How to Kill a Project

It seems to me that too many High Tech companies have become so bureaucratic that the processes and meetings and inability to make decisions bog projects down unitl they die from boredom.

I see meeting after meeting after meeting of people afraid to take risks and actually make working decisions.  Instead, everything is discussed ad-nausium.  Is the fear a fear of making a mistake?  Of being unpopular?  Of ridicule?  Of an inability to actually rationally and logically look at facts and move forward?

Even little things, those that could easily be resolved by a phone call, or e-mail, are subjected to mettings and meetings and meetings. 

I’m curious to know your ideas on this subject – and your suggestions as to how we can help employees of bureacratic companies move forward as though they cared about the bottom line.  Any ideas? 



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