ITSM Change Management: Establishing a Regular Cadence for Change

communicating changeBy Jon Bergman and Lonnie Sanders III, CIOPS Associates

You may not have realized it, but we are just weeks away from the annual celebration known as the “Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute”! While you are contemplating how you plan to mark this exhilarating occasion, we’d like to point out something that should be obvious. When it comes to the Change Management aspect of IT Service Management (ITSM), your end users are never going to see “enormous changes at the last minute” as a cause for celebration. 

Although change is never easy, if you want to make IT changes easier for your end users, the best approach is to establish a regular cadence for change. Here are some of the things that we have seen are most helpful in this area…

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Communicating Change in a Way that Avoids Confusion and Conflict

communicating changeBy Jon Bergman and Lonnie Sanders III, CIOPS Associates

The store manager arrived at work at 9:30 am, just as she did every workday, and she immediately started readying the store to open at 10:00. She turned on the lights, straightened out the merchandise, powered up the computers, turned on the registers and addressed some paperwork. 

Everything seemed fine…until 45 minutes later when she went to ring up the day’s first customer and discovered that something was screwy with the register. While she vaguely remembered getting an email the week before saying that corporate was going to be downloading some new software, she was certain that email had appeared pretty routine. After all, if they had announced that on a specific day and time they were going to be downloading software to change how the registers worked, she certainly would have taken notice! 

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Is Your IT Organization Winning?

ITSM Asset ManagementBy Walter Curd, Associate

About twelve years ago I was brought on as the CIO of a large semi-conductor company with an incredibly complex operation. The company manufactured and sold over $2.5 billion worth of units each year, had tens of thousands of quotes and orders each month, and—perhaps most importantly to me as the CIO—was using over 600 software applications to run their business! It seemed like everywhere I looked there were more software programs, and my IT group had to support all of them.

Needless to say, it was obvious to me that our IT organization, as well as the business as a whole, could benefit from some strategic planning. Others agreed, and the company brought in an outside expert to help with the strategic planning process. 

This expert took us through a very straightforward process that gave me the information I needed to completely transform my IT organization…and it was all built upon the concept of “winning.”

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