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Change vs Release Management

One of the things that I got asked about most as a consultant was about what the difference was between Change and Release Management. It should be simple right? We’ve had 3.5 versions of ITIL, the itSMF, even special interest groups dedicated to Service Transition yet there is near universal confusion at the sharp end about WHAT the difference is between Change and Release Management so let’s... 

Webinar Module 2: Release Management – 25th February 2016

This is the 2nd module in the series of the Enterprise Service Management training course covering an introduction to Release Management. This webinar will be presented live by Vawns Murphy at 2pm GMT on 25th February 2016. If you missed the live session or enrolled late… No problem, all sessions are recorded for future playback. Learning Objectives 1. Types of Release, governance, quality gates... 

Using Lean Sigma In The Real World

Ahead of Pink 16 I caught up with Troy DuMoulin, VP for Research & Development at Pink Elephant about Lean Sigma. We’ve already chatted about Change Management but I couldn’t resist asking Troy about his planned sessions on Lean as well. Lean Sigma For those of you who are going “Lean what?” Lean Sigma is a methodology that relies on a collaborative team effort to improve performance by... 

How to assess Changes

One of the things that I wish was covered in more detail during the ITIL intermediate training is how to properly impact assess Changes. Change Managers are the guardians of the production environment so making sure that all changes are properly assessed and sanity checked is a key part of service delivery. Asses too low and high risk rangers go through unchallenged, assess too high and you block up... 

Optimising Change Management For Speed

I was lucky enough to talk to ex colleague and all round ITSM rock star Troy DuMoulin ahead of next month’s Pink16 conference in Vegas. Troy has a number of sessions at the conference but one that caught my eye (because I’m a total Change Management geek) was his take on optimising Change Management for speed. Troy’s session will look at the Critical Success Factors (CSFs) for optimising the... 

The 7 habits of highly effective CABs

As a former Change Manager I can honestly say that the Change Advisory Board (or CAB) is one of the most important and useful meetings a service orientated organisation can have. It sets out a view of what’s happening to key services over the next week, reviews previous Change activity and looks at CSI so what’s not to like? CAB meetings are all about the people attending them and handled badly... 

Webinar: Change Management – 28th January 2016

Happy January everyone! We are pleased to announce our new program of ITSM training modules; Bite Sized ITSM. The training is a year long educational course based on Service Management best practice and will balance practitioner experience against industry frameworks including ITIL, COBIT and Lean Sigma. The programme enables worldwide ITSM professionals to attend monthly, one hour, webinar sessions... 

Event Listing: Cased Dimensions ITSM Event for HealthCare and Public Sector businesses

Hear from Independent Market leaders what HealthCare and Public Sector businesses are adopting for IT Service Management and Business Process efficiency. On 20th January at the Weetwood Hall Conference Centre in Leeds, the IT Service Management Review, Microsoft and Cased Dimensions will deliver a presentation to outline how Health Care and Public Sector businesses are aligning Business Process... 

Agile SIAM

Following his fantastic presentation at the itSMF Ireland conference; Dave Van Herpen has written a follow up article for us on Agile SIAM: In my daily practice I rarely encounter an organisation which does NOT show an unstoppable hunger for agility and customer value at an optimal cost/quality ratio. Time-to-market is under constant pressure, users are getting more demanding and serious cost reductions... 

Surviving the end of a Change Freeze

Happy New Year to all our readers and especially to all the Change Managers out there. Why especially Change Managers? Well this week is “back to work” week for most people following the end of the Christmas break as well as the end of any Change freeze / restrictions. This means that not only are our poor Change Managers dealing with the January blues; they’re dealing with the floodgates...