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MECE (Mutually Exclusive & Collectively Exhaustive)

What a problem solver can learn from the unfolding 737 Max story

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Over the past five months, two Boeing 737 Max airliners have crashed, killing 356 people. Although the story is still unfolding and the investigation is underway, preliminary evidence suggests that design flaws are the cause of the crashes. Here’s a recap…

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

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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…

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Be more MECE (mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive)

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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…

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Be MECE (mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive)

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A central tenet of analytical problem solving is your considering all the possible solutions to your problem exactly once; that is, your approach must be mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive (sometimes written as “mutually exclusive and completely exhaustive”)—or MECE (pronounced…

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