The following article is a sample from the full BVOP™ Ultimate Guide and is part of the preparation for the BVOP™'s modern Agile Certified Project Manager Program.
Dependencies amongst the projects need to be identified, described, and understood by the entire BVOPGM office and the Business Value-Oriented Project Management (BVOPM) office if they need to be aware of them. Major dependencies may include:
- A sequence of projects-realizations
- A sequence of external activities not related to actual planned work
- Utility of materials and tools
- Stakeholders availability and involvement
- Workforce availability
- External parties availability
A sequence of projects-realizations
The realization (development) sequence of each project may be crucial for the success of the entire program. If project “Y” really needs project “N” to be created first and depends on it, logically project “N” is created before project “Y”
If projects do not depend on each other, and the organization has enough resources, they may be simultaneously developed.
A sequence of external activities not related to actual planned work
Important external project activities that define projects’ dependencies may include:
- Hiring professionals
- Training sessions
- Materials and tools supply
- Sales and marketing activities
The sequence of all activities may be important.
Usage of materials and tools
Teams and parties may need materials and tools at the same or at different times.
Stakeholders availability and involvement
The availability and involvement level of stakeholders may differ. Different parties may be interested in particular projects and be available at specific times.
The availability and the schedule of internal and external teams, consultants, or contractors may need to be considered in defining projects dependencies.
External parties availability
The availability of external parties like authorities, suppliers, providers, and supervisors has to be considered when projects dependencies are defined.
All defined constraints and dependencies between projects need to be taken into account in the program planning activities.
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