Reminds me of an IT issue we had with a system that I supported as a contractor for my client. The issue was deemed critical so I was pulled on a conference call with half a dozen client employees. The call went on for over 56 hrs with me and another contractor colleague doing 16 hr shifts just listening to the client employees telling us to do this-and-that and asking us questions and status updates non-stop. When everyone decided to take a 2hr break I was left alone to think by myself for the first time in two and a half days. It was then the solution to the issue struck me which would have been sooner if I did not have people sitting on my head all along :P
Noticed that Wally was in Zen mode there, just drinking his coffee. Sometimes you have to do that so you can stay awake and not go to sleep from sheer boredom and have your head fall forward and bang on the table.....if the PSB noticed it, you could tell him it was an omen, and that you would explain it at a later date.....like never...
Come to think of it, panel 4 is a good idea. IF you have the budget and time, just let everyone tackle the problem on its own and come out with a solution. It will bring better results, as at the end the ideas compared are the ones that worked. Not only that, but everyone understand the problem better so they are in a better position to offer solutions.
But brainstorming is cheaper (as you do not need to pay people to work on something that it will not be used). Thus is an alternative if your budget is low, or you do not have the time, or if you do not mind a less than optimum alternative.