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Dependencies are the Death of Value Delivery

Scrum, the most popular Agile framework, has seen significant growth in adoption over the past few years. According to the annual State of Agile report from Digital AI, Scrum adoption surged from 58% to an impressive 87% of Agile teams between 2020 and 2022. This trend reflects the effectiveness and benefits that Scrum brings to organizations seeking to enhance value delivery.


While Scrum's popularity continues to soar, many teams are still suffering from unnecessary dependencies which slow value delivery across the organization. A dependency refers to a situation where one task, Product Backlog item, user story, or feature relies on another for completion or integration. Dependencies slow value delivery, because a task which depends upon another cannot be completed until the dependency has been satisfied. Dependencies can arise due to various reasons, such as technical constraints or resource availability.



Dependencies Slow Value Delivery

When products are defined too narrowly within an organization, they can inadvertently foster unnecessary dependencies. This occurs when teams are isolated in their respective domains, lacking the cross-functional capabilities to tackle tasks independently. As a result, they become reliant on other teams to complete their work, creating a web of dependencies that slows down the overall value delivery process.


Below are the top five negative impacts that dependencies can have on the organization:


While Scrum's popularity is on the rise, it's crucial to recognize potential stumbling blocks like dependencies. Dependencies can slow down value delivery and hinder the full potential of Scrum adoption. 


One of the most common root causes of dependencies lies in how organizations define their products. By taking the time to define products and addressing dependencies head-on, organizations can unlock the true power of Agile methodologies. 

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