Full Circle – from ESM to ITIL and Back Again

I guess it means that I’m getting old… I can look back over my career now and see many things coming full circle.

As example, we just celebrated our 10th anniversary here at ITSM Academy.  Of course, we are much larger, with more robust processes in place (and 30,000+ Alumni!) But, with the introduction of our new Agile Service Management Line of Training, there are many parallels to when we originally launched our ITSM/ITIL Line of Training.

Earlier this month, I was fortunate to attend the ServiceNow Knowledge14 Conference, and that’s where it really hit me.  Several people talked to me about “Enterprise Service Management” and how that title needed to replace “ITSM”.  I don’t disagree, but it struck me as so funny.  10.5 years ago, I was an ESM Practice Manager, but got so much feedback that people didn’t know what that meant.  My favorite was, “Why would you call yourself that when your are the ITSM Practice Manager?” Based on that conversation, I did something as unethical as it gets here in LisaLand…. I went onto LinkedIn and changed my job title…(insert shocked face here!).

So what does this mean, this movement to (as one presenter called it) – Innovating Beyond ITIL: Enterprise Service Management.  Well, quite simply, it’s where we should have been 15 years ago.  The focus of ITSM / ITIL / ESM – whatever you want to call it – has to be outside of IT.  The focus of any successful (insert your letters of choice here) Program needs to be on;

  • the services we provide
  • the stakeholders we provide them to
  • the cultural change that needs to shift our IT organization into a service provider

One of the KPMG presenters said, “Innovate on ITIL, but don’t emphasize the IT in  ITIL”. Which will leave some feeling IL – LOL (sorry, couldn’t help it!)

KPMG also spoke a lot about Global Business Services.  I did a little follow up reading and, “Global Business Services (GBS) business operating model is poised to replace standalone outsourcing and shared services…with around 60 percent of the organizations embracing GBS over the next three years. The research also predicted that expenditure on external GBS is expected to nearly double-up to reach $73 billion in 2017 as against US$ 40 billion in 2013.”

arrows_tail_spin_multi_colored_400_wht_9654And to take us full circle now on this blog….I think, we are back to where we should have started 15 years ago.

I also think that getting older gives you some perspective that makes life more interesting…. but that will go full circle too.  One day, we won’t be able to remember any of this anyway.

Until your next trip to LisaLand…Happy Circling!

New Courses at ITSM Academy – Scrum and DevOps

itsmacademy_smallWe have been working (tirelessly!) on our newest Line of Training – Agile Service Management®, and are continuing to add new courses to our portfolio.  We are thrilled to announce the following courses:

  • DevOps Overview – 4 hour virtual class, introducing concepts of DevOps. February 28 (with many more options to come), virtual classroom.
  • DevOps Fundamentals – 2 day certification course, provides attendees the ability to formulate a high-level strategy and action plan for adopting DevOps in their organization.  April 7-10, virtual classroom.
  • Certified ScrumMaster – 2 day certification course, which we are delivering in partnership with a leading Rep of the Scrum Alliance.  March 17-18 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Agile Service Management: Applying Scrum to Process Design – 5 hour virtual class. Coming soon.

For more information on these courses, or to register, please visit our website.

Until your next trip to LisaLand…Happy Learning!

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Round Table

CSM Round Table

Join us for a complimentary webinar: Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Round Table on Thursday, February 20th at 11am (Eastern) – Register

Everyone is talking about Agile and Scrum. But how does Agile apply to service management and DevOps?

Spend some time with two of our ITSM Academy Certified ScrumMasters, Donna Knapp and Jayne Groll, as they share their insights and advice on how Agile can improve IT’s velocity and Time to Value.

Have questions you want included? Post them on Twitter; #askITSMscrum @ITSMAcademy.

Until your next trip to LisaLand…Happy Learning!

The Beauty of Buying

Once, many (many) years ago, I heard or read a sentence that has had a powerful impact on my professional life.  I’m sorry I don’t remember where it came from, because I would love to give credit where it is due, but I just don’t remember….

But the truth in this sentence is powerful in its simplicity.  “People love to buy stuff, but they hate being sold to”.

Think about that for a moment.  Close your eyes and recapture the excitement you felt the last time that you purchased something you were excited about.  The adrenaline rush you got when you made the “buy” decision.  I don’t care if it was a new purse, a car, a techno-gadget, etc.

Now, rethink that experience if you were being hounded by a sales person, who was trying to shove it down your throat.  You might not have purchased it.  If you did, their bad actions would have diminished the thrill of the purchase.

Our Vision at ITSM Academy is, “To be the first call every ITSM professional makes when contemplating training”.

Our Mantra, “It’s easy to buy from us”.

I think you see where I’m going with this.

For those lucky enough to have jobs centered on helping folks buy stuff – when done correctly – we get to share in their purchase high.  As an added bonus for us here at the Academy, we get to assist them in buying something that will actually help improve their jobs.  Even better, when they take the best practices back and start the cultural change needed to morph their IT shops into a service organization, we have the ability to positively impact thousands of people each year. 

How cool is that?  #ILoveMyJob

And all of us are sales people.  Even if your job has nothing to do with sales or marketing, you spend part of your day selling something to someone.  Whether it a new idea to your boss, convincing your husband to try a new restaurant, your kids to eat their vegetables, (I could go on and on, but I won’t).  I am convinced that there is at least one daily interaction in everyone’s life, where you are selling to someone.  So remember, don’t sell it to them, help them buy it 😉

Until your next trip to LisaLand…Happy Buying!

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