Dependency Modelling Fundamentals

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The Course

This comprehensive training course takes the form of a one-day, interactive workshop in which participants will play an active role. The course introduces dependency modelling concepts, discusses the many and varied uses for dependency modelling (including business continuity, information security, investment justification, risk analysis, etc) and provides hints, tips and techniques for successfully producing dependency models.

Far from being purely theoretical, the practical sessions help bring dependency modelling to life. The course includes the following elements :


  • Introduction to dependency modelling
    • What is dependency modelling?
    • Why bother?
    • Dependency modelling applications/uses
    • The benefits
    • Outputs
    • Tools
  • The dependency model
    • Paragons – roots, leaves and branches
    • Types of dependency relationship
    • Probabilities
  • A workshop approach
    • Hints, tips and good practice
    • Workshop facilitation
    • Defining and describing your paragons
    • Planning for success - positive terminology
    • Iteration and reiteration
    • Testing as you build
  • Using your models
    • Three point sensitivity
    • Failure mode analysis
    • Reports
    • What ifs
  • Advanced dependency modelling 
    • Importing and exporting
    • The Open Group standard
    • Live updates
    • Plug-ins to external systems
Who should attend?

  • Business continuity managers, co-ordinators and consultants
  • Risk managers
  • Other managers who want to understand the dependencies within a system, process, machine, facility, environment, enterprise venture or undertaking

In fact, anyone and everyone involved in almost any activity you can think of!

What will they learn?

After the course, delegates will :

  • Understand the principles of dependency modelling
  • Understand the elements of an effective and usable dependency model
  • Have gained practical experience of the dependency modelling process
  • Be able to apply the principles to their own dependency modelling efforts
  • Be able to create meaningful dependency models
  • Be able to use dependency modelling in a range of applications
Lead facilitator

Andy Osborne MBCI

An acknowledged expert in the field of business continuity management, Andy Osborne has spent over twenty years helping many and varied organisations, across a broad range of industry sectors, to develop, implement, prove and maintain their business continuity capability.
Andy has worked with a large number of clients in sectors as diverse as financial services, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, local government, health, retail, publishing, education, transport, housing, travel and IT services. He has been actively involved in the implementation and ongoing support of the business continuity management programmes of a number of major organisations in the UK, Europe and the United States.
Andy’s first book, “Practical Business Continuity Management” was published in September 2007 to critical acclaim and has sold copies worldwide. His second book “Risk Management Simplified” was published in January 2010. He is a regular blogger, tweeter and writer of articles.
Andy regularly presents on business continuity and risk management. He is an active member of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and is the founder and chairman of the BCI’s UK North Midlands forum, one of the most popular and well attended of the regional forums. He was shortlisted for Business Continuity Consultant of the Year in 2008 and 2010 and won the Industry Personality of the Year award in 2013.
Andy lives in Evesham with his wife, two children, one dog, assorted chickens and ducks and several thousand bees! He confesses to being a keen gardener and beekeeper and an enthusiastic, though largely untalented golfer, guitarist and juggler.