Say it, Sam: /ˈstratəjəm/
a plan especially one designed to outwit someone else
Antonio Prohías via Wikimedia
My strategy isn't so much a stratagem
as it is an intent. Describing a plan clearly is best done after the event, I've always found. Setting out to find answers rarely begins with a plan. It is only after initial explorations that a question solidifies enough to generate a working hypothesis that can be tested. The hard work is building the scheme that explains what chance allowed us to stumble upon.
We need to mind that many battles have been lost in spite of the general staff's plans.
: late 15th century (originally denoting a military ploy): from French stratagème, via Latin from Greek stratēgēma, from stratēgein 'be a general', from stratēgos, from stratos 'army' + agein 'to lead'
Grabbing (from Wikipedia
) the famous bit from Robert Burns:
But Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
Words are a game. Sometimes I play alone, but you are welcome to play, too.