Published 02 Jul 2014
Before any discussion about ITIL's "adopt and adapt" approach, it's important that we dispel some ITIL myths. The principal myths state that ITIL is: Useful for large organizations only Bureaucratic Time consuming Non-Agile Prescriptive. Traditionally, ITIL's commun...
Adopt And Adapt|Best Practice|IT Services|ITIL|Service Desk|Service Management
Published 10 Mar 2015
“It won’t work if organizations expect IT people to pick up an ITIL ® book or go on a training course and then implement successful service management solutions. “Organizations and people need to ‘adopt and adapt’ ITIL to the specific and unique requirements of their b...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Change management|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service Management
Published 11 May 2018
We have often discussed how technology and new frameworks have changed our service management practices and how we need to adopt and adapt them. Still as we know there is another key pillar: People. People are often the last step in any improvement plan. Trainings are the f...
Adopt and Adapt|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Learning|Skills|Training
Published 04 Jan 2016
In the early days if ITIL ® , many IT Service Management (ITSM) practitioners saw the various job roles in play as pretty understandable - the overarching role of the Service Manager and the individual Process Manager roles. But with the evolution of ITIL in 2007 it appear...
Adopt and adapt|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Roles|Skills
Published 05 May 2016
As part of our ITIL Practitioner Global Summit Hitesh presented a session on ITIL Practitioner and Service Design Roles . Watch the video and read his new blog post discussing the roles that can successfully benefit from adopting ITIL Practitioner. What is ITIL Pract...
Adopt and adapt|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills|Training
Published 02 May 2017
A key focus of the PRINCE2 ® 2017 Update is to make it easier for individuals and organizations to adopt and tailor the world’s most-practised project management method. I’ve been helping organizations adopt and tailor PRINCE2 for over fifteen years. In truth PRINCE2 ...
Agile|Governance|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
Published 14 Sep 2016
Louise John shares her thoughts on why ITIL doesn’t require lots of people and how businesses of all shapes and sizes can use the framework effectively. Does ITIL require a lot of people to work effectively and do you need to have one individual for every role, process ...
Adopt and adapt|Best practice|Frameworks|ITIL|Processes|Roles
Published 04 May 2018
Like their traditional counterparts, organizations that are struggling with Agile face the lack of executive involvement . Despite Agile’s success in addressing software development issues, it hasn’t addressed strategic leadership. This is where I believe the real issue i...
Agile|Certification|Customer needs|Project management|Strategic objectives|Value
Published 24 May 2018
We are often using terminology and words that we haven’t agreed the definition on. Oh, but there is a definition you might say! Yes, but using a definition of terminology that is defined in a global, universal context is only a starting point, we need to make the definition ...
Best practice|Communication|Customer Engagement|Customer Experience|End-User Experience|Skills
Published 27 Mar 2019
What does ITIL ® 4 have to do with the eternal, human practice of storytelling? Though you might already believe it instinctively, there is substantial research into the importance of narrative and storytelling to human beings. For example, a study that exposed people...
Behaviour|Benefits realization|Collaboration|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL
Published 11 May 2016
I read an interesting comment by AXELOS Head of ITSM Kaimar Karu that “…the ITIL of the future is from practitioners, for practitioners.” As a result, I keenly awaited the release of the ITIL ® Practitioner Guidance so that I could use it to assess and improve my ITIL prac...
Adopt and adapt|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
Published 06 Jan 2016
What's the point of ongoing professional development? In "My CPD Life", a short series of blog posts to coincide with the launch of the AXELOS Professional Development Programme , experienced practitioners share their views on the value of keeping your skills and kno...
Adopt and adapt|Capabilities|Career planning|CPD|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Skills|Training
Published 15 Nov 2017
When considering your ability to deliver projects, programmes and manage portfolios, you should always consider things from an organizational perspective first. Sounds obvious, right? Though this thinking is not new, it has been gaining a lot more traction in recent yea...
Published 17 Nov 2017
1. In your service management experience, how much of a foundation does ITIL ® provide? ITIL is “documented common sense”, useful when undergoing any transformation as an organization. Having that ITIL tried-and-tested structure in place helps to lighten the load and mi...
Adopt and Adapt|Best Practice|DevOps|Frameworks|ITIL|Processes
Published 07 Nov 2017
What are the myths and realities about digital disruption? AXELOS attended the recent British Quality Foundation event, Digital Disruption – is it business as usual , and this is a summary of London Business School professor, Julian Birkinshaw’s analysis of current digi...
Published 15 Dec 2017
The need for speed has reached boiling point in IT service management (ITSM). Organizations’ ability to react to this in 2018 – especially in ITSM – will be the difference between surviving and thriving or withering and being outsourced. Those that have already adopted b...
Change management|Incident management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|PRINCE2|Service management
Published 16 Jul 2015
1. The evolution of ITIL ITIL Practitioner is the last, missing piece of the jigsaw – it’s the qualification that will equip IT Service Management (ITSM) practitioners with the answers to the questions they’ve been asking: Where do I start? How do I identify the business’...
Adopt and adapt|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Qualifications|Training
Published 16 Jun 2015
With Continual Service Improvement (CSI), the six step CSI model is my secret weapon to ensuring IT Service Management (ITSM) practitioners implement changes and service improvements efficiently, effectively and continually . So, what are the six steps and how do you follo...
Adopt and Adapt|Change Management|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Management|Vision
Published 31 May 2016
At first glance you might not think AXELOS’ latest best practice certifications – PRINCE2 Agile ® , RESILIA ™ and ITIL ® Practitioner – have very much in common. However, there is a shared thread running through each that can have a real impact on organizational...
Published 16 Oct 2018
My first three days in a new job with a training company just before the Millennium comprised the I TIL ® Foundation course. Those three days changed my career. After the course I realized ITIL was what I’d been seeking during my 15 years working in IT. The course made s...
Adopt and adapt|Career progression|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service management|Training
Published 17 Apr 2019
Royce Dsouza began his ITIL ® journey in 2011, becoming an ITIL Expert in 2015. His ITSM career has included setting up a service management office at two Fortune 500 companies and helping to align IT with end-to-end service delivery. He has replicated this success ...
Published 31 Aug 2016
Robert Burton explains why he feels that ITIL shouldn’t be viewed as a prescriptive regime. There is a common misconception that ITIL is a rigid set of tools, procedures, and processes and if you don't follow what’s in the books, it’s not ITIL. With this approach,...
Adopt and adapt|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Requirements
Published 11 Dec 2015
The new ITIL ® Practitioner qualification is about giving IT Service Management (ITSM) professionals practical guidance that allows them to truly adapt and adopt ITIL® in their organization. Practitioner is very much going to be about continual improvement as much as...
Best Practice|Certification|Communication|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service Management
Published 05 Sep 2018
It may seem at odds with purist Agile thinking, but project managers are increasingly finding themselves allocated Agile projects. This trend is partly because Agile projects have become the norm rather than the exception in a number of disciplines, such as IT, where digit...
Published 02 Apr 2015
The customer interface is the place where an organization meets its customers but in ITSM it’s something no one talks about enough, even though it adds so much value. In today’s economy, businesses revolve around the service experience: take the upmarket coffee house concept...
Adopt and Adapt|Best Practice|Customer Experience|IT service management (ITSM)|IT Services|ITIL|PRINCE2|Service Management
Published 21 May 2018
Marcel Foederer is part of the AXELOS Lead Architect Team (LAT), responsible for guiding this year’s ITIL update. In this blog post he looks both backwards and forwards, considering where ITIL has come from and where it’s going: How has ITIL ® changed in the past 20 ye...
Agile|Best practice|Cloud Computing|Frameworks|IT services|ITIL|Value
Published 18 Nov 2014
Delivering the right thing, in the right way and at the right time to ensure maximum return on investment isn’t easy. However, by ‘adjusting the controls’ within the principles and themes of PRINCE2® we have found a more responsive, agile, way of working that’s delivering si...
Agile|Best Practice|Change Management|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Qualifications|Training
Published 11 Aug 2017
Projects and project management are about delivering change that your organization values. Doing that needs task orientation: you focus on what needs to be done, by when and to what quality – the founding pillars of project management . That same task orientation can le...
Published 12 Nov 2018
1. In your service management experience, how much of a foundation does ITIL ® provide? ITIL is “documented common sense”, useful when undergoing any transformation as an organization . Having that ITIL tried-and-tested structure in place helps to lighten the load and m...
Agile|Best practice|Frameworks|ITIL|Processes|Service management
Published 17 Dec 2018
Organizations going through digital transformation can’t afford to use a tick-box exercise when it comes to using best practices like ITIL ® . Too many organizations find themselves going through the motions of adopting best practice when they need to. They might have good...
Adopt and adapt|Best practice|Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Service management
Published 24 Feb 2017
We’re living in an environment where most organizations will need agile practices – methods, projects and DevOps – in order to respond to the market. Equally, most organizations still have to run some projects with a more traditional and methodical approach; that means oper...
Agile|Best Practice|Frameworks|M_o_R|PRINCE2|Project management
Published 12 Mar 2018
The way big businesses are applying Agile methodology has seen a distinct shift. Where once Scrum was limited to team frameworks, it’s now being used at a much broader programme and portfolio level by the likes of Google, Apple and Spotify. Why? Because these large organi...
Agile|Customer needs|Frameworks|Methodologies|Project management|Training
Published 13 Mar 2017
It’s a natural response for many IT organizations to think about how implementing tools can be the solution to IT problems. But it’s a big problem, as there’s no magic pixie dust sprinkled over a tool and it can affect people negatively as much as positively. This issue ...
Adopt and adapt|Governance|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Requirements
Published 02 Nov 2018
While my first exposure to ITIL ® came almost 30 years ago – working in tech support for the American part of Glaxo – helping organizations adopt and adapt ITIL has been a cornerstone of my consultancy practice for 15 years. In that time, I’ve seen ITIL help organizati...
Best practice|Frameworks|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service management|Training|Value
Published 21 Aug 2018
Many organizations go into Agile assuming it to be a “silver bullet” for numerous business management issues. Managers may have attended conferences or read articles where forward thinking companies, such as Amazon, Netflix or Toyota, are held up as positive case studies. ...
Agile|Behaviour|Business solutions|Methodologies|Processes|Project and programme delivery|Skills
Published 15 Oct 2018
Organizations and professionals are facing an ever-changing world in which consumers are forcing faster responses to their demands. At the same time, there are internal tensions between the delivery team seeking to fulfil this demand versus the corporate teams they interact w...
Published 31 Mar 2016
Q: When is an iceberg not just a large block of ice that can sink ships? A: When it’s the hidden iceberg of attitude, behaviour and culture that stops an organization getting the full benefit from implementing ITIL ® . For example, a large European bank had adopted ...
Collaboration|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|ITIL|Processes|Skills|Training|Value
Published 27 Jan 2017
At an IT Service Management (ITSM) conference in 2016, the following equation caught my eye: “DevOps = Agile + Lean + ITSM”. In other words, DevOps is about good development practices continually delivering product features (Agile), effectively and with minimal wasted effort...
Agile|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Training
Published 26 Oct 2018
In this first blog post of a series, Julia Gosse, trainer at SPOCE Project Management , considers organizations and their staff that have already adopted PRINCE2 ® : What challenges do PRINCE2 practitioners and their employers face with the concept of agile project deliv...
Agile|Capabilities|Knowledge management|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Requirements
Published 21 Aug 2016
Should IT organizations worry about culture when adopting the ITIL ® framework? It is a misconception to think that they shouldn’t . Although cultural change - both behavioural and procedural - should begin long before a significant change, such as adopting ITIL, ...
Behaviour|Change management|Communication|Frameworks|ITIL|Stakeholder management
Published 22 Oct 2018
Organizational transformation is built on ITIL ® best practices. And, from what I’ve seen from the frontline, the need for this still exists. In fact, there is so much work still to be accomplished among organizations that I could be busy for years and years! As a consul...
Adopt and adapt|Best practice|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|IT transformation|ITIL
Published 12 Jun 2017
As a PRINCE2 ® -qualified project manager, I’ve tailored every project I’ve ever worked on. That’s why it’s great to see that the principle of tailoring runs explicitly throughout the updated PRINCE2 guidance and how it can be tailored for projects in any environment: smal...
Agile|Certification|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management
Published 06 Mar 2019
Have you noticed how the world of IT is changing in recent years? Have you also noticed how your role, responsibilities and current work practices might be coming under increased pressure to change and work differently? Organizations used to buy and build IT infrastructure a...
Cloud services|Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes
Published 01 Jun 2017
Hitesh Patel demystifies the role and qualities of the Service Delivery Manager and where ITIL® Practitioner’s best practice guidance can support their work: Service Delivery Manager (SDM) is a role many people struggle with within IT Service Management (ITSM) and, for...
Business Relationship Management|Customer engagement|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Requirements|Roles|Skills
Published 26 Sep 2016
Daniel Breston shares his thoughts on why it’s a misconception that ITIL is incompatible with other practices: Practices such as lean, agile and DevOps can’t be successful without ITIL . Each of them needs to go from idea to realization, be supported in operations a...
Adopt and adapt|Agile|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
Published 03 Aug 2016
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. (Warren Buffett) Board meetings will never be the same again! Following a number of high profile cyber-attacks and embarrassing boardroom apologies in the UK over the last six months, business leaders ...
Published 16 Nov 2016
If your key stakeholders and end users aren’t happy, nobody’s happy. Key stakeholders can make or break the success of a project, even if all the deliverables are met and the objectives are satisfied . I was thinking recently about what added value I bring to the success ...
Agile|Communication|End-user experience|PRINCE2|Project management|Stakeholder management|Value
Published 31 Jul 2018
In IT service management (ITSM) education is critical: it helps organizations get a shared understanding of terms and concepts and a proven body of knowledge such as ITIL ® . The IT industry is rife with buzzwords carrying varied interpretations, so education helps ...
Certification|DevOps|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Value
Published 18 May 2016
In this, the first of a series of blogs on the use of PRINCE2 outside of traditional project management roles, we speak to Dan Verghese, Head of Digital at AXELOS, on how the guidance helps in the management of digital projects. How have you used PRINCE2 during your caree...
Published 20 Apr 2017
Obtaining an IT Service Management (ITSM) certification such as ITIL ® Foundation always requires an investment of time and money and begs the question: is it worth it? ITIL Foundation gives you the opportunity to put theory into practice immediately. This is important a...
Published 24 May 2018
Since good governance is about the processes for making and implementing decisions, then effective governance and accountability structures are vital particularly if organizations are to successfully use an agile approach to deliver business change through the investment of p...
Published 14 Feb 2019
The ITIL ® update in a world of digital and service transformation Today, what are the main challenges facing organizations around IT generally and ITSM in particular? This is very dependent on the individual organization: on one hand, many are passing through digiti...
Best practice|Customer needs|IT services|ITIL|Service management|Value
Published 27 May 2016
One of the vital components of a successful Project and Programme Manager is leadership . Leadership capabilities are a key element of the behavioural competence among such professionals and, indeed, a Project or Programme Manager is someone people should choose to follow....
Behaviour|Capabilities|Leadership|Management|MSP|PRINCE2|Project and Programme Management (PPM)
Published 03 Jul 2017
In today’s world, you would be hard pressed to find a business that doesn’t use IT. And where there’s IT, there’s IT Service Management (ITSM). When taking my ITIL ® classes, I met people from all walks of life who wanted to learn about ITIL: people from government cont...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Value
Published 09 Aug 2017
From medical, banking and automotive, to retail and hospitality, ITIL ® best practice is being used in more and more industry sectors to improve business performance. Why is this happening? Because ITIL is a proven industry best practice that takes a holistic view of p...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|ITIL|Knowledge management|Processes|Service catalogue|Value
Published 15 Jan 2018
In 2017, people working in IT service management (ITSM) have shown a real openness to change and new ideas. There has always been a discussion that “a change is needed” in the ITSM world. Still a lot of initiatives have started and died unnoticed, or after a ton of negative...
Agile|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills|Training
Published 02 Jun 2014
How can a system like ITIL® - forged in a year of seismic historical change 25 years ago - still be relevant to the world of ITSM today? Leaving aside the shift in information technology since 1989, the global changes in that year alone tell us how different the world was ba...
Adopt And Adapt|Best Practice|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|ITIL|Service Management
Published 15 Aug 2017
Ten years ago, IT in India was a very different world to now: the country was the “back office” of the world, providing outsourced services in the form of Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO). During this period ITIL ® was the...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Learning|Training|Value
Published 21 Jul 2015
It was the marriage they said could never happen but AXELOS has managed it. What were thought to be two polar opposites, PRINCE2 - symbolizing control, accountability, order – and agile – symbolizing self-organization and equality, have been reconciled in the new PRINCE2 Ag...
Agile|Behaviour|Portfolio Management|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Programme Management|Project Management
Published 06 Apr 2016
As part of our ITIL Practitioner Global Summit Mauricio presented a session on Main challenges at Service Strategy . Watch the video and read his new blog post also discussing the importance of Service Strategy for IT teams and how ITIL Practitioner provides the tools an...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Strategic objectives|Strategy execution
Published 05 Jun 2017
Mike Babb, who is responsible for recruitment into Capita’s 4,500-strong professional services division, gives his verdict on the PRINCE2 ® 2017 Update: Since qualifying in PRINCE2 six years ago I’ve witnessed at first hand the importance of tailoring the project mana...
Career planning|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project Management
Published 10 Nov 2017
As more and more people turn to Agile frameworks over traditional project management methodologies to help enhance project capabilities and deliver outputs, it’s important to highlight that Agile is not a panacea for poor project management. At this point, let's distinguish b...
Agile|Customer engagement|Methodologies|Processes|Project management|Value
Published 20 Sep 2017
As a PRINCE2 ® consultant, trainer and practitioner, what do I think of the PRINCE2 2017 Update ? Not wishing to be contrary but it’s great that PRINCE2 has a changed a lot, while remaining the same. What I mean is that the good things about PRINCE2 are still there wh...
Best Practice|Governance|PRINCE2|Project management|Requirements|Small projects
Published 22 Feb 2016
Being able to break through jargon is vital for effective communication, particularly when dealing with people who have little or no technical background. This is particularly true in change management where a breakdown in communication can potentially lead to failure in any ...
Change management|Communication|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Requirements|Skills
Published 15 Apr 2016
As part of our ITIL Practitioner Global Summit Bjorn presented a session on ITIL Practitioner and Strategic Roles . Watch the video and read his new blog post also discussing how ITIL Practitioner can be applied to a number of key IT Service Management (ITSM) roles. ...
Capabilities|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Qualifications|Skills|Training
Published 20 Jan 2016
If you believe Darwin was right when he said that survival is about being adaptable to change, it is fair to say that the decisions you are making today about the change projects being delivered in your organization are crucial to ongoing survival of your organization. Over...
Best Practice|Change management|Leadership|MoP|Portfolio management|Project and programme delivery
Published 02 Nov 2016
As consumers we expect a high standard of service. Either with your cell phone provider, mechanic or energy company, we’ve got used to certain standards and being treated by businesses in a certain way. Yet in a business-to-business context – including IT service management...
Behaviour|Customer engagement|Customer experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Value
Published 06 Jun 2018
PRINCE2 Agile ® arguably offers the best of both worlds, so why aren’t more Agile practitioners embracing this collaborative approach? In the past five years or so, I’ve seen a growing recognition within the Agile community that controls, governance and oversight are...
Adopt and Adapt|Collaboration|Governance|Methodologies|PRINCE2 Agile|Processes|Programme management
Published 30 May 2017
AXELOS’ Future ITSM Professional report predicts a growing need for people working in ITSM to adopt a more strategic role as service management principles spread beyond IT and throughout organizations. Service management consultant, Lisa Hodges, reflects on the findings: ...
Collaboration|DevOps|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Skills
Published 04 Sep 2017
Is Agile IT Service Management (ITSM) an official term and is there a body of knowledge behind it? The simplest answer is not really. I have seen this term several times over the past few years, but never dug into it until I realized that we need more agility in the current...
Agile|Collaboration|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|DevOps|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL
Published 09 Mar 2018
Project management and transformation practitioners Stephen Dowling and Stephen Callaghan have been sharing their 'Adapt or Die!' ideas with organizational change practitioners in Australia. AXELOS caught up with them to find out what this means for projects and project man...
Agile|Customer needs|Frameworks|Leadership|Project management|Roles
Published 28 Feb 2019
Ten years ago, Bitcoin was launched, and James Cameron released his innovative film Avatar. And now think of all the changes we have lived through since then. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has created such a fast-paced and complex environment that organizations and individ...
Career progression|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|IT transformation|ITIL|Value
Published 14 Apr 2015
The justification for service governance is summed up neatly in the words of a CEO I know, when asked how things in the company were going: he said “Everything’s going OK, except operations.” While he and the company’s board were happy that the finances were in order, things...
Best Practice|Governance|IT Services|ITIL|M_o_R|MoP|MoV|MSP|Service Management
Published 31 May 2018
I n a recent webinar hosted by New Horizons, AXELOS’ ITSM Product Ambassador, Akshay Anand, shared his thoughts about one buzzword of the moment, digital transformation: What is digital transformation , how are companies going about accomplishing it and what does th...
Change management|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer Experience|Digital transformation|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Stakeholder management
Published 23 May 2016
As part of our ITIL Practitioner Global Summit Michael presented a session on Small scale ITSM implementation and ITIL Practitioner . Watch the video and read his new blog post also discussing this topic. How do you apply a large, comprehensive framework like ITIL ®...
Behaviour|Change management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL
Published 18 Jan 2019
Like most people who have either project managed or worked within a project and have started their formal training typically starting with Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 ® , I was no different. Working on my first ever business change project, the guidance was ...
ITIL|Learning|MoP|MSP|P3M3|P3O|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Professional development|Qualifications|Training
Published 18 Dec 2015
Many individuals, and even organizations, are convinced that there is real value in the guidance documented in ITIL® , but they struggle to know how to use that guidance to best advantage. ITIL describes a lot of best practices that could be followed, but as the saying go...
Adopt and adapt|Change management|Communication|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills
Published 27 Feb 2017
30 years ago in the manufacturing industry, if you brought out a new product you may have had between three and nine months before your main competitors would catch on and create something to challenge you. Now, in a digitally-led market, you can often count your time of exc...
Agile|Collaboration|Governance|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills
Published 05 May 2015
IT Service Management (ITSM) practitioners often forget that service management was not something they invented but rather a concept taken and adapted to create their own view of the world. They borrowed the principles of good customer service used by businesses, put “IT” in...
Business Solutions|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|ITIL|Requirements|Service Management
Published 03 Apr 2017
ITIL ® can help companies improve effectiveness, efficiency and cost effectiveness by developing reliable data and consistent delivery, processes and tools. But when it comes to demonstrating the difference ITIL is making, and especially when the interpretation of valu...
ITIL|Processes|Resource management|Stakeholder management|Strategic objectives|Value
Published 15 May 2017
In response to the AXELOS The Future ITSM Professional report, AXELOS associate Toby Moore and Dr Tuuli Bell, partner manager at Tasktop Technologies, explore emerging issues in a key function of IT: The Service Desk An effective Service Desk is key to a successful IT...
Communication|Customer experience|IT services|Problem management|Processes|Service desk
Published 13 Jun 2016
As part of our ITIL Practitioner Global Summit Chris co-presented with Deanna Burns, Yale’s Director of Community Platform Services, a session on Yale University's ITSM Journey . Watch the video and read his new blog post also discussing this topic. Yale University’s ...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
Published 24 Aug 2018
How do you implement ITIL ® successfully? Hang on a minute – is that even the right question? My answer to the question is this: you can’t. That’s because ITIL is a framework of guidance it isn’t something to be implemented; everything you do with ITIL and ITSM is abou...
Capabilities|Frameworks|Governance|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Value|Vision
Published 08 May 2017
PRINCE2 ® can, and should, be “tailored”. That means being flexible in your use of PRINCE2 when delivering projects rather than applying the method rigidly. Unfortunately, this is something many people have struggled to grasp about PRINCE2 and, as a result, shy away from us...
Best Practice|PRINCE2|Processes|Project management|Requirements|Skills
Published 11 Apr 2017
In this second of a two-part blog post series based on AXELOS’ recent research, The Future Project Manager , consultant trainers Duncan Wade and David Hinde explore agile in project management and how it aligns with a strategic approach: While the term “agile” is becom...
Agile|Behaviour|Frameworks|PRINCE2|Project management|Strategic objectives
Published 07 Mar 2016
How well-prepared is the UK’s workforce for a cyber attack on the companies they work for? What generally dictates the capability and performance of anyone, working anywhere is the relevance and effectiveness of the training and learning they’re given and the behaviours they...
Published 20 Feb 2019
Combining different IT and ITSM frameworks for business benefit How do organizations that begin with basic IT service management (ITSM) processes progress their approach to become more service-centric? I often observe companies – in spite of today’s focus on digital tr...
Agile|Benefits realization|DevOps|Frameworks|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL
Published 08 Oct 2018
One of the major challenges for IT is that it still operates in a silo . An organization might understand its strategy, but the IT goals are often not aligned with the strategy; equally, there may not be a holistic view across the business and IT. This needs a mindset s...
Business Relationship Management|DevOps|Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service management
Published 15 Dec 2015
A summary of a presentation given to the Digital Leaders Conference on 9 December 2015 Here are two short, true stories: In the spring of 2013 the CEO of a global energy organization was finalizing the details of a significant commercial bid with his board colleagues. On...
Behaviour|Best Practice|Cyber Resilience|Cyber-Attack|Learning
Published 27 Sep 2018
What is a key difference between a traditional and an agile project manager ? You can recognize the latter today as someone more focused on facilitating and supporting a team. For example, a traditional project manager would expect to present an estimated project bu...
Published 22 Jan 2016
IT professionals do not typically focus on delivering value to customers and that’s because service providers in general don’t understand what value is – it’s not quantifiable, it’s not tangible, it’s not definable, it’s not measureable and so it can frighten them. Manageme...
Customer engagement|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes|Service catalogue|Value
Published 13 Apr 2017
In the second of a two-part blog series, ITSM and organizational change expert, Karen Ferris continues her exploration of organizational change management (OCM) by looking at managing and reinforcing change. She also considers the knowledge and tools available in ITIL ® ...
Published 15 Jun 2016
Rameez Chikhalia, Commercial Analyst at AXELOS describes how PRINCE2 can help finance teams improve communication and collaborative working. What’s your role within the Finance team? I work in the Finance team at AXELOS, providing support in two key areas. Initially, my...
Published 24 Sep 2014
There are two areas of culture we need to look at. The first is an understanding of the role of ITSM and the need to challenge the business perception that looks upon the Information Technology department or division in an organization as a separate entity rather than an inte...
Customer Experience|Frameworks|IT service management (ITSM)|IT Services|ITIL|Service Management
Published 16 Oct 2014
Make no mistake about it - blending PRINCE2® and agile is a big deal. And as we approach the threshold of a PRINCE2 and agile marriage, it's clear to see that we've come a long way since 2007 when I first questioned how the two could feasibly come together. Back then, when...
Agile|Best Practice|Management|Methodologies|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)
Published 08 Jul 2015
If your organization doesn’t change it will probably do one thing: atrophy. It’s not sustainable to remain the same - do that, and you’re writing your own obituary. Like it or not, change happens. The world, people and technology change and organizations need to maintain th...
Agile|Behaviour|Change Management|Management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Vision
Published 15 Feb 2016
To my mind, one of the most useful additions to ITIL ® Practitioner is the Guiding Principles (GP). The Guiding Principles help focus on the essential aspects for a successful ITIL adoption. They provide a powerful checklist to those responsible for ensuring an ITIL deploy...
Adopt and adapt|Behaviour|Customer experience|IT transformation|ITIL|Value
Published 25 Aug 2016
Recently, we investigated the misconceptions around ITIL in order to better understand and address the common challenges when adopting ITIL. We asked our community members to share their stories. To our delight, our members did not stop at listing the challenges, but f...
Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Requirements|Roles|Training
Published 04 Dec 2017
Everyone’s favourite IT service management (ITSM) puppet blogger, Joe The IT Guy, published an article a couple of months ago on the alignment of ITIL ® and DevOps. It had some great insights, and Joe suggested that I pen a follow-up … so, here it is. Before I start, I’d...
Capabilities|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|DevOps|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Service Management
Published 29 Oct 2018
Agile – it’s such a simple word but one that can cause so much misunderstanding. More and more of us are being asked to ‘be more agile’ in the way we work. We’re being called to be more adaptable, show greater agility, and to be more responsive . And it’s easy to see why, a...
Published 10 Jan 2018
When I first ‘discovered’ ITIL ® in the 1990s, it was both a revelation and like discovering a “family” I never knew I had. At that time, I loved that “family” because of how it took us where we needed to be. And it was needed because IT was largely run by people with ...
Published 17 May 2017
We’re used to seeing headlines like those we woke up to on 13 May 2017. ‘Huge ransomware attack hits hospitals’. ‘Unprecedented global ransomware attack’. ‘Global cyber-crime hits a new high’. TV and media reporting has continued the hyperbole since the news was first reporte...
Anti-Virus Software|Confidentiality|Cyber Resilience|Cyber-Attack|Data Protection|RESILIA|Risk Management|Sensitive data|Threats|Vulnerability
Published 02 Feb 2018
My view is that companies in 2017 really started discovering that one IT service management (ITSM) solution doesn’t fit all and they need a broader perspective, with different tools for different challenges. This means not only getting more frameworks and models to sit tog...
DevOps|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Project management|Value
Published 03 Mar 2017
Developing new applications with a combination of ITIL ® , DevOps and agile methods is transforming results for customers. While DevOps and agile are enabling better communication, improved analysis of customer needs and delivering a quality solution, ITIL adds incide...
Published 02 May 2018
CEO Javier López Casarín’s group of companies in Mexico is adopting ITIL ® best practice principles – including ITIL ® Practitioner – as part of programme to raise service quality standards and increase professionalism. Here, he describes why the group has emba...
Best practice|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service desk|Training
Published 01 Dec 2017
Another day, another IT framework – or that’s how it could seem to IT Service Management (ITSM) practitioners in 2017. DevOps, digital transformation, BRM, SIAM and so on; all of them have relevance and good ideas; but we have to stop thinking that any one framework i...
Agile|DevOps|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL
Published 15 Mar 2019
AXELOS guest blogger, Charlotte Morison, has been providing training and consultancy to companies for more than 15 years, helping them satisfy customers and achieve strategic objectives through improving business processes including IT services and functions. How effecti...
Incident management|IT service management (ITSM)|IT transformation|ITIL|Service catalogue|Service desk|Training
Published 11 Feb 2019
Best practice in IT, ITSM and the ITIL ® update: solving business problems and delivering value IT organizations operating anywhere in the world still remain too internally-focused. That isn’t me saying this. This is what we are discovering using our ABC cards (Attitu...
Best practice|Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Value
Published 24 Oct 2018
In recent years there has been a profound shift in the pace and extent of change. The need to develop an appropriate response to that is the reason behind the development of AgileSHIFT ® – a guide to help prepare individuals and organizations for transformational shift by ...
Agile|AgileSHIFT|Behaviour|Customer needs|Digital transformation|Frameworks|Value
Published 03 Dec 2015
How much can companies rely on their people to not be a source of vulnerability in the face of increasing attacks on corporate information? Consider the recent “social experiment” conducted by US-based computer trade association CompTIA , involving apparently discarded US...
Behaviour|Best Practice|Business Solutions|Cyber Resilience|Cyber-Attack|Processes|Risk Management|Vulnerability
Published 11 Jul 2017
LocWorld is a localization conference that I’d wanted to attend for several years. Localization, for those of you who might not have come across the term, is the process of amending a product so it works in a local context. Traditionally, this was primarily about translatio...
Published 09 Jan 2017
I was working with a client recently, helping them plan ways to improve the management of IT user support. When I came to review the advice I offered them, I realized that other organizations might find the same advice useful, so I have created three blog posts highlighting ...
Customer experience|IT services|ITIL|Service desk|Value
Published 26 May 2015
How to develop and grow control processes that work for your teams How do teams deliver better quality software or an IT solution at a pace that matches the needs of a business? This question is especially pertinent in the context of the solution development lifecycle an...
Change Management|Change Requests|Collaboration|Methodologies
Published 19 Mar 2019
In the first part of this two-part blog post series on ITSM anti-practices, ITIL Expert Pavel Demin described the problems of being too focused on implementation, increasing process maturity, "join-the-dots" ITSM and the risks of fast-tracking change requests. This time, P...
Incident management|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Service management|Value
Published 05 Oct 2015
How effective and successful is the practice of project management in the United States right now? Cards on the table – it’s completely variable; the capability of projects is driven by the experience level of Project Managers and their familiarity with project approaches. C...
Best Practice|Methodologies|Portfolio management|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Programme management|Project management
Published 08 Feb 2017
“It’s not the end of the world. If something happens, it happens.” These were comments made by an ‘average technology user’ in research carried out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the US. They assessed perceptions and beliefs about cybers...
Published 19 Dec 2017
When summing up project management in 2017, one word dominates: convergence. Convergence has been happening for a while and is founded on having a common understanding of project management and its underlying concepts. For example, if everyone involved in the project shar...
Best Practice|Communication|Processes|Project management|Skills
Published 12 Aug 2015
When organizations send employees for additional training or qualifications they need to have confidence that their money and time have been well spent and that the employees’ new skills will make a difference to their business. If the learning experience was effective, and...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Examinations|ITIL|Qualifications|Skills|Training
Published 21 Oct 2015
What's the point of ongoing professional development? In "My CPD Life", a short series of blog posts to coincide with the launch of the AXELOS Professional Development Programme, experienced practitioners share their views on the value of keeping your skills and knowled...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Career planning|CPD|Project management|Skills|Training
Published 11 Mar 2016
Behaviour is a critical success factor in any organization and yet – traditionally – many frameworks such as ITIL ® , SCRUM or LEAN, fail to address behaviour change. The issue is that many senior leaders and managers use negative consequences to encourage the desired b...
Behaviour|Change management|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Leadership|Service desk
Published 28 Nov 2018
You may have heard about our latest guidance AgileSHIFT and wondered, what makes it different from other Agile products. After all, there are a lot of methods, methodologies and approaches that carry the name ‘Agile’, so why do we need another one? Well, the thing is, Agile...
Agile|AgileSHIFT|Benefits realization|Best practice|Customer needs|Methodologies
Published 01 Feb 2017
An organization working on a major programme often needs a programme office. Major programmes are concerned with implementing complex transformational change, and this can bring with it a range of challenges. The size and impact of the change, an organization’s experience in...
Business solutions|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Value
Published 27 Jul 2018
An AXELOS webinar – Protecting the reputation of UK Further and Higher Education with your greatest defence: your people – has highlighted how Further and Higher Education establishments are the ideal target for cyber attackers. Education institutions hold personal and fin...
Behaviour|Cyber Resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-Attack|RESILIA|Sensitive data|Threats|Vulnerability
Published 14 May 2015
Developing materials for PRINCE2 Agile is a true milestone in the evolution of PRINCE2®. It’s the first extension to the PRINCE2 core qualification and is based on end user feedback; we’ve listened to practitioners and organizations to understand what they need, which is ulti...
Agile|Examinations|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Qualifications
Published 30 Aug 2016
No matter how sophisticated an organization’s technical controls, there is always a risk of attack. In this day and age, with the great speed at which technology is advancing, the constant evolution of threats makes it impossible for any business to be 100% protected; what th...
Published 12 Feb 2018
As a consultant, ITIL ® gives me the framework to organize and help IT organizations deliver value to customers. In the 12 years I’ve been using ITIL , I’ve learned that success is based on being able to speak the language a business understands, to communicate clearly ...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Frameworks|ITIL|Professional development|Value
Published 20 Jun 2016
What do individual people know about using agile delivery methods for projects that organizations don’t? According to AXELOS’ 2016 PRINCE2 ® Report , individuals are embracing agile methods more than organizations: 81% in a sample of 2,400 see the value of working in an ag...
Agile|Collaboration|Governance|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
Published 17 Oct 2016
It is very easy to look at best practice and/or a number of existing Project Management Offices (PMOs) in your industry sector and decide on what functions and services are ‘best’ for your organization. However, a best practice PMO has a problem-focused purpose, with its fun...
Best practice|Governance|P3O|Project management office
Published 04 Feb 2016
The transition from project to programme management means being able to adapt and to draw upon a set of different skills as programme management is more than just being able to manage multiple projects. Where a Project Manager can deliver against a set of pre-defined goals a...
Best Practice|MSP|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Requirements|Skills
Published 26 Oct 2015
There’s a need for using a blend of best practice methodologies, but also a risk. The risk is that the elements of the final system might not be consistent with each other. It happens when people pick elements from multiple systems just because they seem interesting without p...
Agile|Best Practice|Portfolio management|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
Published 07 Jul 2017
Passing the ITIL ® Practitioner certification is a significant achievement. It shows you can take the ITIL framework and adapt it to real-life situations. The following tips will improve your chance of passing your exam. Studying for the ITIL Practitioner exam and getting...
Certification|Critical success factors|Examinations|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Qualifications
Published 29 Mar 2019
How does an engineer transform into a project manager with an eye on what a business wants? Or drive a project to solve a major environmental issue? I wouldn’t be where I am today without my background in electrical engineering, but it was the business management side of my ...
Behaviour|Certification|Governance|PRINCE2|Professional development|Project management|Qualifications|Requirements
Published 18 Apr 2019
What makes some change initiatives bloom while others wither and die? A 2013 study of pilot programmes by the National Academy of Sciences found that few effective pilot programmes remain effective at larger scales. The reasons may lie in both our natural resistance to new...
Behaviour|Business solutions|Change management|Leadership|Programme management|Requirements|Resource management
Published 07 Dec 2018
In the world before ITIL v3 and Continual Service Improvement (CSI) it was part of a service level manager’s job to identify areas for improvement. However, this was ad hoc and happened mostly if a customer was complaining. We used what were called service improvement pl...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer experience|Customer needs|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL
Published 26 Oct 2016
Many IT departments struggle when trying to adopt Kanban, especially at first. Whether they are moving from an established but ad hoc work management structure, or from a more standardized traditional IT Service Management (ITSM) work management model, they often find it hard...
Business solutions|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes|Service Management
Published 21 Jun 2018
With continuing digital disruption, customer-focused organizations today more than ever need a portfolio-centred approach to both strategic planning and product delivery. An effective P3O model for any organization therefore seeks to build on, and better coordinate, the cont...
Portfolio Management|Project planning|Strategy execution
Published 07 Jun 2018
In Agile, Minimum Viable Bureaucracy (MVB) refers to a way of having just enough process to make things work, but not so much as to make it cumbersome particularly when applied to portfolio, programme and project direction, management and delivery practices. It’s about findin...
Agile|Best practice|Project and programme delivery|Project management
Published 04 Apr 2019
With so much hype today about artificial intelligence, IT service providers need to weed out the facts from the fiction to develop as successful strategy . The most promising area of study and research in artificial intelligence for ITSM is in machine learning or teaching co...
IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|Service management|Strategic objectives|Value
Published 19 Feb 2015
In today’s world of technology, businesses need to understand customers and their role in delivering service and value to them. Tech start-ups get this, with delivery teams focused on giving customers what they need and faster than ever before. But how well are organizations...
Collaboration|Customer Experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL
Published 13 Apr 2016
This blog (abridged from my original 3000-word version) isn’t meant to be a review of the new ITIL Practitioner Guidance publication, although you might feel it sails close, and instead talks to the content that stands out for me, i.e. the stuff that will really help the read...
Change management|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Value
Published 22 Dec 2016
Having spent an early part of his career in a business relationship management role as a Government IT Service Management (ITSM) contractor supporting NASA, Adam McCullough understands the purpose and value of Business Relationship Managers (BRMs) within organizations. In th...
Business Relationship Management|Communication|Customer engagement|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills|Value
Published 21 Nov 2017
1. In your service management experience, how much of a foundation does ITIL ® provide? One of the benefits of ITIL as a foundation is that it has created a common language across organizations, by establishing both basic terminology and the processes they define. It also...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Methodologies|Service Management
Published 04 Jun 2015
The new ITIL® Practitioner qualification will be aimed at developing some new skills and capabilities for ITIL professionals. In this blog I’d like to focus on one specific skill that I think needs to be included: ‘How to create an outside-in view and an understanding of cu...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Change Management|Customer experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills
Published 25 Jan 2017
What does the future hold for IT service management (ITSM) and project management professionals? Since we launched AXELOS Membership it’s something that we’ve been wanting to explore, especially from a skills perspective, which is why we embarked on this project. The r...
Best Practice|Capabilities|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Project management|Skills
Published 18 Jul 2018
What can ITSM practitioners learn from getting involved in problem-solving simulation activities? For example, the Apollo 13 simulation – something offered by accredited trainers – replicates the NASA event made famous by the phrase “Houston, we’ve got a problem”. And i...
Behaviour|Collaboration|Communication|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
Published 19 Feb 2016
A best practice qualification might be treated like a shiny, new toy. However, it will lose its sparkle unless there’s more to it than just gaining the certificate. Not that it’s wrong to want qualifications: for example, your employer might have a set methodology that mean...
Career planning|Certification|CPD|Project and Programme Management (PPM)|Qualifications|Skills|Training
Published 09 Nov 2018
Clare Gibbs delivered projects for 10 years before certifying in PRINCE2 ® . In this latest blog post in our short series about people newly-certified via training with Logical Model , she discusses the value of combining PRINCE2 and agile knowledge by certifying recently i...
Agile|Best practice|Certification|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
Published 21 Nov 2016
How do you recognize and tackle the problem of silo working in IT? Picture the scenario: you’re in a meeting, discussing why something isn’t working; scratching your head and wondering how it can be improved. Most of the time the elephant in the room and the reason it’s not...
Change management|Communication|IT services|Leadership|Roles|Strategy execution
Published 11 Apr 2019
What are the factors that make a strategic programme work? a question that might have helped the set rebuild project of the BBC’s flagship soap opera in the UK, “EastEnders”. The UK Government’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recently published a report into the transform...
Best practice|Frameworks|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Stakeholder engagement|Strategy execution
Published 13 Feb 2017
The PRINCE2 ® 2017 Update arrives as organizations around the world are on a maturity curve towards achieving consistency, greater efficiencies and cost savings. This has led to a growth in organizations developing their own approaches to delivering projects based on sta...
Best Practice|Certification|Governance|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management
Published 25 Sep 2018
IT Infrastructure management and support domain are experiencing a new makeover when it comes to tools, technologies, and methods that are being introduced on top of the service layer. Support and service are an integral part of every business. Every organization is an IT org...
Capabilities|Dashboards|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|Processes|Service management
Published 20 Mar 2019
Today’s organizations are subject to continual change and the rate of change is increasing . There are many dynamic and contradictory factors for this; including innovations in technology, changes in the economic, social and political landscape, and more demands from regulat...
Benefits realization|Frameworks|MSP|Programme management|Stakeholder engagement|Strategy execution
Published 12 Jan 2018
Why should professionals who have any level of responsibility for projects in their organizations look to approaches like PRINCE2 ® and others for help? Paul Bradley, MD of SPOCE Project Management, shares his view: Many people are involved in project management wit...
Career progression|Certification|Project management|Stakeholder management
Published 15 Aug 2018
Before we begin, let's define what culture is. Culture is a pattern of responses discovered, developed or invented during a group's history of handling problems which arise from interactions among its members, and between them and their environment. These responses are consid...
Best practice|P3O|Portfolio management|Programme management|Project management|Project management office
Published 26 Jan 2018
In today’s world of digital transformation and disruption, organizations are in a constant state of change. Those that respond well will flourish, but building this capability effectively requires much more than a generic understanding. Tech giants Google, Apple and Micro...
Capabilities|Change management|Project management office|Strategic objectives
Published 19 Dec 2018
In the fourth instalment of our blog series looking at why PRINCE2 Agile ® offers a suitable best practice guidance and certification option for people working in project management Julia Gosse, trainer at SPOCE Project Management , considers those working in large projec...
Agile|Business solutions|Certification|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Project management office
Published 01 Feb 2019
What leadership techniques and understanding of behaviour should project boards and project managers use for organizational transformation? Set the strategic vision Taking the example of AXELOS’ work on updating PRINCE2 ® in 2017 , our vision was focused on the se...
Agile|Behaviour|Change management|Communication|Digital transformation|Leadership|PRINCE2|Project management
Published 29 Jun 2018
There have been many surprises at this year’s World Cup. Germany lost their first opener since 1982 – not a good start for the defending world champion. Argentina failed to beat the underdog Iceland and Japan triumphed over Colombia. As we have now reached the end of the gr...
PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning|Project Progress|Roles|Strategy execution|Value
Published 08 Feb 2019
The #UCL knockout phase returns next week with 16 teams vying to lift the trophy at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on 1 June 2019. As we await the round of 16, it’s time to sit down with Adam our #PRINCE2PUNDIT . Let’s see how the remaining teams can use the seven PRINC...
Learning from experience|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Roles|Value
Published 02 Feb 2016
Is now a good time to get a job and develop a career in cyber security? As reported in Continuity, Insurance and Risk magazine , the Annual Allianz Risk Barometer shows that “businesses are less concerned about the impact of traditional industrial risks such as natural cat...
Cyber resilience|Cyber-attack|RESILIA|Risk management|Skills
Published 09 Apr 2015
In ITSM you need the skills to influence people beyond having a process and that’s all about relationships, interaction and successful communication. Human-to-human interaction seems an obvious concept? But how well do people in IT/ITSM perform in this respect? Over the ...
Best Practice|Collaboration|Communication|IT service management (ITSM)|IT Services|ITIL|Service Management
Published 05 Apr 2017
Can you be both agile and strategic in project management? Based on our recent research, The Future Project Manager , AXELOS invited consultant trainers Duncan Wade and David Hinde to explore the debate in this first part of a two-part blog post series: Project managers...
Agile|Collaboration|Communication|PRINCE2|Project management|Strategy execution
Published 08 Dec 2017
ITIL ® has always been dynamic. It has evolved over time to reflect changes to the way organizations work, different service management concepts and priorities and our understanding of the different capabilities required to deliver value. Now it’s time to update ITIL ...
Agile|Customer experience|Governance|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service management
Published 05 Jun 2014
Throughout the 25 years of its existence, ITIL has supported IT organizations in providing business value for their customers in the form of well-designed and supported services. ITIL has become the most widely used and most successful ITSM (IT Service Management) framework i...
Best Practice|IT Services|ITIL|Project Management|Service Management|Value
Published 11 Nov 2015
What's the point of ongoing professional development? In "My CPD Life", a short series of blog posts to coincide with the launch of the AXELOS Professional Development Programme, experienced practitioners share their views on the value of keeping your skills and knowle...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Career planning|CPD|Project management|Skills|Training
Published 22 Feb 2019
Many people can change roles in an organization and – suddenly – from being a specialist, operational person they’re thrown into managing a project . The “accidental project manager” might have leadership and management skills for business as usual (BAU) activity plus cre...
AgileSHIFT|Career progression|Certification|CPD|M_o_R|MoP|MSP|P3O|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Programme management|Project management|Roles
Published 09 Aug 2016
The issue with Delta Air Lines’ computer system on 8 August 2016 created chaos for travellers around the world. The official reason for the systems crash was a power outage, initially described as something outside of Delta’s control, a claim that has not been backed up by t...
Information systems|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|Processes|Vulnerability
Published 05 Oct 2018
The much feared GDPR compliance date has come and gone. You have located the personal data your organization processes and ensured you have a lawful basis for processing it. You have published your privacy notices etc. Hopefully, as part of your readiness projects and progr...
Published 07 Nov 2014
Eddie Vidal hosted the recent session at USA service management conference, FUSION14, where AXELOS Product Development Director, Frances Scarff presented her thoughts on project/programme management and ITSM. Here, he reflects on conference learnings and the state of ITSM in...
Best Practice|Business solutions|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|ITIL|Service Management
Published 06 Aug 2018
What does migrating IT services to the cloud mean for ITIL ® ? I’ve heard various comments along the lines of “it’s no longer our infrastructure , it’s the responsibility of the cloud provider so why are we bothering with ITIL?” I find this really surprising as cloud integ...
Business Relationship Management|Career progression|Cloud Computing|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Governance|IT services|ITIL
Published 18 Jul 2016
I started in IT back in the pre-Internet ‘dark ages’, over 35 years ago. In those days we were literally in the basement and nobody really knew what we did, we were the geeks of ‘IT Crowd’ cliché. When there was a major system outage it could take us down for hours, but the ...
Cyber resilience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes|RESILIA|Service desk
Published 18 Sep 2017
What should the future hold for IT Service Management (ITSM) professionals certified in ITIL ® Foundation ? If you’re anything like me, it holds ITIL Expert ® and ITIL ® Practitioner ! ITIL Foundation lives up to its name: it’s a foundational framework that is the ...
CPD|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Learning|Skills|Value
Published 30 Nov 2015
A recurring challenge in large organizations is the lack of trust among practitioners, teams and people that are using different methodologies. Many “agilists” use language that non-agile trained people don’t understand which can lead to distrust within a business and in te...
Agile|Communication|Methodologies|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project Management
Published 18 Mar 2019
Recently I had a fascinating meeting with the chief executive of a start-up company who are about to disrupt an established market – this was always going to be an interesting discussion! They have established that there is a ‘Delta’ in the performance of existing companie...
Agile|AgileSHIFT|Business solutions|Collaboration|Customer experience|Stakeholder engagement|Value
Published 05 Nov 2015
Using and Developing IT Skills within the Organization Many organizations today are faced with the challenge of adopting cloud-based IT services, a move which may involve a significant transformation of IT infrastructure. One option is to adopt a private cloud model to lea...
Agile|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|IT transformation|ITIL|Processes
Published 28 Jul 2015
Adopting service governance is a major change to the way a company organizes itself. Traditionally, directors are presented with reports by departments or via the general ledger which makes it difficult to translate this mass of financial information to arrive at a clear, e...
ITIL|Service management|Stakeholder management
Published 13 Jun 2018
Services are about people and processes and how technology enables the service delivery. These services need service management and, as a product manager, it has been useful to recognize that designing services is different to designing products. In order to deliver a cons...
Agile|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service catalogue|Service Management
Published 11 Dec 2017
1. In your service management experience, how much of a foundation does ITIL provide? ITIL ® provides a deep foundation when it comes to IT Service Management. One of the reasons is because ITIL is a framework. It is a set of best practices that focuses on aligning IT s...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service management|Value
Published 09 Jun 2014
Selling the enterprise-wide benefits of ITIL and Programme and Project Management (PPM) to businesses and other complex organizations should be the daily bread for anyone making a living in global best practice training. Selling the enterprise-wide benefits of ITIL and Progr...
IT Services|ITIL|Project and programme management (PPM)|Qualifications|Service Management|Training
Published 22 Sep 2017
In the world of best practice frameworks there is a risk that people jump on the latest thing, believing a particular framework is the answer to all their problems. As a species it seems we chase the one, universal quick-fix that doesn’t exist! As an expert who’s been worki...
Published 14 Dec 2018
Julie L. Mohr, renowned author and international keynote speaker, shares with AXELOS her thoughts on why consumers are embracing companies such as Uber, Amazon and Netflix and why IT organizations can either learn lessons from the disruption economy, or risk extinction: ...
Digital transformation|IT components|IT services|IT transformation|ITIL
Published 08 Jun 2018
The idea that there should be a disconnect between IT and the organization it operates within is, clearly, an insane proposition. Over the past 40 years we’ve recognized that there should be alignment, indeed convergence, between business and IT – and yet we’re still ...
Business Relationship Management|IT services|IT transformation|ITIL|Leadership|Skills|Value
Published 28 Jun 2018
Organizations today are struggling to stay responsive and effective in the face of constant change. Most are struggling just to catch up with, let alone get in front of, the accelerating turbulence that seems to infect every industry being impacted by ‘macro disruption’: A te...
Change management|Digital transformation|Leadership|Problem management
Published 29 Mar 2017
How do you make sure your portfolio is heading in the right, strategic direction? The quick answer is: data. Portfolio managers have access to more data than at any time in recent history. Your organization will adopt an ever-more data-driven approach to running both day-to...
MoP|Portfolio management|Project planning|Strategic objectives|Strategy execution|Value|Vision
Published 10 May 2018
Services are about people and processes and how technology enables the service delivery. These services need service management and, as a product manager, it has been useful to recognize that designing services is different to designing products. In order to deliver a cons...
Agile|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer needs|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service Management
Published 04 Mar 2019
There is a famous saying, that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but I’m going to break the code here and share my views and feedback from Pink19 . Although this was my first experience of Vegas, I knew what to expect having enjoyed several movies based in ‘Sin City...
Best practice|Certification|Customer needs|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Value
Published 22 Feb 2017
In the past year to 18 months, we’ve witnessed a real shift in IT Service Management (ITSM). For a long time, there’s been an emphasis on the importance of processes, technology and certifications but now, there’s a much greater awareness of the need to have new skills. S...
Agile|Communication|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Leadership|Skills
Published 28 Apr 2017
Agile is such a hot topic at the moment with clear recognition that agile approaches are increasingly important to fast-paced, organizational change. It’s definitely up there as important to the future of the project management profession and the people in it. Project...
Agile|Project management|Requirements|Stakeholder management|Value
Published 17 Jun 2016
Following the release of ISO/IEC TR 20000-11:2015: Part 11 - Guidance on the relationship between ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 and service management frameworks: ITIL® at the end of 2015 , we spoke to Shirley Lacy, managing director of ConnectSphere, who was involved in i...
Frameworks|Information Management|Information systems|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL
Published 27 Nov 2017
How can DevOps bring service improvements to IT service management (ITSM) in organizations and avoid throwing operations the “hot potato” of badly planned change projects? And what is the role for ITIL ® Practitioner’s 9 Guiding Principles – in particular start where y...
Collaboration|DevOps|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL
Published 05 Jul 2018
While organizations might choose to flatten the hierarchy and decentralize decision making, everyone in the organization needs to step up and lead – especially in organizational change management (OCM) . Think for a moment about the Total Football concept pioneered by the ...
Change management|Communication|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Roles|Strategy execution|Training
Published 02 Nov 2016
What does the world want to know about agile delivery methods and their place in PRINCE2 Agile best practice? One of the easiest ways to find out is to ask the world using that most instant of communications tools, Twitter. And so AXELOS – including Allan Thomson, our...
Agile|Best Practice|Governance|Methodologies|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
Published 28 Sep 2016
What is the current state of project management and Project Managers? At the turn of 2016, PM Perspectives Blog - in its top 10 project management trends post - said: “Project management is no longer boxed away in a corner of the room. It stands front and centre and is b...
Certification|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Requirements|Stakeholder management
Published 10 Apr 2019
This is part 2 of a 2-part article, read Part 1 . Theory to ACTION! At the end of the short simulation exercise (1 ½ hours) we asked delegates, ‘ What did you experience from applying ITIL ® 4 theory that you will now take away and try to apply in YOUR organization ? ...
Behaviour|Business Relationship Management|Certification|Collaboration|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Stakeholder management|Value
Published 22 Aug 2017
How agile is project management in 2017? Our latest PPM Benchmark Study suggests a discrepancy between project managers and the organizations they work for in the way agile is perceived and adopted. The majority of project managers continue to be enthusiastic about agil...
Agile|Business Solutions|Governance|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme delivery|Project Management
Published 28 Feb 2018
The banking and personal savings sector is a prime target for hackers, which is no surprise when that's where the money is! Hackers use social engineering and phishing techniques to target both staff and customers to gain access to an organization's information, data and mo...
Behaviour|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|RESILIA|Sensitive data|Training
Published 10 Feb 2017
Getting your awareness training right is essential for cyber resilience Cyber-related fraud is at its highest level since 2008 according to the latest research – a stark fact that makes information security awareness learning for employees more vital than ever. The recen...
Published 06 Mar 2017
What are the different approaches and benefits of programmes and projects in organizations? Rajiv Khanna assesses the differences and how the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP ® ) and PRINCE2 ® project management best practice principles and certifications can help. ...
Best practice|Governance|MSP|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project management
Published 14 Jun 2018
If ever there was a time to deliver efficient and consistent business change in an organization it is now, particularly with ever-increasing budgetary pressures to do more with less. What the Portfolio, Programme and Project Office (P3O ® ) guidance provides is a decision e...
Portfolio Management|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project management
Published 22 Mar 2019
IT service management – at the turn of the century and before ITIL® v2 – was as difficult to manage as landing on the moon and finding a state of anarchy. But – in my career post-ITIL v2 – I discovered a common language, a glossary, definitions of service level agreements ...
Best practice|Certification|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Learning|PRINCE2|Training
Published 09 Jun 2015
A perfect storm of circumstances in UK public sector project management is helping open the door to agile methods. First, some projects have not been as successful as expected - either not delivering a product or not meeting stakeholder expectations. Combining those issues w...
Best practice|Certification|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project Management
Published 11 Jun 2015
Every service management implementation is a cultural transformation. And culture change is an even bigger issue for senior management than it is for IT and ITSM, as they need to recognize that for such a transformation to be successful, they need to lead and be role mode...
Change management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Processes|Service Management
Published 23 Apr 2015
When I read about the latest cyber attack in the press I wonder how the ordinary person in the street is responding to the same story. Do they feel interested or intrigued? Do they want to understand more? Do they feel that they have a part to play? I suspect most don’t but i...
Published 02 Jul 2015
The new P3M3 v3.0 best practice guidance solves a number of issues present in its previous incarnations. Most importantly, it greatly enhances the quality of advice organizations can obtain to help them improve their project, programme and portfolio maturity. As co-author o...
Best practice|Change management|Frameworks|Management|Maturity models|P3M3|Project and programme management (PPM)
Published 23 Mar 2017
Recently, I have been lucky enough to attend some excellent events in the IT service management (ITSM) space. I have noticed some reoccurring themes running through the presentations and networking discussions, which was affirmed by the talks I attended at Pink17 . There a...
Agile|Communication|DevOps|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT transformation|ITIL
Published 04 Aug 2017
There are several reasons why you might need to tell the story of ITIL . Maybe you’re trying to get your current employer to adopt a process, pitching to get some additional training budget or explaining how your organization uses ITIL as part of a new business bid or te...
Customer needs|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Learning|Training|Value
Published 31 Mar 2016
This is the second in a series of conversations between Nick Wilding and leading cyber resilience commentators and practitioners from around the world and also Nick's second discussion with Karoliina Ainge, head of Estonian cyber security policy. In 2015 AXELOS launched i...
Published 24 Feb 2016
Good information security and cyber resilience begins with creating a solid security strategy. So, how do organizations and their CISOs or Heads of IT and security create such a strategy? There are a number of critical questions, driving factors and strategic considerations ...
Cyber resilience|Cyber-attack|Information management|Processes|RESILIA|Risk management
Published 10 Feb 2017
The IT Service Management (ITSM) mindset in 2017 needs to shift, both culturally and in ways of working that are about breaking down barriers and silos. This means embracing agile service management and moving away from long-term projects of process and improvement. Yes, th...
Agile|Communication|DevOps|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills
Published 16 May 2016
Many organizations either don’t understand or avoid organizational change management (OCM), choosing rather to focus on the technical elements of change. Of course, this ignores that the human factor could be integral to failure of a change programme. Today’s self-service t...
Change management|Communication|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|ITIL|Leadership|Skills
Published 09 Dec 2016
Hi everyone, thanks for listening to the second audio discussion we recorded at the DevOps Enterprise Summit 2016 in San Francisco. Listen to the interview One of the topics that repeatedly popped up at the conference – whether it was within presentations, during inform...
Capabilities|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service Management|Value
Published 16 Nov 2015
There are, as you may know, a few key differences between agile and traditional waterfall projects, when managed using PRINCE2® . Traditional waterfall projects are delivered sequentially, whereas agile projects tend to be iterative and incremental. Traditional project p...
Best practice|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Project planning|Project progress
Published 09 Jun 2017
The focus on tailoring in the PRINCE2 ® 2017 Update is about taking only what you and your project need to ensure the right approaches are in place for success. This idea of cutting the best practice guidance down to the size you require is a crucial and useful change to...
Agile|Best Practice|Certification|PRINCE2|Processes|Project management
Published 19 Feb 2018
Working on assignment five days a week means it’s not always easy for project managers to 'reach back' to their own organization – but it’s something you should always make time for if you don’t want to risk falling under the radar. As a consultant, I’ve found that it take...
Communication|Professional development|Project management|Roles|Value
Published 04 Aug 2016
Project management and IT Service Management (ITSM) are evolving and, as a result, are becoming more interlinked. The reason for their entwinement is simple: it’s part of a move from ‘traditional’ project management approaches that focus on producing a deliverable to a more...
Best practice|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|PRINCE2|Project management|Value
Published 12 Aug 2016
Why is working in silos a problem in technology and how can the ITIL Practitioner guiding principle of “working iteratively” help? In one service provider company, there were four silos operating very different service delivery models and different ITIL processes, therefore...
Communication|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes|Project management
Published 19 Jul 2018
A well-designed project and stage plan was once the pride of any successful project manager. In the post-waterfall era of agile everything, the humble project and stage plan has got itself a bit of a bad reputation for being excessive. However, effective project management st...
Agile|Methodologies|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project planning|Senior management commitment
Published 15 Jan 2019
Working in ITIL ® adoption has given me a steady stream of employment in broader, more engaging roles and a significant increase in salary. The demand for ITIL skills are continuing to grow worldwide and – I believe – will increase significantly over the next five to 10...
Career progression|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Roles|Skills
Published 17 Mar 2017
In my career I’ve been part of a variety of service transition projects and while every project is unique there are key aspects that should always be considered. Make a plan A robust transition plan should always be the first step in any project and every plan shoul...
Behaviour|Best Practice|Communication|ITIL|Service Management|Value
Published 12 Mar 2019
I ’m often asked how to apply agile principles in project management to ensure customers get the end product they need. Knowing what a final product will do – and how it will do it – is essential; defining that clearly is the purpose of a requirement in the PRINCE2 Agile...
Agile|Governance|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Requirements|Skills
Published 09 May 2016
Any discussion of project management in the USA demands the question: “how well are we doing?” I’d like to say that Project Managers are doing a good job in delivering projects on time and within budget along with all the scope and quality the customer expects. However, th...
Published 15 Aug 2016
In the past 30 years the Northern Ireland Civil Service has seen an increased focus on delivering change and less on “business as usual” activity. This demand for improved public services has changed the way these services are delivered and that requires a much more robust a...
Best practice|Change management|Governance|MSP|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile
Published 24 Mar 2015
P3M3® v3.0 is – in the world of best practice guidance – the “big one”. This latest version, the newest since 2008, will provide PPM consultants and organizations they work with the evidence for whether projects, programmes and portfolios are working or not and their return ...
Best Practice|Management|Maturity models|P3M3|Processes|Project and programme management (PPM)
Published 22 Nov 2017
Those familiar with Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2® will know that the value of the universal, process-based project management method is that it can be applied to any project regardless of type, organization, geography or culture. It can be used for any project...
Published 21 Jan 2015
Ongoing measurement of project progress is vital. In the simplest terms, it tells you how much work has been done and what is left to do. However, in certain instances it tends only to be treated as vital when something on the project goes wrong; and only then will you hear ...
Project Management|Stakeholder Management
Published 20 Apr 2016
As part of our ITIL Practitioner Global Summit Robin presented a session on ITSM Challenges and Training Benefits . Watch the video and read her new blog post also discussing how the right training can help organization meet IT Service Management (ITSM) challenges. ...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Knowledge management|RESILIA|Skills|Training
Published 06 Oct 2017
The 2017 update to PRINCE2 ® has brought the best practice guidance up-to-date with new ways of working and thinking. Remaining current is, I believe, critical for something that has grown and become the industry standard through its flexibility and suitability to any pr...
Agile|Best Practice|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Processes|Project Management
Published 18 Aug 2014
IT Service Management (ITSM) is often portrayed as being founded on a process-driven approach, and while processes are useful to organize activities the core of ITSM lies elsewhere. Soft skills are and will always remain relevant regardless of how many processes are defined. ...
Best Practice|IT Services|ITIL|Service Management|Skills
Published 17 May 2017
Rarely does an organization design its project management method from scratch. Instead it needs to be aware of the standards, best practice methods and bodies of knowledge related to project management (e.g. BS 6079 , PRINCE2 ® , PMI’s PMBOK ® and APM’s Body of Knowle...
Best practice|Governance|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management
Published 16 Mar 2016
Christian Tijsmans is founder of Connect the Dotz and Paul Wilkinson is the owner/director of GamingWorks How critical is cyber security training for organizations? Not-for-profit IT governance body, ISACA said in its State of Cybersecurity report that 82% of board dire...
Cyber resilience|Cyber-attack|Learning|RESILIA|Risk management|Vulnerability
Published 11 Mar 2019
As an experienced ITSM professional I am fortunate to have a wide network of colleagues and friends within the sector and from the many conversations I have had, I came to the realization that most of us are unhappy with our IT service management tools . This got me thinking...
Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Service management|Value
Published 08 Sep 2017
Hannah Mason, project manager at Octopus Group, recently studied and certified in the latest versions of PRINCE2 ® Foundation and Practitioner. Here, she talks about the newly-updated certifications and how PRINCE2 helps her day-to-day work. Certifying in PRINCE2 has...
Published 30 Sep 2016
There are a lot of misconceptions around ITIL as a tool within IT Service Management (ITSM). Some people believe that if they implement a ‘tool’ or an aspect of the guidance, they’re implementing the whole thing. Others think that if they implement a tool it will fix every...
Best practice|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service Management|Training
Published 16 Oct 2017
We should “stop talking nonsense” about people being the weakest link in our cyber security, according to the head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre . Ciaran Martin, the organization’s CEO – speaking at the CBI’s Cyber Security Conference 2017 in London on 13 Sep...
Behaviour|Cyber security|Data protection|Leadership|Threats|Training
Published 23 Dec 2015
A recent poll of City of London bosses by the Financial Times called on companies to hire a “younger generation of boardroom directors to head off the systemic threat that cyber risk poses to the financial system”.¹ I welcome business leaders openly discussing the signi...
Cyber Resilience|Cyber-attack|Information systems|Processes|Risk management|Skills|Vulnerability
Published 01 Oct 2015
At a time in the global job economy when employers report receiving upwards of 30 applications for every job posted, it is more essential than ever to put in the work of earning - and maintaining - professional certifications and skills that will set you apart. Equally import...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Career planning|Certification|CPD|Qualifications|Skills
Published 18 Oct 2017
What can project managers do to improve their skills and capabilities and – in turn – the performance of project teams? Have a best practice mindset To be truly effective, you need to know your chosen project management method – such as PRINCE2 ® – in ...
Capabilities|Communication|PRINCE2|Project management|Skills|Stakeholder engagement
Published 07 May 2015
Configuration management systems (CMS) are the bedrock of IT service management (ITSM); they provide the tools and databases to hold and manage all the necessary information about the assets used to deliver IT services – hardware, software, network equipment, processes, servi...
Information Management|ITIL|Management|Requirements|Service Desk|Service Management|Value
Published 27 Sep 2017
If you think of process improvement in IT Service Management (ITSM) as having a clear linear structure, you’re probably thinking about it the wrong way. With process improvement, you’re never really done. Typically, process improvement activity happens reactively rather tha...
Agile|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Leadership|Processes|Service Management
Published 26 Feb 2019
Stakeholder engagement is absolutely vital whether you are operating in a portfolio, programme or project activity. It is the means by which you gain support for your change initiatives allowing them to progress through the organization. Stakeholders generally do not appre...
Communication|MSP|Portfolio management|Programme management|Project management|Stakeholder engagement
Published 08 Feb 2016
How do you prepare your organization for an agile project? Naturally, this depends on the project; but if it’s a major technology project with a digital outcome , then using agile methods will probably be a significant shift for your organization. Where your organizationa...
Agile|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Requirements|Stakeholder engagement
Published 31 Mar 2017
There are a couple of ITIL ® processes that you really can’t avoid. Continual service improvement (CSI) is one. If you’re not improving, you’re stagnating. And though you might not yet have a strongly-developed CSI concept or framework, you must assume that most peop...
Behaviour|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT services|ITIL|Leadership|Processes
Published 06 Feb 2019
The latest AXELOS PPM benchmarking survey is now live and we are asking our PPM community to share their views and insights on project and programme management, looking at the market now and in the future. AXELOS PPM Ambassador, Allan Thomson, shares his thoughts...
Career progression|Certification|MSP|PRINCE2|Professional development|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
Published 09 Nov 2015
In the AXELOS White Paper "The impact of behaviour on project delivery", independent consultant Ann Cheung says that behaviour impacts "every aspect" of project delivery. She recommends project and programme management practitioners getting to grips with behavioural scien...
Behaviour|Best Practice|Processes|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and Programme Management (PPM)|Project management
Published 21 Jun 2017
According to AXELOS’ Future Project Management Professional research, the project managers of tomorrow will need to embrace a wider range of skills and become even more multi-faceted. Project manager, Ana Bertacchini considers the implications for the profession. How wil...
Agile|Capabilities|Change management|PRINCE2|Project management|Risk management
Published 23 Jun 2017
What if you were waking up every day to PRINCE2 ® training as if it were a morning workout, getting you into top project management shape? Well, that’s how some describe the experience of a PRINCE2 daily email course. It started almost two years ago when Management...
Published 31 Oct 2018
In a second blog post looking at the cyber resilience challenge in the further and higher education market, Kuldip Sandhu of Innovative Quality Solutions, considers the responsibilities academic and administrative staff have in helping to beat the hackers. Universities ...
Published 24 Jun 2016
For many years, I’ve felt that I’ve been the official ITIL ® apologist in the DevOps community, because I’ve always believed that DevOps and ITIL should be able to peacefully coexist. But these days, I feel that a more activist role in the DevOps community is necessary -...
Change management|DevOps|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service management
Published 03 Sep 2014
Background Hopefully you will all have seen the research that AXELOS recently published around the perception of ITIL in the current market. If you haven't had a chance to see it yet, you can download it from the box to the right of this page. The research has been well rec...
Best Practice|IT Services|ITIL|Service Management
Published 13 Nov 2017
Is digital disruption just another organizational issue or a business change that needs managing? Does digital transformation have no firm endpoint and is just ongoing change? These questions and more were addressed by experts at the British Quality Foundation event, Digit...
Customer engagement|Cyber security|Digital badges|Learning|RESILIA
Published 25 Jul 2018
If you want to successfully deliver new products and services to keep your organization competitive in today’s changing world, effective project management is critical. The project management method, PRINCE2 ® , has been taken up by more than 150 countries and, by its prov...
Agile|Certification|Frameworks|Governance|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Qualifications
Published 12 May 2017
PRINCE2 ® 2017 Update co-author, Robert Buttrick, looks at how the latest update of PRINCE2 helps organizations to design their own corporate project management and change approaches. While PRINCE2 can be used to run a single project, it can also be tailored by or...
Behaviour|Best practice|PRINCE2|Processes|Project management|Training
Published 02 Apr 2019
<BEEP>….The Mission control flight screen displayed another systems event… Inside the control room a concerned team of specialists is huddled round the Mission (Sales) Director, looking at the results of the flight plan so far. The first mission goal was not achieved, revenu...
Collaboration|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service desk|Service management|Value
Published 10 Jun 2016
As part of our ITIL Practitioner Global Summit Barclay presented a session on Transform knowledge into practice with ITIL Practitioner . Watch the video and read his new blog post. How do you know whether ITSM is delivering what a business and its customers need? S...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Skills
Published 17 Mar 2015
An organization needs clarity and transparency to show leaders and boards of directors how well it’s operating, but without everybody having to become accountants! With no disrespect to the accountancy profession, viewing an organization solely from a financial point of view...
Best Practice|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Governance|IT services|ITIL|Service management|Value
Published 06 Jun 2016
What is the impact of mobility for the enterprise and the IT people tasked with supporting it? Like it or not, mobility is a hard trend – one that is not going away anytime soon – and its impact is significant. There is a projected exponential increase in mobile usage and c...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|End-user experience|IT services|ITIL|Knowledge management
Published 10 Dec 2014
"How can we be sure if our programmes and projects are delivering successful results? What's the best way of pinpointing our strengths and weaknesses?" Maturity is about recognizing the strengths and weaknesses in an organization’s existing portfolio, programmes and proje...
Maturity Models|P3M3|Portfolio Management|Programme Management|Project Management
Published 02 Jun 2015
Over the past 30 years numerous methods, practices, and certifications gained prominence across the global IT community. As the numbers grew, so too did the tendency to promote specific practices and methodologies at the expense of other legitimate and relevant ones as all of...
Agile|Capabilities|Methodologies|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Processes|Project Management
Published 04 Feb 2015
After an absence of several years, veteran project manager John Earwood has returned to his roots and is re-taking project and programme management qualifications. Here, he reflects on how far project management has come. Before PRINCE2® was introduced, project management ...
Best Practice|Examinations|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Qualifications
Published 18 Jan 2016
How much do Small and Medium Sized Enterprises ( SMEs ) have to fear from cyber-attack? The high profile cyber attacks of the past year have involved much bigger commercial fish than companies in the SME market. But that doesn’t render them immune – far from it. 74% of s...
Cyber resilience|Cyber-attack|Data Protection|RESILIA|Risk management|Vulnerability
Published 15 May 2018
As an organization are you interested in attracting top talent? In growing your business? Providing your employees, the tools they need to be successful? If you are than you need to create a learning-centred work culture. Our re cent ITSM and PPM benchmarking surveys sho...
Capabilities|CPD|Learning|Learning from experience|Professional development|Skills
Published 02 Feb 2015
Service Management must not shy away from application development Most Service Management organizations are full of process people. And then, there are tools teams that are full of tools people. What I mean is that the tools teams are made up of individuals who are experts...
Cloud Computing|Cloud services|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|Processes|Service Management
Published 13 Jul 2018
My AXELOS, the new content subscription service from AXELOS, includes access to digital badges for ITIL ® , PRINCE2 ® and MSP ® certifications plus CPD in each area of knowledge. But why is investing in digital badges an important part of demonstrating your credibili...
Career planning|Career progression|Digital badges|ITIL|Learning|MSP|PRINCE2|Qualifications
Published 23 Sep 2016
Susie Farquhar discusses why ITIL is “not only for big organizations” and can be used by organizations of any size. Is ITIL only for large organizations? Over the years in my consulting role I’ve encountered a number of people who believe ITIL isn’t for their organ...
IT services|ITIL|Processes|Roles|Service catalogue|Value
Published 31 Jul 2017
I have found the structuring principles of ITIL ® Practitioner extremely valuable for my latest project with a social services cooperative in Italy which, although relatively small in size, has ambitious plans for continued expansion. Having achieved double-digit growth ...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Project management
Published 01 Feb 2018
In the international bestseller The 7 habits of highly effective people (Free Press, 1988), Steven R. Covey describes an approach to being effective in attaining goals by aligning oneself to what he calls the ‘true north’ principles of a character ethic that are universal...
Behaviour|Project management|Stakeholder engagement|Strategy Execution|Vision
Published 25 Feb 2019
The service level agreement (SLA) model has always existed in the world of IT in some form, as a promise to guarantee a level of service. For a long time, SLAs have offered very traditional approaches to measure what is perceived as quality of service by IT organizations. ...
Behaviour|Customer engagement|Customer needs|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Service desk|Service management|Value
Published 23 Oct 2017
Steven Deneir – a project, programme and portfolio management trainer and coach with 20+ years’ experience – highlights his top four tips to agile project management success and reiterates the importance of ongoing learning and certification in approaches such as PRINCE2 ®...
Agile|Behaviour|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Value
Published 15 Apr 2019
Digital disruption is transforming the way industries operate. But for a successful legacy business with an established infrastructure and corresponding capabilities, introducing change can be a challenge. You begin with the end in mind – and that’s the vision. By that, I d...
Best practice|Change management|Change requests|MSP|Requirements|Strategy execution|Vision
Published 18 Jul 2017
The value of programme and project assurance can be described as the process of checking that a programme or project makes the right commitments to the business and then delivers on those commitments. Assurance provides an independent, confidential, objective view of progra...
Capabilities|Processes|Project and programme delivery|Risk management|Strategic objectives|Value
Published 20 Jun 2018
Among many things, ITIL ® teaches us about accountability, boundaries and consistency. Therefore, it’s important to know who is accountable when a service goes down or there’s a change to a process . Having it documented means that anyone can see who’s accountable. That’...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Knowledge management|Processes|Roles|Service Management
Published 07 Apr 2017
In this two-part blog series, ITSM and organizational change expert, Karen Ferris explains the importance of organizational change management and reviews the knowledge and tools available in ITIL Practitioner to support change professionals with OCM. Organizational cha...
Change management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Project sponsorship|Stakeholder engagement|Strategy execution
Published 08 Sep 2015
According to the Project Management Institute , ineffective communication leads to project failure one third of the time and compromises the project’s budget half the time. I always go by this mantra: people deliver projects not processes and tools . In order to emphasize...
Agile|Collaboration|Frameworks|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
Published 14 Aug 2014
The two worlds of PRINCE2 project management and agile have just become a lot more interesting: AXELOS is developing new guidance to bring the best of PRINCE2 and agile together for the benefit of practitioners everywhere irrespective of which side of the fence they come fro...
AGILE|Best Practice|Frameworks|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project Management
Published 05 Mar 2018
We know that security awareness training for all is an essential part of our organizational resilience to the growing risk from, and impact of, cyber-attacks . However, we see common and typical weaknesses in learning programmes: Overestimating the extent to which the t...
Behaviour|Cyber resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|Learning|RESILIA|Training
Published 10 Aug 2017
Let’s begin by defining the senior responsible owner`(SRO) role. The publication Managing Successful Programmes ® (2011 edition) describes the SRO as the individual responsible for ensuring that a project or programme of change meets its objectives and delivers the projec...
Leadership|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project progress|Roles|Stakeholder management
Published 17 Sep 2018
Digital transformation offers organizations the potential to compete, stay relevant and reduce the cost of delivering services to customers and running business processes. IT service management (ITSM) provides a structured process, approach and common language along wit...
Benefits realization|Digital transformation|Governance|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Training
Published 19 Jan 2015
In the first post in this series, Service Monitoring as a Strategic Opportunity , one of the topics that we discussed was the need for a "Service Monitoring Service " that would act as the monitoring platform for all of the various application and service teams within the s...
Best Practice|Cloud Computing|IT Services|Project Management
Published 19 Sep 2016
Many people associate ITIL’s core books with managing incidents and problems. This focus on break/fix scenarios is probably historical, but the misconception is still very much alive. Having been an ITIL trainer for more than 15 years and practising even longer, the o...
Incident management|Infrastructure|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes
Published 07 Jan 2019
Continuing our series of blog posts on PRINCE2 Agile ® Foundation certification, Allen Philip Abraham – IT project consultant – who took the course through Logical Model – explains what he learned from the experience. With an IT functional background and solid opera...
Agile|Career planning|Certification|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
Published 10 Aug 2018
This will be the final post from my time here at Agile 2018 . It’s been a packed week yet in the same breath I only feel like I have scratched the surface of the content on offer. I want to end this little series by sharing a couple of thoughts from the last day, but also de...
Agile|Benefits realization|Customer needs|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Project management office|Value
Published 22 Jun 2016
The scenario animation below shows how a company was able to reduce costs and calls to its service desk by applying the ITIL Practitioner Guiding Principle of Design for Experience. Watch the animation and read the accompanying blog from ITIL Practitioner Architect Team Membe...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|End-user experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service catalogue|Service desk
Published 17 Oct 2016
What is currently a typical starting point when organizations are thinking about protection against cyber threat and how often is that the right place to start? Organizations can start from one of three places when thinking about protection against cyber threat: Strategic...
Published 28 Jun 2017
The DevOps and Agile movements are putting increasing pressure on traditional approaches to IT Service Management (ITSM) as many organizations embrace new technology and become more and more cloud native . These concepts related to the movements are all about evaluating ...
Agile|Change management|DevOps|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
Published 28 Oct 2016
One of the reasons why businesses overcomplicate processes in transition projects is because they are trying to develop an approach that meets all the principles of best practice. Quite often, the people in charge or accountable for transition projects want to achieve perfec...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service desk|Value
Published 17 Feb 2017
I recently read a blog post titled something like "the death of ITIL ® ". The essence of the post was the suggestion that DevOps would essentially supplant the role of ITIL in high-functioning organizations. Reading the blog post made me realize that the state of confusi...
Change management|DevOps|Frameworks|Incident management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL
Published 20 Mar 2017
The internet plays a huge part in our lives: for work, staying in touch with our friends, shopping, playing games, studying or just watching some hilarious cat videos, we are spending more and more time online. We are bombarded with more and more information and the technol...
Published 20 Aug 2018
Organizations are not generally well-prepared for IT service transition. Either they outsource it because they’re not good at it, or they muddle through it. Recently, I’ve witnessed some transitions which have inspired me to revisit this topic. Typically, service transi...
Business Relationship Management|Communication|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|PRINCE2|Project planning|Training
Published 11 Oct 2017
At AXELOS, we like to explore new ways of working, as well as new ways of learning. One such way is experiential learning (or ‘learning by doing’ as it’s more colloquially known). Earlier this year, Paul Wilkinson from GamingWorks proposed running the Grab@Pizza simulation...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Learning|Roles|Value
Published 19 Jun 2017
Every day, CIOs face the same daunting question; how can they effectively communicate the value of IT to the business? For any IT initiative, the confusion lies in identifying and quantifying its outcomes for the business. They need to challenge the business’ perception of ...
Frameworks|IT investment|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Value
Published 24 Nov 2017
A project doesn’t end with delivery but with the realization of its benefits to the business. So why is corporate strategy still not being fully communicated to the project team and what steps need to be taken to ensure that it is? Without a clear understanding of corpora...
Communication|Frameworks|PRINCE2|Project management|Strategic objectives|Strategy execution
Published 26 Jun 2014
For project managers everywhere - who now have the PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification firmly on their horizon for the first time - I have two words: "We listened!" You shared your frustrations with us about the historical process of moving up to PRINCE2 Practitioner level on...
Published 01 Sep 2015
Many organizations experiencing chaos in their operational teams have a potential solution staring them in the face. That solution is service management. IT Service Management (ITSM) works well in managing IT, and its principles can also be extremely valuable when used acro...
Change management|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|Processes|Service desk
Published 08 Jun 2016
Dear Mr or Mrs Private Company Director – do you know who you are handing your personal information to and why? For all of you, there is an information security risk when third parties are asking for your personal details. Why? Do you know how securely they will treat your i...
Cyber resilience|Cyber-attack|Data protection|RESILIA|Vulnerability
Published 26 Apr 2018
ITIL ® Practitioner was launched two years ago, expanding IT service management (ITSM) practitioners’ capability to deploy and derive value from the ITIL framework . Since then, how has the guidance helped people on the frontline of delivering IT services? AXELOS sp...
Best practice|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer needs|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service Management
Published 01 Jul 2015
This year AXELOS launched the AXELOS Consulting Partner Programme . The programme allows consulting organizations to enter into an official partnership with AXELOS for the first time. The programme is part of our continuing commitment to ensure all organizations that use our...
Best Practice|Maturity models
Published 26 Feb 2015
The first aspect of Service Design is to define the functional requirements, capabilities, and so on. No matter what we are doing and no matter the industry, we should always start with the customer in mind. In the case of our Service Monitoring Service, our customers are th...
Best Practice|Cloud Computing|Cloud services|Frameworks|Service Management
Published 07 Apr 2015
Simplifying things for our application team consumers: Inputs Application teams know their applications. We know our Service Monitoring Service. We need to quantify very simple inputs that will enable our application/service teams to easily consume our service. The great new...
Best Practice|Cloud Computing|IT Services|Service Management
Published 03 Feb 2015
Professionalism - for the true professional - is not a “flash in the pan” but a long-term commitment. But a commitment to what , exactly? It’s about dedicating yourself to developing the skills, competencies, behaviours and attitudes that move you beyond completing a c...
Best Practice|CPD|ITIL|PRINCE2|Professional development|Project and programme management (PPM)
Published 16 Aug 2016
ITIL ® and ISO/IEC 20000, the international standard for service management, have enjoyed a long and mutually supportive relationship. ISO/IEC 20000 is currently being revised for the third time, with an increased focus on Service Integration (SIAM), governance and manag...
Governance|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Requirements|Value
Published 03 Oct 2017
What is effective project and programme governance and why is it important to define and establish governance arrangements for success and the realization of benefits? T he focus of many organizations , particularly in the public sector, is how to reduce the cost of opera...
Behaviour|Project and Programme Management (PPM)|Requirements|