False Faces

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False faces is a Problem Reversal technique by Michael Michalko and is defined in detail in his book Thinkertoys. It originally was known as Assumption Reversals, devloped by Steve Grossman and described by Arthur VanGundy in his book, Techniques of Structured Problem Solving.

The process is;

  1. State the problem
  2. List the assumptions
  3. Challenge the fundamental assumption
  4. Reverse eash assumption - Write down the opposite for each one.
  5. Record differing viewpoints that might proove useful to you
  6. Ask how to acomplish each reversal, listing as many viewpoints and ideas as possible.