This traditional, time-proven engineering approach is sound. It has resulted in untold numbers of successful engineered systems, facilities, structures, products, and processes.
So why the concern – why question it – why “mess” with success? I am most concerned with Step 2, that is, only focusing on similar past problems and, more importantly, their solutions. Shouldn’t we try to do more than rehash old solutions — as successful as they may have been? Might we find great value in at least exploring, in parallel to the tried and true, some fundamentally new approaches?