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Dependencies Are Killing Your Agility: Learn to Fight Back!

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Course Description

This is a half-day (four hour) live instructor-led course scheduled for July 13, 2021 that will change the way you think about and deal with dependencies within your organization.

Is this your situation?

  • Are you trying to adopt agile at scale and realize that dependencies among teams have made it nearly impossible to reliably and predictably get the work done? 
  • Is your flow frequently impeded because one team is waiting on another team? 
  • Are your results either failure or unacceptable delay costs because work is taking much longer than it should to complete? 

Then, it's Time to fight back!!!

This course is based on Ken Rubin’s years of experience helping companies of all sizes adopt agile at scale. This isn’t some theoretical course. You will learn practical patterns that you can combine to address your organization’s specific dependency issues. 

This also is not a course based on widely accepted dogma. For example, a common belief is that if we just re-organize ourselves “correctly” (say, organize 100% into feature teams) we can eliminate dependencies. This is a myth. Certainly re-organizing can help, but attempting to eliminating all dependencies when trying to do agile at scale is not practical. 

There are many other beliefs that cloud our minds when dealing with dependencies. Some organizations may believe that if they could just identify all of the dependencies upfront, they could manage them. Or if they just had a more detailed dependency-management process with awesome tool support, they could tame their dependencies. Yeah, no.

In this course you will learn:

  • What are dependencies and why are they important
  • That dependency problems scale exponentially, so dependencies are not your friends and you should do your best to minimize them
  • The killer problem is asynchronicity (prioritization problems) that come from trying to coordinate dependencies across multiple teams
  • Viewing dependencies in isolation (within a subset of your organization) will fail to address the needs of end-to-end business agility
  • Why most companies need to change their unit of focus from projects to something more long-lived like products, capabilities, value streams, etc.
  • Why the common myths surrounding dependency management are just wrong
  • The multiple different patterns for dealing with dependencies
  • The benefits, costs, and issues associated with each pattern
  • The nuances of using dependency patterns through real world examples of large organizations applying multiple patterns at an organizational-wide level
  • Ways of combining patterns at scale to achieve better end-to-end flow

Who should take this course?

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to actually do something about their organization’s dependency issues. If you are tired of living with the problems caused by dependencies, whether you are on a team or an executive at a company, you will walk away with actionable knowledge to improve your situation.

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Course Agenda

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Interested in bringing this class to your company?

Ken Rubin will teach this class or any of our classes at your company.

Whether you need agile training or coaching for senior leadership, work teams, or specific business units, we can help you get the upper hand on your dependency issues through a customized learning plan to meet your needs.

Meet Ken Rubin

Agile Author, Trainer, and Coach

Ken Rubin

Ken Rubin is the author of Amazon’s #1 best selling book Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process. As an agile thought leader, Ken founded Innolution where he helps organizations thrive through the application of agile principles in an effective and economically sensible way. He has coached over 200 companies ranging from startups to Fortune 10, and is an angel investor and mentor to numerous exciting startups. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, Ken has trained over 30,000 people in agile / Scrum as well as object-oriented technology. He was the first managing director of the worldwide Scrum Alliance, a nonprofit organization focused on transforming the world of work using Scrum.

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  • When is the class?

    This live instructor-led class will take place on Tuesday July 13, 2021 from 8am to 12pm US Mountain Time.

  • Are their multi-person (group) discounts?

    Yes! Please reach out to us at for more information.

  • How is the course delivered?

    The course is delivered live (over Zoom) and instructor led by Ken Rubin.

  • What is the purpose of this "on-line course" if the event is live?

    The reason for having this on-line presence is to provide a repository for the class artifacts. For example, pre-class information and the class handout materials are stored here. And, post class, you will be able to download the annotated class slides and copies of all exercises you completed during the class.

  • What happens after I purchase this course?

    You will be enrolled in the live course. You will also have an account on this website that will give you access to all of the pre-class instructions and exercises.

  • Does this course qualify for continuing educational credit?

    Yes! Completing this course earns you 4 PDUs from the PMI and 4 SEUs from the Scrum Alliance (use Category "Learning").

Date, Time or Other Problem?

Does July 13, 2021 or the class times not work for you?

We are happy to schedule additional public classes and at different times of day. Just let us know what dates and times work for you! Or is there another issue with this class that we can address that would enable you to enroll?

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Don't let your dependencies kill your agility!