Case Solving Guide (Tips and Tricks)

1. PROBLEMS VS SYMPTOMS

  • Analyze the case with different tools & models (SWOT, PESTEL, Porter’s 5 Forces, BCG Matrix, Value Chain Analysisetc)
  • Identify the core problems
  • Find out the symptoms deriving from those problems
  • Focus to solve the problems only

2. CHOOSING ALTERNATIVES

  • Don’t jump to the recommendation before finding out the alternatives
  • Find out all the alternatives to solve the problems
  • Evaluate the alternatives to choose the best solution

3. RECOMMENDATION STYLE

  • Don’t just tell ‘What’ to do
  • Show them ‘How’ to do
  • Divide the solution in short term and long term plan of actions
  • Provide a timeline with major goals to be achieved

4. MONITORING & EVALUATION

  • Tell them how to monitor the success and evaluate the results
  • Set KPIs to keep track of the success
  • Talk about the contingency plans in case the recommendation fails

5. IN A NUTSHELL!

  • Differentiate the problems and symptoms
  • Identify & evaluate alternatives to solve the problems
  • Show the recommendation by detailing the course of action with a proper timeline
  • Set up monitoring & evaluation criteria and contingency plans

 This is a full proof method for taming the beast called business cases. Follow these super simple steps and voila! Case solved!


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