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 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 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 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 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 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 29 Apr 2016
Incident Managers are crucial to IT service operations in any organization. When something goes wrong, they provide immediate support, commanding and controlling major incidents. A successful Incident Manager needs to be proactive and a real people person. But what other sk...
Published 19 Sep 2016
Many people associate ITIL’s core books with managing incidents and problems. This focus on break/fix scenarios is probably historical, but the misconception is still very much alive. Having been an ITIL trainer for more than 15 years and practising even longer, the o...
Incident management|Infrastructure|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes
Published 07 Oct 2016
Why is the ITIL Practitioner Guiding Principle, Be Transparent, so important to get right? In the scenario dramatized by the animation below, a lack of updates about incident resolution creates complaints and an image of a service desk “black hole”. How does this happe...
Behaviour|Communication|Customer experience|ITIL|Service desk|Value
Published 16 May 2019
The Service Value Chain, and Service Value Streams This is Part 4 . You can read part 1 here . 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 (...
ITIL|ITIL 4|Service management