Epic Stories

Scott and I are big fans of user stories because they focus on problems that users want to solve—as well as why they want to solve them. Epic stories are simply higher-level user stories that act as a starting point. Individual, iteration-sized user stories are derived from epics. Epic stories set the general theme of the user stories they encompass so that the primary reason for the effort is not lost. A well-written epic story should help demonstrate what the smaller user stories should accomplish for the customer and provide relative prioritization of the overall anticipated functionality.

Epics also ensure an “organic connection” between the iteration-sized stories that the team works on and the “root” story (the epic) from which ...

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