structural dependency

A linkage between two distinct organizational entities (e.g., teams) whose existence causes an instantiated dependency to be created when there is planned work or work in progress that requires the coordination of the two entities. For example, if Product Team A requires that the Legal Team create or approve work items related to its product, then a structural dependency exists between Product Team A and the Legal Team. When Product Team A need the Legal Team to generate the text for the terms and conditions page on the website, then a specific instance (instantiated dependency) of the structural dependency now exists. Contrast with instantiated dependency.