Greg Sanker is a 24 year veteran of Hewlett-Packard, where he served in various Information Technology roles, including Network Operations Manager. He currently manages the Service Management Office for the Oregon Department of Revenue

Fusion 15: Five Simple Ways to Make the Most of the Premier Conference

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Fusion 15 is the premier ITSM conference – Part HDI conference, part ITSM conference, and new this year, DevOps Fusion. So much opportunity; so little time. Without a plan it’s easy to miss out on something important!.

A Lesson Hard Learned: Hiding Behind A Service Level Agreement

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But there is no joy in Mudville- mighty Casey has struck out. Ernest Lawrance Thayer penned those infamous words to describe the shocking strikeout of the odds-on favorite of The Mudville Nine.

Five things that should be on every CAB agenda

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What are we supposed to talk about at CAB? What should be on the CAB agenda?

IT Strategic Vision: The Land of Unicorns and Rainbows

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What do unicorns and rainbows have to do with IT Strategic Vision and Service Management? It’s an interesting tale, and if you read on, I’ll make it worth your while. Trust me.

New ITIL Practitioner Qualification: Should I care?

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In case you missed it, a new ITIL® qualification was announced March 13th. It’s goal is to equip practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully “adapt and adopt” ITIL in the real world. The question is: What’s it mean to me; should I care? In Why I don’t Care ITIL Has Been Sold …

A Year of Excellence in IT Serrvice Management

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It’s that time  of year again when we look back and take stock of what we accomplished last year, and set our sights on the year ahead. Here’s to a year of excellence in IT Service Management.

Best Practices Don’t Make you Excellent!

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 “Best practices can only make you average. They stifle creativity and encourage ‘inside the box’ thinking.” I hear this all the time. But the truth is, best practices are what makes excellence possible, and I’ll tell you why.

ITSM Blogs You Should be Reading

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Looking for some great ITSM blogs? Look no further. Here’s a truckload of great resources you should be reading!

What’s a RACI Chart and how do I use it?

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Misunderstandings make for good TV entertainment, but in ITSM, it’s not so funny. A RACI chart is a quick and easy way to create clarity. I have no clue who first created the RACI chart, but like most common sense, it likely was born out of necessity. I picture a  struggling team trying to figure …

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Earth to IT: we don’t care about your stupid internal bickering and blame games. We expect you to work together to help us solve our business problems. Your customers are under pressure to deliver results, and they don’t have patience for silos and tribalism. If you have a silo’d IT culture ~ it’s time to grow …

The Practitioner’s Dilemma: How to Adapt ITIL

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Trying to implement ITIL processes “by the book” is destined to fail. Practitioners must adapt best practices to meet the organization’s unique challenges. The Practitioner’s Dilemma Many newly trained and highly motivated folks head back to the office intent on trying to implement ITIL processes. Makes sense, right? But I’ve seen a wake of disaster …

Why ITIL Doesn’t Work in the Real World

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Feeling like the lone ITIL prophet, without honor in your home town? Knowing how much IT Service Management can help, but feeling it will never happen because of the huge gap between ‘here’ and ‘there’? Been there. Why IT’IL never work You’ve been to ITIL training. You know how it’s supposed to work. But there’s …

The surprising bonus value of ITIL CAB

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CAB is arguably the most widely adopted ITIL® process, but its value goes far beyond Change Management. CAB rallies people  around a common cause; the perfect antidote for silos and fragmented service delivery. Didn’t see that one coming In What is an ITIL CAB: A Simple Explanation I talk about CAB evaluating changes for business …

Basic ITIL Request Fulfillment and Excellent Customer Service

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Calls are not all created equal.  Read how Basic ITIL Request Fulfillment can help you  stop ‘taking tickets’ and start actively managing excellence in  customer service. Life is like a box of chocolates Every Service Desk analyst can tell you; answering the phone is a bit like the box-of-chocolate effect – you can get a …

The Difference Between Standard and Normal Changes in ITIL

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Often times people confuse ‘Standard’ and ‘Normal’ Change in IT Change Management. There’s an important concept that gets missed when they’re mixed up. This article will help you keep them straight.  Scope of Change Management First things first. Change Management is a control process. In addition to its widely understood role of evaluating changes for …

IT Improvement: Let’s Get This Party Started!

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 In IT, there are times for incremental improvements and other times when you just gotta start a revolution. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, the difference between the podium and obscurity in men’s high jump was a mere 10 centimeters. Dating back to the late 1800’s, high jump has been dominated by two major techniques: scissors …

Holding Still and The Illusion of IT Stability

Keeping your IT infrastructure stable while making necessary changes feels a bit like walking a tightrope without a net. A near-impossible feat requiring nimble balance The art of Tightrope Walking Nik Wallenda recently walked a tightrope over a quarter mile chasm near the Grand Canyon on live television  He did it with no safety harness; …

How to Implement Basic ITIL® Problem Management

If you’re in IT, fixing the same issues again and again may not mean you’re insane, but it’s definitely driving your customers crazy! Stop the Insanity with Problem Management! Most organizations start looking at formal Problem Management when there’s a highly visible problem that they just can’t seem to fix. Customers are frustrated and complaining. …

What is a Service in ITIL?

Looking for a working definition of an ITIL Service? Is it Customer Service, or something more? Read on for a straight-forward explanation. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve seen a lot of “Service Management” discussions lately where it’s clear those talking don’t share the same understanding of “service”. Unfortunately, it’s more than simple semantics. Service …

Enabling Excellence in IT Service Management

I expect excellence in myself and others. Excellence is relative to my current ability; always striving for continual  improvement. Excellence is pushing the limit of my current ability, the undying belief that I can do great things, and unrelenting commitment to achieve it. ~ Greg Sanker I started ITSMTransition with one goal – to Enable …