Track feature dependencies to mitigate risks

Jana Jiraskova
Written by Jana Jiraskova
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Available for customers on Scale & Enterprise plans.

You can now ensure smooth delivery by indicating dependencies between features.

Identifying dependencies early helps you identify the true cost of building a feature, which may include laying the groundwork in addition to developing the feature itself. They also help avoid costly delays due to one product team blocking another’s progress. We recommend surfacing potential cross-team dependencies early, during routine roadmap review and planning sessions spanning all product teams.

In this article:

How to create a dependency

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  1. Select a feature to open its details in the side pane.
  2. Under Dependencies, select [+].
  3. Specify the dependency relationship [Is blocking or Is blocked by] and select the relevant feature. 

How to visualize a dependency

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  1. Click the Settings menu in the top right corner.
  2. Toggle on Enable dependencies.

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  1. A chainlink icon shows on any features that are blocking another feature, or that another feature is blocking.
  2. Click the chainlink icon to reveal which features are blocking or are blocked.

How to filter for dependencies on a roadmap

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  1. Viewing any roadmap, click on the Filter menu.
  2. Select Dependencies.
  3. Filter for features which are blocking other features, features which are blocked by other features, all features with dependencies and/or all features without dependencies.

How to visualize dependencies on the Features board

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  1. On your Features board, click on the Misc menu on the right column sidebar.
  2. Toggle on Dependencies.
  3. You will now see a new column on your Features board showing the total number of dependencies for each feature, split between features it is blocking, and features it is blocked by.

How to filter for dependencies on the Features board

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  1. Viewing the Features board, click on the Filter menu.
  2. Select Dependencies.
  3. Filter for features which are blocking other features, features which are blocked by other features, all features with dependencies and/or all features without dependencies.

Current limitations

It is not yet possible to push dependencies into Jira.

 

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