Structuring requirements in agile projects

All agile enthusiasts swear by user stories.

User stories are succinct, told from a user perspective and contain user expectation from the system and contain the value the requirement provides.

However, even for a small size project, number of user stories can be quite large.

In a recent project that I works with about 10 members for 3 months, we had 300+ user stories developed.

Most agile books suggest 2 tier structure for managing agile requirements – Epics and Stories.

Will this be good for a slightly larger project where stories can easily cross 1000?

I am proposing a 4 tier structure:

Level 1 : We can call this as Feature or Module.

Level 2 : Our good old friend – Epic

Level 3 : Our perennial favorite User stories

Level 4 : Acceptance and Done criteria

Feature and Epic could spread over sprints where as stories and acceptance criteria should be completed in one sprint.

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