Identify alternative solutions to address
A wider range of alternatives can surface by
soliciting as many stakeholders as practical for input. Input from
stakeholders with diverse skills and backgrounds can help teams identify
and address assumptions, constraints, and biases. Brainstorming sessions
may stimulate innovative alternatives through rapid interaction and
Sufficient candidate solutions may not be
furnished for analysis. As the analysis proceeds, other alternatives
should be added to the list of potential candidate solutions. The
generation and consideration of multiple alternatives early in a decision
analysis and resolution process increases the likelihood that an
acceptable decision will be made and that consequences of the decision
will be understood.
- Identified alternatives
- Perform a literature
search can uncover what others have done both inside and outside the
organization. Such a search may provide a deeper understanding of the
problem, alternatives to consider, barriers to implementation, existing
trade studies, and lessons learned from similar
- Identify alternatives for consideration in
addition to those that may be provided with the
criteria are an effective starting point for identifying alternatives.
Evaluation criteria identify priorities of relevant stakeholders and the
importance of technical, logistical, or other
attributes of existing alternatives can generate additional and
sometimes stronger alternatives.
Solicit alternatives from relevant stakeholders.
Brainstorming sessions, interviews, and working groups can be used
effectively to uncover alternatives.
- Document proposed