User Story Mapping Backlog

A common question that I face when introducing agility in an organization is the question of how to create the product backlog. Indeed, a client of mine looked in dismay at the scrum flow diagram and asked the musical question, “I get that. But where does the backlog come from?”

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When things get hard…

“We practice when things are easy so we can use it when they get hard.”

The phone in the dining room rang, the caller id showed my parent’s number.  My wife looked at the phone, then up at the clock, then at me.  Somehow, we instinctively knew what was coming.  I pushed the speakerphone button, and I heard my mother’s voice, quiet and wracked with grief. “I’m all alone.” Continue reading “When things get hard…”