Give up on ITIL V3 training and certification - it is not going to change
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Yet another unhappy camper prompted me to hammer on the cold stone walls of Castle ITIL once again, right over the blood-stains of last time I tried. But I won't. I give up. ITIL training and certification isn't going to change. It has been taken over by the money engine and is lost. The real experts are elsewhere.
We've banged away here long enough. We've pounded on the walls of Castle ITIL. The training vendors own the design and management of ITIL certification and they show zero sign of even acknowledging the dissent publicly let alone changing course.
It's all about the money now. ITIL is too big and too successful for it to be anything else. I don't see this changing (though I guess I will keep on trying). The vendors will feed off the creature until it is dead, then move on (watch out COBIT).
We users need to come to terms with this and go our own ways.
If you want to work within the ITIL establishment, then you have to play by their rules now.
If you choose to use ITIL without feeding the parasites, you can with a little difficulty (I am V2 Foundation certified and I still get consulting work, at least for now until Castle ITIL figure out a way to force people like me out. Ironically they will probably do this with the very professional accreditation I think this industry needs).
If you want to seek and promote and work with alternatives to ITIL then you can.
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I'm not embarrassed to say that I've taken the exam twice now and failed both times. I'm almost proud of the fact as it proves my point.
I'd say you are following the right course by being proud to have failed the ITIL Expert exam. You should be judged by your results delivered and your experience, not by a debased certification. Let newbies pay the money to get in to the industry, and the vendors use ITIL Expert to try to show they have in-house expertise. The real experts are elsewhere.