10X: Create Team Dependencies

Team dependencies are associated with a particular feature and can have multiple stories assigned to them. The stories indicate the work needed to satisfy the dependency.

To create a team dependency:

  1. Select Program from the left menu bar.
  2. Under the Manage section of the menu bar, select Dependencies; the Dependencies page displays.
  3. On the toolbar (top-right of the page), click the Add Dependency button. The New Dependency slide-out panel displays.
  4. From the Program Increment drop-down menu, select the PI in which the dependency should be delivered. Note that only teams that have sprints tied to the selected PI will be available for selection in Steps 6 and 7. 
  5. Select Feature as a work item type for your dependency and start typing text (name, ID, or tag) in the search box to search for the feature. Click the desired feature to select it.
  6. From the Requesting drop-down menu, select the agile or program team that requests the work.
  7. From the Depends Odrop-down menu, select one or more agile or program teams on which your work is dependent.
    Note: The program team to program team dependency is a program dependency, not a team dependency, and is discussed in the 10X: Create Program Dependencies section.
  8. In the Needed By box, select the sprint (for an agile team) or date (for a program team) this dependency needs to be resolved by.
  9. Click Save. The Depends On team is sent an email request to review the dependency. The roles selected under Administration > Settings > Email > Workflow Email > Team Dependency will receive this email. The dependency is saved and additional fields display on the Dependency slide-out panel for tracking purposes. You can associate links with the dependency that provide more info. You can also assign stories to indicate the work needed to satisfy the dependency.

At this point, a negotiation takes place between the requester and the respondent. The respondent can access the dependency in the To Do section of the Dependency grid and take appropriate action. They can choose to:

  • Reject the dependency and provide a reason for the rejection.
  • Commit to the Needed By date and accept the dependency.
  • Send a new proposed sprint back to the requester in which the team can deliver the dependency. This can take many iterations until both sides agree on the commit date.

Each party will see a slightly different interface when accessing the dependency in the Dependency grid or the Dependency slide-out panel, depending on the state of the dependency. For example, actions such as accept, reject, or unblock a dependency may be available during the negotiation to commit.

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Either party may choose to block the dependency. 

The respondent can also indicate that no work is required for the dependency.

Notes

  • The Depends On team's Team Room is also updated to include the dependency. The dependencies are listed under Dependency Backlog. You can click the dependency to edit it.
  • If the requesting team selects multiple affected teams, for example, if an infrastructure change affects many teams participating in the PI, this will be a multiple team dependency.

 

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