What's so creepy

I wish I had a deep psychological understanding of people's fear of internet openness. It is so often seen as creepy and privacy-violating. I see this reaction as paranoia and superstition. I don't get it. We're gonna have to come to terms with it. Normally I'm the Luddite but I'm not part of the openness backlash.

An ITIL process is not a unit of work

I want to call out a key issue I see over and over again in organisations' planning of their ITSM improvement (known as Continual Service Improvement or CSI - nothing to do with police forensics). An ITIL process is not a unit of work.

ITSM analogies

Many of the misconceptions about ITSM spring from the god-awful analogies we use. Restaurants, utilities, consumer electronics... none of them bear any resemblance to the realities of Real IT.

Merry Christmas from the IT Skeptic

PohutakawaTo all our readers whatever your religious persuasion, whether it be Christian, Muslim or Itsm, we wish you the complements of the season and best wishes for the year to come.

A review of Governance of IT

Here is an important book: Governance of IT, by Alison Holt. Everyone in any role of authority in IT should read it, and anyone else would benefit from a better understanding of governance as well - it is a horrendously misunderstood and misused term.

Better still, everyone in executive management or governance of any organisation should read it. Well I can dream.

What is a service desk?

I see endless statements about the "death of the service desk". FFS MAKE IT STOP. The people who make these statements exhibit a pathetic understanding of service management.

People work for money

Seen on Twitter: "The greatest reward for a person's labor is not what they obtain from it but rather what they become by it."
Bollocks.

Axelos and itSMF sign an ITIL agreement to nothing much

Axelos and itSMF have signed a Memorandum of Understanding over ITIL. It took a while and it doesn't seem to say much (though who would know for sure as we don't actually get to see it). I guess this is a reflection of the strategic importance of itSMF to the business of ITIL, i.e. not much.

Axelos release roadmaps for ITIL and PPM PRINCE2

Axelos today released their roadmaps for the development of their ITIL and PPM products.

Runaway emotion

Business is not about emotion. That is not to say it has no place for it. Business is about humans interacting to a common and productive purpose, so clearly emotion has a place. But it shouldn't rule us. We make a space for intuition, instinct and passion, but we structure and guide business with rational thinking.

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