Learn the Three Dependency Busting Activities

  • Capture and Quantify

    Find the most impactful dependencies in an organization using historical data or group facilitation.

  • Fix and Reduce

    Implement experiments to reduce or eliminate the most impactful dependencies and track whether those experiments have worked.

  • Avoid and Plan

    Avoid dependency delays altogether through better communication, interactions, and process.

Course curriculum

    1. Course Overview and Welcome

    2. Workbook and Downloads (materials)

    3. Tell Me: Your Dependency Issues and Goals for this Course

    4. Where to ask questions and continue the discussion...

    5. LIVE: Monthly Q & A and Community Get Together

    6. LIVE: Monthly Q & A and Community Get Together

    7. LIVE: Monthly Q & A and Community Get Together

    8. LIVE: Monthly Q & A and Community Get Together

    9. LIVE: Monthly Q & A and Community Get Together

    1. Question: What makes some dependencies more urgent to fix than others?

    2. Theory: Capturing and prioritizing dependencies

    3. Exercise: Dependency Prioritization Canvas (impact mapping)

    4. Theory: Facilitating Dependency Prioritization (impact mapping)

    5. Exercise: Facilitating Dependency Prioritization - Context and Questions

    6. Debrief and Quiz: Prioritizing Dependencies

    1. Question: What are the root causes of dependencies in your organization or team?

    2. Theory: Solving the Root Causes of Dependencies

    3. Exercise: Solve a Dependency using the "Solve a Dependency" Canvas

    4. Debrief and Quiz: Solving the most impactful dependencies

    1. Quick Wins for Dependency Management

    2. Theory: Dependency Management Throughout the Process (Three Decisions at Multiple Levels)

    3. Exercise: Portfolio and Cross-Team "Policies" Documented (as-is)

    1. The Cost of Dependencies on Capacity & Predictability

About this course

  • $495.00
  • 32 lessons
  • Monthly Q&A Zoom Call
  • Membership into Our Community

Turn Got Dependencies into, Had Dependencies

Improve flow; Decrease stress; Scale.


  • Is the course Agile framework specific?

    No. This course teaches practical techniques for capturing, fixing, and avoiding dependencies independent of the Agile development process you use. If you use SAFe, LeSS, Kanban, Scrum you will learn how to ask the right questions and how to improve communication and management of dependencies in ways that suit your process.

  • Do you teach using any tool we have to buy?

    No. But we do give you three different facilitation canvas' and techniques that are free and included. We teach how to approach dependency management in your current tools, which to be fair have zero dependency management features to speak fondly of.

  • Is it practical? Are there exercises?

    Yes. Each chapter has a few exercises (homework) you SHOULD do before progressing. Dependencies are very contextual to products and organizations, so the exercises build upon YOUR examples and YOUR solutions, guided by our process.

Your Instructor

Troy Magennis


Troy Magennis is an IT professional and executive, having helped deliver valuable software to customers at scale since 1994. In 2011 he founded Focused Objective, the leader and trusted brand for Agile metrics and probabilistic forecasting. He regularly keynotes at conferences, eager to share his passion for using data in better ways to improve business outcomes. Previous clients include Walmart, Microsoft, Skype, Sabre Airline Solutions, Siemens Healthcare. Troy currently consults and trains organizations wanting to improve decision-making for IT through Agile and Lean thinking and tools, applying Scrum and Lean techniques appropriately, and where they are going to make this most significant benefit through quantitative rigor.