At the start of projects, there is necessarily a lot more more deliberations than decisions. As the project moves towards implementation, the amount of deliberations should go down, while decisions go up.
If deliberations continue to siphon up considerable amount of project time past the initialization phase, something is probably amiss.
Deliberation can hide all manner of ills: resentment, indecision, fear of commitment, disengagement, unclear goals/insufficient understanding, a failure to focus on what really matters.
When we are fearful and uncertain, we talk instead of act. Deliberations create the illusion of action, without actually creating any value.
Is you project suffering from death by deliberation?