All projects are about decision making and creating solutions. Creating a solution for a business issue or technical problem requires design and development activities. When creating a solution we face choices. For the right choice to be made, it is key to generate alternatives.
The best decisions are made when good alternatives are weighed against each other. To be able to get such decision making going, the project should be aware a decision is necessary. A good project team identifies the decisions early and fosters an environment that generates alternatives.
The project manager needs to identify the decisions that should follow “protocol” and allow the team the time to generate alternatives. when leading decision making processes the project manager can provide facilitation. It is my experience that the benefits of considering alternatives far outweighs the perceived speed of adopting the first solution that comes to mind.