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The Cabinet Office has entered into a joint venture with the outsourcing firm Capita to develop the ‘Best Management Practice’ portfolio, which includes ITIL and Prince2.
For readers outside the UK the early announcements may benefit from some context.
The UK treasury is between a rock and a hard place financially so joint ventures that generate cash from government owned intellectual property,...
In my last article on service improvement, I laid out four premises that underlie how I think we should approach CSI:
Process improvements evolve with time on railroads
Everything we change is service improvement.
Improvement planning comes first.
We don’t have enough resource to execute all desired improvements.
We choose the wrong unit of work for improvements.
What are the desired business outcomes?
While they might appear much the same at first glance, these roles are actually very different
Many times people who are just getting started with ITIL (or broader speaking ITSM) stumble over what the differences are between a Process Owner and Process Manager and, to a lesser extent, a Process Engineer.
These are different roles, with different skill sets and expectations but there are some overlaps....
This article has been contributed by Yemsrach Hailemariam, ITSM Consultant at Macro 4.
Implementing IT service management (ITSM) according to ITIL best practice is often seen as a large, complex undertaking which those outside of IT may sometimes struggle to see the true value of. This can mean the IT department feels some pressure to demonstrate early evidence of practical progress to help win the...
This article has been contributed by Simon Higginson.
Problem Management is the intriguing discipline of the Service Management suite. The IT Department is continually being asked to be proactive not reactive.
Often in IT we presuppose what our customers in the business require, then give them a solution to issues that they didn’t know that they had. But what happens when that...
Traditionally Continual Service Improvement (CSI) is too often thought of as the last bit we put in place when formalising ITSM. In fact, we need to start with CSI, and we need to plan a whole portfolio of improvements encompassing formal projects, planned changes, and improvements done as part of business-as-usual (BAU) operations. And the ITIL ‘process’ is the wrong unit of work for...
Albert Einstein is often quoted as having said ‘If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution’. Since Mr. Einstein was, undoubtedly, a clever man, I’d like to believe that those are his words.
Understand the problem first
Where I work no one seems to care about problems. All I ever hear about are solutions...
My recent blog Is it time for a two-speed ITIL? seems to have generated a lot of interest. As well as a large number of replies on The ITSM Review site, there were many tweets and Facebook posts where a wide range of people offered their thoughts and opinions.
A variety of approaches
The overall consensus seems to be that we need a fast-moving online repository of up-to-date IT service management...
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...
'...If I go to one more presentation, or read one more blog about how to “implement” ITIL I think I will scream!'
Maybe I am being pedantic or overly precious about this, but if I go to one more presentation, or read one more blog about how to “implement” ITIL I think I will scream! And that would not be a pleasant experience for me or anyone else in the surrounding area.