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 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
- Usage of materials and tools
- Stakeholders availability and involvement
- Workforce availability
- External parties availability
A sequence of projects-realizations
The sequence of realization of each project in the program may be essential for the success of the entire program. If the project “Y” really needs Project “N” to be created first and depends on it, logically project “N” is created before the project “Y”.
If projects do not depend on each other, and the organization has enough resources, they may be developed in parallel.
A sequence of external activities not related to actual planned work
External project activities that are important for defining the dependency between projects may include:
- Hiring professionals
- Training sessions
- Materials and tools supply
- Maintenance activities and plans
- Sales and marketing activities
The sequence of all activities may be important.
Usage of materials and tools
Different teams and parties may need materials and tools at the same or different times.
Stakeholders availability and involvement
The availability of stakeholders may not be constant. Different parties may be available at a different time or interested and involved in different projects. The involvement level between stakeholders may also differ.
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 need to be considered when projects dependencies are defined.
All defined dependencies between projects and constraints need to be taken into account in the program planning activities.
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