Post M&A Integration Project Management methodology – Waterfall vs. Agile

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    Dominic Ng
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    In Project Management world, there are two approach:

    – Waterfall
    – Agile

    According to M&A reference books, most of post M&A integration project are executed based on waterfall methodology.

    Have any companies been trying to use Agile methodology to run post M&A integration project?

    • This topic was modified 3 weeks, 2 days ago by Dominic Ng.
    #71184
    Ryan Dawkins
    Participant

    Our integrations typically follow a waterfall methodology. We are usually doing large, IT platform transitions which do not allow for MVP launches. We have to have very robust requirement development, full builds, and full integration testing before go-live. This does not mean team cannot deploy agile principals to how the manage and organize their work. They just are not able to deploy incremental valuse.

    #71289
    Jeff Sewell
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    I’d like to introduce the concept of “Agile-Fall.” We use both as the overall M&A integration effort is achieved with traditional program management techniques and methods. The detailed technology integrations absolutely leverages agile methodology. It’s important for the M&A team not to be an advocate of either but rather an advocate of both when they are necessary.

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