Internal Dependencies — What They Are Plus Examples

Internal Project Dependencies

Internal Dependencies — What They Are Plus Examples

Your project management office (PMO) will be involved in supporting the project planning process. Having a strong understanding of internal dependencies and what they are will help you better work with this process.

  • What an internal dependency in a project is
  • Some examples in different industries of internal dependencies
  • Planning a project schedule with internal dependencies

What is an internal project dependency?

In internal dependency in a project is one that the project team has full control over. There is nothing that needs to happen outside of the team or business before one task can lead to another.

What are examples of internal project dependencies?

Many tasks in a project will be internally dependent. There won’t be anything outside the project or business holding back a task but there’s work to wait for nonetheless.


An internal dependency when building a house would be putting up plasterboard before plastering the walls, which would be an internal-mandatory dependency.

Software development

A simple internal dependency in software development would be to complete a piece of code then test the piece of code. This is a mandatory dependency — code can’t be tested before it’s created!


Wating for a design to be completed before creating a prototype is an example of an internal dependency that is also mandatory, whereas waiting for a full report from beta testers before starting a second iteration is an internal dependency that the project team will choose themselves.

How do I schedule internal dependencies?

Internal dependencies can be flexible since your project teams have a lot of control of them. It is important to be aware of the priorities so that internal dependencies don’t get forgotten about or pushed back for tasks that can feel more important.

Working with internal dependencies

It’s vital that your PMO understands what internal dependencies are and have examples specific to its industry. You will need to support projects as they work through planning dependencies and may need to offer help when a project scope changes and dependencies need to be reassessed.

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Discretionary Project Dependencies – What They Are plus Examples
Mandatory Project Dependencies – The What and How Plus Examples
The 4 Types of Dependencies Your PMO Needs to Know
5 activities you need to manage project dependencies



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Pm Majik

Pm Majik

Evangelist of the Project Management Office (PMO)