ITIL Tattle

ITIL Tattle

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

      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 […]

In keeping with Betteridge’s law of headlines, the answer is of course, “no”.  However that’s only down to the inclusion of “just”! Processes indeed offer comfort, security and (re)assurance to organisations.  Going back to ITIL v2, the IT Service Continuity process had the “cushion of assurance” within operational management. Embedding operational processes (and similar organisational […]

Spring Is Just Around The Corner… Whilst cycling in this morning there was still snow on the hills but also signs of spring just around the corner… In nature spring is a time of rapid change and this change is often cruel and time bound. The crocuses in the picture are in a race against […]

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. […]

The ITIL Team celebrates its first birthday on February 1st and this week we’re reflecting on our first year of existence and looking to what comes next for us. It’s been a busy old year, so grab a hot drink and settle down to read what we’ve been up to. The Team The one thing […]

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 […]

Everyone deals with problems but not everyone can measure how well they deal with problems. To measure you need a clear, shared Problem Management process. If using a dedicated Problem Management function is new to you then the first challenge is identifying all the problems and known errors. Some problems will be well known – […]

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 […]

With Christmas rapidly approaching, I’m sure many of you will be looking forward to enjoying a whodunit, whether in print, film or game. I’d already referenced Holmes when introducing Kepner-Tregoe problem analysis and by popular demand have been asked to tell a story. So settle down and grab a mug – are you’re sitting comfortably?  […]

Blog posts have a time and place. Each week we check who is doing the blog and wait with baited breath on what little ITIL gems will result. we try to be with Zeitgeist, if that word is still in fashion? You will be reading this on Friday but it is written on Thursday. A […]

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