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MECE examples

Hi there!

I believe answering questions as MECE as possible is important when solving a case. Can you please post all MECE structures you can think of? Lets make a list of MECE structures!

I will start:

revenues vs costs

fixed costs vs variable costs

# sold vs average price

internal factors vs external factors

financial factors vs non-financial factors

before vs after

existing customers vs new customers

Please continue the lists!

Hi there!

I believe answering questions as MECE as possible is important when solving a case. Can you please post all MECE structures you can think of? Lets make a list of MECE structures!

I will start:

revenues vs costs

fixed costs vs variable costs

# sold vs average price

internal factors vs external factors

financial factors vs non-financial factors

before vs after

existing customers vs new customers

Please continue the lists!

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Hi,

First of all - not all issue trees can and should be MECE. Very often it's not the case.

Secondly - there is a number of ways how you can approach in a MECE way:

  1. If your structure works mathematically (e.g. Total time spent on cleaning operation = # of people x Frequency x Hours per cleaning per person)
  2. If your structure comes from a formula (e.g. output rate = total number of people being served / time to serve one person)
  3. If you are using the common industry drivers (e.g. revenues = # of customers x av. check) (e.g Passengers on the plane = capacity x Load Factor) or theindustry revenue streams (Fuel revenues / non-fuel revenues for the gas station) or the functional drivers (e.g. for the problems in sales : Sales strategy / sales people and allocation / motivation / sales process)
  4. If your issue tree is a real framework used by the consultants (e.g. the famous Bain Cap framework for PE due dills: Market / Competitors / Company / Feasibility of exit) (e.g. People / Process / Technology) (e.g. The famous McKinsey framework - People don't want to do smth / they can't do smth / smth prevents them from doing that)
  5. If your structure is a well-known academically MECE framework (e.g. Product / Distribution / Price / Marketing (Also known as 4P))

There is no magic pill how you can learn to build the MECE issue trees. !!!! It comes with a lot of Practice and reflection and building proper industry and functional knowledge. !!!!

Best

Hi,

First of all - not all issue trees can and should be MECE. Very often it's not the case.

Secondly - there is a number of ways how you can approach in a MECE way:

  1. If your structure works mathematically (e.g. Total time spent on cleaning operation = # of people x Frequency x Hours per cleaning per person)
  2. If your structure comes from a formula (e.g. output rate = total number of people being served / time to serve one person)
  3. If you are using the common industry drivers (e.g. revenues = # of customers x av. check) (e.g Passengers on the plane = capacity x Load Factor) or theindustry revenue streams (Fuel revenues / non-fuel revenues for the gas station) or the functional drivers (e.g. for the problems in sales : Sales strategy / sales people and allocation / motivation / sales process)
  4. If your issue tree is a real framework used by the consultants (e.g. the famous Bain Cap framework for PE due dills: Market / Competitors / Company / Feasibility of exit) (e.g. People / Process / Technology) (e.g. The famous McKinsey framework - People don't want to do smth / they can't do smth / smth prevents them from doing that)
  5. If your structure is a well-known academically MECE framework (e.g. Product / Distribution / Price / Marketing (Also known as 4P))

There is no magic pill how you can learn to build the MECE issue trees. !!!! It comes with a lot of Practice and reflection and building proper industry and functional knowledge. !!!!

Best

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The Ps, the Cs, the business framework, the profitability one... any successful framework is MECE almost by definition. You basically have a near infinite array of solutions. If you want some great frameworks that no-one can use, please also check Case In Point [sorry, I hate this book - couldn't help myself ;) ]

The Ps, the Cs, the business framework, the profitability one... any successful framework is MECE almost by definition. You basically have a near infinite array of solutions. If you want some great frameworks that no-one can use, please also check Case In Point [sorry, I hate this book - couldn't help myself ;) ]

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