What is a good methodology to identify small SMD components?

Having been in the position of trying to identify a strip of mystery 0603 components I found on my floor, I thought a good general question to pose to this community might be what a recommended set of steps could be to identify similar unknown components.
I identified these by using package (0603) and color (black) and then thinking about where they might have come from, and how they might have ended up being on the floor. Luckily I didn't need to use any test equipment to work out they are a 4.7 $\mu$H inductor because I'm not sure how I would have proceeded to get to this end result without my extra clues; hence this question.

I'm looking for a reasonable set of steps and methodology to follow that would allow me to identify most small components (new or recovered) with no (or simple) markings. Presumably identifying package is the first step and the last steps would be using test equipment.

I searched and did find resources like this that mainly deal with through hole and traditional components but very little on these surface mount items many of which share similar packaging.

• You could write "4.7 uH" on the strip before you drop it on the floor. – The Photon Nov 5 '15 at 17:48
• This is what I use -> smarttweezers.us . – Oleg Mazurov Nov 5 '15 at 18:04
• @DanSut, for serious work, you throw the parts away and buy new. Even if you have an LCR meter to work out the value of the parts, you won't know the voltage/current/power ratings, whether they're lead-free or not, ... – The Photon Nov 5 '15 at 18:59
• Or a component tester like this one: ebay.nl/itm/…, it detects and displays automatically what component type it is and its value. And OH, about 8x cheaper than the tweezer type LCR meters and it can also test transistors, fets. Not so accurate but VERY usefull. – Bimpelrekkie Nov 5 '15 at 19:44
• Going forward, you could do something like this. – Nick Alexeev Nov 7 '15 at 23:02