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 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 17 Sep 2019
Understanding the power of frequent product releases – typical in agile projects – needs some prior reflection on the more traditional approach to product release, i.e. waiting until a product is built and then releasing it into the system. With that comes a certain feelin...
Agile|Behaviour|Customer engagement|Customer needs|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Stakeholder engagement|Value
Published 14 Aug 2019
Over the years there have been many studies and white papers that look at the difference in the performance and attitude of motivated and non-motivated staff. Happy people give great service and therefore it makes sense to take time and effort to invest in the people that are...
Customer engagement|Customer experience|Empowerment|Professional development|Training|Vision
Published 21 Aug 2019
The ‘age of the customer’ describes how modern organizations need to meet rapidly changing customer expectations and also anticipate their future needs. With technological advancement occurring at an unprecedented rate, increasingly, what distinguishes one organization from...
AgileSHIFT|Customer engagement|Customer experience|Customer needs|Skills|Stakeholder engagement|Strategic objectives
Published 16 Sep 2016
Project management learning is influenced increasingly by the importance of engagement . Tenets of engagement such as trust, relationships, communication and collaboration are all part of the behavioural and contextual competencies emerging in project management. Vodafone...
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 20 Jul 2020
Why is mapping the customer journey with a service mindset important for organizations in the digital era? Until recently, customers have mostly engaged with organizations via person-to-person engagement, such as paying in a cheque at the bank. Now, there is an increasing d...
Certification|Customer experience|Customer needs|ITIL 4|Skills
Published 21 Dec 2015
Projects fail for a number of reasons: while it’s dependent on the industries you are working in, there are some reasons that are more prolific than others. For example: Unclear scope and success criteria Lack of buy-in and engagement Lack of change management skills U...
Best Practice|Change management|Customer needs|Project management|Project planning|Skills
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 07 Feb 2018
Reality TV show Shark Tank panellist and entrepreneur Kevin O'Leary always asks: “How do I make money” when presented with any product. The value to him is simple – getting the biggest return on investment with the least amount of risk. Focusing on value is extremely i...
Agile|Customer engagement|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Value
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 13 Aug 2018
When it comes to ITSM programme management, Continual Service Improvement (CSI) through ITIL ® is an opportunity to add value that exceeds customers expectations. Get to know the customer The first step in a contract should be a kick-off meeting and, where possible, d...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer needs|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Programme management|Stakeholder engagement|Value
Published 15 Sep 2017
People wanting to progress their careers and make a difference in IT and IT service management (ITSM) roles need to concentrate on three major issues: their customer, the services they need, and the value they should be providing. Avoiding the sport of “framework hunting” i...
Agile|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer engagement|DevOps|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL
Published 07 Mar 2018
How agile are we in IT service management (ITSM)? I’ve seen numerous different companies claiming to be agile while – in reality – they’re not. If we refer for a moment to the ITIL Continual Service Improvement (CSI) model, the first step is to define the vision and prop...
Agile|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer engagement|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
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 04 Dec 2018
What I want to talk about is the value of humour in its broadest sense, how it moulds who you are and why bringing aspects of your personality into the workplace can be a positive for everyone. So, while “funny” works for some project managers, it isn’t necessarily the most ...
Communication|Customer engagement|Project management|Stakeholder engagement
Published 28 Aug 2019
Providing ITIL ® 4 training has introduced me to a whole new range of people beyond the pure IT professionals previously attending ITIL courses . Now, I’m involved with people from sales, user experience and others from organizations with an interest in how IT supports the...
Agile|Customer engagement|DevOps|Frameworks|ITIL 4|Skills|Training|Value
Published 29 Jul 2019
According to the recently published AXELOS PPM Benchmarking Report 2019 , project managers are facing multiple challenges in their day-to-day roles. PRINCE2 ® is becoming more important than ever when we examine some of these key challenges and how PRINCE2 can help. ...
Published 24 Jul 2017
Working as the service lead for an outsourced IT company, my challenge is understanding what our customers’ businesses are trying to achieve. Customers expect new ideas and innovation based on what we see other companies doing across a host of industries. But, above all, th...
Collaboration|Customer engagement|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Strategy execution|Value
Published 18 Oct 2019
Why is focusing on value – according to the ITIL ® 4 Guiding Principles – so valuable when providing services? We used to tell people: “Don’t focus on the technology you are managing; focus on services you enable or support with the technology.” Now, we must take the nex...
Collaboration|Customer needs|ITIL 4|Service management|Stakeholder engagement|Stakeholder management|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 04 Feb 2020
Back in the industrial society, goods were a dominant factor in our lives. But in the “service era” we prefer to replace ownership of goods with access to services and resources without necessarily owning them. This is happening with and without digital transformation , alt...
Collaboration|Communication|Customer experience|End-User Experience|IT services|ITIL 4|Stakeholder engagement|Value
Published 09 Aug 2019
If you want your projects and programmes to be successful, it is crucial that proper Stakeholder Engagement and its associated activities take place. Stakeholder Engagement is one of the practices in the new AXELOS AgileSHIFT ® product. But it is more than just a pro...
AgileSHIFT|Communication|Processes|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Stakeholder engagement
Published 04 Dec 2019
How does the legalistic, adversarial and prescriptive nature of the business contract stand a chance of working in the “change-friendly” world of agile projects? While typical contracts specify a solution or output, plus a deadline and price, agile methods work on the prem...
Agile|Collaboration|Customer engagement|Customer needs|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Requirements
Published 23 Dec 2019
As the world has kept moving, we’ve been exploring more about managing customer journeys, value streams and leveraging cultural models to improve the velocity of IT . So, as things have evolved ITIL ® needed to change to reflect that; consequently, ITIL 4 is very much a tr...
Agile|Customer needs|DevOps|Frameworks|IT transformation|ITIL 4|Stakeholder engagement|Value
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 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 30 Jul 2015
It’s fashionable to convey confidence in a standpoint or outcome by incorporating the phrase “100 percent”. If I gave such an absolute level of assurance when managing a project, I suspect my customers would soon become disillusioned with me as I have never delivered 100% o...
Agile|Communication|Critical success factors|Customer engagement|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
Published 13 Oct 2020
Culture is one of the most important elements in service management but has rarely received more than lip service about “soft skills”. Successful change projects are affected very much by culture so it’s necessary to call out aspects of it that matter and therefore need mana...
Best practice|Communication|Customer engagement|ITIL 4
Published 06 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 engagement|IT services|ITIL|Processes|Requirements|Service Desk
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 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 09 Aug 2018
And just like that, we’re done with Day 3 of Agile 2018 ! I’m hoping that by now any readers are aware of the previous two posts about days 1 and 2, but if not...here they are: Day 1 Day 2 The last hurrah - final thoughts from Agile 2018 The focus of the po...
Agile|Benefits realization|Big Data|Business information management|Customer Engagement|Customer needs|Learning
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 30 Apr 2019
Products, Services, and Service Relationships Over the next few weeks we will publish a blog series to give you the big picture of ITIL ® 4. A bit of context before I start: When I was in India last November, I was challenged by a group of trainers to create a single dia...
Customer engagement|Customer experience|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|ITIL 4|Service management
Published 30 Oct 2019
The world of work is moving towards enterprise-wide, planned adaptability . Running the business and changing the business are becoming one and the same. As the organizations we’re working with are fundamentally aiming to improve their capability, it is interesting to note ...
Agile|AgileSHIFT|Business solutions|Certification|Cloud computing|Customer engagement|Digital transformation|Project management
Published 26 Mar 2015
In the world of cyber resilience, barely a week goes by without another company falling victim to cyber-attack – and to the penalties that can arise as a result. In February 2015, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fined insurance broker, Staysure, £175,000 after...
Behaviour|Best Practice|Cyber Resilience|Identity|Threats|Training|Vulnerability
Published 21 May 2020
The focus on customer experience has really taken off in recent years. However, customer experience won’t happen without employee engagement; having engaged staff means the company performs more effectively. Therefore, creating more engaged employees is what companies should...
Customer experience|Customer needs|Empowerment|End-User Experience|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|IT transformation|ITIL 4
Published 14 Jan 2020
What do project sponsors need to understand before starting the agile journey and how can they ensure a successful project outcome? Increasing globalization, advances in technology, volatile markets and rising customer expectations are just some of the factors driving tod...
Agile|Collaboration|Governance|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management office|Project sponsorship|Stakeholder engagement
Published 05 Feb 2019
When asked what his songs were about, Bob Dylan once responded, “Oh, some are about four minutes; some are about five, and some, believe it or not, are about eleven or twelve”. When people ask me what I do, and what a project manager does , I’m often tempted to give a simil...
Best practice|Customer engagement|ITIL|MSP|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|RESILIA|Stakeholder engagement
Published 20 Oct 2017
Organizations can use the introduction of GDPR in May 2018 to learn more about their customers while building customer loyalty and increasing efficiency. According to John McDermott, EMEA Portfolio Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), the new regulations are a busine...
Behaviour|Customer engagement|Cyber resilience|Data protection|RESILIA|Training
Published 04 Aug 2020
For service managers the concept of service is changing. In crisis situations such as now, it’s not about service level agreements but managing the customer experience and anticipating things they didn’t know they needed. It’s about helping businesses prepare for and respond...
Cloud services|Customer engagement|Customer needs|End-User Experience|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL 4|Service desk|Service management
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 06 Sep 2019
There are many reasons why a programme fails. But there are some causes of failure that are common across the majority of troubled programmes. So, let me introduce the seven Cs of programme failure and how they can be addressed using best practice methods such as Managing Su...
Best practice|Capabilities|Collaboration|Communication|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Stakeholder management
Published 20 Aug 2015
Why, in project management, are small projects treated as the “poor relation”? Many Project Managers aspire to manage large projects and programmes – large, transformation activities with high visibility, significant resources and a lot of kudos! As such, an aspirational Pr...
Best practice|Frameworks|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Risk management|Small projects
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 10 Jun 2016
How do you know whether ITSM is delivering what a business and its customers need? Some organizations decide to answer that question by measuring their IT Service Management (ITSM) maturity. This might be prompted because of a need to improve, or they’re investing in transf...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Skills
Published 28 Nov 2016
The discrepancy between reports and reality is something that I see frequently within organizations because, as the animation below explores, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are often developed without proper consideration and understanding of the reasons behind the measure...
Behaviour|Customer engagement|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Key performance indicators (KPIs)|Strategic objectives
Published 30 Apr 2019
Value for Stakeholders, PESTLE and the Four Dimensions Welcome back! This post is the second in a series in which I connect key concepts of ITIL 4. In the last article, we briefly discussed the concept of value co-creation, and I’d like to expand on that here. While value ...
Customer engagement|Customer experience|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|ITIL 4|Service management