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What is the best way to manage and track dependencies?

Paul Sappie (111) | asked Jan 24 '13, 2:51 p.m.
We have a large development team organized into smaller Team Areas.  We are using the "Depends On" link to identify depencies between work items across the multiple Team Areas.

What is the best way to track and manage these cross Team Area dependies?

Here is a screen shot showing query results between two of the Team Areas.

Are there other best practices to better manage/track dependencies?
Perhaps something that also captures the timeline and relationships (like a gantt chart)?

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Lauren Hayward Schaefer (3.3k11427) | answered Jan 29 '13, 7:05 a.m.
Hi Paul,

Can you re-upload your screen shot?  I don't know of any best practices myself for tracking dependencies across team areas, but perhaps bumping this to the top of the questions list will cause others to comment.

Our CLM wide team tracks blockers across all of our project areas by using a dashboard that contains a widget for each project area that queries for the clm-blocker tag.  We have a CLM wide call a couple of times a week where the CLM leaders get together to discuss the blockers that are listed in this dashboard.  A dashboard that shows all of your dependency queries might be beneficial to you.  You can take a look at our CLM wide dashboard at .

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Paul Sappie (111) | answered Feb 02 '13, 10:18 p.m.
Thanks for the response Lauren.

We've created queries (similar to your widgets for blocked items).  Since this has a timing (future sprint) component to it, I was curious if there was a gantt-type chart that might be available to use.

If not, we've just started this so we'll see how well the queries satisfy our needs.

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Lauren Hayward Schaefer commented Feb 04 '13, 6:45 a.m.

I don't know of a way to get a gantt chart automatically from RTC.

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