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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 – make your ideas independent and collectively exhaustive

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This is part 3 of our 4-part on MECE thinking — part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4. For those of us discovering the MECE concept and those perfecting it, it can be oh-so-attractive: Finally, a way to organize my…

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Be more MECE (mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive)

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This is part 2 of our 4-part on MECE thinking — part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4. We’ve talked about how thinking in a mutually exclusive and collective exhaustive way can help you actively drive structure in complex problems….

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