| John Spacey, October 14, 2015 updated on March 17, 2017
Challenging assumptions is a problem solving strategy that involves testing ideas that are assumed to be true by an individual, group, institution, society, science or industry. It is a back-to-basics approach that involves tweaking the fundamental ideas that you hold as a business or team. Assumptions tend to be core business realities that aren't easily shaken. However, it is often a worthy exercise to see how new assumptions change your view of a particular problem.
|Function||Problem SolvingDecision MakingStrategy|
|Value||Invalid assumptions can be costly as they are the basis for decisions and strategy. Looking at a problem with new assumptions may lead to a more creative solution.|
|Common Pitfalls||Assumptions are usually solid and its often a mistake to discard them without careful consideration. They may be based on a history of organizational learning. Discarding assumptions can lead to a repeat of a painful and expensive learning process.|
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