Learn to structure
business problems
with the
FLESS Structured Approach to Problem-Solving
online corporate course

The FLESS Structured Approach to Problem-Solving is an online corporate course designed for technology teams which can help

solve the following problems:
  • Ambiguous goals and problem statements;
  • Tunnel vision of tasks, ignoring the broad context;
  • A random, haphazard approach to finding and selecting solutions;
  • Inability to quickly assess the approximate financial or other business results of a project/feature;
  • Inability to prioritize problems by impact and importance;
  • Inability to justify the result to the decision makers.

To solve these problems, the Course participants will master

the problem-solving fundamentals
of strategy consultants:
  • 1
    A step-by-step algorithm os solving business problems akin to that used by McKinsey, BCG, Bain, and other consulting companies;
  • 2
    Frameworks for defining business problems, prioritizing work, and communicating results
  • 3
    Issue trees, value chains, formulae, and matrix structures of business problems;
  • 4
    Ad-hoc structures adhering to the MECE, focus, detail, and relevance principles;
  • 5
    Market sizings and back-of-the-envelope calculations for estimating impact;
  • 6
    Top-down executive communication, storylines, and storyboards;
  • 7
    We will apply all these techniques to the current business problems of each participant.
Examples of the participants' business problems
which we covered in the previous batches of the Course:
The Course is designed
with tech teams in mind:
  • Business analysts, data analysts, researchers
    who analyze large amounts of information and make decisions based on it;
  • Product managers
    who need to see the big picture and prioritize ruthlessly;
  • Engineers and data scientists
    who want to grasp the business aspects of their jobs and grow into managers and executives
  • Tech professionals
    who feel the need to think structurally for effective and efficient decision-making.
— Founder and CEO of the Fless edtech platform;
— Over the past 6 years, has personally delivered over 50 courses in structural thinking and consulting interview prep;
— As part of Fless, helped obtain offers to McKinsey, BCG, and Bain to more than 200 candidates. These companies' selection process is based on structural thinking skills;
— Former McKinsey consultant in the European Private Equity Practice;
— Dropped out of Stanford Graduate School of Business to start Fless in 2016.
[Direct video link: https://youtu.be/oaESQAoHQ-E]
Course Instructor:
Victor Rogulenko
Format: 4 online classes in a group of up to 20 people
  • Each class lasts 2.5 hours and combines a theoretical module and practice on the current problems of each of the course participants;
  • The course is conducted via Zoom video conference using the Miro online whiteboard. All sessions are recorded and the boards are saved for future use by participants;
  • Each subsequent session depends on each participant's performance in the previous session. Don't skip classes!
  • Class dates and times are coordinated with each team individually
Course Topics*
* are subject to change as requested by participants:
  • Why do we need to structure information?

  • Decision structure requirements: MECE, focus, detail, relevance. Examples.

  • 4 types of structures: issue tree, formula, sequence, matrix. Examples.

  • Consulting approach to business (and not only) problems: problem statment, searching for solution, creative thinking, team work.

  • Problem Statement Worksheet. SMART questions. How to use the template.

  • The solution process: definition, structuring, prioritizing, planning, analytics, synthesis, recommendations.

  • Stakeholder Analysis Template. Examples.

  • Prioritization matrix. Impact, effort, ease of implementation.

  • Work Planning Template. "How not to boil the ocean." Examples.

  • The 7 "golden rules" of analytics: 80/20, 5 whys, numerical data analysis, focus on the answer, simplicity, avoiding "paralytics," triangulation, and back-of-the-envelope calculations.

  • Synthesis: top-down vs bottom-up. Situation-complication-resolution.

  • Storylines and storyboards.

  • 3 rules of an impactful recommendation.