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
Published 08 May 2018
For many project managers, their role in Benefits Realization is viewed as 'not my job' or out of scope for their role. This attitude will be the death of the 'old school' project manager in a world that is much more socially conscious and holds people accountable for the...
Agile|Benefits realization|Business Relationship Management|ITIL|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project management|Value
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 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 13 Mar 2020
Why should companies be exploring full agility at product level instead of at project level – and what does this mean for project managers? Markets and competition are evolving so fast while digital resources are enabling organizations to respond very quickly to changing de...
Agile|Customer needs|Frameworks|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Processes|Stakeholder engagement|Value
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 02 Dec 2016
Continual Service Improvement (CSI) is a key lifecycle of ITIL ® : but why should business focus on CSI and what benefits does it actually bring? To explain why businesses should focus on CSI it’s probably easier – and more powerful – to explore the organizations th...
Business solutions|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer engagement|Governance|ITIL|Leadership
Published 18 Feb 2019
Business value from IT goods and services in a digital world I think it’s fair to say that organizations’ understanding of “digital” is currently ‘all over the place’, leading to much confusion. In technology terms, when you’re using IT strategically to drive a business...
Customer engagement|Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|IT transformation|ITIL|Value
Published 07 Aug 2018
As some of you may know, this week I’m attending the Agile Alliance conference, Agile 2018 in San Diego. The event run by the Scrum Alliance brings together many of the leading thinkers on everything agile for a whole week of talks, discussions and much more. For my part, I...
Agile|Benefits realization|Customer Engagement|Customer Experience|Customer needs|Empowerment
Published 26 Feb 2020
What does it mean when we talk about a goals cascade in ITIL ® 4 Direct, Plan and Improve – and how can this enhance the work of service managers? In fact, there are different ways to look at a cascade: 1. Purpose Here, the goals cascade comes from purpose (for exampl...
Customer engagement|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4|Key performance indicators (KPIs)|Service management|Value
Published 22 May 2019
ITIL Intermediate’s Service Design (SD) module provides one of the most important approaches to deliver a service that works and enables value creation. Without employing SD and, for example, moving to transition without much design and attention to processes there is a ...
Agile|Customer engagement|DevOps|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Value
Published 06 Dec 2019
How is the ITIL 4 guiding principle “collaborate and promote visibility” important to organizations today? Many organizations remain siloed, whether by function, process, product, territory or other types. And within the silos, people tend to focus on their tasks and objec...
Collaboration|Customer engagement|IT services|ITIL 4|Service management|Value|Vision
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 04 Nov 2016
Approximately 70% of all IT Service Management (ITSM) transformation projects fail according to researchers from Gartner to McKinsey. And among those projects that fail, the same researchers uncovered that about half were unsuccessful because of internal resistance. The firs...
Collaboration|Governance|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Leadership|Project management
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 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 17 Jun 2019
Digital transformation – as imperative and unavoidable as it is – offers a double-edged sword for organizations. The latest Digital Transformation Study from Constellation Research, a Silicon Valley-based research and advisory firm, looks at the state of digital transforma...
Agile|AgileSHIFT|Customer engagement|Digital transformation|Skills|Training
Published 05 Aug 2019
What should we call organizational initiatives that are focused on the long-term as well as short-term and recognize their wider impact on society? I’d call that responsible project management . The new generation of people growing up today are more switched on to the be...
AgileSHIFT|Best practice|Leadership|MSP|PRINCE2|Project management|Stakeholder engagement
Published 28 Oct 2019
One of the most dangerous things for people in organizations to say is: “We’ve always done it this way.” While employees often don’t question or challenge the status quo , enterprises today are having to transition from the way they might have been doing things for decades....
Adopt and adapt|Agile|Behaviour|Change management|Customer engagement|DevOps|Digital transformation|Frameworks|ITIL 4
Published 27 May 2020
How can companies – and particularly IT organizations – take something positive from the current worldwide situation with Covid-19? Just like I had the chance to end my own procrastination in completing the ITIL ® 4 Managing Professional Transition Module , organizations h...
Customer engagement|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL 4|Service management|Strategy execution
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 21 Dec 2017
The ITIL ® update recently announced by AXELOS will be guided by the Lead Architect Team, comprising highly-respected experts from around the world. In this first blog post from the team, Troy DuMoulin talks IT past and present along with what an updated ITIL will mean f...
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 10 Aug 2018
The discipline of project management is evolving rapidly, but what does this mean for the project manager? Lisa Hodges, principal consultant at Cornerstone Service Management, explains why the future belongs to project manager 2.0. At a recent conference one of my fello...
Agile|Benefits realization|Collaboration|Communication|PRINCE2|Project management|Skills
Published 09 Jul 2019
We have recently published the third instalment of our Global PPM Benchmarking series and it makes for compelling reading. The report has been designed to offer market insight into the status of project and programme management highlighting the growing trends and key issues...
Agile|Communication|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Stakeholder management
Published 09 Apr 2020
What do project managers need to have “top of mind” when working on projects involving agile delivery methods? A handy checklist within the PRINCE2 Agile ® best practice guidance outlines the salient points to be aware of – and these are captured under four headings: 1 C...
Agile|Collaboration|Communication|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Requirements
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 03 Sep 2018
Traditionally, ITSM has not been agile. People have tended to focus more on having robust processes and rather than considering “what do we need?”, they have asked “what more can we put in to processes ?”. This level of “over-control” has happened because of over-enginee...
Agile|Customer needs|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Stakeholder engagement
Published 24 Jun 2015
Process implementation in IT Service Management (ITSM) comprises the steps we take to deliver services and the changes necessary to support the business moving forward.The purpose of IT is to be a business partner, ensuring anything that falls within the remit of delivering ...
Best Practice|Change management|Customer engagement|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Leadership|Processes
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 20 Nov 2019
When is a “dirty, mucky field” like your IT estate? Having mature existing practices, processes and controls that can’t be jettisoned; legacy technology sitting alongside new and a combination of waterfall and Agile/DevOps approaches – that’s your proverbial “mucky field”....
Collaboration|Digital transformation|Frameworks|Governance|IT components|IT services|IT transformation|Processes|Stakeholder engagement
Published 05 Mar 2020
What an exciting time it is to work in Service Management! Attending the Pink20 conference was a great example of why that statement holds true now more than ever. It was an event we at AXELOS won’t soon forget. The opening General Session lead by Pink Elephant’s President...
IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|ITIL 4|Service management|Stakeholder engagement|Strategy execution
Published 19 May 2015
As we begin these next few blog posts on “Implementation”, it is important to look at the ground we have already covered. To begin this series, we discussed Service Monitoring as a Strategic Opportunity . We followed that discussion with four posts on Building Service Monit...
Capabilities|Cloud Services|Customer Engagement|Customer Experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Key performance indicators (KPIs)|Processes
Published 10 Jun 2019
Why is the question “who really is your customer” important to ask in IT and IT services? It’s extremely important because it shapes what IT/ ITSM people do and why. It helps us define and focus on the right things, which includes going beyond the superficial view of who a ...
Customer experience|Customer needs|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL 4|Value
Published 10 Feb 2015
Understanding the difference When looking at outputs and outcomes it is important that IT service management (ITSM) professionals understand the difference; all too often we focus only on our outputs and the processes rather than thinking about the outcome and what we are ac...
Best Practice|Information Management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|PRINCE2|Project management|Service Management
Published 30 Aug 2018
With system breaches at universities doubling over the past two years, cyber-resilience is an increasing concern. In the first of two blog posts Kuldip Sandhu, Higher and Further Education Consultant, Innovative Quality Solutions looks at the challenges and considers soluti...
Behaviour|Cyber resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|Learning|RESILIA|Training
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 16 Apr 2020
Over the past few weeks most classroom training courses around the world have been cancelled, causing a major impact to the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of trainers and training vendors everywhere. Not only are these people worried about the wellbeing of their family d...
Capabilities|Career progression|Certification|Collaboration|Customer needs|Empowerment|End-User Experience|Leadership|Learning|Skills|Training
Published 09 Sep 2020
When a traditional IT organization evolves to achieve a higher velocity – delivering work more quickly and meeting the business demand for agility – it adopts new ways of working, such as DevOps. This usually triggers organizational changes which might lead to multiple produ...
Certification|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL 4
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 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 12 May 2015
It all started with a tweet and now I find myself debating Customer Experience (CX) on the AXELOS blog. My tweet posed something of a challenge to AXELOS: “Right AXELOS, I’ve decided here starts the campaign to replace ITIL® Business Relationship Management (BRM) and Servic...
Communication|Customer Experience|End-User Experience|ITIL|Service Desk|Service Management
Published 30 Jun 2020
ITIL ® 4 brought many modern concepts and approaches to Service Management. Many of those were previously thought to be exclusive to other areas like marketing and customer service. In this blog post, Airan Romero Savinon, Chief Operating Officer at Openser will cover the...
IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4|Service desk|Service management|Value
Published 16 Jul 2018
Stakeholders can make or break projects or programmes . If they feel overlooked, not listened to or ignored, then your project will be in trouble – no matter how well you deliver in terms of budget, time and quality. Just giving them what they want is not usually a viable ...
Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Stakeholder engagement|Stakeholder management
Published 22 Mar 2016
The effect of IT service management (ITSM) transformation or improvement initiatives is not only about the business; the mental and emotional impact on the way people work and behave is a major factor – not everyone likes change. That’s why collaboration – one of the ...
Collaboration|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT transformation|ITIL|Stakeholder engagement
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 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 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 10 Mar 2020
Value streams are without doubt my favourite topic in ITIL ® 4, because the concept makes clear how the overall value that a service delivers is a complex combination of sub-components. Now, to explain how value streams work I’d like to invite you for coffee: Going to ...
Customer experience|Customer needs|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4|Processes|Service management
Published 15 Jan 2020
As technology becomes more and more embedded in company processes, businesses need to look beyond the traditional ways of securing their organizations’ most valuable assets. This involves approaches that engage with people and understand their needs and perspectives on secu...
Behaviour|Communication|Confidentiality|Cyber resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|Data protection|Empowerment
Published 22 Jun 2016
The initiative to establish a service request catalogue to automate fulfilment of the most commonly requested services and allow customers to log their support requests is a commendable one. It would meet the objective of reducing the calls to the service desk and therefore...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|End-user experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service catalogue|Service desk
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 11 Jun 2018
The importance of effective communication with a project’s stakeholders is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. PRINCE2 ® describes detailed techniques only when related to one of its recommended approaches or one that is unique to its method. As a result, it does no...
Communication|Project management|Project planning|Project sponsorship|Stakeholder engagement|Stakeholder management
Published 16 Sep 2014
The "S" factor - sponsors and stakeholders - are critical to the success of any project or programme. And ensuring these vital people are actively supporting you and your team depends on how successful you are at "managing upwards". People tend to "buy into" programmes as t...
Communication|Programme Management|Project and Programme Management (PPM)|Project Management|Stakeholder Management
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 07 Apr 2020
Why is co-creating value within service management such an important concept in ITIL ® 4? While some customers might expect providers to “deliver value” independently, value requires open dialogue and active collaboration between providers and consumers. Everyone needs to a...
Agile|Communication|Customer needs|DevOps|ITIL 4|Service management|Value
Published 31 May 2019
What is human-centred service design (HCSD) and how does it add value to an organization? It begins when you start to ask the right people the right questions about how IT is performing. The right people are those using the IT! The principles of understanding customer...
Agile|Business solutions|Customer needs|IT services|ITIL|Problem management|Service management|Value
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 11 Sep 2017
Delivering value to a customer doesn’t begin and end with a product and its features – it also requires service . In the IT development world, recognizing the need for service means cultivating skills in service management. This is where turning to ITIL ® is important...
Customer needs|DevOps|ITIL|Service management|Value
Published 10 Oct 2019
Six months after the launch of the “100 women in 100 days” challenge, Vanessa Guimarães — founder of the self-funded company behind this unique initiative — explains why its success underlines the need to change the conversation around women and profession...
Career progression|Certification|PRINCE2|Professional development|Project management|Training
Published 30 Apr 2018
What does a good PMO (project/programme management office) look like? The standard response is often to describe a best practice model and list some core services, but I want to challenge this perspective. In my view, it doesn’t really matter what activities your PMO provid...
Communication|Project management|Project management office|Roles|Stakeholder management|Strategy execution
Published 16 Aug 2018
Which partnership has the most influence on a project’s success ? Though it may not be top of your list, the one between project manager and sponsor (SRO) is arguably the most critical. A positive working relationship between these two roles will help keep the project on tr...
Behaviour|Communication|Critical success factors|Project management|Stakeholder engagement
Published 14 May 2019
In a few days’ time, Israel will host the world’s longest running annual TV music competition, the Eurovision Song Contest . How do you go about successfully hosting a major event that will be screened live to nearly 200 million people across the world (remember that the ‘eu...
Best practice|Communication|Learning from experience|MSP|Programme management|Small projects|Stakeholder engagement
Published 01 May 2020
Sifting through an influx of unsolicited manuscripts… Negotiating rights deals at the London Book Fair … Juggling overlapping deadlines… A multitude of authors raising royalty and advance queries… Book publishing is a busy, blossoming industry. Publishing has undergone...
Agile|Best practice|Communication|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project management office|Stakeholder engagement
Published 16 Dec 2016
It’s a pivotal and exciting moment for the service desk. For those still struggling with their traditional IT service desks that might sound like an odd statement, but significant change is coming. Historically, the service desk’s primary role has been a help desk for when ...
Best practice|Customer experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Processes|Service desk|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 28 Jul 2016
Focus on value is one of the nine guiding principles described in the ITIL ® Practitioner Guidance and is the subject of the animated video below. Of course it’s so obvious that we should focus on value that you might wonder whether it needs saying at all. The t...
Change management|Customer experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Value
Published 06 Feb 2017
Programme managers juggle a wide range of challenges and many will get a buzz from bringing order to chaos and under-performance. All will want to avoid the pitfalls of change. Here are five change mistakes that a good programme manager will avoid in situations the really e...
Capabilities|Change management|MSP|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project and programme delivery
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 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 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 17 Jan 2018
What you should do to improve project success and achieve value has been high on the agenda this year. Equally, the increased uncertainty in the economy has raised awareness of the need for increased professionalism in project and programme management (PPM) . In short, we’v...
Change management|Collaboration|Learning|Project and Programme Management (PPM)|Project management|Project management office
Published 10 May 2019
What is a PRINCE2 ® Champion and what does that person bring to an organization? The PRINCE2 Champion is capable of supporting an entire enterprise – from frontline delivery level to the boardroom – by demonstrating how using the PRINCE2 principles effectively will delive...
PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Roles|Skills|Value
Published 23 Oct 2019
Five years ago, after more than 21 years with Ashland in multiple business roles, I was appointed director of IT customer support and service delivery. Unfortunately, I had zero traditional IT knowledge. I literally Googled “IT education” and found the word ITIL ® . Fast for...
Customer needs|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|ITIL 4|Processes|Requirements
Published 06 Feb 2020
IT transformation alone – as a functional concept – might deliver a good process outcome. However, the difference between that and digital transformation is like standing on the face of earth and then travelling to stand on the moon. Having just certified via the ITIL ® 4 ...
Business Relationship Management|Collaboration|Customer experience|Digital transformation|ITIL 4|Service catalogue|Service management|Value
Published 19 May 2016
There are a number of challenges faced by IT Service Management (ITSM) professionals in the operational space but, broadly speaking, the ITIL Practitioner can be used to address three key areas: measurement; communication; and education. Measurement Metrics are often a...
Communication|Customer experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service desk|Training
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 19 Jun 2019
Over the past five years, I believe that – for some IT organizations – the ITIL ® concept of Service Strategy (SS) got left behind. Why is this? IT organizations have been buried in the “trenches” of an endless loop which includes immediate uptake of design, transition an...
Customer needs|ITIL 4|Service management|Skills|Strategy execution|Value
Published 21 Jan 2020
The onus on the service desk has changed: today, it’s more customer focused and demands a new combination of skills for successful service desk agents. Previously, the idea was to spend as little time on the phone as possible, with service level agreements measuring speed ...
Business solutions|Customer experience|End-User Experience|Incident management|IT services|ITIL 4|Service desk|Value
Published 10 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 ...
Communication|End-user experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Service desk
Published 01 Mar 2019
‘Digital’ is about customer experience and value For better and for worse, the societal, political and economic impact of information technology is unprecedented. As citizens and consumers, technology has made our life so much easier that it’s giving organizations a hard t...
IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|IT transformation|ITIL|Skills|Value
Published 01 Aug 2016
The ITIL ® Practitioner guiding principles are not independent of each other. You don’t start with focus on value then, once you’ve finished that, start thinking about a different principle. All nine guiding principles work together to help ensure you do the right things...
Collaboration|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|Value
Published 10 Sep 2020
Why are C-suite level managers wary of allowing Agile product delivery methods in their organizations? More and more businesses have adopted Agile approaches in the 20 years since the launch of the Agile Manifesto. However, some leaders remain nervous about investing million...
Agile|Customer needs|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
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 04 Mar 2016
Typically, the scope and duration of programmes is significantly greater than that of a single project. Consequently – and in contrast to projects – they demand greater leadership and stakeholder management skills from programme delivery professionals in order to achieve pr...
Communication|Leadership|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Skills|Stakeholder 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 14 Jul 2016
IT Service Management (ITSM) is not about the tools or the technology, but about delivering value to your customer through the use of that technology. The rapid advancements in hardware and software may have shifted the conversation onto what technology makes possible, but th...
Capabilities|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Value
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 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 20 Sep 2019
Cloud-based IT services have created a massive change in the traditional IT model, the way IT is delivered and the agility enabled as a result. With cloud, organizations are getting access to technology services in days and weeks rather than months and delivering products ...
Cloud services|Customer needs|Frameworks|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|ITIL 4|Processes|Value
Published 02 Oct 2019
It’s almost 30 years since the book, The Machine that Changed the World , described how the Lean approach transformed Toyota’s approach to manufacturing. Today, Lean approaches to IT and IT service management have become extremely influential. In the past couple of years...
Agile|Behaviour|Customer experience|Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL 4
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 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 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 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 04 Jun 2019
We are creators, innovators and explorers of new, shiny things. It is part of our role and we love it. Listening to the hype, the latest trends - what ones are worth our time and investment, which ones will stick around (Apple iPhone, Amazon Echo) and which ones will not make...
Change management|Frameworks|Incident management|IT services|ITIL|Knowledge management|Problem management|Resource management|Service management
Published 10 Sep 2019
Many professionals are given the responsibility for running projects without even realizing it. Although this can happen for any number of reasons, in my experience, there are generally two routes into this “unofficial” project manager role . Does this sound familiar? The ...
Certification|Communication|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Training
Published 29 Nov 2019
What is the role of the project board and how can members direct successful outcomes? In predicting that man would land on the moon by the end of the decade, US President John F Kennedy became the ultimate project sponsor . According to an often-quoted story, when JFK ...
PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project planning|Project sponsorship|Roles|Senior team
Published 29 May 2020
My favourite element of PRINCE2 ® is its comprehensive, fluid and tailorable set of controls – adaptable to how much control people need to manage a project. Therefore, rather than being a “sledgehammer” to “crack a nut”, PRINCE2 is rather a light and agile “rapier” to prov...
Best practice|Management|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Roles
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 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 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 30 Jun 2015
IT organizations don’t tend to recognize when they have an image problem or why they should care. Though some would argue they’re getting better at dealing with it, it’s still not nearly enough. The traditional problem is based on IT organizations believing the world revolv...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|Processes|Reporting|Value
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 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 16 May 2019
The Service Value Chain, and Service Value Streams Welcome back! This post is the fourth (and last) in a series in which I connect the key concepts of ITIL 4 . In the last blog we briefly covered the service value system (SVS) and its five components. One of those compon...
ITIL|ITIL 4|Service management
Published 23 Oct 2020
The ITIL 4: Create, Deliver and Support (CDS) module is focused on the central engine of ITIL’s service value chain. Summarising a recent panel webinar involving Akshay Anand (AXELOS ITIL Ambassador), Barclay Rae (ITIL 4 CDS lead editor and consultant), Jon Stevens-...
Best practice|Collaboration|Communication|Frameworks|ITIL 4
Published 09 Mar 2016
Do you have what it takes to be a Business Relationship Manager (BRM) ? What does a BRM do? The role is responsible for building relationships between the IT organization and the business units to ensure IT services meet the needs of business customers. BRMs collaborate...
Business information management|Capabilities|Collaboration|IT services|Requirements|Skills
Published 01 Mar 2017
One element of PRINCE2 ® that I use on every project I’m involved with is product-based planning. This PRINCE2 technique is especially useful for putting a plan together which comprises the “shopping list” of the things that my project team needs to create to deliver...
Customer experience|PRINCE2|Processes|Project management|Project planning|Requirements
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 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 21 Jan 2019
Originally developed by Toyota in Japan, Kanban is a system for scheduling production using a physical board to show work in progress; essentially, it’s a process improvement method. Within IT departments it’s used to visualize workload by having notes on a board showing...
Change management|Customer needs|IT service management (ITSM)|Processes|Project management|Resource management|Value
Published 17 Dec 2019
Enterprise agility is almost mandatory today. Digital disruption and the rate of change is stimulating product development, raising customer service expectations and altering the technology landscape forever. Any organization unable to read, respond and adapt to these cond...
Agile|Behaviour|Business solutions|Collaboration|Communication|Customer experience|Value
Published 03 Sep 2015
Continuing her series on the Most Common Questions from PRINCE2 2009 Foundation Training , Lead Trainer Michelle Rowland addresses some of the most frequently asked questions from Chapters 7 through to 10 of the PRINCE2 2009 textbook . Chapter 7 Why do we have t...
Best Practice|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project Management|Project sponsorship|Qualifications|Training
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 04 Jun 2020
Agile ITSM is on the rise, now becoming more and more a reality and even making it into ITIL 4 ® . So, what are the next steps in the Agile ITSM evolution? I think the most critical one is defining an Agile ITSM Manifesto that works holistically across IT. The Agile Manife...
Agile|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|ITIL 4|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 12 Nov 2014
"How do I hold on to my current ITSM budget or even grow it? I know I need to show value to the business, but my concern is that the 'powers that be' see only cost. What's my best approach to this?" As technology continues to advance and develop, IT is becoming even more i...
Best Practice|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service Management|Value
Published 04 Dec 2017
What has 2017 meant for project managers and what is coming around the corner in 2018? Karen Ferris of Macanta Consulting looks ahead to the challenges facing project managers and their organizations next year. The need to be both waterfall and agile in projects ha...
Agile|Communication|Customer experience|Leadership|Project management|Skills
Published 17 Jan 2020
What does de-centralized IT look like today and how is high-velocity IT (HVIT), as addressed in ITIL 4 , enabling it? Digital organizations need to provide rapid and immediate responses to customer needs because they demand quick action, whether they are internal or externa...
Agile|Customer needs|End-User Experience|ITIL|ITIL 4|Service catalogue|Service management|Value
Published 29 Jun 2020
Those of us at TSO who work as close partners to AXELOS are extremely committed to understanding how the content and products we publish are used by our customers. One of the ways we do this is to take training courses and exams using the same materials they have access to...
Best practice|Career progression|Learning|PRINCE2 Agile|Professional development
Published 29 Jul 2020
The service desk practice is a huge part of ITIL ® and any organization as it highlights the importance of value in customer service. It sets the precedent for the customer/user experience and reflects heavily on the organization. The practice involves establishing effective...
Best practice|End-User Experience|ITIL 4|Processes|Service desk
Published 05 Oct 2016
Cyber security, today, is often very technology-based with a focus on technical issues such as firewalls and virus scanning software. While technology is an important part of the cyber defence, it is important not to neglect strategy in identifying what controls an organi...
Cyber resilience|Examinations|RESILIA|Risk management|Threats|Vulnerability
Published 17 Apr 2015
Politics often throws up examples of highly memorable, and equally emotive, language designed to make voters think a certain way about a particular party. The UK’s current election fever is no different, with politicians coining the rather loaded phrase, “Weaponizing the NHS...
Published 11 Jan 2016
Organizational Change Management (OCM) is an approach to managing the people side of change. Any IT Service Management (ITSM) initiative, small or large, individual, team or department driven will in some way affect people. The OCM approach is about identifying where any res...
Change management|Communication|Empowerment|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Stakeholder management
Published 02 Mar 2016
When thinking about cyber resilience, just how important do you believe the people in your organization are? All your people, from top to bottom? You have heard the expression, ‘ People, Process, and Technology’ a thousand times. But which is the most critical of the three...
Cyber resilience|Cyber-attack|Information management|Processes|RESILIA|Risk management|Vulnerability
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 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 03 Oct 2016
Using AXELOS’ best practice for programme management - MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) - can come in useful in the most unexpected situations - even beyond the workplace. Several years ago, I became involved in a local parents’ campaign about the lack of secondary ...
Best practice|Change management|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Strategic objectives
Published 19 Jul 2017
According to the 2017 AXELOS PPM Benchmark study , nearly half of project managers who rarely or never conduct project reviews have experienced project failure in the past 12 months – this compares to only 34% of those who review either always or most of the time. These ...
Leadership|Learning from experience|PRINCE2|Project management|Requirements|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 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 20 Jul 2018
I’m a big believer that projects are a product of the people who are involved in them. Of course, an agile framework and clearly defined measures of control are essential but, based on my experience, people have to enjoy what they’re doing and want to work together to ac...
Communication|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Project planning|Skills|Stakeholder 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 02 Apr 2019
“ Elas Projetam ” literally translates as “they (women) make projects” and perfectly encapsulates the focus of this recently-formed, voluntary organization in Brazil. Here, Vanessa Guimarães explains how the initiative aims to connect women working in project management and...
Career progression|Certification|Empowerment|PRINCE2|Project management|Qualifications|Training
Published 25 Jan 2016
As part of our Professional Development Programme , AXELOS has outlined the skills and competencies needed in a wide range of roles across IT service management and project and programme management. In this blog post, Pauline Brown – Service Operations Manager at the Un...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|CPD|IT services|ITIL|Qualifications|Service desk|Skills
Published 07 Oct 2016
Why is the ITIL Practitioner Guiding Principle, Be Transparent, so important to get right? A lack of updates about incident resolution can create complaints and an image of a service desk “black hole” in an organization. How does this happen? At times, incident resolu...
Behaviour|Communication|Customer experience|ITIL|Service desk|Value
Published 30 Jan 2017
The use of managed service providers is relatively common across all sorts of organizations. Unfortunately, what’s also common is ineffective relationships and ways of working between businesses and their provider. Most organizations work with a managed service provider in ...
Capabilities|Incident management|ITIL|Processes|Risk management|Service desk
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 04 Jul 2019
ITIL ® Intermediate’s Planning, Protection and Optimization (PPO) module compels practitioners to think about the practical details of providing an IT service. In other words, once you have crafted the right service design what are the practicalities and implications of ...
Cloud services|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|M_o_R|PRINCE2|Service management
Published 23 Aug 2019
For any operational department it’s obligatory to have processes and an approach to things – otherwise it would all be chaos! In my view, if you don’t adopt and adapt knowledge from one of the IT operational approaches such as the ITIL® Intermediate module, Operational Supp...
Customer experience|Incident management|IT services|ITIL|Problem management|Processes|Value
Published 19 Sep 2019
When I got my start in IT, I found myself in a service operation role without even knowing what it was! I was part of an initiative in which Service Operation (SO) and ITIL ® were at the heart: consolidating IT operations management and incident ticketing for a radiology ...
Customer experience|Incident management|ITIL|ITIL 4|Problem management|Processes|Value
Published 16 Jun 2020
Some projects are better managed under a Waterfall approach while others are better managed using an Agile approach. However, The PRINCE2 Agile ® course and certification allowed me to understand the needs of project stakeholders and apply the best combination of the two me...
Agile|Certification|Learning|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Project planning
Published 30 Sep 2014
One of the most important aspects of delivering a world-class service, regardless of whether the word "cloud" is associated with the service or not, is Service Monitoring. Monitoring should not be considered a commodity, but rather a strategic opportunity for Service Deliver...
Cloud Computing|Customer Experience|IT Services|Management|Service Management|Strategy Execution
Published 10 Aug 2016
Working on projects to develop new software with developers in a different country - in other words, remotely - poses certain problems that cry out for the practical approaches enshrined in ITIL ® Practitioner’s guiding principles. The scenario I describe, unfortunately...
Communication|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes|Project management
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 12 Jul 2019
Why should organizations become agile organizations? Recent research outlined in The Evolution of the Agile Organization report from PA Consulting among 500 business leaders suggests the “top 10% of businesses by financial performance” are “almost 30% more likely to dis...
Published 10 Feb 2020
Siloed working has always been one of the most common issues in IT and IT service management (ITSM). The lack of contact across operations teams, lack of knowledge about what design and development is happening and low collaboration is very painful for IT support, leading ...
Collaboration|Customer needs|Frameworks|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|ITIL 4|Processes|Value
Published 18 Feb 2020
An interview with Mark Smalley, author of ITIL ® 4 Managing Professional High-velocity IT. Q: Why should ITIL practitioners see value in the High-velocity IT module within ITIL 4’s Managing Professional certification? A: The module is aimed at practitioners who are n...
Agile|DevOps|IT services|ITIL|ITIL 4|Service management|Skills
Published 07 Oct 2020
Lockdown has, I believe, ultimately changed all products to services and means that service managers will be needed more and more. Thinking about ITIL 4 ® , the co-creation of value is going to be increasingly important to service management if you want to understand busin...
Best practice|Collaboration|Communication|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4
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 14 Mar 2016
Janek Rozov, Head of the Information Society Services Development Department at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in Estonia, explains how it has introduced a multiple-view service catalogue to improve understanding of services amongst its citizens and allo...
Best Practice|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes|Service catalogue
Published 02 Apr 2020
To be successful in the current environment of rapid, concurrent and never-ending change, organizations must grow their agility not just to thrive, but to survive. Agility is the ability across an organization to move and adapt quickly. A high degree of organizational agility...
Agile|AgileSHIFT|Collaboration|Digital transformation|Empowerment|Senior team
Published 12 May 2020
Cultural transformation should have been on top of the agenda for organizations years ago. The fact that it wasn’t will now be very apparent to some, as they try to navigate the new business challenges presented by the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. This includes the compl...
Behaviour|Collaboration|Customer needs|Digital transformation|ITIL 4|Leadership|Value|Vision
Published 26 Aug 2020
Why should organizations think about creating a customer-focused approach to delivering services? And where do they begin? The experience of providing services during the current pandemic drives home a number of service management lessons, most prominently that the only path...
Best practice|Customer experience|ITIL 4|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 04 May 2017
Following the publication of AXELOS' The Future ITSM Professional report, AXELOS associate Toby Moore joined Dr Tuuli Bell, partner manager at Tasktop Technologies, to discuss the evolution of ITSM businesses and the shift to a more service-based culture. Ever...
Business solutions|Collaboration|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|Service desk|Strategic objectives
Published 07 Jun 2017
It might sound strange to say that there’s no need to be afraid of failure. And that goes for IT Service Management (ITSM) as much as anything else in life and business. Using ITIL ® to learn how not to fail in ITSM In fact, one of ITIL ® Practitioner’s co-authors, Kev...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|ITIL|Service Management|Value
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 26 Feb 2018
2017 was the year of the “lean IT” revolution, trying to bring frameworks together and figuring out how they can all play in the same sandpit. That means understanding how to get cohesion between the likes of ITIL ® , Agile, Six Sigma and COBIT in a way that adds value ...
Best Practice|Customer experience|Frameworks|IT services|ITIL|Problem management|Skills
Published 21 Mar 2019
Scene 1: The work area. Brent, the famous systems engineer from the Phoenix Project, is sitting behind his laptop – which is covered with DevOps enterprise summit stickers. On the wall behind him is a poster of the new corporate values ‘ We delight our customers ’ is one of ...
Agile|Behaviour|Business Relationship Management|Communication|IT transformation|ITIL|Strategy execution|Value|Vision
Published 21 Jul 2017
How do people working in IT Service Management (ITSM) measure success and – more importantly – what should they measure? What tends to happen in ITSM is people measuring against internally-focused metrics: the number of incidents, service level agreements on incidents, the ...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|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 12 Sep 2019
Having a background in Agile-focused learning, certification and roles for more than 12 years, I previously had less interest in ITIL ® . So, you might wonder why I’m now certified in ITIL 4. I’d had some ITIL training and learning at university and there were elements I...
Agile|Certification|DevOps|End-User Experience|Frameworks|ITIL 4|Service desk|Service management
Published 07 Jan 2020
Organizations are now reacting to the need for high-velocity IT (HVIT) by exploring customer experience and methods like DevOps and Agile. In some of the more mature enterprises, they’re looking at ITIL 4 and recognizing elements of modern service management, but without f...
Agile|Collaboration|Customer experience|DevOps|ITIL|ITIL 4|Processes
Published 01 Aug 2014
When quantifying the scale of corporate cyber threat, the figures alone tell a sobering story. As reported in The Economist's recent special report on cyber security, 800m data records were lost last year as a result of cyber-attack, despite estimated worldwide spending of £...
Best Practice|Cyber Resilience|IT Services|Service Management|Threats
Published 08 Jan 2018
2017 was certainly an interesting year for project management and 2018 looks set to be equally eventful. In a positive move for the industry, the Association for Project Management (APM) received its Royal Charter . This is a major step forward for the profession and tak...
Published 14 Jan 2019
Come again? How to enjoy your project board? What do you mean enjoy? It’s not uncommon for project managers to have a degree of trepidation about project boards. The board, after all, is a holding-to-account session, where the project manager presents progress – or, someti...
Communication|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Stakeholder engagement|Stakeholder management
Published 18 Jul 2019
The term “ hybrid project management ” is generally assumed to refer to Agile and more traditional approaches when managing projects. People need to have the capability to manage both Agile and non-Agile initiatives. Yet, although we know “hybrid” exists, how capable is t...
Agile|Capabilities|Communication|Knowledge management|Project management|Reporting|Stakeholder engagement
Published 17 Apr 2020
Looking at Agile methods today, I see things that have evolved rapidly over the past ten years but lost much of the original purpose along the way. In fact, many of the recent changes have done little to address longstanding stakeholder concern that Agile doesn’t provide t...
Agile|PRINCE2 Agile|Processes|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Stakeholder engagement
Published 29 Oct 2015
When Dido Harding, the CEO of TalkTalk, recently announced there was a chance that all their four million customers’ personal data might have been compromised, she could not have imagined the tsunami of press and media coverage that resulted. It all happened so quickly – 48 ...
Confidentiality|Cyber Resilience|Cyber-attack|Data Protection|Risk management|Sensitive data|Vulnerability
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 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 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 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 03 Oct 2018
Organizations are going through a period of constant change in how they do things and having to leave behind the mindset of “that’s the way we’ve always done it”. As ITIL ® says, it’s a matter of focusing on customers and what they want. From an IT service management (IT...
Change management|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Roles|Service desk|Service management
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 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 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 08 Apr 2019
AI is not the future: in fact, we’re seeing very much in the present. So the message to organizations (corporate and IT) is, simply, “get on board and start learning about it ”! If you don’t believe me, take the example of IBM Watson in healthcare . While no human can dig...
Best practice|Frameworks|Governance|IT services|ITIL|Value
Published 03 Apr 2020
Digital transformation worldwide will pick up the pace in 2020. This is despite the thorough planning required to move from legacy IT to digital transformation , which will entail analysing current practices and determining future outcomes. But organizations around the world...
Benefits realization|Big Data|Business solutions|Data protection|Digital transformation|GDPR|Information systems|Infrastructure|IT transformation|Privacy|Risk management
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 06 Apr 2016
Although an integral part of the ITIL ® Service Lifecycle, Service Strategy is probably the element most IT Service Management (ITSM) professionals are least comfortable using. In fact, even the word ‘strategy’ can strike fear into some IT professionals as, quite sim...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Strategic objectives|Strategy execution
Published 08 Aug 2016
The IT architect title is used to describe a range of jobs varying in scope and responsibility but, in summary, the architect team is responsible for developing, maintaining and governing the ICT solutions across an organization. They are also tasked with making sure technol...
Communication|Customer experience|IT services|Leadership|Project management|Stakeholder management
Published 07 Aug 2017
Certifying in ITIL Practitioner has been an opportunity for growth and understanding of how IT service management (ITSM) delivers value in the government organization I work for. In fact, its 9 Guiding Principles have become part of my vision statement because I feel they...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Value|Vision
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 28 Nov 2019
What did I notice most when certifying in the ITIL 4 ® Managing Professional Transition Module ? Above all, the agile and digital perspectives in the guidance are moving service management away from a process-only driven world. For example, breaking down change into quick...
Agile|Certification|Frameworks|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4|Service management|Value
Published 01 Apr 2020
Companies worldwide are now realizing that cyber resilience is not just a “good to have”, but a necessity. It’s no longer a question of if but when risks will emerge and when vulnerabilities are exploited with threats relating to information assets such as data, syst...
Published 07 May 2020
How do IT teams keep up with the increasing speed of business change and demand for services that provide customer value consistently? Optimizing work methods in service management helps to improve efficiency, effectiveness and minimize waste while ensuring that IT’s goals...
Business solutions|Collaboration|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL 4|Service management|Value
Published 26 May 2020
With the current global situation, many organizations are – for the first time – facing the challenge of managing a global team working from home. Under normal circumstances, and with the right infrastructure, the concept of virtual working is already part of many peoples’ d...
Leadership|Learning|Management|PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning|Risk management|Small projects
Published 29 Oct 2020
In today's connected world, service providers and clients share a common accountability to make business successful. The way that some might have shrugged off accountability previously just doesn’t work now and, if this continues, the outcomes won’t be favourable. Because ...
Best practice|Cloud services|Collaboration|ITIL 4
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 17 Feb 2015
Why is IT and - consequently ITSM - under pressures that can pull it in two different directions? Leading research company, Gartner, calls it "bimodal IT" and depicts it as “rocks in a river”: solid IT operational excellence standing against the fast-moving flow of digital. ...
Best Practice|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|Service management
Published 27 Aug 2015
PRINCE2 training, as with any new learning experience, yields a lot of new information for Project Managers to learn, and breaking that information down into smaller chunks can make understanding it a lot easier. So, with the textbook in mind, here are some of the most co...
Best Practice|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project Management|Project sponsorship|Qualifications|Training
Published 15 Apr 2016
When I first learnt about ITIL Practitioner , I was somewhat sceptical about its value and, in particular, how it would work for candidates with a wide range of ITIL backgrounds, knowledge and job roles. Thinking about training someone at ITIL Foundation stage in the...
Capabilities|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Qualifications|Skills|Training
Published 13 Jun 2016
Yale University’s IT Service Management (ITSM) journey began in 2011, just before my arrival in 2012. At the time, the University had about 450 central IT staff and a newly appointed CIO who had arrived with a mission to create a world-class ITSM organization. ITIL ® ...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
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 17 May 2019
While working for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) with responsibility for global service level agreements, certifying in ITIL ® ’s Intermediate Service Offerings and Agreements (SOA) module was essential. I really recognized the power of ITIL and service mana...
Certification|Cloud services|IT services|ITIL|Service desk|Service management|Value
Published 28 May 2019
Having worked in IT service operations for nearly 30 years, I think the most important ITIL Intermediate certifications are Continual Service Improvement and Service Operation (SO). Training in SO has given me a better understanding of how things come together from beginni...
Best practice|Incident management|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service desk|Value
Published 14 May 2018
Personal information is an asset that can create more value for customers, hence people want to share their data with organizations. However, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) says we have to manage their data properly. From 25 May 2018, this applies insi...
Best practice|Cyber Resilience|Cyber-Attack|GDPR|Incident management|ITIL|Value
Published 04 Dec 2015
You’ve done it! You studied hard, you took the exam, and you passed it! You are now a fully-accredited practitioner. But what often happens next is that on your return to work you fail to apply what you’ve learned. There are several possible reasons for this: maybe you took...
Published 10 Feb 2016
Does your organization have a problem with delivering projects and are you wrestling with the question: “how do we start to improve our projects?” It might seem like a simple question but the answer is more complex. This is because there is no universal right answer, as dif...
Maturity models|P3M3|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Stakeholder management
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 21 Sep 2016
Different people respond differently to a variety of types and styles of cyber awareness training. With people being the crucial early warning system in a company’s defences against cyber-attack, Ian Davies considers why boards need to understand that a one-size-fits-all ap...
Communication|Cyber resilience|Cyber-attack|RESILIA|Risk management|Training
Published 16 Jun 2017
AXELOS’ research project – The Future Project Management Professional – found that project managers’ roles will evolve to become more strategic within their organizations. In fact, 90% recognized the need for a much stronger strategic vision that aligns with the overa...
Capabilities|CPD|MSP|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Strategy execution|Value
Published 17 Aug 2017
When is an incident a major incident? An incident becomes major when the potential impact or urgency is considered significant. This means different things to different organizations, but ultimately it depends on business goals and objectives and is defined by each organiza...
Business solutions|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Risk management|Stakeholder engagement
Published 13 Sep 2017
Organizational and project change is difficult because – primarily – it involves humans who are programmed to like the status quo. Businesses underestimate the impact of change management at their peril. However, the tendency is to focus on project management delivery, st...
Change management|Communication|MSP|Project management|Skills|Stakeholder engagement
Published 20 Nov 2017
How can you use ITIL ® to address real business problems and add value while bringing along people who might be resistant to change? Progressing iteratively means that changes (in effect, smaller changes) are easier for people to stomach and you’ll get a better level o...
Agile|Change management|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Incident management|ITIL|Processes
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 16 May 2019
The Service Value System Welcome back! This post is the third in a series in which I connect the key concepts of ITIL 4 . In the last article , we briefly covered concepts such as multiple stakeholders, PESTLE, and the Four Dimensions of Service Management. In this articl...
ITIL|ITIL 4|Service management
Published 07 Jun 2019
As a Project Management professional, I am often asked what my greatest career achievement is. My answer is simple and unerring: inspiring, as club manager, the recent victory of AXELOS FC’s fabled 5-a-side football team in the League One Victoria Late championship near ou...
Management|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Roles|Stakeholder engagement|Stakeholder management
Published 11 Jun 2019
How using MSP can help organize a successful music festival It’s the time of year when it seems everyone is getting excited about music festivals. But what is it like behind the scenes? Do organizers think of Woodstock in 1969? Love peace, and “everywhere was a song and a c...
Frameworks|MSP|Programme management|Strategy execution|Threats|Value
Published 04 Nov 2019
How did a not-for-profit organization – set up in 2008 to bring quality education to rural Uganda – achieve 1,000 students enrolled in three schools employing 100-plus staff in just over 10 years? And what lessons can this teach us about running successful projects and progr...
Benefits realization|Communication|Problem management|Programme and project delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Vision
Published 21 Apr 2020
What is the importance of detailing the benefit profile of a change programme? At a time of significant change – such as now, when organizations’ entire business or operating models could be transformed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic – benefit is everything. It is ...
Behaviour|Benefits realization|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Roles|Stakeholder engagement|Strategy execution
Published 11 Aug 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the virtual training market and in many companies, training has taken a back seat. For some people, virtual training has never been a realistic option. They either don’t have a computer at home, only absorb information if presen...
Best practice|Certification|Professional development
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 14 Oct 2016
ITIL is being challenged by ‘shiny new’ philosophies, methodologies and frameworks that have recently laid claim to the work practices of service management professionals. But how valid and viable are these new approaches and how do they relate to the ITIL ® framework ...
Certification|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Methodologies|Processes
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 31 Oct 2019
Update January 2020 Hi everyone, I thought it worth providing a quick update. Most of the changes mentioned below have been made. However, there were 3 changes or clarifications that I wanted to share now: The new definition of Problem appears in the glossary only. The ma...
Certification|Customer experience|End-User Experience|Examinations|ITIL 4|Roles|Value
Published 18 Mar 2020
With the new version ITIL ® 4, the discipline of Service Management has been catapulted back from the supposedly old, past world to the centre of current reality. No, not bureaucratic processes should manage services or products anymore. Rather, holistic practices are to be d...
Agile|ITIL 4|Key performance indicators (KPIs)|Processes|Service catalogue|Service 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 17 Jul 2017
ITIL Practitioner is best practice guidance I use both in implementation as a consultant and in training people working in IT service management. Before the arrival of ITIL ® Practitioner there was, in my opinion, a large gap between ITIL Foundation and ITIL Expert ....
Business solutions|Change management|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Value
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 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 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 24 Jul 2019
Understanding the needs of others is fundamentally at the core of good service. A working definition of a good service is the ability to address the needs and wants of an individual in the fastest and most effective way possible – whether it’s in a restaurant, at a hotel, ...
Business solutions|Customer experience|End-User Experience|IT services|ITIL 4|Problem management|Value
Published 28 Apr 2020
IT as unsung heroes? Really? Who are your heroes? Growing up, maybe your heroes wore capes and fought crime . Maybe they were the characters you found in books and on TV. Right now, in the middle of an unprecedented challenge to our health and wellbeing, you'd probably sa...
Behaviour|Business solutions|Communication|Customer needs|Cyber security|Information management|Information systems|IT services|ITIL
Published 24 Sep 2020
According to the AXELOS 2019 PPM Benchmark Report poor communication is the primary cause of project failure. An advantage of adopting a method such as PRINCE2 ® is that it provides a common language that makes it easier to communicate with critical stakeholders. This al...
Best practice|Certification|Communication|PRINCE2|Project management
Published 22 Jul 2020
Everybody has to take care of projects in their professional or private lives. So, in a way we are all project managers. And if you think about it, you can apply PRINCE2 ® to a lot of these projects. In my spare time I work as a qualified London tour guide. So, the other da...
Best practice|PRINCE2|Project management
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 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 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 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 Dec 2016
What is the difference between leadership, management, and governance? Peter Drucker said that “leadership does the right thing while management does things right”. But why is it important to distinguish between them? Issues arise when people confuse the roles, and while...
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 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 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 14 Mar 2018
The quick-to-market digital environment of today means organizations have to find a way to incorporate agile working in what they do. Take-up of agile remains a mixed bag and we should acknowledge that agile isn’t for everyone or everything. However, where the feeling t...
Agile|Best practice|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Processes|Project checklists|Project planning|Project Progress|Training
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 28 Jun 2019
There is a pressing need to start graduating US college students with basic practical knowledge of how to operate in IT organizations and other change environments. Students with a recognized project management certification such as PRINCE2 ® are more likely to become eff...
Published 31 Jul 2019
Despite studying software engineering and computer security to Masters’ level at university, my career took me into technical support rather than development. Working on a service desk – at the front end of IT, dealing with customers – worked for me: being customer focused...
Agile|DevOps|Digital transformation|Governance|ITIL 4|Professional development|Service desk|Service management|Value
Published 03 Sep 2020
What is digital strategy and how can ITIL ® 4’s strategy management, workforce and talent management and Organizational Change Management practices support organizations on that journey? This and more were the focus of a recent webinar featuring ITIL 4 authors Davi...
Best practice|Change management|Digital transformation|ITIL 4
Published 12 Oct 2016
Studying the risk management dimension of the RESILIA Foundation course will enable people to better understand what is a threat, a vulnerability and an asset in the context of cyber resilience and how they combine to create a risk to the business. One way to understand the...
Cyber resilience|Examinations|RESILIA|Risk management|Threats|Vulnerability
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 02 Jun 2017
Roman Zhuravlev talks service management and why ITIL ® is not the work of a “crazy professor”! Service management is everywhere – and that means the economy becoming more customer-focused, intelligent and alive. With the exciting concept of digital transformation, o...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service Management
Published 26 Nov 2015
Throughout the "Building Service Monitoring as a Service with an Eye on the Cloud" blog series, we have focused on the need for a Service Monitoring Service - a “monitoring hub” of sorts. This approach is different from the legacy centralized monitoring approach whereby t...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Cloud services|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|Service Management
Published 14 Feb 2017
Oh, it’s THAT time again! Perhaps the contract you’ve been working on is coming to an end or you’ve been stuck in a role for a few years now and it's definitely time to move on. But who would have thought that just ‘updating your CV’ could be so arduous? “Did I really fi...
Capabilities|Career progression|Certification|CPD|Digital badges|Skills
Published 26 Feb 2016
The principal objective for a project – delivering a specific output – can often be relegated to a focus on standardization. And very often this standardization of the project management processes boils down to completing a set of project templates. I’ve seen this happen very...
Best practice|PRINCE2|Processes|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project checklists|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 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 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 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 19 Dec 2016
When organizations are not managing projects effectively, it means the value that should be delivered by projects suffers. I believe this happens in a multitude of industries, and it is impacting businesses’ bottom lines. The solution is for organizations to recognize the b...
Certification|Methodologies|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Strategic objectives
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 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 01 Aug 2017
Good P3O governance is about ensuring that all key stakeholders have a clear understanding of the portfolio, programme and project boards that are focused on 'changing the business' and how it aligns to the corporate governance structure that is focused on 'running the busine...
Processes|Project and programme management (PPM)|Risk management|Stakeholder management
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 May 2019
The major reason I think ITIL ® practitioners should be looking at the Intermediate module – Release, Control and Validation – is summarized in one word: DevOps. DevOps has become the latest way to describe collaboration, agile, and leaner enterprise working but ITIL’s R...
Agile|DevOps|IT services|ITIL|Knowledge management|Service management
Published 05 Sep 2019
How should an organization undertake the transition from ITIL ® v3 to ITIL 4 ? But before the “how?”, maybe we should talk about the “why?”. ITIL 4 is the latest evolution in the best practice framework that has supported IT service management professionals and their org...
IT service management (ITSM)|IT transformation|ITIL|ITIL 4|Service management|Value
Published 24 Jan 2020
The ITIL ® 4 Managing Professional Transition module provides the foundation to deliver effective service management through new ways of working within digital organizations. This builds on concepts from ITIL 4 Foundation and the four Managing Professional modules, such a...
Best practice|Certification|Collaboration|DevOps|Frameworks|ITIL 4|Service management|Value
Published 30 Apr 2020
There is now a huge demand for digital IT products and the services they support. This is no surprise, as cloud-based software as a service is easier to maintain, make changes to, upgrade or swap things in and out. Servers can be rolled up and rolled down, adding or reduci...
Cloud services|Customer needs|End-User Experience|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|ITIL 4|Service management
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 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 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 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 05 May 2016
What is ITIL Practitioner and how does it complement existing ITIL accreditations? ITIL ® Practitioner is an addition to the ITIL portfolio and, ultimately, it helps professionals who’ve completed any level of ITIL training from Foundation onwards to develop the ski...
Adopt and adapt|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills|Training
Published 19 Aug 2016
Programme Managers or directors play a critical role in an organization, often acting as the conduit between strategy and execution. Speaking in a blog post for AXELOS, The risks of promoting Project Managers to Programme Managers , Lindsay Scott, Director at Arras People, d...
Best Practice|Communication|Leadership|Programme Management|Project and programme management (PPM)
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 30 Nov 2018
How does an organization instil the required discipline to align portfolios and hold itself to account? Step 1: Business forecast New market opportunities drive strategic change . This means the first step should be to look at what kind of an organization you need to b...
Benefits realization|Business information management|Portfolio management|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Strategic objectives|Strategy execution
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 23 May 2019
Take your own medicine. Practice what you preach. Walk the talk. These clichés were circling my mind as I stepped into the classroom recently to begin the new ITIL ® 4 Foundation training. Having worked in AXELOS as Project Manager for the Foundation product for over a ye...
Best practice|Certification|Examinations|Frameworks|ITIL 4|Learning|Training
Published 24 Sep 2019
Using Agile methods in project management is not about choosing either to go Agile or not; it’s more about how agile can we be on this project? It’s the project manager’s role to assess exactly “how agile” and recognize the associated risks and benefits. The PRINCE2 Agile...
Agile|Collaboration|Communication|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Stakeholder management
Published 15 Oct 2019
The financial sector, in the 10 years since the financial crisis, has seen an end to limitless expenditure. With the main constraint now being financial , projects have to be delivered very much on budget. When making investments, organizations are now very mindful of the ...
Career progression|Certification|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Training
Published 16 Oct 2019
Organizations that previously set up IT processes that lasted for years are now preparing themselves for new ways of working – and a “machine” of constant change. Running in parallel to this has been the introduction of alternative ways of working – such as Agile methods a...
Agile|DevOps|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4|Service management|Value
Published 11 Dec 2019
I spent the first fifteen years of my career in engineering project management , so moving into digital development has opened up a completely different working environment for me. But although the two industries are worlds apart in many ways, I have found that PRINCE2 ® a...
Agile|Benefits realization|Frameworks|Governance|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Project planning
Published 10 Jan 2020
How can ITIL ® methods help transform the performance of a service desk supporting a multi-national business? Car dealerships in the Renault/Nissan Group – based in Switzerland and Austria – were generating 1,000 IT tickets per month, of which 75% were service requests an...
Incident management|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|ITIL 4|Problem management|Service desk|Value
Published 20 Feb 2020
How does High-velocity IT (HVIT) in ITIL ® 4 help organizations develop the capability to integrate new technology and reduce their services' speed to market? The challenge in a product/service environment is developing the product, harnessing the technology, involving st...
Digital transformation|Frameworks|IT services|ITIL 4|Skills|Value
Published 26 Mar 2020
How well prepared are organizations for information security and risk management in an increasingly cloud computing-based world that is also volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) ? The rush to use cloud services sometimes means organizations are not thinking fu...
Behaviour|Cloud computing|Cyber security|ITIL 4|Risk management|Service management
Published 23 Apr 2020
Service continuity management, along with IT security, is top of the critical list for IT today – not least in the current global situation caused by Covid-19 . If you don’t have service continuity management and something major happens, it could ruin your business and – cl...
Cloud computing|Customer needs|Information systems|Infrastructure|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL 4|Risk management|Service desk|Service management|Threats|Vulnerability
Published 15 May 2020
What qualities define the practitioner who has studied and certified in ITIL ® 4 ? This person is what we call “T-shaped”: a specialist-generalist with great depth of expertise in one area but also a breadth of knowledge across other disciplines. Why is this important in ...
Collaboration|DevOps|ITIL 4|Service management|Stakeholder management
Published 10 Jul 2020
Most IT teams – from front line up to leadership level – are focused on technology and functionality. They focus less on how to drive forward the vision and strategy of the organization. What is interesting (and maybe unexpected) today is seeing IT teams trying to move the...
Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4
Published 28 Jul 2020
An international brewery company I work with is, in fact, two companies: a producer and a distributor of products to the hospitality sector. The company’s operations were forced to close from mid-March and relocate staff to work from home. So how did it respond to the lockdo...
Best practice|Digital transformation|ITIL 4
Published 25 Aug 2020
As a project manager, receiving a new project mandate reminds me of the first coordinate in an orienteering course. Orienteering is an outdoor adventure sport in which you receive a map and coordinates. The aim is to navigate in sequence between a set of control points and de...
Agile|Best practice|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Project planning
Published 14 Jul 2020
How is ITIL ® best practice important to people in IT operations teams getting “dirty” in the day to day tasks of managing changes, transition and delivering flexible and stable service? Well, I think that ITIL 4 Specialist: Create, Deliver and Support (CDS) gives them a ...
Best practice|Collaboration|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4
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 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 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 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 23 Apr 2019
What is the importance of Continual Service Improvement among ITIL Intermediate ’s lifecycle modules? Adam McCullough explains how the module empowered him in his role as an ITSM professional. Continual service improvement (CSI) is something every business has t...
Certification|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Roles|Value
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 03 Mar 2015
Within every organization processes change, new technology is brought in, new policies are implemented and organizational structure can change too. IT Service Management (ITSM) initiatives often involve changing how people carry out their jobs and if you’re changing the way...
Change Management|Communication|ITIL|Processes|Project Progress|Service Management
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 10 Sep 2015
In the final post in her series on the Most Common Questions from PRINCE2 2009 Foundation Training , Lead Trainer Michelle Rowland addresses some of the most frequently asked questions from Chapters 11 through to 18 of the PRINCE2 2009 textbook . Chapters 11 and 12 ...
Best Practice|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project Management|Project sponsorship|Qualifications|Training
Published 13 Nov 2015
Looking behind, the Building Service Monitoring as a Service with an Eye on the Cloud series of blogs has covered a lot of ground - from why, to what, to how. Now it is time to look ahead to how we pump water through the pipes we have built. It is time to discuss how we be...
Business solutions|Cloud services|Communication|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|Service desk|Service management
Published 02 Dec 2015
You only have to be a casual follower of the news to see that cyber attacks and the resulting damaging data breaches are happening with greater frequency. TalkTalk and JP Morgan are just two of the latest high profile companies to show their vulnerability to cyber crime....
Best Practice|Cyber Resilience|Cyber-attack|ITIL|Processes|RESILIA|Risk management|Vulnerability
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 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 17 Feb 2016
Gary Warzala is the former SVP CISO at Visa and has also held senior roles in information security and IT risk management at Aon and GE (General Electric). In 2014, he was a trusted CISO adviser for a major retailer following a serious information security breach. In this...
Best practice|Cyber resilience|Cyber-attack|Information management|RESILIA|Threats
Published 18 Apr 2016
In IT and ITSM, we’re living in the age of change – and that change is accelerating. If the birth of the internet was the start of this new age, we’ve now entered the next evolutionary stage: that includes a combination of cloud computing, mobility, big data analytics, ro...
Behaviour|Capabilities|Change management|Cloud services|Communication|IT Service Management (ITSM)
Published 29 Jun 2016
When I analyze the tangible results my organization has achieved as a result of employees being ITIL ® competent, the return is undeniable. The benefits of ITIL training are threefold: differentiation, service improvement and cost saving. Differentiation In 2012, lev...
Certification|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT investment|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Training
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 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 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 10 May 2017
AXELOS associate Toby Moore and Dr Tuuli Bell, partner manager at Tasktop Technologies explore the outlook for IT following the release of the AXELOS The Future ITSM Professional report . IT has evolved beyond recognition in recent years to become an integrated part of ...
Collaboration|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|Roles|Service desk|Skills
Published 22 May 2017
Is there room in today’s organizations for both AXELOS’ PRINCE2 ® method and PMI’s IPECC (Initiating, Planning, Executing, [Monitoring and] Controlling, Closing)* framework described in the PMBOK ® Guide ? While PMI* provides an excellent framework for the management ...
Best Practice|Governance|PRINCE2|Project 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 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 29 Jan 2018
30 years ago, researchers and companies used to ask: how do we harmonize IT and the business? Today, we’re no longer talking about harmonizing, aligning and integrating IT and the business : the business is technology! Organizations that understand this are already at ...
Customer needs|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|ITIL|Value
Published 05 Feb 2018
All PRINCE2 ® project, MSP ® programme and MoP ® portfolio governance bodies want updates on how well initiatives are progressing. To do this, management dashboards are a useful tool. MSP programmes aim to realize benefits resulting from changes in organizati...
Dashboards|Governance|MoP|MSP|Portfolio management|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)
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 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 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 13 Mar 2019
What are ITSM anti-practices? They are the bad practices that have become prevalent as organizations try to tackle service management challenges. Akshay Anand, AXELOS’ Product Ambassador for ITIL ® , has referred to “Watermelon SLAs” , check-box ITIL implementation and en...
Best practice|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Service management|Vision
Published 20 May 2019
AgileSHIFT , one of the latest best practice solutions from AXELOS introduces a new concept, the delta. But what is it, and how do we use it? The purpose of the delta is to illustrate how organizations need to think in order to be more resilient to disruption . If we loo...
AgileSHIFT|Behaviour|Business solutions|Customer needs|Digital transformation|End-User Experience|Strategy execution|Threats
Published 26 Jun 2019
Every organization, at some point, will make some sort of IT transition. The concepts in ITIL ® v3 Intermediate’s Service Transition (ST) module help that challenge in specific ways: The ultimate idea is to make transitions smooth enough to avoid disrupting current IT ser...
Certification|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4|Service management|Skills
Published 16 Jul 2019
It’s a challenging time to be a programme or project manager: expected to deliver more with less, responsible for multiple change initiatives simultaneously, facing a range of internal and external pressures and embracing agile methods . This is the world according to prof...
Agile|Career progression|Certification|CPD|Project and programme management (PPM)|Training
Published 19 May 2020
What is the future for automating IT services in an ITIL ® 4 world ? The latest evolution of ITIL has opened the conversation up, addressing the practices from a technological perspective as well as a business management one. But where are organizations on that journey ri...
Capabilities|IT services|IT transformation|ITIL 4|Processes|Strategy execution
Published 05 Jun 2020
How can you easily enhance your continuing professional development (CPD)? The My AXELOS online subscription service, providing career development tools and resources aligned with ITIL ® , PRINCE2 ® and MSP ® best practice, has listed its top CPD content accessed b...
Career progression|CPD|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|ITIL 4|Learning|MSP|PRINCE2|Professional development
Published 18 Aug 2020
In this blog, Alexei Kuvshinnikov , an accredited PRINCE2® 6th edition trainer with 20+ years of international project management experience, explains how to include intangible benefits in the Benefits Management Approach. Project benefits can be tangible or intangibl...
Benefits realization|PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning
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 09 Jul 2015
PRINCE2 is often taken as synonymous with the term “waterfall”. That’s a mistake with a number of implications. The truth is you can use it in a waterfall way but it’s not intrinsically waterfall; the main idea is to deliver profit and products for your business. Yet prac...
Agile|Collaboration|Frameworks|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
Published 15 Sep 2020
The global pandemic has accelerated the pace of digital transformation; this, in turn has put a new spotlight on the discipline of digital strategy. And the ITIL ® 4 Leader: Digital and IT Strategy (DITS) module is a timely guide to help organizations’ leaders understand ho...
Published 10 Mar 2017
In early December 2016, Kaimar Karu and I found ourselves in Portland, Oregon running a workshop with Jon Terry, Shane Carlson, and Kevin Behr. Over dinner one night, we started talking about Enterprise Service Management (ESM). Differences in opinion started to surface, and ...
Best Practice|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|Processes|Service management|Value
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 13 Aug 2019
Setting the scene: ‘…The rolling green hills of England, the buttercups painted a golden yellow by the early morning sun, cows lying in glistening dew cloaked fields, the gentle buzz of a bee in the scent filled breeze... a stark contrast to the high-tech hum of the sterile ...
Behaviour|Collaboration|Governance|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4|Value
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 Nov 2015
What is Service Health? Now that we understand the service, we must ask ourselves what service health really is. For each service capability we must ask 1) is the capability working? and 2) is the capability performing well? What types of monitoring might we consider? We ...
Best Practice|Business Solutions|Capabilities|Cloud Services|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Service Management
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 07 Oct 2016
If you’ve recently completed your ITIL Foundation certification, first of all, congratulations! Anytime you achieve something it’s important to take a moment to reflect on your accomplishment. You’re now part of an elite group of ITIL certification holders so welcome to the...
Capabilities|Certification|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL
Published 09 Nov 2016
How true to life are the so-called projects being managed by the so-called Project Manager on The Apprentice? What problems do they encounter and how do they deal with them? How should they be dealt with and how would the PRINCE2 Agile ® guidance handle things? The seri...
Certification|Leadership|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Project progress|Skills
Published 09 Jan 2017
A new year often brings transition and new beginnings. And, in that spirit, we are bringing you a new PRINCE2 ® . Though the existing PRINCE2 is fundamentally sound – and has become the world’s most practised project management method – we have reached a tipping point a...
Best Practice|PRINCE2|Project management|Training
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 13 Oct 2017
I received the Project Mandate in October 2016. It was clear and concise. “Run the Bournemouth Half Marathon on 8 October 2017 and raise awareness and funds for Target Ovarian Cancer ” . Starting Up A Project process was triggered and I created the Project Brief. Th...
Communication|PRINCE2|Processes|Project management|Project planning|Risk management
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 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 20 Nov 2018
As part of the CBI Cyber Security Conference 2018 , experts hosted a future looking session to “examine the latest threat intelligence and emerging risks for businesses in the cyber security landscape”. The panel considered what threat and risk issues boards need to be addr...
Best practice|Cyber resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|GDPR|Threats
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 06 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 kno...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Career planning|CPD|Risk management|Skills|Training
Published 09 Sep 2016
If you had to choose between following an agreed IT Service Management (ITSM) process, or focusing on value, what would you do? When assessing the Major Incident Management process for one of my customers, I recognized that while the process was well established and defined ...
End-user experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Stakeholder management|Value
Published 31 Oct 2016
A lot of organizations, experience frustration with their service desk. While that’s not a criticism – the majority get things done quickly – end users get annoyed by the speed of service desk support. Interestingly, what’s usually at fault is effectiveness rather than effic...
Business solutions|Collaboration|ITIL|Processes|Service desk|Stakeholder management
Published 17 Jan 2017
Herding Cats with PRINCE2 ® Let me introduce myself - I’m Tom, a Project Manager. I recently started in my new role and my team are… well, they are a little hairier than I first expected. And when the job description said strong stakeholder management, I didn’t realize this...
Business solutions|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Processes|Project management|Stakeholder 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 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 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 28 Jul 2017
Business service management (BSM) is about bringing value to a business through matching overall business objectives with IT. Arguably, the concept has been with us for some time; but like the latest version of ITIL ® addresses the issue of business and services, it ha...
ITIL|Leadership|Processes|Service catalogue|Service management|Value
Published 19 Jan 2018
Since my introduction to ITIL ® best practice guidance at the beginning of the Millennium, an important lesson I've learned is that ITIL is guidance not gospel. Fast forward to 2016 and the launch of ITIL Practitioner brought even more clarity to the guidance and...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service desk|Service management|Value
Published 10 May 2018
“Nobody wants to show you the hours and hours of becoming. They'd rather show the highlight of what they've become" – Angela Duckworth author of 'Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success'. In my career, I have been very blessed with opportunities, life less...
Career progression|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Learning|Professional development
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 25 May 2018
What is IT4IT and who is it relevant for? AXELOS’ ITSM Portfolio Development Manager, Roman Zhuravlev and Anton Lykov, Solution Architect for Micro Focus, discussed the IT4IT architecture model in a recent AXELOS webinar and this blog post offers a brief summary of their dis...
Agile|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes|Service Management|Value
Published 22 Aug 2018
When project management relationships break down, most of the time the underlying reason lies in misaligned organizational strategic priorities, which result in misaligned project objectives. This prevents the delivery of value to the organization, stakeholders and ultimately...
Problem management|Project management|Project planning
Published 06 Dec 2018
Emma Arnaz-Pemberton, director of consulting services at Wellingtone Project Management put herself and her team through the new PRINCE2 Agile ® Foundation course with the support of Logical Model. What’s your principal role? I run a team of consultants and focus...
Agile|Certification|Governance|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
Published 25 Apr 2019
Organizations are dealing with change at a massively accelerated pace. Few can escape this disruptive influence but many need to re-think how to operate in this new dynamic – something Agile leaders are ideally equipped to manage. Traditionally, change has been initiated fro...
Published 25 Jun 2019
With tech-centric changes driving disruption all around us, AgileSHIFT has a simple indicator to help you assess the impact on your organization. The Delta is the difference between the 'target state' and the current performance level. The larger the delta, the more exposed...
Agile|AgileSHIFT|Business solutions|Change management|Digital transformation|Threats|Vulnerability
Published 15 Aug 2019
Executive Summary We all are aware of the three fundamental principles of People, Process and Technology. Every organization focuses on these three elements. The people factor in all the above has been limited to reskilling in new technologies and training on methodologies a...
Behaviour|Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|Knowledge management|Resource management|Service management|Skills
Published 01 Oct 2019
Humans have been communicating with each other since the dawn of time. Communication has evolved over thousands of years to not only include speech but writing, still and moving images and much more. Today we have more channels available to us than ever before to instantly ...
Behaviour|Communication|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project Progress
Published 14 Nov 2019
Why do IT professionals certify in ITIL ® and PRINCE2 ® ? In the space of eight months, Service Process Controller (within Change Management tower) at Fujitsu, Balaji, achieved three certifications: PRINCE2, ITIL 4 Foundation and PRINCE2 Agile ® . We asked him why: While ...
Agile|Career progression|Certification|ITIL 4|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile
Published 20 Mar 2020
One group who are clearly enjoying the coronavirus pandemic are cyber criminals. It’s proved yet another valuable opportunity for them to play on our fears, doubts and vulnerabilities through simple phishing scams . Yet, like regularly washing our hands to avoid getting sick...
Cyber resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|Data protection|Threats|Vulnerability
Published 22 Jun 2020
Amey Manjrekar was, until recently, in information technology at India’s Great Eastern Shipping Company – which provides tanker vessels for the energy industry. When writing this blog post, he had recently certified in PRINCE2 Agile® and described how the changing demands f...
Published 03 Jul 2020
As organizations and their leaders start to prepare for what the “new normal” will be, they would benefit from a structured, best practice approach to this journey. Using a tried and tested method, such as PRINCE2 ® , helps address a number of critical challenges of change. ...
Best practice|Leadership|PRINCE2|Project management
Published 18 Sep 2020
For organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging on an unprecedented scale. Business leaders have suddenly had to focus on keeping their companies above water, as well as sustaining future growth potential. Given this unpredictable environment many organizations ...
Best practice|PRINCE2|Project management
Published 12 Oct 2020
The lack of “strategic mindset” capability is – I believe – a clear and present problem in industry. Where, previously, there were generalists with broader skills, today we have more specialists – or subject matter experts. This is not inherently bad, but it has forced some ...
Best practice|MSP|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project management|Strategy execution
Published 23 Jun 2015
While Scrum has become the standard for agile software product development, many Scrum users are demanding a kind of umbrella for managing more complex projects where more than one team is involved. Similarly, many “well-established” Project Managers would like to know the ...
Agile|Frameworks|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project Management|Training
Published 24 Jun 2015
PRINCE2 Practitioner training and how it has evolved It’s been a while since I first discovered PRINCE2 Agile™ I was part of a delivery team that I had just joined in a technical/development role and we were implementing a new DBMS (database management system) and data ware...
Agile|Best Practice|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Qualifications|Training
Published 22 Oct 2015
If you think companies are out of the “cyber woods” in terms of risk, then you should think again. The latest research from insurance organization, Aon Risk Solutions , finds 90% of senior executives saying cyber risk is “not fully understood”, while 80% say companies are ...
Cyber-attack|Processes|Risk management|Senior team|Vulnerability
Published 04 Nov 2015
Though a performance analytics and testing company, SOASTA use ITIL ® best practice to consider key processes for any application lifecycles and have applied them to their development methodology. In this blog, Dan discusses a little of what they have learned so far. ...
Best Practice|Change management|End-user experience|Methodologies|Processes
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 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 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 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 20 Apr 2016
One hundred percent of US Fortune 100 companies use the ITIL framework to manage, govern and keep their IT environment safe, so why isn’t ITIL training a priority at all of these organizations? In the past, product lifecycles were longer. You would develop a product, pu...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Knowledge management|RESILIA|Skills|Training
Published 27 Apr 2016
Nicola Reeves, Service Management Consultant at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, describes the value ITIL ® Practitioner brings to organizations, especially when it comes to change management. Having completed my ITIL training to the highest level, I was keen to understand...
Change management|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Roles
Published 03 May 2016
The success of cyber security awareness learning in organizations today is, typically judged by the ‘ticking of a box’ to say it’s been done. But have organizations – and their managers responsible for information security awareness learning – really stopped to ask whether t...
Published 24 Aug 2016
The risk of being held to ransom is no longer just a phenomenon of the physical world - the digital world is subject to the menace of Ransomware . Ransomware is where an attacker renders your computer system and your data unavailable to you through encrypting your data and ...
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 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 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 14 Dec 2016
Why is IT Service Management (ITSM) important to organizations? Executives, of course, want to measure systems, data and people and how the IT infrastructure and the provided services are helping end-users to accomplish their business goal more efficiently. In the past, onl...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|ITIL|Problem management|Processes|Requirements
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 14 Mar 2017
Periodically we can all start to feel under-valued for what we do. Whether it be getting the credit and recognition we want for our work or just a few more pounds and pennies a month in our pay packages, it is a perfectly normal and reasonable thing to want. That said, aski...
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 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 06 Sep 2017
To take Bill Clinton strategist James Carville’s famous quotation and apply it to the world of project management: “It’s the benefits and value, stupid!” But as Dr. Harold Kerzner of IIL revealed in a recent AXELOS webinar , 70% of companies fail to achieve the bene...
Methodologies|Project management|Requirements|Roles|Strategic objectives|Value
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 09 Feb 2018
What is GDPR, why should you care and how can AXELOS’ RESILIA™ best practice help you manage it? ITSM consultant and trainer, Stuart Rance has addressed these critical questions in AXELOS’ “ GDPR: Beyond Compliance ” White Paper. Handing over personal data to an organiza...
Cyber resilience|RESILIA|Risk management|Sensitive data|Training
Published 21 Feb 2018
We are going through a light-speed technology revolution: from IT modernization to digital transformations, the internet of things (IoT) , cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI), not to mention “quantum computing”. My advice? Hold on tight, continue to learn and g...
Best practice|Digital transformation|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Service management|Skills
Published 23 May 2018
There is an important question for project and programme professionals in 2018: now that you’ve passed your test, how are you learning to drive? By this I mean that, presently, colleagues who have passed their best practice foundation and practitioner examinations are not ...
Best practice|Certification|Learning|MSP|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Training|Value
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 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 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 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 05 Nov 2018
As part of our Built on ITIL ® blog post series, one of our most prolific guest bloggers, Adam McCullough, shares his ITIL journey: was it coincidental for someone who was working at NASA to find ITIL helped his career “sky rocket”? Working in ITSM supporting NASA’s Kenn...
Career progression|Certification|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT services|ITIL|Skills
Published 03 Jan 2019
What’s the difference between being certified and not certified in IT service management (ITSM) best practice? At a base level in ITSM you might be someone providing “boots on the ground”, doing the actual troubleshooting on the service desk and implementing changes. Howev...
Certification|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service desk|Service management|Training|Value
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 13 Sep 2019
Fifty per cent of people I see undertaking PRINCE2 ® training today are not working in a traditional project management role and the organizations they work for usually don’t have a Project Management Office (PMO) . There is a growing trend for smaller companies to send ...
Certification|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Roles|Training|Value
Published 08 Nov 2019
Delivering services that equally meet consumer demand while remaining stable and reliable has become even more critical with the speed of IT change today . Every service organization needs to create, deliver and support services and understand the skills and competencies th...
Frameworks|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4|Service catalogue|Service desk|Service management|Value
Published 22 Nov 2019
The new ITIL ® 4 Direct, Plan and Improve (DPI) module , leading to the ITIL Strategist qualification, provides essential knowledge and capabilities that a service management professional should acquire beyond Foundation level. The module – which is applicable to both ITI...
Capabilities|Certification|ITIL 4|Service management|Skills|Strategy execution|Value
Published 28 Jan 2020
Strategy is more relevant than ever as a competence in service management. It’s a leadership skill and everyone working in operations, project management or in senior management needs to have some level of leadership skill; leading ourselves, leading teams and working cros...
Change management|Collaboration|Communication|ITIL 4|Service management|Strategy execution|Value
Published 12 Feb 2020
Management of Portfolios (MoP ® ) introduced the concept of ‘ clear line of sight’ , a technique that seeks to ensure a transparent chain is continually demonstrated from strategic intent through to benefits realization. That is, a clear understanding of the positive cont...
Benefits realization|MoP|Portfolio management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Strategic objectives|Vision
Published 15 Apr 2020
Since Google first began sharing details of its approach to massive-scale web operations - Site Reliability Engineering, or SRE - many organizations have adopted aspects of the SRE approach to help deal with the emerging complexity of modern software systems. However, there...
Benefits realization|Cloud services|Customer needs|End-User Experience|Information systems|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service management
Published 22 May 2020
Technology has helped companies make the transition to remote working that was necessary over the past months. Organizations have had to react fast to come up with temporary solutions. Many employees are now able to work from home , services have been moved to the digital s...
Best practice|Cloud computing|Digital transformation|Frameworks|Leadership|Service management|Strategy execution
Published 19 Jun 2020
What is the imperative for organizations moving to a high-velocity IT environment? Scarce resources, growing demands, continually shifting goals, the need for speed and end-to-end, sustainable behaviours that deliver agreed business value in times of agile transformation. Is...
IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4|Service management
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 09 Oct 2020
While setting up a book club, I decided to adopt some PRINCE2 principles , themes and processes to help structure the running of the book club. As a result, my research on book clubs was more thorough and my plans better detailed, making starting and running the book club mu...
Adopt and adapt|Best practice|PRINCE2|Project management
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 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 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 07 Jul 2015
What are the ITIL training questions that a tutor hears from trainees time and again? As a useful resource for all practitioners, I felt it was worth bringing the “usual suspects” of topics together in one place: What is an accreditor, an ATO and EI? AXELOS is the accredi...
Career Planning|Certification|Examinations|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Learning|Qualifications|Service Management
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 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 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 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 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