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Transition from identifying root cause to implementing solution

Baringa Partners Government Presentation Case Problem Solving Public Sector
New answer on Mar 23, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Mar 12, 2020

Grateful for tips/advice around best approach to take when presenting how I would implement my solution. For example I am doing a case study interview where I am given X amount of time to prep. Would I use the source I have been given to identify my implementation methodology or would I need to use my initative/creativity?

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replied on Mar 12, 2020
BCG |NASA | SDA Bocconi & Cattolica partner | GMAT expert 780/800 score | 200+ students coached

Dear anonymous,

The focus of the case can vary a lot depending on the case. Generally speaking you should go through the following steps:

  1. Identify root causes
  2. Find a solution
  3. Assess feasibility of solution (without going too much into implementation details)
  4. Propose alternative/additional solution using your creativity

Feel free to text me and send me an example that we can discuss.
Hope it helps,

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replied on Mar 13, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


I guess you refer to a normal case (vs. a written case) and in concrete, to after the issue tree is layed out.

You need to use both of them, the info of the case + your personal toolkit. For this, to enrich the last one as much as possible, the best way is to practice this sort of cases.

At the end, someone who master cases is able to leverage a rich toolkit (built by doing many prior examples and getting good feedback) and adapt it very well to the specifics of the case. For this it´s always said that "general" approaches don´t work, and as an interviewer it´s very simple to see who is giving you a solution learned by heart or extrapolated.

Hope it helps!



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replied on Mar 23, 2020
McKinsey | NASA | top 10 FT MBA professor for consulting interviews | 6+ years of coaching

case preparation of presentation cases will be the classical one with 2 additional points to focus on:

  • 80-20 prioritization: quickly navigate an important amount of data to find what really matters to the case resolution;
  • Executive summary: develop 1-2 pages to present that sum-up the problem and your recommendations.

I have a couple of well-done cases, feel free to text me for sharing.


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