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Category: Organizational Change Leadership

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.

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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 …

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 …

IT Transformation; Hitting ‘The Wall’

If you’ve been working on IT Service Management for some time, you’ve undoubtedly had times when you are just exhausted. Not sure you can take another step. Sound familiar? So much to do, so much opportunity; an endless uphill battle. And on top of that… …the regular job most of us in Service Management have …

How Organizational Management of Change is Like Quitting Smoking

Organizational Management of Change is a lot like quitting smoking.  Most of us know a current or former smoker, and how hard it is to quit. What can we learn to help us better manage organizational change? I recently saw an on-line conversation between a currently-quitting smoker and a former smoker. The latter was encouraging …

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 …

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 …

Why ITIL success demands Ownership

Does lack of clear Ownership leave your organization spending a lot of time trying to determine  who makes decisions? Do they suffer from decision deja vu, again and again?  Ownership is prominent in the Service Management frameworks. I’ll tell you why. Ownership In  IT Value is Created  Horizontally,  I talked about horizontal vs vertical mindset …

IT Service Management: Building Accountability in Public Sector

Building Ownership and Accountability are critical to successful IT Service Management, however building these in public sector organizations presents unique challenges.  Here are 10 ways to build accountability in the public sector. I’ve spent more than 20 years at a major high tech company, and now nearly 4 years at a public agency. It’s not …

ITIL – 3 Ways to Overcome Not Invented Here Syndrome

ITIL and Not Invented Here Syndrome IT people have an inborn desire to innovate and find creative solutions to problems. It’s no surprise, then,  that they also have a healthy disdain for someone else’s ‘Best Practices’.  Understand Not-Invented-Here Syndrome (NIH) response to ITIL, and you have a strategic advantage for success! Lay down a good …

IT Value is Created Horizontally

Successful IT Service Management is a different way of thinking, not just a different way of doing. We’ve heard for years about IT silos, and that they’re good and bad…. but mostly bad. “Throwing things over the wall”, “Network is fine, must be an application problem”, “those darn Service Desk folks can’t fix anything”. Been …

The Value of Values in IT Transformation, Part 2

Knowing your core values are critical to IT Transformation. I was faced with a hard question – why, exactly do I believe in implementing Service Management? Why change what’s working? Why do “this ITIL thing”? Why should staff give up something they’re good at in pursuit of something where they’re not sure they have a …

The Value of Values in IT Transformation, Part 1

Transformation is hard; transformation without knowing your values is impossible. Implementing Service Management demands changing behaviours and cultures, and that is never easy. It’s not enough to want to change, or even to know where we’re going. Too often we start with What needs to change, but people need to know Why. I came across …

What to do when your IT “goes all ITIL”

Help! My IT has gone all ITIL on me! What do I do now? You knew it was coming.  It’s how it goes with these things. You ask IT to focus a little more on the business. An innocent request in itself. We’re all under pressure, and all you wanted was more focus on the …