ITIL Tattle

ITIL Tattle

Blog posts on ITIL and ITSM news and best practice from the ISG ITIL Team

Category: ITIL

Two weeks ago Robert asked us to consider if our Knowledge Management practice is best practice and to consider how we can  move our current Knowledge Management practice closer to best practice. As a reminder, in ITIL4 Knowledge management aims to ensure that stakeholders get the right information, in the proper format, at the right level, and […]

Every organisation will have something that appears to be straightforward but somehow they make a mess of it! And what is more frustrating is that it is easy to articulate the problem yet the solution is far more complex. Often these seemingly straightforward issues have the characteristic of being an event that may be anticipated […]

One of my firmest beliefs is that when we try new things, particularly when introducing new procedures, we should keep things as simple as possible. The ITIL 4 guiding principles back me up on this; “Keep it simple and practical”. But why? To help answer that question, let’s contrast simplicity and complexity. In general, simplicity […]

Hello ITIL Tattlers! This week finds us bringing you ITIL Tattle in unprecedented times and it’s now more than ever that process and routine can help people adapt to the strange world we find ourselves in. Most of us are trying to adapt to ways of working from home, whether that be working out a […]

“Where are you?” might be a common question, but how does that apply to processes?  The answer is “not at all”! Let’s consider a basic process.  Something will trigger the process, then there will be inputs, some sort of activity or task to perform, then outputs.  Good processes will have feedback loops, governance, etc. However, […]

In 1996, a PhD supervisor was in New Zealand on sabbatical and so guidance seemed impossible. Yet my email request for feedback, sent from Edinburgh, received a reply within under 5 minutes. This post is not a rant about email. Instead it probes the default assumption that service desks need to support email as a […]

      This week I’m getting the ITIL deLorean out and taking us back to 2015, when Gavin McLachlan our CIO first set out his plans for Service Management in Information Services (ISG) at the University of Edinburgh. It was Gavin who first introduced the idea of Service Management roles, focussing on 3 specific […]

What is a Forward Schedule of Change? In short, it’s a document that lists Changes and their planned implementation dates. Interestingly, the term “Forward Schedule of Change” hasn’t been used officially in ITIL since v2. For ITIL v3 it was updated (in name only) to “Change Schedule”, and that terminology has remained in ITIL 4. […]

There’s a key distinction that’s often missed, between a failed Change and a failed Release (hereafter, referred to as an Adverse Release). It’s the difference between making a mistake about whether a Change will deliver value, and making a mistake in the execution of that Change. Although the value proposition is important – fundamental, you […]

Since 2007, the University of Edinburgh has trained many staff in Service Management best practice. 565 attendances on a Foundation in IT Service Management course (8 years of staff time) 178 attendances on a Practitioner or Intermediate course (3 years) 7 staff trained to Manager or Expert level (15 weeks) Training fees are in the […]

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