Steve Shu's Blog



On Structured Problem Solving and Consulting

Indian Blogger has a good post on structured problem solving as it relates to consulting. The post is based on a summary of a session by an Arthur D Little strategy consultant. I would like to add a few comments...

A Problem With Lessons Of Wants Versus Needs

As young children, we are often educated about the difference between wants and needs. Needs are basic things like food, clothing, and shelter that are required. Wants, on the other hand, are things that people desire but are optional, like...

World Wild Web

Some of the wildest technology news I noted from the past year: Green glowing pigs Researchers slowing down light with possible usage as storage technology 500Ghz frozen computer chips with the possibility of 1 Terahertz computer chips The last one...

A Potential Bias of Management Consultants Versus Investment Bankers

One of these tends to believe that all companies can be fixed. The other tends to believe that some companies cannot be fixed. What do you think? What's your makeup or tendency?...

What A Sample Management Consulting Deliverable Looks Like

It relatively easy to find white papers, articles, magazine publications, etc. by management consulting firms. While these vehicles can be excellent sources of information, they tend shed light on either the thought leadership, research base, and/or marketing aspects of consulting...

Corporate Blogs Added To Bain & Company's List Of 2007 Management Tools

Hat tip to Mark Lin on pointing me to leading management consulting firm, Bain Company, and their Management Tools 2007: An Executive's Guide publication (note PDF). As context from the publication (bracketed text added by me for clarity):Every year or...

Sorry ... Computer Issues

There have been many folks trying to reach me at my normal, personal email address at s4management. Email is broken for me. Severely. Suffice it to say the problem has been going on for more than a month, and there...

Nortel CTO Starts Blog

John Roese, CTO of Nortel, launched his Nortel blog earlier this week. Update (1/26/07): Nortel also placed a video on YouTube....

Musings on the Makeup of Consulting Analysts

Heidi wrote a very thoughtful post that profiles my blog. Her blog is currently oriented towards the research of the management consulting profession. Her investigation appears to be in part motivated by an investment banking friend that indicated, ... you...

The Workshop Method As Part of Strategy Consulting

Client workshops are elements that I have often seen as part of consulting engagements, but I have found little written information about them (unlike the topic of client interviews, which I discussed here). I have often set up workshops for...