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Event Listing: BCS CMSG Conference 2016

The BCS Configuration Management Special Interest Group are holding their annual conference in London on the 7th of June. The theme of the conference is transitioning the future and the event will have three streams: DevOps Change Configuration & Release Management SAM  Licensing & Strategy This is the 11th conference run by the BCS CMG. The main conference objectives are to share experiences... 

BEYOND20 SIXTEEN: Automating Change Control

Ahead of the BEYOND20 SIXTEEN ITSM and DevOps conference in May, I was lucky enough to catch up with Sherry Chang of Intel to talk about her session; Automating Change Control. Preview of forthcoming attractions: Sherry’s session will look at how automation can transform a Change process from blocker to key enabler. During the presentation, Sherry will look at how automation can support the Standard... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Enterprise Release Management Tools: Plutora

Introduction Enterprise Release Management is an increasingly prominent discipline, occupying the intersection of technical release management, project delivery and change management. Its focus is on understanding and governing the full portfolio of multi-stream changes, be they quarterly ERP releases, one-off project deliveries or monthly patching. The demands on enterprise level release managers... 

Change Management: Responding to a Crisis

Keep Calm… One of the things that isn’t covered as much as it should be is how to respond to a crisis directly linked to Change activity. This is one of those things where despite your Change process, despite your sparkly toolset and fab policies & work instructions, something has gone pear-shaped on a massive scale and you’re staring down the barrel of a Change Management related crisis. Here... 

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... 

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