Clarifying: Search by Brute Force
Before you start looking for an idea, clarify what you are looking for.
Here is a whole series of questions, to cover all the angles of your problem.
1. Seeing clearly
2. Losing time to save time later
3. Sharing investigations
Identify the "WHAT"
What is the history of this problem?
What has worked well already? What hasn't?
What is the key data to better understand the problem (elements from studies, benchmarking, experts, history...)?
What is it about? What is the product, service, machine, or task at the heart of this problem?
What are the risks?
What will be the consequences if the problem is not solved?
What are the key figures (volumes, units, budgets, etc.)?
What results could be satisfactory?
What changes do you expect?
What has helped you so far?
Identify the "WHO"
Who is the carrier of the problem?
Who knows the problem well and could help you?
Who do we have to convince?
To whom should the results be sent?
Who is affected by the implementation?