Mandatory Project Dependencies — The What and How Plus Examples

Mandatory Project Dependencies

Mandatory Project Dependencies — The What and How Plus Examples

Understanding the order that tasks need to run in a project is a key step in the project planning stage for your project management office (PMO). There are different types of project dependencies, and we’re going to explore mandatory project dependencies and how your PMO needs to work with them.

  • What a mandatory dependency is
  • Examples of mandatory dependencies in projects
  • How to plan for and schedule mandatory project dependencies

What is a mandatory dependency?

In project management, a mandatory dependency is one that’s a non-negotiable requirement. Sometimes referred to as hard logic, this type of dependency means that the next task can’t be started until the previous one has been completed.

  • Contracts that have been signed with the client
  • Certain laws and regulations
  • Non-negotiable company procedures
  • Physical limitations of resources

Examples of mandatory dependencies

There are various mandatory dependencies, and the ones that are relevant to the projects your PMO works with will depend heavily on the industry you operate in. Here are some examples of mandatory dependencies to help prompt dependency planning.

Contractual dependencies

Even if your company has a standard contract for projects, there will be opportunities for amendments, and some clients will have more demands than others. An example of a contractual dependency could be where the client needs to sign off the project at different milestones, meaning the rest of the project can’t progress without the client agreeing to the work so far.

Legal dependencies

There are times when laws will dictate certain elements of projects. An example in an IT project could be needing to have a privacy policy in place before processing personal data, while a construction-related example could be needing to have toilets delivered to the site before work can begin.

Company procedure dependencies

While you may want to lobby to change some policy-level dependencies if they cause bottlenecks, there are some eminently sensible ones. An example of a company procedure dependency would be the need for the accounting team to sign off on project accounts on a regular basis.

Physical limitation dependencies

No matter what your PMO does or how good your project managers are, there are some things that just can’t be more efficient and these fall under mandatory dependencies due to physical limitations. An example of this would be the time it takes for a machine to produce a prototype.

How do I create a project schedule with mandatory dependencies?

It can feel like mandatory dependencies can constrict projects and set restrictions that could cause delays or have resources not being used well.

Working with mandatory dependencies in your PMO

It can be challenging to work with mandatory dependencies; knowing what they are and how to work with them can help keep the planning stages of a project smooth and keep the project on track throughout the lifecycle.

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Pm Majik

Pm Majik

Evangelist of the Project Management Office (PMO)