Whenever the topic of blog writing comes up, the question I get asked the most is, “Why do you do this in the first place?” In order to explain why, we need to go back to the end of the last century—the year 1999. I had just finished my post-secondary education as a civil engineering technologist. As the final term came to a close, I had a gleam in my eye and I was looking ...
A colleague of mine was saying that, in a recent leadership meeting, her team came to the conclusion that they needed to improve service delivery, and to do this they may need to implement or rework a particular process. Their homework assignment for the next meeting was to outline what they thought was a good way to not only ensure that they were implementing something that would add value from a process perspective, but would ...
How can you improve the customer experience though knowledge management, you might ask? From an incident perspective we should start with the Service Desk to determine exactly what types of calls are coming in, a “top ten” of sorts. These may be common questions that, if they are handled through some form of self-service functionality, can reduce the calls into the Service Desk right at the beginning. It is likely that your Service Desk has ...
The other day as I was waiting on the train platform, I bumped into an IT operations manager whom I hadn’t seen for a while. Since I normally saw him in the evening ride home I had assumed he was on holiday. “Quite the opposite, I’m afraid,” he sighed. “We have had our major software vendors reviewing our compliance, so I have been working late and explaining our problems to leadership.” “Didn’t go that well?” ...
“If you can’t do something right, then it’s not worth doing,” was something a stern professor told me early in my college career. With this sage advice in front of mind, I rapidly dropped his class, knowing that this method of learning might not work out for me in the long run. The trouble is that this mode of thought makes its way into everyday routine, not to mention how it infiltrates how we operate ...
The value realization that problem management brings to the table in the reduction or elimination of incidents is something that, unfortunately, is left as an afterthought in many cases. As I mentioned in previous articles, incident management is driven by the “hero” mentality, where change management is seen as a function of audit and compliance. For right or for wrong these are the realities, and teams may see more of a requirement to perform the ...
Since we have an expectation that “things just work,” the visibility to incident management can take center stage and as a result is often described as a “high-value process.” The challenge is that we view value in this manner. When we take a more objective look at this definition, we see that we want to avoid incidents at all cost rather than celebrate that we are great at resolving them in the first place. In ...
During a recent service management simulation activity, I was reminded of the value of perspective on roles that we do not participate in on a daily basis. It was the next morning then that a manager had complained about some roadblocks she was experiencing. When I asked her what they were, she said it was someone else’s concern. I always like to operate under the guise that if you are not part of the solution, ...
Like many people, when I started out in IT support I started out on a service desk. While I was excited about my new role, I understood that the service desk was like the “entry-level job” in IT and that in time, I too could graduate to a more advanced support role. While the work was always different, there came a point where I began to get too comfortable in the service desk and started ...
Fact: Your IT operations are monitoring your infrastructure in some capacity. Whether it is network traffic, database activity, application health, or a combination of these, your goal is to ensure stability. How well is this working out? Depending on your IT organizational structure, each “silo” may answer that everything is working rather well, so you might want to reframe the question to determine what value your monitoring is adding. If you were to look at ...