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Killing CAB, Part 3: Change Models

In this third and final installment in the Killing CAB series, I’ll be talking about Change Models – perhaps the most widely overlooked method of streamlining IT Change Management. It’s only a model (If you landed here, consider going to the first article in the Killing CAB series.) Many IT people hate ‘traditional IT Change Management’ …

Killing CAB, Part 2: Delegated Change Authority

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What if I told you there’s a way to effectively manage changes without CAB reviewing each one? Would you be interested? Yeah, you and everyone else in the IT world.

Technical Debt: The real cost of deferred maintenance

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Forgone IT maintenance comes at a cost. For most companies, it’s a never ending battle. Here’s five tips for getting out of technical debt.

Who’s doing ITIL?

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Ever wondered who’s ‘doing ITIL’? Who has a successful ITSM program leveraging the ITIL framework guidance? ITIL in the real world A while back I started a list of “who’s doing ITIL“. My intent was to create a resource that could be used by ITSM practitioners to help in their case for ITIL. Sometimes skeptical …

Are 80% of all IT Incidents Change-Related?

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Everyone’s heard that IT causes the majority of incidents when changes go wrong, but is it really true? Are 80% of all incidents change-related?

IT Change Management or Blame Management

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Far too often the first question when changes go bad is “did it go to CAB”. The question is not only the wrong one, but reveals some poor thinking behind the question.

Getting started with a basic service catalog

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Knowing you need a service catalog and getting your organization to have one are two very different things. Here’s some practical advice for getting started with a basic service catalog (even if you don’t have a full ITSM program!)

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.

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.

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 …

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 …

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; …

Improving IT Service Delivery: CSI is NOT a Process

Thinking of CSI as a merely a process not only misses the point, it’s also hazardous to real improvement. CSI is NOT a process! CSI is Not a Process ITIL has a full book dedicated to Continual Service Improvement. CSI is a relative newcomer to IT Service Management. Want to know why? Because CSI is …

The Total Beginner’s Guide to becoming an ITSM Professional

If this headline caught your eye, you’re probably thinking about your role in ITIL and ITSM. With overwhelming global adoption, you’re smart to be thinking about it. This article is about  your development as an ITSM professional. The Accidental Tourist Like a lot of ITSM people, I came into this kicking screaming. I was skeptical. …

How Apple Reduces Time To Value (and what your IT can learn from them)

Apple has a reputation for the right products at the right time. What can IT learn from Apple about creating raving fans by reducing Time to Value? Christopher Meyer did a great piece on Apple’s Most Obvious Secret: Reducing Time to Value. Apple has built a corporate culture around customer value. It’s not how quickly …

Confessions of an ITSM practitioner

If you’re  one of the countless ITSM practitioners who  work daily in organizations large and small, in countries around the world, listen up. You know how hard, lonely, and thankless  it can be. You have friends out there. I listened to Mark Kawasaki’s presentation at this week’s Tomorrow’s Future Today 2013 conference. The guy shows …

IT Change Management: Going Faster with Good Brakes.

With business moving at the speed of light, IT must match pace with implementing IT Changes. What can IT Change Management learn about going fast from the world of auto racing?   On Going Fast… Race cars are designed to go fast, right? Every ounce of a race car is carefully engineered for maximum performance. …

ITSM Frameworks: What you can Learn from Intel’s Adoption

As a technology powerhouse, Intel is in the perfect position to re-engineer their IT processes. Why then did they chose to adopt an ITSM framework? Intel CIO Kim Stevenson recently said that Business Executives need to have Higher Expectations of IT.  She also credits their Service Management  program with “…lean out our process, and minimize …

Why I don’t Care ITIL Has Been Sold (and you shouldn’t either)

The IT Service Management world was rocked by the sale of ITIL to Axelos. What does it mean to me? Does it matter? Why I don’t care and you shouldn’t either   A Funny Thing Happened with ITIL on the way to work… If you missed all the excitement, check out Stephen Mann’s  excellent analysis …