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.
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.