Mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive / MECE

Thinking in a mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive (MECE) structure can help you be more effective in the resolution process by ensuring that you are considering all possibilities exactly once.

Strategic Thinking is available for pre-order

My upcoming book, Strategic Thinking in Complex Problem Solving, is available for pre-order. It will ship on August 3, 2016. Get it from Amazon. Get it from Oxford University Press. Get it from Barnes & Noble. The book includes many of the ideas covered on this site with a deeper treatment and […]

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Don’t overdo that MECE thing – independent and collectively exhaustive

For those of us discovering the MECE concept (mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive), it can be oh-so-attractive: finally, a way to organize my thoughts! It’s simple and elegant. The acronym is even catchy. Why didn’t I hear of this before? This is it! Douglas Adams was wrong: 42 isn’t the answer, […]

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Be more MECE (mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive)

We’ve talked about how thinking in a mutually exclusive and collective exhaustive way is central to effective problem solving. But this is such an important concept that we should talk about it more. First, be CEME, not MECE To solve a problem in a MECE way you need to consider […]

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