The little spot of bother at the itSMF USA
The little spot of bother at the itSMF USA is in the public domain now. The good news is that the Board acknowledge there might be an issue here and it bears looking into. The bad news is they chose ITIL's big party day to do so.
Julie Linden notified the itSMF USA of her evidence on the 15th. It takes a large group of volunteers several weeks to sort out a response to allegations this ugly so I cannot imagine how they could have responded much sooner.
Dr. Linden appears determined to discuss these matters in a public forum (and I am not saying that is the wrong approach) so the USA Board could not have held off going public either.
I respect Dr. Linden's determination and courage in taking this issue on. Some powerful people will not be happy, but she evidently believes her information is true and is prepared to stand up and say so.
The allegations made by Dr. Linden are serious enough (they involve what Americans call a “felony”) that I am not willing to make them public at this time, nor do I wish to speculate on their veracity, for legal reasons. I leave it to the itSMF USA to inform us of that.
Rumour has reached the IT Skeptic that the initial reaction of one or more Board members was to shoot the messenger. We all hope that the Board is going to conduct this process in an open minded and transparent manner. As one of the bodies that holds itself up as a global champion of governance and best practice, it behoves itSMF to demonstrate strong capability internally. Justice must be done and be seen to be done.
I will bring you more on this - one way or the other - once I feel confident several large organisations' lawyers won't nail my ass to the wall. Fortunately my country does not write its laws solely to feed the legal industry like the USA does, so they have a little less scope for vexatious attack here. But corporate lawyers are scumsucking lackies who will leap to their paymaster's bidding regardless of the ethics or legal principle involved, and at least one of the organisations involved has a history of flexing that muscle to silence critics, so I will watch my back believe you me. Other bloggers - especially US-based ones - take note.