This play is designed to help corporate development validate integration plans.
Often, people are over-optimistic about their integration plans. Injecting healthy skepticism and questioning the plan's feasibility is always a good idea. A tabletop exercise is a great way to stress test processes and plans involving functional leads and domain experts.
Execute this play, perform a tabletop exercise, and simulate a deal to solidify existing integration plans and identify areas that would break if said integration plans were to be executed.
Cross-Functional Leads, Domain Experts, Corporate Development
Papers, Visual Aids
1 to 2 hours, 2 to three times meetings in 2 weeks
Gather all cross-functional leads and domain experts and lay out the scenario. Provide all the facts regarding the deal for evaluation and input for the next meeting.
In this second meeting, listen to the cross-functional teams. They will be able to provide good insights into how the integration will affect their respective function. If it’s too complicated, a third meeting might be required.
Come up with conclusions on the things that are possible. Everyone should be clear on the things that can be safely integrated, the risks that come with it, and mitigation plans.
At the end of these exercises, there should be a new practice, process or function generated. Document them for future reference.