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MECE (Mutually Exclusive Collectively Exhaustive) Best Practices

The MECE (Mutually Exclusive Collectively Exhaustive) framework provides business leaders and managers with a way of dividing information up into elements that are “mutually exclusive” and “collectively exhaustive”. The MECE framework is famously used by McKinsey consultants to structure information and reduce complexity by avoiding overlaps while gathering a comprehensive collection of data points without leaving room for alternatives.

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Description of MECE (Mutually Exclusive Collectively Exhaustive)

The MECE (Mutually Exclusive Collectively Exhaustive) template takes the form of a technical problem solving issue tree which helps guide and subdivide elements associated with a particular problem or challenge. A MECE issue tree gathers information into these sub-segments which are mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive. Elements of each issue exclude one another and there should be enough issues that they exhaust the relevant field.

The MECE method should be used when looking to craft an issue true for a specific case or project. This will help you identify unforeseen discrepancies and dependencies between different branches of the tree and alleviate those discrepancies before moving forward.

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