WTF is MECE? Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive

One of the most foundational ideas in consulting problem solving is “MECE.” If you have been around current or former strategy consultants, you probably heard someone say this, typically pronounced “mee-see.”

MECE is an acronym for the phrase Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive. Put simply, it is a principle that will help you sharpen your thinking and…