ITIL

The IT Infrastructure Library www.itil.co.uk

DevOps following in ITIL's footsteps

Listening to the DevOps world (I am immersing, or at least paddling) it sounds so exactly like the ITIL experience that I am literally laughing out loud:

ITIL v3 - what standard is this based on?

Somebody asked me this question recently: ITIL v3 - what standard is this based on? I thought I'd share (and extend) my reply here.

There is no standard for ITIL, at any version. ITIL is not based on any standard. No organisation can be certified as compliant with ITIL.

no such thing as ITIL consultants

Nailed it.The Practitioner’s Dilemma: How to Adapt ITIL http://itsmtransition.com/2014/07/how-to-adapt-itil/

"The magic happens when practitioners become expert at adapting best practices to solve their organization’s challenges."

Well yes. That's been true of consulting forever. ITIL only ran off the rails when supposed experts lost sight of that 

ITIL is the dominant language of ITSM

ITIL is the dominant language of ITSM. It may not stay that way but that's how it is for now.

A client asked me the other day what language she should use to frame discussions as she settles into her role running IT operations in a new organisation. I said it has to be ITIL.

These are the people who give ITIL a bad name

I'm fed up to here with folk shooting the message. ITIL works. It's good (not necessarily great but it is good. It will do, it's fit for purpose.) Most of the backlash against ITIL is because of the idiots running around with some strange ideas about ITIL.

Fix change not ITIL

Fix the way we change ITSM behaviours, not the models of that behaviour. ITIL is near enough.

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.

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.

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.

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