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Reasoning for Problem Management

When it comes to Problem Management two things should come to mind: Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and finding a permanent resolution. How often have you thought about what it takes to conduct these aspects of Problem Management? An important underlying aspect of conducting a Root Cause Analysis and finding the permanent resolution are the reasoning approaches used.

Three types of basic reasoning approaches are:
Inductive: Reasoning from specific examples to general rulesDeductive: Reasoning from general rules to specific examplesAbductive: Reasoning to the most likely answerEach has its own uses and can be applied to problem solving and Problem Management at different times and for different reasons. However, when performing the Problem Management process we should be open to using all three reasoning approaches. They all complement each other with Inductive and Deductive reasoning forming two ends of a spectrum while Abductive thought looks for the balance between the other two approache…

Incident vs Problem

In a recent conversation I was asked about the difference between an Incident and a Problem.

This is one of the most often confused points in all of IT Service Management and ITIL. Part of the confusion comes from the fact that both words are used (at least in the English language) to express similar ideas. Each reference some kind of issue occurring that potentially could lead to human action. However, in ITIL words are more clearly defined and have particular contexts for usage.

Incident: Any unplanned event that causes, or may cause, a disruption or interruption to service delivery or quality

Problem: The cause of one or more incidents, events, alerts or situations
While Incidents have to do with disruption of delivery or quality, problems have to do with causes. From these distinct definitions we can see that not every incident would result in a problem, and not every problem even needs to be related to an incident. Keep in mind that “Incidents never grow up to be Problems.” The d…

The Service Design Package (SDP)

I was recently asked by one of my followers if I might have an example of a Service Design Package (SDP). 

When seeking to implement ITSM and ITIL, we often seek to find examples and models we can use to give us more guidance. This is no less true of the SDP.  Unfortunately when we try to seek out specific examples of a SDP it can often be difficult, if not near impossible. So why is it hard to find actual examples of a SDP? It goes to the very nature of the guidance of what we call best practices. ITIL is not prescriptive as to what should go into a SDP or what one might look like. It provides best practice guidance on the types of items contained, but not the exact look and feel of the content. Therefore each SDP will be unique to the organization that creates it. The organization, type of content, what the content says, and how it is managed are all decisions made by each organization to meet the needs of their customers and users. Just like a Service Catalog or a set of Service Le…

Quick Wins

Not too long ago we discussed John Kotter’s Eight Steps towards Leading Organizational Change.The sixth step outlined the necessity of establishing Quick Wins.As IT Service Management professionals we need to show upper management service improvements within a short time frame.We also need to get our IT staff on board with the ITIL program and what better way than showing benefits quickly.I have outlined 10 quick wins, some are for those who are just starting their service improvement journey, and some are for those at a higher maturity level.
To help illustrate this, we are going to try something new.  The ITSM Professor would like to solicit your opinions and success stories on Quick Wins and IT Service Management improvements.We may publish your stories in upcoming blogs on topics such as Recording every Incident and Service Request Defining  models for your frequently occurring IncidentsStarting to create a Standard Change libraryProducing trending reports of Incidents and Service …

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