Have you read “Originals” by Adam Grant yet? If not, I strongly recommend it — it has lots of really insightful advice on how to be innovative. One of his pieces of advice is that assigning dissenting roles is not very effective, since it serves more as a fig leaf (“yeah, we considered the opposite case too, let’s move on”) than a genuine discussion starter:

This is only the summary version, there is more detail in the book.

Now, this might not really be relevant for the teardowns, but in thinking about how to manage creative dissent, I think it is tremendously useful advice.

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