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Red Team

The act of Red Teaming is testing, challenging, questioning and punching holes in assertions, common wisdom, belief or a plan for the purposes of ensuring they are still sound and appropriate.

There are many techniques and names for the general approach, from the Prussian Army’s test of Character, being a Critical Friend, playing OPFOR, Wargaming and White Hat / Black Hat exercises all the way through to the Toyota Production System’s Five Why’s.

Red Team seems to fit the subject matter on this site more than others.

The technique can sometimes come across as being opinionated, obtuse and incessant at times. Anyone involved in a Red Team post, discussion or Thread should always remember the aim is to make sure we have the most correct and up to date viewpoints.

Play nice, and always reserve the right to change your mind based on new information!

The Other Chris