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Adapting ITIL V3 Processes to ITIL4 – Practices for the REAL WORLD!

One of the leading questions following the release of ITIL 4 is “How do I Transition from ITIL V3 to ITIL 4? Or; How do you proceed to adapt existing processes to the new way of working? 
The answer is… ITIL4 for ITIL4. What? That’s right! ITIL4 has the best practice for “adapting” and might I include “accelerating” the ITSM processes that you have in play today. Below is an outline of principles, concepts and precepts from ITIL4 guidance that will help. Ongoing Continual Improvement has always been a best practice. Therefore: How do you proceed to adapt existing processes to the new way of working? Each is discussed here at a very high level. First and foremost, “START WHERE YOU ARE”! 
Continual Improvement - ITIL4 is the next logical progression of your improvement cycle. Business Requirements are dynamic and therefore we must be dynamic in order to provision for evolving business and customer needs. We must be responsive (AGILE) and ensure “Stability” (Anti Fragile Environment).…

ITIL4 Guiding Principles – Start Where You Are!

START WHERE YOU ARE! This guiding principle is just common sense. We are either not moving and dying or we are moving forward and living. The guiding principles from ITIL4 best practices are universally applicable to practically any initiative, any size of organization, or type of service provider. There are seven “Guiding Principles” that can be adopted and adapted to suit any service management improvement. The one Guiding Principle that we will focus on here is simple yet powerful! That is “Start Where You Are”.
Every organization that is in business has existing systems comprised of people, practices, and technology! Don’t forget to “Honor the Past”. There are a lot of people who have put a lot of effort (blood, sweat and tears) into helping to improve the capabilities within your organization. Don’t start from scratch and build something new without considering what you already have. It’s almost always better to improve what you currently have than to throw it all away and sta…

Co-Create and Accelerate! – ITIL 4

What is changing in your organization? The easier question might be what is not changing. We live in an accelerated world. To say that business and customer requirements are evolving is an understatement. It is a volatile time and the Co-Creation of services between service providers and customers as defined in ITIL 4 is the type of guidance could help. Studies have shown that there is a direct relationship between customer engagement in value co-creation and customer satisfaction. 
There is no room for an “Us and Them” environment. Engagement means that we vet the requirements with the customer to ensure needs but also that the customer will engage and play a role in the design, development and the delivery of the product or service. They won't necessarily get down in the weeds with the developers and techies, but they absolutely should have a strategic and a bit of a tactical role to play throughout. 
Beyond the consumer/customer and the service provider, there are many o…

How ITIL4 and SRE align with DevOps

Author: Jayne Groll, DevOps Institute - originally posted on Tech Beacon.

In the early days of DevOps, there was a lot of debate about the ongoing relevancy of ITIL and IT service management (ITSM) in a faster-paced agile and DevOps world. Thankfully, that debate is coming to an end.
ITSM processes are still essential, but, like all aspects of IT, they too must transform. Recent updates to ITIL (ITIL 4), as well as increased interest in site reliability engineering (SRE), are providing new insights into how to manage services in a digital world.
Here's a look at ITIL 4 and SRE and how each underpins the "Three Ways of DevOps," as defined in The Phoenix Project, by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford.‎
What is ITIL 4? ITIL 4 is the next evolution of the well-known service management framework from Axelos. It introduces a new Service Value System (SVS) that's supported by the guiding principles from the ITIL Practitioner Guidance publication. The framework eases …

Who Moved My Process?

There are some misconceptions about ITIL® 4 and its use of the term ‘practice’ vs. ‘process’ as a component of its recently introduced service value system.

One misconception is that processes aren’t important anymore. Another is that organizations think they must completely redesign their tools in order to accommodate this change. Neither is true.

Let’s begin by taking a look at how ITIL 4 defines these terms.
Process: a set of interrelated or interacting activities that transform inputs into outputs [to accomplish an objective]. Processes define the sequence of actions and their dependencies.
Practice: a set of organizational resources designed for performing work or accomplishing an objective. Practices include resources based on the four dimensions of service management which include: organizations and people, information and technology, partners and suppliers, and value streams and – wait for it – processes.
Both processes and practices focus on achieving an objective. Processes de…

Who needs to be informed and knowledgeable about DevOps Test Engineering?

Testing starts with the first line of code!It is NOT a downstream activity. DevOps testing has a critical role to play in a Continuous Delivery Pipeline. Without integrated testing DevOps simply will not work!With the advent of DevOps and the movement to breakdown silosbetween developers, QA, security, and operations, it becomes critically important that all members of an IT team - regardless of what tools they use, or role they play - understand the essentials of testing.

Every member of your development team should also integrate to ensure Compliance and Audit outcomes!It is a new world.In this new world, we can leverage from existing but must be open to walking through new doors of opportunity.
Understanding traditional test strategies is helpful but when and where, and most importantly how we proceed with our test strategy must shift.Knowing how to code is not enough, Quality Assurance in and of itself is not enough. We cannot afford to have our products and services fail and we cer…

Calling All ITIL Experts

What is an ITIL Expert? 
An evangelist? A champion? A coach?
D.All of the Above
Holding the ITIL Expert designation (or being an expert in ITIL) means that an individual has a broad and balanced understanding of ITIL concepts and is able to effectively apply and integrate that knowledge to the benefit of an organization.
So, what happens when ITIL evolves? ITIL 4 has been introduced and now it’s time for ITIL Experts to evolve their knowledge as well. But that doesn’t mean simply expanding their knowledge of ITIL.

ITIL 4 provides the guidance organizations need to address changing service management challenges and to utilize the potential of modern technology. This includes integrating Agile, Lean and DevOps concepts and understanding how these concepts influence new ways of thinking and working. So how do we bring these concepts together?
Agile Service Management describes how to adapt Agile and Scrum values and practices to ITSM process design and improvement activities ITSM for DevO…

DevSecOps - Identity and Access Management

Testing starts with the first line of code!It is NOT a downstream activity. DevOps testing has a critical role to play in a Continuous Delivery Pipeline. Without integrated testing DevOps simply will not work!With the advent of DevOps and the movement to breakdown silosbetween developers, QA, security, and operations, it becomes critically important that all members of an IT team - regardless of what tools they use, or role they play - understand the essentials of testing.
Every member of your development team should also integrate to ensure Compliance and Audit outcomes!It is a new world.In this new world we can leverage from existing but must be open to walking through new doors of opportunity.
Understanding traditional test strategies is helpful but when and where, and most importantly how we proceed with our test strategy must shift.Knowing how to code is not enough, Quality Assurance in and of itself is not enough. We cannot afford to have our products and services fail and we cer…

Continuous Delivery Architect (CDA) – “The Role”

Continuous Delivery Architects are engaged in the design, implementation, and management of DevOps deployment pipelines. This infers the inclusion of all tools and tech to support Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Continuous Testing and even Continuous Deployment. 
Subjective viewpoints and misunderstandings of what is involved and how to orchestrate a pipeline can lead an entire organization in the wrong direction. Every “Continuous Delivery Architect” should consider formal education and certification to ensure that they do not proceed in error.
I see in practice that the emphasis is on the tooling and although that is a key element, even more, critical is the process flow are the API’s and the inclusion of practices to ensure things like security, compliance, and resilience are built into the orchestrated an automated pipeline. Let us not forget the importance of CULTURE and the role that plays.
There are three primary ingredients for continuous delivery:
Automated c…

Site Reliability Engineer – Explosion

The Practice
Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) is a discipline that incorporates aspects of software engineering and applies that to operations with the goal of creating ultra-scalable and highly reliable software systems.

It is an Explosion! - ITSM Academy will be offering DevOps Institute's SRE Foundation in 2020.  More to that coming soon.

If you have taken any classes including ITIL4, DevOps, Agile, or Lean, you have probably heard how critical Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) is to the Value Streams and Pipelines that deliver products and services to this world. New concepts like understanding “Error Budgets” and the creation of anti-fragile environments are explored.

You only need to visit one of the job sites and do a search on “Site Reliability Engineering” to see that there is a huge uplift in demand for Site Reliability Engineers. Try it!

The Role
As a Site Reliability Engineer, you'll build solutions to enhance availability, performance, and stability for the r…

Anatomy of an XLA

That is not a typo! Alan Nance of CitrusCollab recently spoke about The Anatomy of an XLA in an ITSM Academy webinar.I learned that the days of SLAs are behind us and the future lies with digital experience and eXperience Level Agreements (XLA’s). 

If this is the first time you have heard of XLAs then this is a sticky-note moment.

By that I mean; find a sticky note, write down today's date.Now write down XLA.Remember that this is the day that you heard it and you heard it here! 

XLAs are the foundation of a fresh and optimistic approach to managing the business of technology. Research for yourself and staff members. Learn and explore more about XLA’s!

A little history: “Service Management exists to guarantee a valuable experience to customers and colleagues. Despite years of implementing best practices, the reputation of most technology departments is below par in the eyes of business leaders. Consider that 90% of CEOs feel they aren’t meeting their customer needs. 85% of CEOs don’t th…

A Dash of Neuroscience – DevOps Leaders Listen Up!

As leaders, we need to understand the people that we are leading.It is critical to understand that this is a new world and if we are to lead the global enterprise into a successful future, we need to understand strategic, tactical and operational objectives of our organization and also that we must have a passion for learning.
“A Dash of Neuroscience“ is one of many topics introduced by the DevOps Institute for the new updated DevOpsLeader course.This information is taken from that course and is just a smattering of what you will learn as you prepare for your certification. Learn how to optimize speed to value as a DevOps Leader.
Live in a perpetual world of learning Many people feel their brains limit their potential and prevent them from learning.However, learning can change our brains in terms of function, connectivity, and structure.Our brain shapes our learning but learning shapes our brain, and research has shown that simply knowing about brain plasticity can improve the self-conc…

Continuous Delivery Architect – T-Shaped, PI-Shaped & COMB skills Required!

Is your organization transforming with AGILE, ITSM, DevOps or LEAN and looking forward to optimizing a Continuous Delivery Pipeline? 

Do you want to be a Continuous Delivery Architect?


This is an amazing and exciting time where you can dream and build upon what you have and develop the “COMB” shaped skills that will shape your future!
The “2019 Upskilling Report for Enterprise DevOps Skills” reinforces that organization not only need “T” shaped skilled practitioners or even “PI” shaped skillsets. Many high performing organizations are looking for individuals that have “COMB” shaped skillsets. An individual with “COMB” skills would have a broad base of knowledge forming the top of the comb and then also have multiple expertise areas which gives the shape of a comb. You can start developing your skillsets or those of your team to shape individual career opportunities and also to shape the future of your organization.

Expanding your skills is particularly needed for those involved in any …

Continuous Delivery Architecture, A Rainbow of Tools

The Age of Architecture
Architecture is one of those universal roles that no matter the job, it's critical you have a good understanding of the architecture to be successful in both development and operations. As with any architectural role, there are so many moving parts that if you can’t see the machine for the cog you’ll never be able to master your craft. The problem seems that because of the siloed nature of the business no one but those in architecture gets the lay of the land, it is in this challenge, Continuous Delivery Architecture was created to help ALL practitioners understand not only the big picture but the why and how every component is vital to success.
What’s In The Toolbox To help you get an idea of the sheer quantity of tools that will be at your disposal I’ll give you the highlights reel. It starts with what we call a collective body of knowledge. This is a collection of materials (books, blogs, websites, etc.) to help you on your journey to learn. Then comes a be…

DevOps – Skills For The Future – Am I ready?

Currently, 68% of organizations have begun to adopt, or plan to adopt #DevOps within the next two years.
If you are reading this because you want to embrace DevOps certification, knowledge and skills be sure to visit the DevOps Campus
This is all about DevOps skills? Are you ready?
DevOps Institute recently generated a very unique and interesting report title “UPSKILLING: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report”. Below are a few excerpts with some thoughts added.

Soft skills and technical skills “There is an equal balance between those who look for soft skills and those who seek technical skills when hiring externally or internally. About 30% of survey respondents said they look for soft skills first, as they believe they can always train or educate on the process and technical skills. And 32% looked first for technical skills to get benefits from the new hire.

Thoughts: It’s easy to become absorbed in a need for technical knowledge. Although that is required it is really the people skills …

DevOps and ITSM… Are They Compatible?

Many are surprised to learn that ITSM practices ARE compatible with their DevOps pipelines and even more important that they are a critical element in order to ensure the effectiveness, efficiency and the value that is expected. Those that are struggling with silos us vs. them blame games, or roadblocks and impediments for change and test, are shocked to learn how accelerated, modernized ITSM practices can enable their outcomes! 
Topics and discussion from a recent ITSM for DevOps class were exciting as practitioners, managers, and leaders discovered together how It is possible to streamline and even automate their ITSM processes and practices so that people don’t even realize that they are executing ITSM processes.
We don’t need to change “what” needs to be accomplished. Policy, Governance, and Compliance are a reality. In order to achieve true value and business outcomes service providers must change the way that they think. A change in thinking provokes a change in how we do work. …