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ITIL® Practitioner Guidance publication and PDF formats – now available!

*** Sounds Klaxon *** The sparkly ITIL® Practitioner Guidance publication and PDF formats are now available! If you’re planning on sitting the new ITIL® Practitioner course and exam; you can now get some pre reading in. You can check out the official press release from ITIL towers below or you can order the books directly by following this link. PRESS RELEASE – ITIL Practitioner Guidance... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Protecting our Data; a quick guide to password management

So here it is. I think we can safely say that it hasn’t been a great few weeks for security or protecting people’s personal information. At the time of press both Vodafone and Talk Talk had been hit by security breaches and there are lots of anxious customers worried if their personal data has been compromised. In the case of Vodafone, the data breach was external to Vodafone i.e. the data had... 

A mature process doesn’t necessarily meet customer needs. A quick guide to Net Promoter Score (NPS)

Dave O’Reardon (Left) itSMF Australia Innovation of the Year award winner, and Aprill Allen (Right) – @knowledgebird Many IT leaders are already familiar with the kinds of surveys the common support tools send out on ticket closure. But, it turns out, we may not be going about it the best way. This year’s winner of itSMF Australia’s Innovation of the Year was Dave O’Reardon. Dave... 

Quick Guide to Knowledge Management

This quick guide has been contributed by Mike Simpson of CIH Solutions. The guide discusses how Knowledge Management (KM) can be used to manage risk and control costs in an IT Service Management environment. The guide identifies four ‘hot spots’ based on the author’s experience and outlines common problems and suggests solutions using KM. Introduction Author: Mike Simpson, CIH Solutions As with... 

Project success with Organizational Change Management (OCR)

Prepare for three camps in your communications This article has been contributed by Mike DePolis, ITSM Practice Lead at Fruition Partners.  Organizations that are undertaking an ITSM initiative all too often leave out the centerpiece of success, or merely give lip service to it. Whether your organization is undertaking improvement of a single process, an entire transformational change, or even an... 

A five step framework for business oriented metrics

A practical look at why some metrics programs fail while others are successful, along with some tips you can use to kick your metrics up a notch. Introduction I was math-challenged as a child and hatred of anything having to do with numbers followed me into adulthood. This hatred remained with me until I became a manager and needed to begin proving the work my team was doing or understanding where... 

Scrum vs Kanban

Is this an Alligator or Crocodile? Read this article to find out (Oh… and you might learn about Kanban and Scrum too!) What are the differences between Scrum and Kanban anyway? When you’re studying two similar animals from different species – I don’t know, lets use crocodiles and alligators – it’s easier to spot the similarities than the differences. I’ll give you one now...