I'm editing someone's manuscript. It uses the phrase "projectively altering the politics", I believe, to mean thinking through possible strategies or considering various changes to a political situation.
This phrase projectively alter is really awkward but the idea is pretty simple. I think I must be forgetting a very common word. Strategizing?
I am looking for a word that means to think through possible changes to a situation and their consequences.
Hypothesizing kind of works, so does brainstorming, but are inspecific. Thought-experimenting carries the meaning well enough, though it's not an improvement and is just as awkward.
The engineer identified flaws in the current system. She ---- the set-up – thinking through various ways she could change it and what the effects of those changes would be – and developed a strategy for a revision.