I was looking for a word that captured the sense of "forensic" with regard to after-the-fact "scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of crime", but in non-criminal situations.
I'm thinking primarily about root cause analysis-type scenarios in engineering and project management.
Example usage: "Can we set aside time to forensically look at the reason for all of the delays"
The implication that I would like to have is that:
- We are doing research, as opposed to pontificating
- The approach is data driven as opposed to philosophical