What do you do when Stories don't match how you would build Solution?

We're struggling with how to present this - an epic is composed of a large number of stories. (about 50) These stories are inter-related, and really bear no resemblance to how we'd actually go about implementing a solution. (Let's call the User Stories "front of house", "back of house", "sides of house") In order to create something that tracks reality, we created different Stories. ( "Foundation", "1st Floor", "2nd Floor", "Roof") Each of our development Stories has meaningful sub-tasks. (Foundation has "Dig Footings", "Pour Footings", "Build Block Wall".) We are reporting time and setting completion of our meaningful subtasks as we build the software pieces. Each developer created and estimated their sub-tasks, and those were nicely rolled up into the Story.

The problem is that the JIRA view of the original User Stories will show NO COMPLETION at all until the house is built from Foundation to Roof. There is no way of saying the "Front of the House" is completed from bottom to top until the whole house is completed. So the management view shows no burndown, no completion, no progress.

In Theory, the view of a house as being Four sides should be equivalent to the view that a house is built from the ground up. Is there another way of us representing our actual development activity?

Can we have the Epic "House" which has children Epics for Foundation, 1st Floor, each of which have Stories for what we used have as Sub-tasks?

Or can Stories have children Stories? If so, how does that show up in a dashboard/burndown chart?

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Timothy Chin Community Champion Apr 30, 2013

It looks like you need to view this as a hierarcy of some sorts. Am I correct?

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Timothy Chin Community Champion Apr 30, 2013

Ahh, I guess this is what you are looking for (https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/GHS-4686).

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There are really two different views of house - the outside four walls, and the "how you build" from bottom up. If there was a burndown chart of our "how you build" stories, showing completion of sub-tasks, I think we could provide the view needed by management.

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