermelon effect occurs when SLA performance appears satisfactory at first glance, often depicted in green in visual reports, but actual compliance is much worse. This misleading view can lead to distorted understanding, misinformed decisions, and a lack of accountability for teams and employees. This distortion can negatively impact the overall efficiency and quality of services provided.

Is it Possible to Avoid the Watermelon Effect in Jira Reports?

You can avoid the watermelon effect in Jira reports by using the right tools and strategies. The key is to have a reliable and accurate SLA tracking method that offers transparent insight into performance without masking the actual results. It means you are always aware of your team's performance and can take appropriate action based on reliable data.

How to Get Accurate SLA Time and Reports in Jira?

To overcome the watermelon effect and ensure accurate SLA reporting, Atlassian users can use the SLA Time and Report for Jira add-on from the Atlassian Marketplace. It provides the ability to monitor SLA adherence across multiple employees without falling victim to the deceptive watermelon effect. The add-on offers individual employee tracking, transparent metrics, customizable reports, and real-time monitoring.

The SLA Time and Report for Jira add-on has the following features:

  1. Individual employee tracking: Get insights into SLA compliance at the personal employee level. This granularity allows you to identify areas of excellence and improvement across your teams.
  2. Transparent metrics: The add-on provides transparent and accurate metrics that reflect the actual state of SLA compliance. It ensures you are always aware of your team's performance and can take appropriate action based on reliable data.
  3. Customizable reports: Customize reports to meet your specific needs. Whether you need to focus on response time, resolution, or other SLA parameters, this add-on allows you to create reports that meet your requirements.
  4. Real-time monitoring: Receive real-time updates on SLA compliance, allowing you to quickly resolve any issues and ensure that your SLAs are always met.


Service Providers: Meeting SLAs vs. Customer Satisfaction

Meeting SLA goals is a service provider's responsibility, but it's not just about checking boxes. It's about ensuring the customer is truly satisfied with the services' quality. In many cases, SLAs are met, but the customer is not satisfied. This discrepancy gives rise to watermelon SLAs, which are green on the outside (goals met) but red on the inside (customer dissatisfaction).

Such scenarios are often found in IT service level agreements, where the focus on meeting SLAs can overshadow the actual user experience. The drive to meet SLAs before they turn red has created a disconnect between reports and reality, where key performance indicators (KPIs) can be developed without a clear understanding of their impact.

The Need for Customer Satisfaction Metrics

To bridge this gap, including the Customer Satisfaction Score (CSAT) as a benchmark alongside traditional SLAs is important. CSAT provides insight into transactional satisfaction/dissatisfaction, aligning it with SLA metrics to tell a more complete story.

While CSAT is valuable, it may only sometimes cover the full range of customer expectations. Measuring employee experience can reveal issues specific to IT support. It's critical to align metrics with what matters to stakeholders.


SLA reporting can often seem like a sea of green targets, while the business perception is less red. If the business is unsatisfied with the service provider, honest conversations with stakeholders are necessary to understand what they value and which metrics matter most.

Accurate SLA reporting is critical to maintaining service quality, but ensuring customers are delighted is equally essential. Avoid the watermelon effect, where SLAs are green on the surface but red on the inside, using accurate tracking, transparent metrics, and focusing on the end-user experience. 

In addition to accurate SLA compliance reporting, you can improve service quality and customer satisfaction by using SLA Time and Report for Jira. This add-on plays a key role in achieving a comprehensive view of your service level agreements and their business impact. With this add-on, you can transparently track SLA adherence, response time, resolution time, and more, all of which can be found on the Atlassian Marketplace, enabling you to make data-driven decisions to improve customer satisfaction.

Align your metrics with your customers' expectations and values and maintain a high level of service quality with the right tool – get a free 30-day trial of SLA Time and Report for Jira and enjoy the results.



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