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understanding teams’ deliverables and their dependencies

I was invited to facilitate a workshop to clarify four project teams’ deliverables and their dependencies. These teams are part of the same program of work.

The workshop took 2 hours, and I followed an agenda to cover 4 topics, answering the following four questions:

  1. What is our Program of Work?
  2. What are your team major deliverables?
  3. Which features are you working on the next 6 months?
  4. Which external (not created by your team) features do your features depend on?

Please find below the workshop photos and the used terms definitions.




The Program of Work is essentially a list of specific, strategic goals to accomplish over the coming year.

A major deliverable is a tangible item (e.g. a package going to the production servers, training sessions, user manual) produced by a team (typically as a part of a project) towards the program of work.

The major deliverables are the most important deliverables and may have multiple features or smaller deliverables included in their production.

A feature is a grouping of related functionalities. Such grouping helps to understand the product as a whole, as well its smaller and complementary parts. The understanding of a feature will change from team to team. The important thing is that such groupings makes sense to your team, and are aligned with the major deliverables.

Dependency is a directed relationship which is used to show that some feature or a set of features requires, needs or depends on other features.

Paulo Caroli

Paulo Caroli is the author of the best-selling book “Lean Inception: How to Align People and Build the Right Product” (the first on a series of books on business agility). He's also the creator of FunRetrospectives.com , a site and book about retrospectives, futurospectives and team building activities. Caroli writes on this blog frequently. Receive the next post in your email. Sign up here.
Lean Inception: Learn How to Align People and Build the Right Product

Lean Inception: Learn How to Align People and Build the Right Product

Lean Inception is a crucial agile methodology for aligning teams on effective product creation. Introduced by Paulo Caroli, it combines Design Thinking and Lean StartUp techniques to define strategies and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) scope. It is valuable for large projects, startups, and business innovations. Not suitable for discovery activities, prototyping decisions, or cross-team alignment. Active participants, stakeholders, and skilled facilitators are essential for the success of this collaborative process. Lean Inception is fundamental for guiding teams toward meaningful and efficient product outcomes.

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