Analysis Paralysis is the total inability to reach a decision. Found often in the business and corporate setting. Usually a condition caused by nit picking managers and owners. The primary source is management/owner requests for more information, reports, studies, statistics, evaluations, opinion, and research on a subject. All of this requested research and study is accompanied by endless, mindless, discussions in multiple meetings regarding the subject and the compiled information. The end result is no decision is made because the efforts placed to garner information and hold endless meetings and discussions are viewed a progress on the subject matter.
Hey did management ever decide if we were going to get extra donuts on donut day? Are you kidding me? They spent $2,000 on a cost analysis, accounting is still crunching cost figures and they have been discussing it for 9 months. It is in the company's usual state of total analysis paralysis.
by Bee J. Ho June 16, 2009
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over thinking something.
analysis paralysis set in after 2 hours of trying to make sense of the system.
by The REAL VITO! July 22, 2009
When someone thinks about doing something so much that they actually end up doing nothing at all. All thought no action
He was so confused on his project that he have himself Analysis paralysis and did even get started.
by Caveman100 June 08, 2014