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The Smart Solution Book by Mr. David Cotton

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Tool 18

Why not?

What the tool is

This is similar to structured walkthroughs but largely conducted in silence.

A solution is presented. Participants try to prove all the ways in which the solution is flawed.

When to use it

  • To test a possible solution to a problem.
  • To refine a partly developed solution.

What you will need

  • Paper and pens.

How to use it

  1. Present the context of the problem for which you have a notional solution. Explain your proposed solution.
  2. Each participant quietly reflects on the solution, only speaking to request clarification where necessary.
  3. Participants quietly write down all the reasons why the proposed solution ...

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