Pros, Cons, and Interesting
Evaluate the good, bad, and interesting points of your solutions.
Pros, Cons, and Interesting is an extension of the centuries old – 'Pros and Cons'.
To perform Pros, Cons, and Interesting:
Step 1: For each one of your Alternatives, create a table with the column headings: 'Pros', 'Cons', and 'Interesting'.
Step 2: In the column underneath 'Pros', write down all the positive results of taking a course of action.
Step 3: Underneath the 'Cons', write down all the negative effects.
Step 4: In the 'Interesting' column, write down the outcomes, effects, or implications that are not either positive or negative.
Step 5: For each item you have written down, assign a positive or negative score. The scores you assign may be quite subjective.
Step 6: Add up the scores.
Step 7: Repeat for each possible solution.
Step 8: A strongly positive score shows that an action should be considered - a strongly negative score that it should be avoided.
De Bono's Thinking Course, Edward De Bono, New York: Facts on File, 1994.