Organize your thoughts using a logic tree

A central tool used by consultants as well as participants in case competitions is a logic tree. A logic tree is used to decompose a problem into smaller parts while still ensuring the entire problem is elucidated.

The logic tree begins with a simple and accurate question that is answered at different levels of detail. Hence, the logic tree enables you to establish a complete understanding of the problem and it can be used to focus the case solving process. We have illustrated a simple logic tree that is used to answer the question “How do I increase profits?” by breaking the problem into smaller parts. 

Prioritize your time using the 80/20 rule

When you only have eight hours to solve a case it is essential that you prioritize your time and resources by focusing on the important elements of your solution. You can use the 80/20 rule which states that 80 percent of a problem can be solved using 20 percent of the time it takes to solve the problem completely.


You have limited time to solve the case and in order to succeed an essential prerequisite is to manage and plan your time and resources. There is no correct way to allocate your team’s resources, but we suggest that you manage your time in the following way:

Ten tricks to succeed with slides

Great and effective slides from previous winners of pcc

This slide defines the case problem and describes a solution in an effective way by breaking the problem down into smaller parts.


This slide communicates a complex and central calculation in a simple way by using icons, arrows, a graph and boxes with less text.

This slide explains a calculation in a very simple way with concrete numbers.

This slide gives a good overview of a central part of the case using simple text boxes and an intuitive “waterfall” graph with colors that match the logos.