Thoughts on SMcongress and the future of ITSM

The Service Management Inaugural Congress (SMCongress) is the output of the "RevNet" event at the 2013 Fusion ITSM conference in the USA. As a few of you know, twenty-something ITSM thinkers got together in a room to see what would happen. This happened. It has been followed by some unlovely debate and a number of articles.

I had hoped SMcongress would pass me by, but it seems not. A number of you really want to know what I think about SMcongress, (especially those who would like me to say the things you can't), so here you go.

In summary, SMcongress is full of emotion and short on ideas, it lacks clarity or focus, it is addressing the wrong problem in the wrong way, and like all these collaborative "community" movements in business it is unlikely to come to anything. If it can be built upon to create focus, to get back to useful outcomes, and to address the real issues, then its passion, inclusiveness, and energy might be harnessed to some good. I offer here three concrete solutions to the issues of IT and ITSM that I think SMcongress should be focusing on.

Who cares who owns ITIL and PRINCE2

It is amazing how few of the practitioner community (at least way out here in NZ) even know that ITIL and PRINCE2 have been sold. And even fewer care.

Any time you have a group pf IT people, ask for a show of hands who knows the ownership of ITIL has changed. Ask who has heard of Axelos. Even within an itSMF group you might be surprised at the result.

#SMFlashbook My top tip for building a service catalogue

This post is part of a worldwide flashbook or flashblog, where many contributors simultaneously publish on the topic of "My top tip for building a service catalogue".

Here is my contribution to it:

Know the difference between service catalogue and request catalogue
(Join me for a twitterchat and webinar on service catalogues)

What is the difference between ITIL and PMP?

What is the different between ITIL and PMP, and what is the best for who is working as network administrator?


Meet In The Middle: Slow IT and Fast IT

© Copyright Canstock Photo IncI've talked before about the need for Slow IT. Here then is a strategy for IT to address the issue, to make a value proposition for the parent organisation about how Slow IT will deliver benefit, will allow IT to be more response, will enable Fast IT.

AXELOS are on a roll with ITIL and PRINCE2

The latest (October 9th 2013) newsletter from AXELOS shows they are saying and doing all the right things.

Empowering the hopeless

Sometimes "empowering" people means setting them up to fail.

Pundits painting the perfect picture

I think all good ITSM practitioners know exactly what idealised service support looks like. It's all well and good painting these idealised dream pictures. The value comes in describing how to get there.

Buzzword bingo

CA wins with this entry on Twitter: it is hard to imagine cramming many more buzzwords into 140 chars and still have it parse.

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