Is there a difference between Epic and Story?

If you work with Jira the difference is very clear. One is purple, the other is green. Right? Ok, jokes aside, in Jira, there is a very structure that makes an Epic the parent of a Story.

Let’s go full-on basics for a bit. An Epic is nothing more than a piece of work that is so big (Epic) we cannot refine. This is the main reason why we need to break epics into smaller Stories/Tasks (or whatever other types of issues you use in your project).

Let’s try to look at a practical example.

Epic:

Allow the user to manage his/her subscription on the web.

Stories:

As a website user, I want to change my subscription model from month to year.
As a website user, I want to change my payment method.
As a website user, I want to cancel my subscription
.…

Epics, like stories, should also have acceptance criteria (more about this in the coming days). Without knowing the end goal of this Epic, it is impossible to know how to split it.

Do you see Epic has something different? Perhaps a bucket of work? We will continue to talk about them in the coming week. Please share and comment with your ideas.

Cheers,

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