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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Field Guide, Other Parts of Trilogy Also Illuminate
While this reviewer is initially commenting on "The McKinsey Engagement," he also looked at both "The McKinsey Mind" and "The McKinsey Way" as the books really do inform one another as a trilogy. As Rasiel comments in the first book, "3" is a "magic" number at McKinsey as most pronouncements there seem to come in threes (see page 3).

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Marvin Bower would not condone...
The author begins his book by stating that the TEAM FOCUS (a silly acronym, as it is) approach, the foundation for the whole book, is not used at McKinsey. Well, I guess that begs the ethical question: why call the book The McKinsey Engagement?

The content of the book itself is fine, but apparently what McKinsey had to offer was covered in the first two books...
Published on December 17, 2008 by Gustavo H. Ramos


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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Marvin Bower would not condone..., December 17, 2008
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Gustavo H. Ramos (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The McKinsey Engagement: A Powerful Toolkit For More Efficient and Effective Team Problem Solving (Hardcover)
The author begins his book by stating that the TEAM FOCUS (a silly acronym, as it is) approach, the foundation for the whole book, is not used at McKinsey. Well, I guess that begs the ethical question: why call the book The McKinsey Engagement?

The content of the book itself is fine, but apparently what McKinsey had to offer was covered in the first two books - this one is about many things but not Mckinsey. Which I find hard to believe, in light of the quality of the firm's work, research and papers over the years.

The book could get 4 stars (well, maybe 3...), but the somewhat facetious title makes it lose one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Field Guide, Other Parts of Trilogy Also Illuminate, June 12, 2013
This review is from: The McKinsey Engagement: A Powerful Toolkit For More Efficient and Effective Team Problem Solving (Hardcover)
While this reviewer is initially commenting on "The McKinsey Engagement," he also looked at both "The McKinsey Mind" and "The McKinsey Way" as the books really do inform one another as a trilogy. As Rasiel comments in the first book, "3" is a "magic" number at McKinsey as most pronouncements there seem to come in threes (see page 3).

"The McKinsey Engagement" basically fills in and conveys the McKinsey problem solving method as it can be applied by a team. Its tenor is much more tactical than the other two books, an appropriate field guide for a business school or other group seeking to proceed and learn along this path. Apparently, for this reason, the author complements the core McKinsey material with other information to provide more detailed information on running a TEAM with a FOCUS on this method (acronyms for the main ideas in its two main emphases). So taken in this light the author succeeds in what he is trying to do. Although, one should also consult the other volumes depending on one's interest.

For instance, Friga's book deals with the various aspects of "The McKinsey Engagement" such as forming hypotheses, being MECE (i.e. mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive), constructing issue/decision trees, and collecting data as they are applied by a team. However, his work with Rasiel in "The McKinsey Mind" provides more of a rationale for the use of these elements and their background (e.g. the benefit of structure, the combination of intuition and data, gut instincts and experience, as part of fact-based decision making). Whereas, Rasiel's solo effort in "The McKinsey Way" discusses the manner in which the consulting firm operates and addresses client problems (as well as what it means for an individual in the organization). The reference to the culture and discipline as similar to the Jesuits, the reliance on charts (as described in more detail by Gene Zelazny elsewhere) and other tidbits conjure smiles in recognition.

One thing that drew this reviewer to the book initially was the mention of Barbara Minto, among the author's other mentors, accomplices, and friends. Minto developed and authored the "The Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing and Thinking" which appears to be the first work that articulated the approach used in McKinsey. It is interesting to see the parallel's between the Friga and Rasiel books, Minto's, and the approaches used in major consulting firms such as McKinsey, PwC, and others (Elizabeth Haas Edersheim's book on Marvin Bower is also illuminating).

So, if you want an applied methodology with examples try "The McKinsey Engagement;" if you want more description and depth consider the "The McKinsey Mind;" if you want to better understand the firm and its context seek out "The McKinsey Way." If you are after a comprehensive view, get into all three.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, yet effective, December 18, 2008
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This review is from: The McKinsey Engagement: A Powerful Toolkit For More Efficient and Effective Team Problem Solving (Hardcover)
Great book for anyone interested in high level problem solving. There isn't too much presented in this book that is revolutionary, but having a clear laundry list of what to do in the face of a novel problem will definitely help to solve problems more efficiently and effectively. Ideas are presented in a clear, concise way with a couple of lists of rules and tactics to keep handy to make using the ideas from this book simple long after reading it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very happy, January 23, 2011
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James Barbour (Victoria, Australia) - See all my reviews
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Essential for those going into consulting but also very helpful for team projects whether at university or in the firm. The first half addresses the soft skills required for team work, which were fairly straight forward, and the second half addresses the practical skills needed and the process of deductive project engagement, which was very helpful.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Management Consulting Textbook, September 25, 2009
This review is from: The McKinsey Engagement: A Powerful Toolkit For More Efficient and Effective Team Problem Solving (Hardcover)
I've used this book as a text for my MBA management consulting course and as a supplement for my senior strategy class to guide students through the process of a consulting engagement. It is one of the best texts I have come across for such purposes, and is a "must have" for students trying to work through a consulting project, a real life case analysis, and/or preparing for case competitions / case interviews. As a McKinsey alum myself, I will concur that the method and approach are not exactly what we learned/practiced at the firm, but in my experience, for a professor trying to teach this subject (or a student trying to learn it), the author's approach is perhaps more effective. Further, the success and effectiveness of the TEAM/FOCUS framework for communicating this topic in the classroom is time-tested and well documented at several top universities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive, June 18, 2013
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Matthew (Nicholasville, KY, United States) - See all my reviews
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One of the best business books I've read this year. Friga really gets into the details and gives us a better view into the day to day of a McKinsey consulting engagement. If you're looking for approach and methodology, you will like this book. Finally, some actionable information from this series. Highly recommend to anyone new to management consulting.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maximizing team effectiveness, July 22, 2009
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Richard (Birmingham, AL) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The McKinsey Engagement: A Powerful Toolkit For More Efficient and Effective Team Problem Solving (Hardcover)
Large, complex problems often require teamwork in order to reach successful conclusions. Truly effective teamwork is often a difficult goal to achieve. Friga's book lays out a road map for working with others on complex problems.

TEAM FOCUS is an easy to remember acronym which is explained in detail over the course of the book. While not every piece is novel or groundbreaking, Friga's approach is a good one. By coupling each piece of the model with first-hand experience, he shows the reader exactly how to implement each step.

I found the McKinsey Engagement to be a remarkably helpful guide to more efficiently tackling difficult problems.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Concise and Effective, January 12, 2009
This review is from: The McKinsey Engagement: A Powerful Toolkit For More Efficient and Effective Team Problem Solving (Hardcover)
This book is for someone that has a lot of team projects and is willing to try things differently. Most teams have a midpoint transition in which the course of their project changes. But, by following the frameworks in this book, teams are set up for success right from the start.

I read this book for my consulting class. It is presented in a clear fashion and gives some great examples that are consistent throughout the book. A pretty quick read and worth your time.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have gone further, September 26, 2010
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I think this is a good book, with the focus on team development and problem solving. Nothing, however, is really all that revolutionary in this work.

Reading it provides good basic reinforcement of business principals - but it is reinforcement and not 'breakthrough' thinking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, March 14, 2014
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overall it's a good book with useful real life tactics and examples that I was looking for. I used two of them right away in my projects. I would recommend it to other PM professionals, especially the new PMs.
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