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 08 Oct 2018
One of the major challenges for IT is that it still operates in a silo . An organization might understand its strategy, but the IT goals are often not aligned with the strategy; equally, there may not be a holistic view across the business and IT. This needs a mindset s...
Business Relationship Management|DevOps|Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service management
Published 15 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 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 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 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 22 Oct 2019
Last month, I had the opportunity to host a roundtable discussion on how to drive cultural change in support of digital transformation at the New South Wales (NSW) Digital Transformation Summit in Sydney. This post highlights some of the insights and discussions from the se...
AgileSHIFT|Behaviour|Business solutions|Digital transformation|Infrastructure|Senior management commitment|Vision
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 31 May 2018
I n a recent webinar hosted by New Horizons, AXELOS’ ITSM Product Ambassador, Akshay Anand, shared his thoughts about one buzzword of the moment, digital transformation: What is digital transformation , how are companies going about accomplishing it and what does th...
Change management|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer Experience|Digital transformation|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Stakeholder management
Published 23 Feb 2018
Scott Harberd shares his experience of implementing PPM software during a period of transformation and change for one of the UK’s largest airlines. Following a period of rapid growth and promotion to the FTSE 100, the organization was outwardly successful but highly i...
Benefits realization|Change management|Communication|IT transformation|Maturity models|Project and Programme Management (PPM)
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 12 Nov 2018
1. In your service management experience, how much of a foundation does ITIL ® provide? ITIL is “documented common sense”, useful when undergoing any transformation as an organization . Having that ITIL tried-and-tested structure in place helps to lighten the load and m...
Agile|Best practice|Frameworks|ITIL|Processes|Service management
Published 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 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 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 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 15 Nov 2019
We recently published our 2019 ITSM Benchmarking report where 1,600 respondents worldwide had their say on the state of the ITSM industry and the challenges ITSM is facing. The key findings from our report include: Digital transformation Digital transformation has become ...
Cloud services|CPD|Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|Skills|Strategy execution|Training
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 15 Jan 2019
Working in ITIL ® adoption has given me a steady stream of employment in broader, more engaging roles and a significant increase in salary. The demand for ITIL skills are continuing to grow worldwide and – I believe – will increase significantly over the next five to 10...
Career progression|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Roles|Skills
Published 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 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 02 Feb 2018
My view is that companies in 2017 really started discovering that one IT service management (ITSM) solution doesn’t fit all and they need a broader perspective, with different tools for different challenges. This means not only getting more frameworks and models to sit tog...
DevOps|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Project management|Value
Published 04 Jan 2018
Three trends in 2018 will combine to challenge the most expert and experienced of the UK’s transformational change leaders . 1. Being clinical about the core We have heard plenty about “doing more with the same” or “doing the same with less”. Given global economic uncertai...
Behaviour|Big data|Capabilities|Change management|Leadership|Portfolio management
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 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 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 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 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 06 Mar 2019
Have you noticed how the world of IT is changing in recent years? Have you also noticed how your role, responsibilities and current work practices might be coming under increased pressure to change and work differently? Organizations used to buy and build IT infrastructure a...
Cloud services|Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes
Published 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 11 Dec 2017
I was recently in Tokyo to meet with CIOs of Japanese businesses prior to the annual itSMF Japan conference. I was interested in asking these CIOs about their business and IT challenges, the skills they believed would be important, and their thoughts about ITIL ® and th...
Agile|Cyber security|DevOps|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Service management
Published 10 Mar 2015
“It won’t work if organizations expect IT people to pick up an ITIL ® book or go on a training course and then implement successful service management solutions. “Organizations and people need to ‘adopt and adapt’ ITIL to the specific and unique requirements of their b...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Change management|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service Management
Published 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 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 17 Nov 2017
1. In your service management experience, how much of a foundation does ITIL ® provide? ITIL is “documented common sense”, useful when undergoing any transformation as an organization. Having that ITIL tried-and-tested structure in place helps to lighten the load and mi...
Adopt and Adapt|Best Practice|DevOps|Frameworks|ITIL|Processes
Published 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 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 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 13 Feb 2019
With the digital disruption of markets, regulation and a need to maintain competitive edge creating a vision of a future organization, along with having an effective vehicle to deliver that, is absolutely crucial today. Organizations may achieve good project management pr...
MSP|PRINCE2|Professional development|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
Published 27 Aug 2019
There is often rigorous debate about whether an initiative should be categorized as a portfolio, a programme or a project. However, adopting any methodology needs to be appropriate for the level of change required as each portfolio, programme and project methodology or produc...
Methodologies|MoP|MSP|Portfolio management|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project management office
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 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 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 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 02 Oct 2017
By 2019 businesses globally will lose $1.2 trillion* to cyber breaches. This stark fact alone should make any company ensure it is resilient to cyber attack. So where do you start? What does the leadership team need to know and do? What skills are required for organizations...
Best Practice|Collaboration|Cyber resilience|Cyber-attack|Leadership|RESILIA|Skills
Published 03 Jan 2017
Tallinn was mild and drizzly when I arrived as a first-time visitor to the annual itSMF Estonia conference , which is now in its eleventh year. Estonia has a thriving IT Service Management (ITSM) community, and the weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the 150 attendees, w...
Change management|Collaboration|Communication|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL
Published 09 Mar 2018
Project management and transformation practitioners Stephen Dowling and Stephen Callaghan have been sharing their 'Adapt or Die!' ideas with organizational change practitioners in Australia. AXELOS caught up with them to find out what this means for projects and project man...
Agile|Customer needs|Frameworks|Leadership|Project management|Roles
Published 11 Oct 2019
Today’s organizations need greater flexibility to create new products and services, which requires agility to build, test and deploy much faster. This need has led to movements such as DevOps and – in fact – ITIL ® 4 , the latest evolution of the ITIL best practice framewo...
Agile|Benefits realization|DevOps|Digital transformation|Frameworks|ITIL 4|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 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 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 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 20 Oct 2020
A 2019 international study by the Dutch KPMG office* among more than 120 companies across 17 countries, showed that Agile transformation is “already in a more advanced stage” in the Netherlands and Dutch companies are showing an increased appetite for using Agile delivery met...
Agile|Best practice|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
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 01 Jul 2020
The current pandemic has probably accelerated organizations’ plans for working from home by five years and digital transformation is now taking months rather than years. So, the world that IT organizations have been moving steadily towards – supported by the digitally-enable...
Best practice|Collaboration|Digital transformation|IT services|ITIL 4
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 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 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 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 26 Jan 2018
In today’s world of digital transformation and disruption, organizations are in a constant state of change. Those that respond well will flourish, but building this capability effectively requires much more than a generic understanding. Tech giants Google, Apple and Micro...
Capabilities|Change management|Project management office|Strategic objectives
Published 20 Feb 2019
Combining different IT and ITSM frameworks for business benefit How do organizations that begin with basic IT service management (ITSM) processes progress their approach to become more service-centric? I often observe companies – in spite of today’s focus on digital tr...
Agile|Benefits realization|DevOps|Frameworks|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL
Published 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 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 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 07 Nov 2018
I recently became one of the first candidates to complete AXELOS’ new AgileSHIFT ® training and certification. I was delighted to pass the exam in the process, and (full disclosure here!) although I am an employee of AXELOS, I was impressed by the course enough to want ...
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 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 30 Sep 2016
There are a lot of misconceptions around ITIL as a tool within IT Service Management (ITSM). Some people believe that if they implement a ‘tool’ or an aspect of the guidance, they’re implementing the whole thing. Others think that if they implement a tool it will fix every...
Best practice|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service Management|Training
Published 07 Nov 2019
AgileSHIFT ® addresses the concept of VUCA, referring to volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity as a driver for change. The concept is used to describe the chaotic, turbulent and rapidly changing business environment that has become the “new normal” for organiza...
Agile|AgileSHIFT|Behaviour|Business information management|Change management|Digital transformation|IT transformation|Leadership|Strategy execution|Vision
Published 15 Feb 2019
On Thursday 7 February, I attended the 2019 Learning Awards , run by Learning Performance Institute. AXELOS sponsored the People Development Programme of the Year Award (Private sector) which was presented to Honda Motor. The evening was a fantastic opportunity for all tho...
Career progression|CPD|Digital transformation|Learning|Professional development|Skills
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 21 Feb 2020
What is a programme? And how does the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP ® ) guidance and certification make programmes more manageable? A programme is a flexible structure in an organization used to coordinate, direct and oversee implementation of a set of projects to de...
Career progression|MSP|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
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 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 07 Nov 2017
What are the myths and realities about digital disruption? AXELOS attended the recent British Quality Foundation event, Digital Disruption – is it business as usual , and this is a summary of London Business School professor, Julian Birkinshaw’s analysis of current digi...
Published 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 15 Oct 2018
Organizations and professionals are facing an ever-changing world in which consumers are forcing faster responses to their demands. At the same time, there are internal tensions between the delivery team seeking to fulfil this demand versus the corporate teams they interact w...
Published 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 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 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 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 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 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 07 Aug 2019
Change, release and deployment in ITIL ® help to ensure that what a requester – such as a service owner – wants can be delivered from a technical and feasibility perspective. I’ve seen this work effectively in the French national railway company, SNCF; but before we get...
Change requests|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|ITIL 4|Service management
Published 29 May 2018
Why is it becoming so vital to equip your staff with the training and knowledge to be more cyber aware and ultimately cyber-resilient? At the end of 2017, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) , an offshoot of GCHQ, revealed that the ‘WannaCry’ hack – which knocked out...
Cyber Resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-Attack|Skills|Threats|Training
Published 09 Jul 2020
The blueprint is one of the core elements of programme management and the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP ® ) best practice guidance. In essence, it captures the capability an organization wants to have by the end of a programme, with all its features and characteristi...
Best practice|MSP|Programme management|Project management
Published 05 Mar 2019
After 14 years’ working in project management-related roles in complex environments, Andrea Vecchi – now Head of PMO at solar power company, Sonnedix – was introduced to programme management. Here he recounts his learning and certification journey, including 12 months of st...
Certification|MSP|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project management|Strategic objectives
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 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 08 Oct 2019
Taking an ITIL ® 4 Foundation course and sitting the Foundation exam is a great way to start your ITIL journey. Here are AXELOS’ top tips to help you get the most from the course and pass your exam: Read around the topic before you start. It will help you hit the ground r...
Best practice|Capabilities|Career planning|Certification|Examinations|ITIL 4|Qualifications
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 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 06 Mar 2018
How can the higher education sector protect itself from and respond to a cyber-attack in the era of increased digital connectivity? AXELOS’ latest RESILIA ® discussion paper, Protecting the reputation of UK Higher Education with your most valuable defence: your peop...
Cyber resilience|Cyber-attack|Digital transformation|GDPR|RESILIA|Threats
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 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 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 08 Mar 2017
The use of agile delivery to deliver large scale digital programmes is now is at previously unknown levels of maturity. In fact, it has got to the point where I can’t think of a serious web development team not using some kind of agile method. Equally, it’s difficult to imag...
Published 28 Jun 2017
The DevOps and Agile movements are putting increasing pressure on traditional approaches to IT Service Management (ITSM) as many organizations embrace new technology and become more and more cloud native . These concepts related to the movements are all about evaluating ...
Agile|Change management|DevOps|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
Published 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 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 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 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 08 Aug 2018
With Day 2 of Agile 2018 come and gone, as promised here are my top thoughts from the day. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’d highly recommend my recap of the first day . Today has had a common theme running throughout (bar one exception) of how to scale agi...
Agile|Capabilities|Communication|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Skills
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 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 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 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 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 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 24 Aug 2017
Phishing , Trojan Horses, Malware, Whaling , Denial of Service – these are all terms that have become common currency in the world of cyber security. With increasing public exposure of global organizations’ cyber security vulnerabilities , the language of cyber threats a...
Behaviour|Cyber resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|RESILIA|Threats|Vulnerability
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 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 05 Aug 2016
Why is robust governance and deploying a best practice framework so important when organizations want to introduce change? If you want changes from a business transformation programme which stick - i.e. things delivered that are embraced and used by the business operationa...
Best Practice|Change management|Frameworks|Governance|MSP|Programme management
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 05 Sep 2016
Configuration management is an area often underestimated by businesses. Creating a configuration management database (CMDB) isn’t necessarily that difficult but actually using it correctly within an organization is. This is because configuration management also involves orga...
Asset management|Best practice|Change management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
Published 20 Jun 2019
As usual, reading an article by Paul Wilkinson , is always a refreshing experience with food for thought. That wasn’t any different when I started reading his AXELOS blog on " the evolution in ITSM part 1 ". However, when reading the following paragraph, I experienced a ‘fu...
Agile|Certification|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4|Service management|Training
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 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 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 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 16 Sep 2020
Until recently, I had never heard the PRINCE2 ® method mentioned in the context of marketing; now I have, I realize that many of my previous challenges were a project management issue. In the past few years, marketing has seen a transition from offline to online/digital ...
Best practice|Certification|PRINCE2|Project management
Published 06 Feb 2019
The latest AXELOS PPM benchmarking survey is now live and we are asking our PPM community to share their views and insights on project and programme management, looking at the market now and in the future. AXELOS PPM Ambassador, Allan Thomson, shares his thoughts...
Career progression|Certification|MSP|PRINCE2|Professional development|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
Published 05 Jun 2019
We all tell stories. Stories are all around us. They are how we build business, cultures, societies, and relationships. That’s what stories are for. They instruct us, inspire us, and warn us. That’s why storytellin g can be an integral part of an effective enterprise-wide t...
Cyber resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|Data protection|Privacy|RESILIA|Sensitive data
Published 12 Mar 2019
I ’m often asked how to apply agile principles in project management to ensure customers get the end product they need. Knowing what a final product will do – and how it will do it – is essential; defining that clearly is the purpose of a requirement in the PRINCE2 Agile...
Agile|Governance|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Requirements|Skills
Published 09 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 06 Mar 2020
Happy International Women’s Day ! This year, we are celebrating some of the exceptional women we work with at AXELOS. These women are experts in their fields and respected leaders in their thought-communities. We ask a lot, but they always come out on top and deliver amazi...
Best practice|Certification|Collaboration|Communication|Empowerment|Frameworks|Identity|IT service management (ITSM)|Methodologies|Project and programme management (PPM)|Vision
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 26 Nov 2019
I recently attended the national conference of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) in Melbourne. The two-day event featured talks from a wide range of industries and roles, all sharing their experiences on how to further project management. I’d like to sh...
Agile|Capabilities|Knowledge management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project planning|Project Progress|Skills
Published 18 Mar 2016
In my previous post in this series, I posed a question: “Can perfect monitoring still end in failure?” I hope that you have come to the same two conclusions that I’ve come to: nothing made by humans is perfect, and even if monitoring were perfect, we can most certainly fail...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Cloud services|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|ITIL|Service 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 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 08 Sep 2020
In what way will project management – and project managers – be important to help organizations emerge in the "new normal"? This is, I believe, the chance for the discipline and its practitioners to shine. There will be myriad changes to working environments which will neve...
Certification|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project management
Published 10 Oct 2018
Agile is fast becoming the ‘must-have’ methodology requested by many operations directors… something that may be more the result of an impulse purchase in an airport waiting lounge bookshop than coming from a deep understanding of the topic. That said, I must admit that le...
Agile|Frameworks|Governance|PRINCE2|Project planning|Stakeholder management
Published 30 Jun 2017
Taking the MSP ® (Managing Successful Programmes) Practitioner exam puts you on a pathway to a proven best practice method for managing transformational change in organizations. Programmes are the delivery mechanism for this level of change, defining an organization’s f...
Published 01 Feb 2017
An organization working on a major programme often needs a programme office. Major programmes are concerned with implementing complex transformational change, and this can bring with it a range of challenges. The size and impact of the change, an organization’s experience in...
Business solutions|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Value
Published 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