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Bulletproof Problem Solving Charles Conn is a former partner of McKinsey Company and former CEO of the Rhodes Trust Rob McLean is Director Emeritus of McKinsey Company and a former Dean of the Australian Graduate School of Management This book aims to set out a 7 step programme for complex problem solving but while there’s some useful information here it presupposes a familiarity with some of the logic tree techniues which makes it difficult to use for beginners A good introduction and manual towards business problem solving from a consulting perspective What does that mean? Consultants mostly assume all problems can be solved in a finite amount of time and that they can actually be solved in some formal way Often times if that is not the case a savvy partner will find some way to uietly extricate his team out of the project Not all business problems can be solved and many never are as like the proxy wars great powers engage in with each other many business problems in corporate America are often battles played by senior executives vying for turf That being said if one were to try to consult a company on a challenging problem this is the closest thing I've read thus far to a book on strategy consulting with a uantitative tint Each of the major consulting companies often provide the deck to their new recruits usually 100s of slides that include principles and tutorials on how to engage in analysis of a client problem Though often times these decks just end up being plotgraph fodder recycled in any number of stylistic permutations for hastily produced client presentations Although each of these firms have their own style they often all share a kernel of notions that constitute the essence of the craft This book covers much of that essence including the problem definition cycle which is to define dis aggregate prioritize analyze synthesize communicate with the critical components from an analytical standpoint being dissaggregation analysis and synthesis With respect to dissaggregation any consultant worth their salt will have partitioned their problem space into MECE or Mutually Exclusive and Collectively Exhaustive This notion was almost certainly leveraged stolen from mathematics which knows it as set partitions an idea that comes in handy in probability combinatorics and topology to name a few of the sub fields in the subject However form a business standpoint as the authors stresses how one dissaggregates or cleave a problem could hold the entire key to proceeding forward to it's solution and they give several good business case studies to accentuate that point as well as conceptual principles to provide deeper understanding to allow the reader to leverage it for their own challenges In aid of this endeavor the authors also provide ample illustrations and explanation on several types of logic trees including component trees inductive trees deductive trees hypothesis tress and decision trees Of these inductive and deductive trees are given the most page count in terms of coverage Again concepts are often followed or prefaced with business case studies to help apply theory to practice Since this book is primarily aimed at business people beside the analytic component of 'strategy there's about 13 of the material dedicated to team stuff Basically how to rustle your team and leverage the collective intelligence of your team to make decision and assign priorityweight to components of your cleaved problem to uickly and practically resolve it for your client so you can get follow on work Ironically the least developed portion of the problem solving cycle is probably the analysis portion which is where the actual work would take place from the problem solving standpoint eg statisticsmachine learningmodelsimulation etc A uick whirlwind tour is provided on the techniues and how they can be deployed based on what you know what you don't know what you know you don't know and what you don't know that you know to uote infamous former Secy of Defense and systems analyst 'whiz kid' Don RumsfeldOverall well written and concise with sufficiently produced tables for efficient knowledge transference I'd recommend both the audiobook and the kindle for this one like all consulting work the plots are 45 the information Recommended Some examples are a bit lengthy but it is generally a practical and useful book Very useful frameworks for solving work problems and wicked problems of the world I'll be using these next time I need to frame a solution for a project at work or feel overwhelmed by societal problems Complex problem solving is for sure THE skill of the future This books provides a well structured seven steps approach that can help you find a solution for different kinds of problems Providing exautive methodocial on an easy to understand way is not easy However the authors mastered that challenge The use of powerful and real examples sprinkle all the positive characteristics above stated For sure a must for consultancy fans and passionate problem solvers alike I was not a good management consultant I was much interested in data analysis than end to end problem solving The insights were interesting to me than the problem Funny that post management consulting now my job almost completely skips data analysis and I spend most of my time defining problem structuring it work planning and story telling Defining and structuring problem are much fun as long as the problem is new It's hard to write a 5 star book on a methodology this book almost nailed the right amount of theory vs examples except for frivolous foray into machine learning joint probability and retirement savings decisions and even a brief mention of Black Scholes Management consultants are anything but specialists Pretending that this first principle approach can empower anyone to deploy highly complicated tools is biting off than one can chew In fact my previous firm developed a marketing model based on first principle; it sounded totally reasonable to layman but omg was it wrong I can't believe they still market the model on their website when it's mathematically wrong First principle helps to solve certain types of problems or phases of a problem; but pretending that it's panacea causes damage than good Complex problem solving is the core skill for 21st Century Teams An excellent complement for design thinkers If you are a design thinker like me you will find that the seven steps explained in this book will enrich your practice of design thinking by providing the rigor of analysis and a clear path to implementation Great for business consultants More accessible than dogmatic six sigma and lean texts Good exercises and overviews with plenty of opportunities for the imaginative to profer workable alternative overviews to theirs based on the information they providedHoped for a little deeper disclosure but I still see the book as a worthwhile read

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