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Organizing Core Bodies of Work with Epics

Epics in Lyght are a useful tool to group larger pieces of projects together, and to create a manageable hierarchy inside it. You can think of an Epic as a big idea or initiative that can then be broken down into smaller pieces for your team to complete.

For example, say you have two distinct features you want to work on: feature A and feature B. Imagine these are two separate pieces your team can tackle at once. Now say that a Backlog Section titled “In Progress” has four Stories in it. Two stories are related to feature A and the others deal with feature B. You can organize the work for each feature as an Epic. So, Epic A refers to feature A and Epic B refers to feature B. In your backlog, you can easily track the Stories created to complete each distinct feature. To break this process down even further, we’ve created a step-by-step guide for you to follow along with below:

Create your First Epic

1. Start by going to the Project List by clicking on “projects” in the navigation menu on the left.

2. Next, click on a project’s name from the Project List.

Open a project by clicking its name in the Project List. Once there, click the backlog button at the top right.

4. If it isn’t open already, you will have to click the arrow to open the Epics Panel.

Remember that Epics determine the crux of Stories that sit underneath it. So you’ll want to come up with a unique name that demonstrates its intention. Creating a new Epic is as simple as typing in a name and pressing the add icon.

Afterward, the new Epic will appear at the top of the list.

6. Each Epic has an options menu (signified by 3 stacked dots) with a few simple options.

7. You can also drag and drop Epics in any order that makes sense to you. Organization made simple!

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