The Belgian Federal Pension Service (SFPD) has a large IT department with more than a dozen teams working on the same application. Over the course of a few years, these teams developed an agile way of working at the team level, but was struggling to work effectively on a larger scale. Early 2018, a SAFe course and a LeSS course were organised to help tackle this problem.
This inspired an experiment where part of the organisation started to prepare a LeSS flip. It also made it very clear that there were a few technical obstacles to overcome before any organisational change could be successful.
First thing on the list: getting rid of biquarterly major releases, instead releasing all functionalities in biweekly increments.
This was something that had been talked about for a long time, but never really attempted. So a community of practice was kickstarted, with the ambitious goal of finally making this dream a reality in just a few months. This is the story of the No More Majors community: from its kickstart, through the obstacles they encountered, to the successes and failures they achieved.
And most of all: the surprisingly fast and far reaching organisational changes they caused
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