Consulting Lessons Learned 16: Use scenarios to reduce complexity

Let’s say you are calculating a business case. Usually, there will be a bunch of options you would like to take into consideration:

Closing plant A or B? Reducing or increasing product portfolio? and so on…

Of course you could build a super complex model that let’s you play freely with all these variables. But this isn’t very efficient.

Instead: Try to define a set of clever scenarios and build a model that only takes into consideration the scenarios and underlying variables you defined.

Scenario-based working is great whenever you are faced with a lot of complexity. So the next time you need to develop a recommendation for a complex problem: Think backwards – define scenarios – and evaluate which scenario is most beneficial.

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