Principally this means when faced with a [technical] questions I will attempt to generate five candidate answers.
I will then select the best answer. I'm doing this for a number of reasons:
- Creativity: It will force me to consider more left-field solutions.
- Peer pressure: It will allow any "obvious" solutions to have peers that it can be evaluated against.
- Maturation: This process will give ideas more time to evolve before I fix on one.
Why five? no scientific answer to this - three seems too small (I can always think of three, five forces me to think). More than five seems to be overkill.
I'm about to attempt a relatively complex product development, so I will see if this technique helps or not.
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