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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