Traditional tests, however, are not actually tests of strategy; they are tests of entire frameworks and can be of limited use when they require a lot of prediction.
The Five Disqualifiers are a new approach to testing. They ask,
- Is the opposite of the statement absurd?
- Does the statement include numbers?
- Is the statement a duplicate of the parent?
- Does the statement exclude anything or anyone?
- Is the statement a list?
If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then what you have is most likely not a strategy, but instead, a goal, plan, or no more than a cliché or truism that you must revise.
Here are a few examples of applying the disqualifiers to test a strategy. For more examples, see the members area.