This is unfortunate but it’s better to “kill” the project then to continue through the Improve phase, where a significant amount of the effort usually happens.

Killing projects can be a good thing because it can be a tough decision at times and leaders don’t always make the tough decision in a timely manner. They can drag their feet and ending up wasting more time. I actually see this happen more often than killing projects in Analyze. Don’t associate killing projects as a bad thing.

Organizations recognize that employees’ have too much on their plates and they want to reduce the workload. I wish leaders would do more of that!

Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at For almost 20 years, she's helped leading organizations like Washington State, Cisco and GE build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.