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“The Synergy Solution – How Companies Win the Mergers & Acquisitions Game” by Mark L. Sirower & Jeffery M. Weirens – A Harvard Business Review Press Book Essentials

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“The Synergy Solution”  addresses a thorny business problem: why—and how—business leaders need to rethink and reshape M&A deals to improve their success rate. It has become common knowledge along the years that most of the mergers & acquisitions transactions fail. A study from PricewaterhouseCoopers even put a price tag on the failure rate – around 80%. It is a dismal result, given especially the amount of efforts and money poured by organizations in the process.

The M&A process stands at the apex of the corporate restructuring. There are so many uncertainties and so many synergy promises, that one cannot find another more risky process in the companies’ operating handbooks. If well-implemented, M&A’s can propel the involved organizations to a whole new market level. They can lower the costs per product, expand customer satisfaction and bring new products to new markets.

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“Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos” – a HBR Press Book Review

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Agile HBR PRess book review – doitinvest.com

Agile methodologies implementations look deceptively simple. You take an organization, reset its’ ways it adds value, empower and support teams with resources and voila – you are rolling! “Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos” takes the agile to a new level, by using the wealth of knowledge available to one of the most astute consultants nowadays – Bain & Co.

One of the most widespread myths is that agile can be applied anytime, in almost every organization and – critical point – to all the processes at once. You probably guessed – this is wrong.
Agile is not a magic universal wand – and cannot be applied indiscriminately to everything. !“Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos” argues for a sensible balance between resources, customers specifications and the talent pool. Every organization has a natural tension between running smoothly its operations – and carefuly changing them via innovation. Agile should not be the ultimate goal – after all, it represents rather a pathway towards highly efficient operations.

The authors themselves went through the classical hypes and downs of the agile method. Darrel Rigby, as the head of Bain & Company’s global innovation practice, consulted and researched for many organizations what agile can achieve. On the other side, Sarah Elk, as the head of the firm’s Operating Model practice, is in a position to argue for the importance of a stable operations constellation. Steven H. Berez bridges the two worlds with his Information Technology practice experience. All three authors manage to do an interesting act of balance and bring very different points at table – with nice results.Read More »“Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos” – a HBR Press Book Review