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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... 

Enterprise Release Management Tools Group Test

The ITSM Review will be performing a deep dive review of Enterprise Release Management tools. This article provides an introduction to Enterprise Release Management (ERM) and a high level summary of typical functionality. Notes This group test will be conducted by Rebecca Beach, our ITSM Analyst, and Rob Spencer, Change and Release specialist and vice-chair of the UK itSMF Transition SIG. We’ve... 

Agile CSI: continual service improvement done right

Don’t worry. I am not going to rant on about hypothetical methods or visionary statements. I will not explain why agile is important for the ITSM industry, nor will I explain why agility is crucial for business survival. After all, these are no-brainers, right? I will only use your valuable time to illustrate a practical experience on implementing continual service improvement (CSI), the agile way. In... 

Case Study: Domtar decimate ITSM tool configuration costs with codeless

CLICK TO ENLARGE One of the first articles we published on the ITSM Review back in 2011 described the market shift from consulting-heavy customized ITSM projects to the simplicity of ‘configure it yourself’ SaaS based offerings, and in particular the significant change in cost structure (‘The ITSM Pricing Ouch-o-meter). Agile ITSM Once upon a time the ability of suppliers to ‘darken the... 

Patrick Bolger talks "why we have to do Agile NOW"

Patrick Bolger, Chief Evangelist at Hornbill Service Management, provides a summary of his presentation for the itSMF UK Conference and Exhibition entitled “The Good, the Bad, and the Agile”. Patrick discusses the need for Agile, it’s benefits, and why it’s not just for software development. He also looks at how the IT landscape has changed in the past decade – it was once... 

Applying Agile principles to Service Management

“A man who chases two rabbits catches none.” Regular readers of my blog on The ITSM Review, or over at ScrumProUK know that I enjoy exploring the gap between the worlds of IT Service Management and Agile development methodologies. Today I wanted to go back to basics, back to square one and start over by explaining why you – as a reader from the world of Service Management or corporate IT... 

Simple steps towards Agility and Service Management improvement

There have been many hundreds of words recently written on the subject of Agile Development and IT Operations practices. For the average ITSM practitioner, however, a life where both are interwoven into the organisations day-to-day work seems as unattainable as ever. Sure, you might work for one of the few organisations that practices DevOps. If so congratulations… you’re one of the cool... 

Is it time for a two-speed ITIL?

Do we need faster access to new ITIL concepts? At the UK itSMF conference this month, somebody asked me “What do you think the ITSM community are looking forward to next from ITIL?” As I tried to answer this question I realized that we don’t really have an ITSM community with a shared set of objectives. We have many different people with different goals and objectives, and we all want different... 

Can ITSM Projects do the Kanban?

In these uncertain economic times the watch words of the moment seem to be: “Do more with (continually) less” The effects of outsourcing both to clients of service providers and within their own organisations too means that support groups need to be as efficient as they can with (quite frankly) what they have left. Could the visual scheduling tool LeanKitKanban, a web-based virtual signboard and... 

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