Using 'Red Teams'

Policy makers and project managers often find it invaluable to create a 'Red Team' to provide an independent challenge to assumptions, and identify weaknesses in, an organisation’s plans, programmes and policies.  (They are called Red Teams because red is the enemy colour in war games.) Red Teams can in particular help policy formulators identify group-think, improve logical analyses and help correct faulty thinking before a strategy is launched.

Some points:

But a Red Team can:

Red Teams' toolboxes typically include:

Be aware, though, that Red Teaming can upset senior people if it undermines their preferred strategies, or calls into question their choices, policies and intentions.   I therefore recommend reading and thinking about 'speaking truth to power' before establishing a Red Team.

[This advice draws heavily upon a presentation by Kerry Hutchinson.]

 

Martin Stanley

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