Simplify before automating

While I understand the rabid desire to apply artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate service management, we shouldn’t forget a basic lesson: Simplify processes before automating them. Simplification will also simplify your automation efforts, simplify maintenance/changes and likely lead to more sustainable and lasting improvement. This is one reason why the USM method’s 5 …

Put ITIL on hold in 2023 and have a Happy New Year

Legacy practice frameworks increase costs, complicate automation and are creating an unsustainable mess, sucking the life out of the enterprise with increased training, consulting and tooling costs.

Mindful Monday: Wisdom Welcomes a Gift Horse

As knowledge becomes commercialized remember experience is the best teacher, but wisdom welcomes a gift horse. USM is field-tested and supported by a non-profit foundation. My initial curiosity about USM was when I heard that it included a non-redundant process model with 5 processes and a simple set of 8 workflows that serve as templates …

Mindful Monday: Is the Enterprise ready to strike back?

While simplifying things is not so simple, it remains an important key to a great customer experience. The enterprise needs to simplify services, as well as how they are managed.

(another) Mindful Monday: The enterprise service management mountain

An enterprise service management system drives continual improvement, and for many this mountaintop seems far away. But a standard management system for the enterprise can be established one rock at a time. The Unified Service Management Method’s universal approach to defining ALL services — along with 5 processes and 8 workflows that apply to ALL …

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