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Mergers & Acquisitions

A deep understanding of organisations, their people,
culture and risk profile.

Project management office

Managing a successful transaction

Many mergers and acquisitions fail. In fact, the failure rate is between 70 percent and 90 percent, according to Harvard Business Review. One of the key reasons for this failure is cited as poor management of the integration, including bad strategic direction, organisation, process discipline and an inability to manage change effectively. We know from experience that the management and transition of employees to the new entity strongly determines the success.  Integration pre-planning and the proper execution of the integration plan can make the difference between realising the intended synergies and failing to create value.

We also know that incorporating a dedicated Project Management Office (PMO) to lead the pre/post-merger integration activities can be a key differentiator in managing and executing projects successfully. An experienced PMO will ensure the delivery of integration activities, communicate expectations of critical items to stakeholders and escalate issues in a timely manner.

How we can help you gain advantage

Our accredited, experienced project management experts will partner with you to establish and manage the PMO – or as we call it, the ‘Change-enabled’ PMO (CPMO for short), because we seamlessly integrate change management tools into our robust project management offering at no additional cost.

Our proven approach ensures both the programmatic elements of the project are managed, alongside the people impacts. We do this by placing great emphasis on stakeholder management while maintaining our deep rooted foundations in project management to deliver everything you would expect in this space; a suite of rigorous and robust tools; established governance models, processes and approaches; and management of the project to time and budget – the mantras of any PMO.

Our project management services

We manage the project and employee change experience through a simple 3-step process; establish the PMO approach; charter project workstreams and build/refine project plan; run and maintain. We utilise a unique set of project management and change-enabled tools throughout. Our services include:

  • Project governance: establishing and maintaining project governance frameworks, processes and approaches, including defining roles, responsibilities and accountabilities
  • Project cadence and processes: helping you establish the correct rhythm for the project and associated stakeholder touch points, as well as establishing baselines, controls, tolerances and escalation points
  • Change analytics: identifying and managing critical change impacts, readiness and dependencies throughout the project
  • Stakeholder engagement: helping you understand, segment, map and engage stakeholders across the project to enact activity and manage your people
  • Toolkit development: either bringing our tried-and-tested set of robust project and change management tools or helping you develop a suite of tailored tools specific for the project
  • Project plan development: chartering the project and workstreams to build out a detailed, integrated project plan – bringing together all activity under one master plan. Project plans often include critical paths, dependencies and resource allocations
  • Measurement: conducting and delivering project or wider change measurement
  • Run and maintaining the project: supporting you every step of the way during the project, including:
    • Driving and progressing project activity
    • Tracking and status reporting on project activity
    • Monitoring and proactively managing risks, issues, actions, dependencies, and budget
    • Ongoing stakeholder engagement
    • Providing strategic and tactical insight, advice and corrective action to enable quick, robust decision making and deliver the project on time and to budget.