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Is there any tool to manage dependencies across various projects/programs ?
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I am looking for a tool which can manage and track dependencies across various projects/programs. Any help will be appreciated.
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Hi, this is a good question. Not a particular tool I used in the past other than MS Project. What we did was use a master Project Plan and tie the projects dependent on each other to the master and then we would see all inter-dependencies in a holistic view. All the PM's used to meet once a week to understand, update, mitigate, clarify anything new in terms of dependencies. Hope this helps.
For Agile projects though, TFS does a good job, and so is Jira as far as I know.
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Sep 13, 2017 9:21 AM
SHAMIK SENGUPTA
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Thanks Deepa for your response. MS project works well when there are few to moderate dependencies across various projects. My question around the inter-project dependencies across the enterprise. I have a critical program where I have dependencies across 200+ projects across the organization. I was wondering if there is better way(or tool) to manage and track the inter-dependencies between such multiple programs/projects.
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Agree with Deepa. We would normally have a high-level program schedule using any scheduling tool such as MS Project where the key elements from the different project schedules are plugged in. 'Key elements' is a relative term and would depend on what dependencies you want to see i.e. you might only plug in critical path activities from your different project into your program.
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We've also used the same approach described by Deepa and Anton. You will notice that external dependencies show up with a different colour in your own schedule.

Alternatively, if you don't want the overhead of inter-schedule dependencies, you can simply use milestones to show external dependencies. The only drawback is you have to manually adjust dates, as and when necessary.
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Shamik -

I have seen dependencies managed in two ways:

1. Activity or schedule related dependencies - tracked in a project scheduling tool which supports cross-project activity dependencies

2. Other dependencies - MS Excel listing the dependencies between projects with projects in column A and row 1 with either an X or details provided in the intersection cells

Kiron
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Sep 06, 2017 1:29 AM
Replying to Deepa Kalangi
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Hi, this is a good question. Not a particular tool I used in the past other than MS Project. What we did was use a master Project Plan and tie the projects dependent on each other to the master and then we would see all inter-dependencies in a holistic view. All the PM's used to meet once a week to understand, update, mitigate, clarify anything new in terms of dependencies. Hope this helps.
For Agile projects though, TFS does a good job, and so is Jira as far as I know.
Thanks Deepa for your response. MS project works well when there are few to moderate dependencies across various projects. My question around the inter-project dependencies across the enterprise. I have a critical program where I have dependencies across 200+ projects across the organization. I was wondering if there is better way(or tool) to manage and track the inter-dependencies between such multiple programs/projects.
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Shamik -

If those are activity-type dependencies then you'd need to look at a robust portfolio level scheduling tool. That won't be cheap and it'll require a high level of discipline from your PMs and teams.

If its more subjective, then the Excel approach I suggested would still work...

Kiron
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We use same Tools as described above (MS Project, Excel). On large Transformation program we assign a "Dependencies Manager" who is responsible for the identification and resolution of all cross-projects dependencies. He/she owning a Dependency List with a status integrated into the global Schedule and program status. This person manages the resolution of the dependencies will all project managers and validate the status.
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You can try online project management tool ProofHub. You can get a visual picture of your projects using Gantt chart software in ProofHub. Create project schedules, track progress made in tasks, set task dependencies, and plan & iterate projects effortlessly.
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Hi Shamik, Yes, there are tools available now that have been developed in the last few years. My company, ProjectPro, developed a tool called CrossLinksPro. Matan in Israel developed MasterLink and C&S developed a Program Management Suite. These are all add-ins/applications for the Microsoft Project world. I encourage you to request a demo at each of these companies because you will find that each tool is best suited for their own specific situations: e.g. MasterLink requires you to have Project Server, our tool CrossLinksPro works inside and outside Project Server. I hope this helps.
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Shamik, one more tip: I just published a new book 'Forecasting Programs' in January 2018 that may be useful for you as well.
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