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As an education and training organization within the IT Service Management (ITSM) industry, we have been impressed by the positive changes introduced by the refresh of ITIL® in July 2007. The evolution of the core principles and practices provided by the framework provides the more holistic guidance needed for an industry that continues to mature and develop at a rapid pace. We recognize however, that many organizations and individuals who had previously struggled with their adoption of the framework will continue to find challenges in ‘implementing’ ITIL® as part of their approach for governance of IT Service Management practices. In light of this, one of our primary goals is to provide the quality education and support materials needed to enable the understanding and application of the ITIL® framework in a wide-range of contexts. This workbook’s primary purpose is to complement the accredited ITIL® Release, Control & Validation program provided by The Art of Service or one of our accredited partners. We hope you find this book to be a useful tool in your educational library and wish you well in you IT Service Management career!

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6 13. Control & Validation Best Practices ISO/IEC 20000 PATHWAYS ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS REFERENCES 168 169 171 ©The Art of Service .2 14 15 ITIL® V3 : Release.

this workbook aims to develop the reader’s knowledge and appreciation of the practices for IT Service Management. Control & Validation Best Practices 7 1 Introduction_______________________ As we approach yet another major information technology (IT) revolution coming in the form of Cloud and Utility Computing. ©The Art of Service . modified and existing IT Services. This workbook is best used in addition to the combination of an accredited ITIL training program as well as practical experience gained in the field. In light of this. Assumptions are made by the authors that readers already have some familiarity with IT and ITIL terminology or have already completed an ITIL Foundation program. The bad news unfortunately is that there is still a long road to go and considerable challenges to overcome before this maturity is achieved for many IT Service Providers.ITIL® V3 : Release. many observers might have expected that by 2008 the IT industry may have achieved maturity in many of its most fundamental practices. with particular focus on those capabilities required for the Release. Control and Validation of new. it is in fact these conflicting requirements that leads to the necessity of quality practices to be adopted by an organization as part of its approach to quality IT service management. While it may seem contradictory that the words Release (let go) and Control (maintain authority) are used together.

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ITIL® V3 : Release. • The management of external suppliers (partners) involved in the delivery and support of the technology and products being delivered and supported by IT. experience and skills. However IT Service Management comprises more than just these capabilities alone. • Definition of roles and responsibilities for the people involved including IT staff. being complemented by an industry of professional practice and wealth of knowledge. Control & Validation Best Practices 9 2 IT Service Management______________ The term IT Service Management (ITSM) is used in many ways by different management frameworks and organizations seeking governance and increased maturity of their IT organization. customers and other stakeholders involved. the culture that exists within the service organization and the intangible nature of the output and intermediate products of IT services. The ITIL® framework has developed as a major source of good practice in Service Management and is used by organizations worldwide to establish and improve their ITSM practices. The official ITIL® definition of IT Service Management is found within the Service Design volume on page 11. ©The Art of Service . • The purpose primarily being to deliver and support the technology or products needed by the business to meet key organizational objectives or goals. describing ITSM as “A set of specialized organizational capabilities for providing value to customers in the form of services”. These organizational capabilities are influenced by the needs and requirements of customers. The combination of these elements provide the capabilities required for an IT organization to deliver and support quality IT Services that meet specific business needs and requirements. Standard elements for most definitions of ITSM include: • Description of the processes required to deliver and support IT Services for customers.

Do staff have the correct skills and knowledge to perform their roles? • Products/Technology Perspective: Takes into account IT services. This includes IT staff. It is the same when designing new or modified Services themselves. transition and eventual adoption by customers. • Partners/Suppliers Perspective: Takes into account the importance of Partner and External Supplier relationships and how they contribute to Service Delivery. hardware & software. Quality IT Service Management ensures that all of these four perspectives are taken into account as part of the continual improvement of the IT organization. budgets.1 The Four Perspectives (Attributes) of ITSM Partners/Suppliers People Process Products/Technology Figure 2. • Process Perspective: Relates the end to end delivery of service based on process flows. tools. E. Control & Validation Best Practices 2.g. ©The Art of Service .10 ITIL® V3 : Release. in that these four perspectives need to be considered and catered for in order to enable success in its design. • People Perspective: Concerned with the “soft” side of ITSM.1 – Four Perspectives (Attributes) of ITSM There are four perspectives (“4P’s”) or attributes to explain the concept of ITSM. customers and other stakeholders.

Customer and User demands • integrated centralized processes • everyone knows their role and knows their responsibilities in service provision • learning from previous experience • demonstrable performance indicators In particular reference to the scope of Release. such benefits include: • improved capability for supporting business growth and change • improved efficiency of business and IT staff though quality information and knowledge being made available • decreased variance between estimated and actual resource requirements • reduction in the number of software license and asset management discrepancies • reduction in the number and impact of failed Changes and Release rollbacks. It is important to consider the range of stakeholders who can benefit from improved ITSM practices. Control & Validation.ITIL® V3 : Release. Control & Validation Best Practices 11 2. some typical benefits include: • improved quality service provision • cost justifiable service quality • services that meet business.2 Benefits of ITSM While the benefits of applying IT Service Management practices vary depending on the organization’s needs. These stakeholders can come from: • senior management • business unit managers • customers • end users • IT staff • suppliers ©The Art of Service .

A way in which to communicate how IT supports the business is using the following Figure demonstrating business and IT alignment.3 Business and IT Alignment A central concept to keep in mind when discussing the benefits of IT Service Management is the goal of business and IT alignment. they lose sight of the actual purpose and benefit that their efforts deliver to the business.B below divides an organization into a number of supporting layers that work towards meeting a number of organizational goals. Organization (What are the key goals for the organization?) 2. IT Service Organization (What IT Services are required to enable the effective and efficient execution of the business processes above?) 4. These are technology specific and as such not the focus of ITIL® or this document. IT Service Management (The focus here is on the ITIL® processes required for quality delivery and support of the IT Services above) 5. ©The Art of Service . CORE Business Processes (These enable the objectives above to be met) 3. Figure 1.12 ITIL® V3 : Release. IT Technical Activities (The actual technical activities required as part of the execution of the ITIL® processes above. When staff members of an IT organization have an internal focus on the technology being delivered and supported. These layers are communicated by the following: 1. Control & Validation Best Practices 2.

If this occurs we cannot adequately support our business processes effectively and efficiently.2 – Business and IT Alignment Example to illustrate business and IT alignment: Business: A fashion store What are some of your organization’s objectives or strategic goals? We want to make a lot of money $$$! We want to have a good image and reputation. And therefore we cannot meet or support our overall organization’s objectives!!! ©The Art of Service . HR etc. Incident MGT etc. automatic procurement system for buying products. Capacity Management etc) Available when we need it (Availability. buying.) Provisioned cost-effectively (Financial . Control & Validation Best Practices 13 Figure 2. email. What IT Services are these business processes dependent on? Web site. What Business Processes aide in achieving those objectives? Retail. procurement. marketing. Service Level MGT) If we don’t manage the IT Services appropriately we cannot rely on these services to be available when we need. Point of Sale Services We have ITSM in order to make sure the IT Services are: What we need (Service Level Management.ITIL® V3 : Release.

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Through these evolutions the scope of practices documented has increased in order to stay current with the continued maturity of the IT industry and meet the needs and requirements of the ITSM professional community. The ITIL® framework evolved from the UK government’s efforts during the 1980s to document how successful organizations approached service management.ITIL® V3 : Release.) • Standards (ISO 20 000. ITIL® is the international de facto management framework describing “best practices” for IT Service Management. The Office of Government Commerce in the UK continues to operate as the trademark owner of ITIL®. By the early 1990s they had produced a large collection of books documenting the “best practices” for IT Service Management. • Service Strategy • Service Design • Service Transition • Service Operation • Continual Service Improvement ©The Art of Service . CMMI etc. ITL is only one of many sources for best practices. COBIT.1 – ITIL V3 Framework Five volumes make up the IT Infrastructure Library (Version 3). including those documented by: • Public frameworks (ITIL®. This library was eventually entitled the IT Infrastructure Library. ITL has gone through several evolutions and was most recently refreshed with the release of version 3 in 2007. BS 15 000) • Proprietary knowledge of organizations and individuals Generally best practices are those formalized as a result of being successful in wideindustry use. Figure 3. Control & Validation Best Practices 15 3 What is ITIL®?_____________________ ITIL® stands for the Information Technology Infrastructure Library.

Previously. problems and known errors? As Version 3 now maintains a holistic view covering the entire lifecycle of a service. young adult. human stages are birth. which will then be used to direct how services are designed. child. capacity and continuity of services? • How can we respond to and manage incidents. pre-teen.16 ITIL® V3 : Release. For example. adult. These included: • How should we design for availability. but also why? • Why does a customer need this service? • Why should the customer purchase services from us? • Why should we provide (x) levels of availability. capacity and continuity? By first asking these questions it enables a service provider to provide overall strategic objectives for the IT organization. much of the focus of ITIL® was on the processes required to design. elderly adult and death.2 – ITIL® Service Lifecycle Model © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC Lifecycle: The natural process of stages that an organism or inanimate object goes through as it matures. teenager. no longer does ITIL® just answer the how questions. Version 2 of the ITIL® Framework provided best practices for ITSM based around the how questions. transitioned. supported and improved in order to deliver maximum value to customers and stakeholders. As a result of this previous focus on processes. toddler. The concept of the Service Lifecycle is fundamental to the refresh of ITIL® for Version 3. infant. Control & Validation Best Practices 3. deliver and support services for customers. ©The Art of Service .1 The Service Lifecycle Figure 3.

ITIL® V3 : Release. Control & Validation Best Practices 17 The ultimate success of service management is indicated by the strength of the relationship between customers and service providers. ©The Art of Service . This end-to-end view of how IT should be integrated with business strategy is at the heart of ITIL’s five core volumes (books). The 5 phases of the Service Lifecycle provide the necessary guidance to achieve this success. Together they provide a body of knowledge and set of good practices for successful service management.

2 Mapping the Concepts of ITIL® to the Service Lifecycle There has been much debate as to exactly how many processes exist within Version 3 of ITIL®.18 ITIL® V3 : Release.3 – The Major Concepts of ITIL® ©The Art of Service . Figure 3. Figure 3. Questions asked include: • What exactly constitutes a process? • Shouldn’t some processes be defined as functions? • Why has x process been left out? In developing this material we have based our definitions of processes and functions and where they fit on the guidance provided by the ITIL® Release. Control & Validation syllabus by EXIN International. It also demonstrates the increased scope now covered by ITIL® over the previous version.B demonstrates the processes and functions of ITIL® in relation to the 5 Service Lifecycle Phases. Control & Validation Best Practices 3.

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NOTES: • The Service Lifecycle phases (and ITIL® books) are shown through the arrows at the bottom. • The concepts in light shading are the V2 ITIL® concepts. • The concepts not shaded are the new ITIL® V3 concepts. • The concepts in dark shading are Functions. • Although Service Level Management officially sits in the Service Design book, it plays a very important role in the Continual Service Improvement phase, and therefore could also fit in the CSI book as a process.

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3.3 How does the Service Lifecycle work?
Although there are 5 phases throughout the Lifecycle, they are not separate, nor are the phases necessarily carried out in a particular order. The whole ethos of the Service Lifecycle approach is that each phase will affect the other, creating a continuous cycle. For this to work successfully, the Continuous Service Improvement (CSI) phase is incorporated throughout all of the other phases. Figure 3.C demonstrates some the key outputs from each of the Service Lifecycle Phases.
•IT Budgets

Service Strategy Service Design Service Transition Service Operation Continual Service Improvement

•Patterns of Business Activity •Service Portfolio information •New and changed service assets •Service Catalogue, SLAs, OLAs, UCs •Testing and Validation Criteria •Known Errors from Development •Testing and validation results •Change Authorization •Incidents & Problems, Events, Service Requests •Request for Changes •Information collected from infrastructure monitoring

Service and Process Improvements

Figure 3.4 – How does the Service Lifecycle Work?

It is important to note that most of the processes defined do not get executed within only one lifecycle phase. As an example we will look at the process of Availability Management and where some activities will get executed throughout Service Lifecycle. Service Design Phase: Designs the infrastructure, processes and support mechanisms needed to meet the Availability requirements of the customer. Service Transition Phase: Validates that the Service meets the functional and technical fitness criteria to justify release to the customer. Service Operation Phase: Monitors the ongoing Availability being provided. During this phase we also manage and resolve incidents that affect Service Availability.

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4 Common Terminology_______________
Critical to our ability to participate with and apply the concepts from the ITIL® framework is the need to be able to speak a common language with other IT staff, customers, end-users and other involved stakeholders. This next section documents the important common terminology that is used throughout the ITIL® framework.

Figure 4.1 – The importance of terminology © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC

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prepare and cook the meal. effort and general fuss if I was to cook it myself. It isn’t just the quality of the food itself that will influence my perceptions but also: • • • • • The cleanliness of the restaurant The friendliness and customer service skills of the waiters and other staff The ambience of the restaurant (lighting. decorations etc. If we as IT staff focus on the application or hardware elements being provided and forget or ignore the importance of the surrounding elements that make up the end-to-end service. The alternative of course. The mindset requires instead an alternative outlook to be maintained. I would need to. If I was to cook. there are often times where I wish to enjoy quality food without the time and effort required to prepare a meal. I can go to a restaurant that delivers a service that provides me with the same outcome (a nice meal) without the time. then like before. Control & Validation Best Practices 4. set the table and of course clean up the kitchen afterwards. buy the ingredients. Now consider how I would identify the quality and value of that service being provided. While I do enjoy cooking. Well what does this actually mean? To explain some of the key concepts I will use an analogy that most (food lovers) will understand. ©The Art of Service . The official definition of a Service is “a means of delivering value to Customers by facilitating outcomes customers want to achieve without the ownership of specific costs or risks”. Now relate this to our role in providing an IT Service.1 What are Services? The concept of IT Services as opposed to IT components is central to understanding the Service Lifecycle and IT Service Management principles in general. go to a grocery store. take these ingredients home.22 ITIL® V3 : Release.) The time taken to receive my meal (and was it what I asked for?) Did they offer water on top of normal drinks and beverages? If just one of these factors don’t meet my expectations than ultimately the perceived quality and value being delivered to me as a customer are negatively impacted. It requires not just a learned set of skills but also a way of thinking that often challenges the traditional instincts of IT workers to focus on the individual components (typically the applications or hardware under their care) that make up the IT infrastructure. with the focus being the Service oriented or end-toend view of what their organization actually provides to its customers. music. the customer experience and perceived quality and value will be negatively impacted.

Appropriate resolution times are maintained for end user and customer enquiries Transparency and visibility of the IT organization and where money is being spent is maintained. ©The Art of Service . Control & Validation Best Practices 23 But if we take a Service oriented perspective.ITIL® V3 : Release. To help clarify the relationship between IT Services and the business we need to look at the concepts of Business Units and Service Units. The IT organization works proactively to identify potential problems that should be rectified or improvement actions that could be made. we also ensure that: • • • • Communication with customers and end users is effectively maintained.

24 ITIL® V3 : Release. A business unit’s capabilities coordinate. Other services increase the performance of customer’s management. control. which ensures that the business unit maintains an adequate return on investment. Value is always defined in the context of customers. control and deploy its resources to create value. The relationship with customer becomes strong when there is a balance between value created and returns generated. The relationship is good as long as the customer receives value and the business unit recovers cost and receives some form of compensation or profit.2 – Business Units © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC A business unit is a bundle of assets with the purpose of creating value for customers in the form of goods and services. Customers pay for the value they receive. people and processes. ©The Art of Service . Control & Validation Best Practices 4. and deploy Resources Supply Generate returns (or recover costs) Information Processes People Customers Asset types Applications Infrastructure Financial capital Figure 4. Some services simply increase the resources available to the customer.1. organization.1 Business Units and Service Units Management Prospects Competitors Regulators Suppliers Influence Demand Organization Create value Business unit Capabilities Goods/ Services Consume assets Knowledge Coordinate.

This relationship enables Business Units to focus on the outcomes provided by services. a bundle of service assets that specializes in creating value in the form of services.3 – Relationship between business units and service units © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC Service units are like business units. Customer Performance potential Customer Assets Service potential Service Provider Service Assets + Capabilities + Service Risks Costs + Capabilities – Resources + Demand Idle capacity – Resources (Business Unit) (Service Unit) Figure 4.ITIL® V3 : Release. possibly by spreading these costs and risks across more than one customer or Business Unit. Services define the relationships between business units and service units. Control & Validation Best Practices 25 (Service unit) (Business unit) Performance potential Service potential Customer Assets + Services + Service Assets Value potential + Business outcomes Figure 4. while the Service Units(s) focuses on managing the costs and risks of providing the service.4 – Balancing service potential against demand for services © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC ©The Art of Service . Business units (customers) and Service units (providers) can be part of the same organization or from multiple independent organizations.


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4.1.2 Creating Service Value
Perhaps historically, both providers and customers have used price as the focal point for communication and negotiation, but it is this path that ultimately leads to a negative experience for both parties. One of the key mantras that exist for any modern Service provider (IT or otherwise) is that it is essential to clearly establish value before you can attach a price to the services offered. This ensures a few key things: • • • It avoids an apple to oranges comparison, which usually occurs with a price focal point. It enables the Service Provider to distinguish their capabilities and differentiation from their competitors. It clearly communicates to the customer what they can expect to receive as part of the delivery service.

Providers of IT Services need to take special appreciation of the concept of value creation and communication, due to the many misunderstandings about technology on behalf of customers (and poor communication by their IT providers). To support this need, one of the major elements of the Service Strategy lifecycle is the creation of value through Services and Service Packages
Performance supported? Constraints removed? Fit for purpose?


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Fit for use?

Formula: Service Warranty + Service Utility = Service Value Service Utility describes the positive effect on business processes, activities, objects and tasks. This could be the removal of constraints that improves performance or some other positive effect that improves the outcomes managed and focused on by the customer and business. This is generally summarized as being fit for purpose.

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Service Warranty on the other hand describes how well these benefits are delivered to the customer. It describes the Service’s attributes such as the availability, capacity, performance, security and continuity levels to be delivered by the provider. Importantly, the Service Utility potential is only realized when the Service is available with sufficient capacity and performance. By describing both Service Utility and Service Warranty, it enables the provider to clearly establish the value of the Service, differentiate themselves from the competition and, where necessary, attach a meaningful price tag that has relevance to the customer and associated market space.

4.1.3 Service Packages and Service Level Packages
To discuss Service Packages, Service Level Packages and how they are used to offer choice and value to customers, we’re going to use the example of the packages made available by typical Internet Service Providers (ISPs). As customers, we have a wide range of choice when looking for an ISP to provide broadband internet. So as a result ISPs do need to work hard to attract customers by communicating the value that they provide through their offerings. They also need to offer a wide range of choice for customers, who have varying requirements and needs for their broadband internet service.

A Service Package contains
Core Service Package
(The basic critical services)

Supporting Services Package
(Provides differentiation or more effective use of Core Services)

Service Level Packages
(Defines level of utility and warranty provided by Service Package)

A Service Package provides a detailed description of package of bundled services available to be delivered to Customers. The contents of a Service Package includes: • The core services provided • Any supporting services provided (often the excitement factors) • The Service Level Package (see next page) Service Level Packages are effective in developing service packages with levels of utility and warranty appropriate to the customer’s needs and in a cost-effective way. • Availability Levels • Continuity Measures • Capacity Levels • Security Levels

Figure 4.6 – Service Package Example

Service Level Packages
(Defines level of utility and warranty provided by Service Package)

Availability Levels Continuity

Capacity Levels Security Levels

Features of service Support of service

Figure 4.7 – Service Package Example

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So for our ISP example, we can define a Service Package in the following way:

Service Package: Broadband SuperUser ($69.95 per month) Core Service Package: • Internet Connection • Email Addresses Supporting Services Package: • Static IP Address • Spam filtering • 100MB Web-Space • VOIP

• • • • •

Service Level Package: Download Speeds: 8000kbs – 24 000kbs (max) Download Quota: 30 GB (Shaped to 512kbs after) Backup dial-up account 98 % Availability Guarantee (otherwise rebate offered) 24 x 7 Service Desk for Support.
Figure 4.8 – Service Package Example (ISP)

Most of the components of Service Packages and Service Level Packages are reusable components of the IT organization (many of which are services). Other components include software, hardware and other infrastructure elements. By providing Service Level Packages in this way it reduces the cost and complexity of providing services while maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction. In our example above, the ISP can easily create multiple Service Packages with varying levels of Utility and Warranty provided in order to offer a wide range of choice to customers, and to distinguish themselves from their competition. The use of Service Packages and Service Level Packages enables Service Providers to avoid a one-size fits all approach to IT Services.

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4 Service Portfolios A Service Portfolio describes provider’s services in terms of business value. Bronze •customizations Availability times •(Price list) Retired Services Figure 4.ITIL® V3 : Release. • Includes the complete set of services managed by a service Provider. Control & Validation Best Practices 29 4. They include the complete set of services managed by a Service Provider. ©The Art of Service . Silver. • Provides the information required to manage the entire lifecycle of all services. 3 Categories of services defined in Service Portfolio • Service Pipeline (proposed or in development) • Service Catalogue (Live or available for deployment) • Retired Services (Decommissioned services) Service Portfolio Requirements Description Value proposition Business cases Priorities Risks Offerings and packages Cost and pricing Service Pipeline Service Catalogue •Service Description •Functional Spec’s •Business English •Options •Gold. The Portfolio should have the right mix of services in the pipeline and catalogue to secure the financial viability of the service provider. It is possible for a Service Provider to have multiple Service Portfolios depending on the customer groups that they support.1. These portfolios are used to articulate business needs and the Service Provider’s response to those needs. and is used to manage the lifecycle of all services in order to maximize the value of IT Service Management to the business. we need to ensure the balance between risk and benefit provided by the Service Portfolio. Just like a Financial Portfolio.9 – A Service Portfolio Service Portfolios have a much larger scope than Service Catalogues.

priorities and risk? 5. What are our strengths and weaknesses. How are resources and capabilities to be allocated? ©The Art of Service . Why should they buy these services from us? 3. Why should a customer buy these services? 2. What are the pricing or chargeback models? 4. Control & Validation Best Practices The Service Portfolio uses the above information to provide informed responses to the following strategic questions: 1.30 ITIL® V3 : Release.

policies. management controls. responsibilities. but measuring overall efficiency including cost. • Processes may define roles. A process manager is the person responsible for the operational management of a process. effort and other resources used) • Processes are strategic assets when they create competitive advantage and market differentiation.2. A process owner is the person responsible for ensuring that the process is fit for the desired purpose and is accountable for the outputs of that process. Some principles: • All processes should be measurable and performance driven (not just time. The ITIL processes covered in detail by this workbook are: • Change Management • Release and Deployment Management • Service Validation and Testing • Evaluation • Request Fulfilment • Service Asset and Configuration Management • Knowledge Management ©The Art of Service .ITIL® V3 : Release. tools. There may be several Managers for the one process or the same person may be both the process owner and process manager (typically in smaller organizations). standards. activities and work instructions if they are needed.1 Defining Processes Processes can be defined as a structured set of coordinated activities designed to produce an outcome and provide value to customers or stakeholders. Control & Validation Best Practices 31 4. guidelines.2 Processes & Functions 4. A process takes one or more inputs and through the activities performed turns them into defined outputs.

substance and character of activities and subsequent outputs by shaping how they are carried out. communication and learning processes. The behavioural component. which is intangible. So when defining and designing processes. ©The Art of Service . but at the same time they greatly affect and impact the form. which are tangible and therefore typically get the most attention.10 – Generic Process Elements © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC The figure above describes the physical components of processes. Control & Validation Best Practices Figure 4. it is important to consider both the physical and behavioural aspects that exist. Behavioural components have no independent existence apart from the work processes in which they appear. is an underlying pattern so deeply embedded and recurrent that it is displayed by most members of the organization and includes decision making.32 ITIL® V3 : Release.

Figure 4. IT Functions define the different roles and responsibilities required for the overall Service Delivery and Support of IT Services.11 – The ITIL® Functions from Service Operation NOTE: These are logical functions and do not necessarily have to be performed by equivalent organizational structure. The lower groupings (e. Mainframe. an activity or combination of both.2 Defining Functions Functions refer to the logical grouping of roles and automated measures that execute a defined process. Just like in sports where each player will have a specific role to play in the overall team strategy. Control & Validation Best Practices 33 4. This means that Technical and Application Management can be organized in any combination and into any number of departments.2. The functions within Service Operation are needed to manage the ‘steady state’ operation IT environment.g.ITIL® V3 : Release. Server) are examples of activities performed by Technical Management and are not a suggested organizational structure. ©The Art of Service .

General Rules that exist: • Only 1 “A” per Row can be defined (ensures accountability. This role implies ownership. RACI Model Service Desk Logging Classification Investigation RACI RACI ACI Desktop RCI RCI Applications RCI Operations Manager CI CI CI Figure 4.until people get involved. ©The Art of Service .. RACI stands for: R – Responsibility (actually does the work for that activity but reports to the function or position that has an “A” against it).3 Connecting Processes and Functions It is often said that processes are perfect….11 – The RACI Model: A RACI Model is used to define the roles and responsibilities of various Functions in relation to the activities of Incident Management. A useful tool to assist the definition of the roles and responsibilities when designing processes is the RACI Model.2. more than one “A” would confuse this) • At least 1 “R” per Row must be (shows that actions are taking place). A – Accountability (is made accountable for ensuring that the action takes place. Control & Validation Best Practices 4. with more than one being appropriate where there is shared responsibility. even if they might not do it themselves). I – Inform (the function or position that is told about the event after it has happened). This saying comes from failure when executing processes due to misunderstandings of the people involved and a lack of clarity regarding the roles and responsibilities that exist.34 ITIL® V3 : Release. C – Consult (advice/ guidance / information can be gained from this function or position prior to the action taking place).

including costs. • The functions and processes utilized to manage services.g.g. options. issues. people. Service provider that provides IT services to external customers.ITIL® V3 : Release. The key factor is that the IT Services provide a source of competitive advantage in the market space the business exists in. Resources: Service Owner: Internal Service Providers: Shared Service Providers: External Service Providers: Business Case ©The Art of Service . • Capabilities are intangible assets of an organization and cannot be purchased. but must be developed and matured over time. A generic term that includes IT Infrastructure. outsourcing A decision support and planning tool that projects the likely consequences of a business action. The person who is accountable for the delivery of a specific IT Service. but instead support effective and efficient business processes. i. risks and possible problems. E. IT Services typically don’t provide a source of competitive advantage. application. person. It provides justification for a significant item of expenditure.: one IT organization to service all businesses in an umbrella organization. CI or IT service to carry out an activity. one IT organization within each of the business units. An internal service provider that is embedded within a business unit.3 Other Terminology Terminology IT Service Management: Capabilities: Explanations A set of specialized organizational capabilities for providing value to customers in the form of services. process.e. Control & Validation Best Practices 35 4. benefits. • The ITSM set of organizational capabilities aims to enable the effective and efficient delivery of services to customers. Resources are also considered to be tangible assets of an organization. An internal service provider that provides shared IT service to more than 1 business unit e. They are responsible for continual improvement and management of change affecting Services under their care. money or anything else that might help to deliver an IT service. The ability of an organization.

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test and deploy a release into production and establish the service according to specified requirements.1: – Scope of Service Transition © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC ©The Art of Service . build. Control and Validation Processes and the Service Lifecycle________________ The focus of this workbook is on the processes.ITIL® V3 : Release. Figure 5. Control & Validation Best Practices 37 5 Relationship between the Release. systems and functions required to package. This is primarily captured within the Service Lifecycle phase of Service Transition (and supported by Service Operation).


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Processes that will be discussed that play a role supporting all lifecycle phases (not just Service Transition) are: • • • Change Management Service Asset and Configuration Management Knowledge Management

Service Transition (by means of the RCV processes) is also responsible for testing and managing change to all of the processes found in the other lifecycle phases.

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5.1 Service Transition
The Service Transition lifecycle phase focuses on the vulnerable transition between the Design phase and the Operation phase of a service. It is particularly critical as functional and technical errors not found during this phase will result in significantly higher impact levels to the business and/or IT infrastructure and will usually cost much more to fix once the Service is in operation. Processes: • Transition Planning & Support** • Change Management • Release & Deployment Management • Service Validation and Testing • Evaluation • Service Asset & Configuration Management • Knowledge Management **(Not covered by the ITIL RCV Program)

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5.2 Objectives of Service Transition
The primary objective of Service Transition is the development and improvement of capabilities for transitioning new and modified services into operation. Other objectives include: • To ensure that new and changed services meet customer requirements and do not adversely impact the IT infrastructure or business processes. • To reduce the variation between estimated and actual costs, timeframes, risks and impact scales. • To build, configure, test and deploy quality Releases into operation in the most efficient manner while also minimising disruption to the business and customers.

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Control & Validation Best Practices 41 5. ©The Art of Service .ITIL® V3 : Release. Other benefits delivered include: • Increased success rate of Changes and Releases • More accurate estimations of Service Levels and Warranties • Less variation of costs against those estimated in budgets • Less variation from resources plans.3 Benefits of Service Transition Effective Service Transition can significantly improve a Service provider’s ability to effectively handle high volumes of change and releases across its Customer base.

©The Art of Service .4 Interfaces to other Service Lifecycle Phases Service Transition rests between the phases of Service Design and Service Operation. The following outputs are typically delivered as following successful execution of Service Transition: • Approved Service Release packages and associated deployment packages • Updated Service Packages • Updated Service Catalogues and Service Portfolios • Documentation and Early Life Support for a transferred or decommissioned service. Inputs from the Service Strategy phase: • Service Portfolio Information • Customer and Business Portfolios • Supplier and Vendor Contracts Information • Policies • Organizational Strategies • Constraints. However there are other inputs and outputs that exist with Service Transition and the Service Lifecycle. Regulations • Architectures • Service Management Plan (a requirement of ISO/IEC 20000) Inputs from the Service Design phase: • Service Definitions • Service Architecture & Structure (including core and supporting services) • Cost models • Capacity/Resource models • Availability and Capacity plans • Acceptance Criteria • Request For Change (RFC) to initiate the required changes to the environment Outputs from the Service Transition phase: The primary outputs from Service Transition are to Service Operation and the customer and end user community being served. with the majority of day-to-day interfaces involved between these three. Control & Validation Best Practices 5. Compliance Obligations.42 ITIL® V3 : Release.

IT infrastructure audits Continual Service Improvement Figure 5. and UCs. Configuration Item information (CMDB) Service Strategy Service Design Service Transition Initial End User Support.ITIL® V3 : Release. process metrics for improvements. Known Errors from Development. OLAs. Testing and Validation Results. Change Authorization. Guidance for SLAs. PIR Testing and Validation Results.3: – Some outputs to other lifecycle phases. Changes to IT infrastructure & services. Release Packages. ©The Art of Service . Control & Validation Best Practices 43 FSC. CMDB Service Operation Testing and validation results.

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maintain. • Service Validation and Testing providing assurance to satisfy both the associated Changes and Releases being implemented. ©The Art of Service . Control & Validation Best Practices 45 6 Release. • Regulations and compliance factors affecting the business or IT. share and communicate knowledge. the actual RCV team may be a single person in a small IT department or involve a worldwide network of specialist groups in an international organisation. Based on these influencing factors. groups and stakeholders involved. it is important to always ensure: • Clear definition of roles and responsibilities (using a RACI model) of the people. Control and Validation Processes_________________________ The processes of Release Control and Validation (RVC) are highly interdependent.ITIL® V3 : Release. Critical Success Factors (CSFs) and associated Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for all processes involved. • The use of outsourcing and external suppliers for small or large portions of the overall IT Service Delivery. • Clear definition of the scope. Regardless of the size of the actual teams responsible for the RCV processes. This interdependency can be seen by: • Changes being implemented in a controlled manner by using packaged Releases • The typical scope of a Configuration Management System (CMS) being identical to the defined scope of the Change Management process. objectives. • The type of business and associated customers being served by IT. The way in which an organization manages the actual Changes and Releases being implemented depends on many influencing factors including: • The complexity and culture of the organisation • The relative size. • The management of the RCV processes are based on a defined Service Transition policy (to help define interfaces and resolve possible conflicts). • Knowledge Management providing the mechanism to all Service Transition processes by which to record. customers and end-users. • Training and awareness is developed for all stakeholders including IT staff. all playing specific roles that contribute to the successful management of change in IT Services and IT Service Management processes. complexity and maturity of the IT infrastructure.

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increased market share or high availability and security platforms. These include strategies focussing on time-to-market. reduce costs or increasing ease and effectiveness of delivery and support. in order to minimize the impact of Change-related Incidents upon service quality. it is important to consider the diverse types of Changes that will be assessed and how a balance can be maintained in regards to the varying needs and potential impacts of Changes. 6. When reviewing the typical strategic objectives defined for an IT service provider.1 Goals and Objectives To ensure that standardized methods and procedures are used for controlled. In light of this it is important to interpret the following Change Management guidance with the understanding that is intended to be scaled to suit the organization and the size. and consequently to improve the day-to-day operations of the organization.1 Change Management The ability to control and manage Changes to defined IT services and their supporting elements is viewed as a fundamental element of quality service management. all of which require a controlled process by which to assess. Changes arise for a number of reasons: • From requests of the business or customers.1. efficient and prompt handling of all Changes. To deliver these benefits while being careful not causing excessive delays or bottlenecks as part of a coordinated approach to Service Transition. Control & Validation Best Practices 47 6.ITIL® V3 : Release. The process of Change Management typically exists in order to: • Optimize risk exposure (defined from both business and IT perspectives • Minimize the severity of any impact and disruption • Delivery successful Changes at the first attempt. • From internal IT groups looking to proactively improve services or to resolve errors and correct service disruption. control and manage Changes with varying levels of rigour. seeking to improve services. “Remember: Not every change is an improvement. but every improvement is a change!” ©The Art of Service . complexity and risk of Changes being assessed. most of these are underpinned by the requirement of effective Change control.

tactical and operational levels.2 Scope The term Change is often defined in varying ways. All Changes to service assets and configuration items (CIs) are recorded in the Configuration Management Systems (CMS). application.” It is important however that every organization defines those changes which lie outside the scope of their service change process (such as operational or business process and policy changes). modification or removal of approved. software. current and retired services.1. environment. Figure 6. This includes the addition. 2. As discussed in 4. network. supported or baselined hardware. Overall business risk is optimized 6.48 ITIL® V3 : Release. system. Control & Validation Best Practices Change Management’s purpose is also to ensure that: 1.1.1: Scope of Change Management for IT Services © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC The figure above demonstrates the typical scope of the Change Management process for an IT Service Provider and how it interfaces with the business and suppliers at strategic.4. Service Portfolios provides the clear definition of all planned. however the best definition of a service change is: “Any alteration in the state of a Configuration Item (CI). ©The Art of Service . desktop build or associated documentation.

These processes together will help in the evaluation of impact. • Roles and responsibilities involved • Procedures required. These policies are typically created with information relating to: • Creating a culture of Change Management – with zero tolerance on unauthorized changes.1. urgency and priority codes for changes. • Aligning the service Change Management process with business. Problem Management) • Toolset requirements to support Change Management • Configuration Management interfaces.3 Designing and Planning It is generally advised that the Change Management process should be planned in conjunction with Release & Deployment. The checklist of typical requirements when designing the Change Management process includes: • Regulatory. needs. for internal and external providers. and Service Asset & Configuration Management.g.4 Change Management Policies There must be policies and standards defined that clarify. Control & Validation Best Practices 49 6. timings and overall risk for changes being assessed.1. project and stakeholder Change Management • Prioritization of changes • Establishing accountability and responsibilities • Segregation of duty controls • Establish a single focal point for changes • Prevent people who are not authorized to make changes from accessing production environment • Integration with other Service Management processes • Change windows • Performance and risk evaluation • Performance measures for the process.ITIL® V3 : Release. policy or other compliance requirements • Documentation requirements • Identification of impact. ©The Art of Service . who must do what. • Interfaces to other Service Management processes (e. when and what the consequences of non-compliance to the policy will be. 6.

such as a service request. E.g. Change Models defines how various categories of changes are assessed & authorized. which will escalate the Change for assessment to the most appropriate person or group. While standard changes are effectively preapproved by Change Management. and they are logged and tracked using a different mechanism. The defined Change Models should also include: • What steps should be taken to manage the change • Roles and Responsibilities • Timescales and thresholds for actions • Escalation procedures’ Change Models defined within ITIL include the following: NORMAL Change: A change that follows all of the steps of the change process. See Figure 6.50 ITIL® V3 : Release. Normal Changes will often be further defined by the relative impact and complexity. password reset or provision of standard equipment to a new employee. STANDARD Change: A pre-approved Change that is low risk. Control & Validation Best Practices 6. relatively common and follows a procedure or work instruction. with different mechanisms and activities used to process and deliver changes based on the change type.3 for the example process flow for normal changes. It is assessed by either a Change Manager or Change Advisory Board. RFCs are not required to implement a Standard Change.1. ©The Art of Service . they may still require forms of authorization such as other groups such Human Resources (HR) or Financial departments.5 Change Models The definition of different process models will allow an organization to maintain a balance between providing an appropriate level of control for changes without causing bottlenecks or restricting business growth.

because they are typically more disruptive and prone to failure. EMERGENCY Change: A change that must be introduced as soon as possible. ©The Art of Service . without sacrificing normal management controls. STANDARD Change: The main elements of a standard change are that: • Authority is effectively given in advance • The tasks are well known.. methods of assessment and documentation are typically modified. to resolve a major incident or implement a security patch. To enable this to occur.g.ITIL® V3 : Release. with some documentation occurring after the change has occurred. Control & Validation Best Practices 51 Continued. Organizations should be careful to ensure that the number of emergency changes be kept to a minimum. The change management process will normally have a specific procedure for handling Emergency Changes quickly.. E. documented and proven • There is a defined trigger to initiate the Request For Change (RFC) • Budgetary approval is typically defined or controlled by the requester • The risk is usually low and always well understood Over time and as the IT organization matures the list of standard changes should increase in order to maintain optimum levels of efficiency and effectiveness.

test report and evaluation reports. Additionally the integration of Change Management with Business Change processes. infrastructure components resulting from approved RFCs • Updated change schedule • Revised PSO • Authorized change plans • Change decisions.1. transition. suppliers or other stakeholders. Normal outputs from the process will be: • Rejected RFCs • Approved RFCs • Changes to services. ©The Art of Service . project management and supplier management is recommended to enable seamless level of IT quality to be delivered. deployment.6 Triggers and Interfaces Requests for Change can come from anywhere within service lifecycle or from interfaces with the business. release. The inputs required for the change and outputs produced will vary depending on the type defined and whether it is strategic. evaluation and remediation) • Current change schedule and projected service outage (PSO) • Current or affected assets and configuration items • Test results.52 ITIL® V3 : Release. test. tactical or operational in nature. documents. Control & Validation Best Practices 6. records and reports Interfaces with other service lifecycle processes should also be considered for a coordinated approach to quality service management. Normal inputs include: • Request for Changes (RFC) • Policy and strategies for change and release • Plans (change.

including: • RFCs • Service Desk calls • Project Initiation Documents Different types of change require different types of change request. Avoiding a bureaucratic approach to documenting a minor change alleviates some of the cultural barriers and resistance that may exist when adopting the Change Management process. Control & Validation Best Practices 53 Figure 6.ITIL® V3 : Release.2: Change Management workflow and key interfaces with Configuration Management © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC There can be various types of Change Requests to initiate the execution of Change Management processes. ©The Art of Service . An organization needs to ensure that appropriate procedures and forms are available to cover the anticipated requests from the different parties and stakeholders involved.

Change Management coordinates the work performed.1. 6. Assess and evaluate the Change – may require involvement of CAB or ECAB. Work orders are issued for the build of the Change (but carried out by other groups) 7. Control & Validation Best Practices 6. ©The Art of Service . Review the RFC for classification and prioritization 3. The Change is closed. The Change is scheduled.3: The Activities of Change Management Overview of Important Steps: 1. The Change is reviewed. 8. Authorization or rejection of the Change 5. 9.7 Change Management Activities The following diagram represents the typical activities involved for Normal Changes that have been identified. 2. The RFC is recorded. The actual steps and procedures need to be further refined depending on any specific Change models that have been created.54 ITIL® V3 : Release. Create RFC Record the RFC Update change and configuration information in CMS Initiator Change proposal (optional) requested Review RFC Change Management Ready for evaluation Assess and evaluate change Ready for decision Authorize Change Change authority authorized Plan updates Change Management scheduled Co-ordinate change* Change Management implemented Work orders Authorize Change proposal Work orders Review and close Evaluation report Figure 6. 4.

this assessment may require involvement from: • Only the Change Manager and Change Owner for local authorization • The Change Advisory Board (representing all key stakeholders) • The IT Management (Steering) Board • Business Executive Board. Assess and evaluate the Change. which will contain a full description of the change together with a business and financial justification for the proposed change. The RFC is recorded. There should be an opportunity to appeal. Control & Validation Best Practices 55 1. The change is raised by a request from the initiator. All changes will be assessed for their relative potential impact. cost and complexity. as changes are logged. together with brief details of the reason for the rejection. an initial review should act as a filtering mechanism to apply the correct Change model to be used (classification). Review the RFC for classification and prioritization. Procedures should stipulate that. identify the relative priority of the Change. The level of information recorded for a change depends largely on the size and impact of the change. Change Management reviews each Change request and return any that are: • Totally impractical • Repeats of earlier RFC’s • Incomplete submissions These requests will be returned to the initiator. Some information is recorded initially and some information updated as the change document progresses through its lifecycle. This may be recorded directly on the RFC form and details of the change and actions may be recorded in other documents and referenced from the RFC such as business cases. a change proposal may be required. via normal management channels. 2. Depending on the Change model that has been applied.ITIL® V3 : Release. and should be incorporated within the procedures. To ensure Change Management is using an appropriate level of control based on factors of risk. and to ensure that the required details are supplied. and the log should record this fact. The change proposal will include sign off by appropriate levels of business management. risk and resource requirements. ©The Art of Service . 3. For a major change with significant organizational and/or financial applications.

Formal authorization is obtained for each change from a change authority that may be a role. Level 1 2 3 4 5 Change Authority Business Executive Board.56 ITIL® V3 : Release. security plan. so the assessment needs to identify potential for: • Impact on customer’s business operation • Effect on SLA’s. baselines.Executive decision Change impacts multiple services/ organizational divisions Change impacts only local/ service group Change to a specific component of an IT Service Standard Change ©The Art of Service . security etc • Impact on other services • Impact on non-IT infrastructures • Effect of not implementing • Cost and staffing implications • Current Change Schedule • Ongoing resources required after implementation • Impact on continuity plan. and any Service Operation practices. capacity plan. The IT Management (Steering) Board Change Advisory Board (CAB) or Emergency CAB (ECAB) Change Manager Local Authorization Potential Impact/Risk High cost/risk change . Control & Validation Best Practices The scope of potential impacts on services for failed changes is wide. service models. The following table describes the type of hierarchical structures that may be used for different levels of change authorization. person or a group of people. The levels of authorization for a change should be judged by: • Type • Size • Risk • Financial implications • Scope. A degree of delegated authority may also exist within an authorization level. test environments.

What is the RELATIONSHIP between this change and other changes? 4. 5. • Financial Approval .What are the consequences to the business? And not doing it? • Technology Approval . and visible to the appropriate IT staff members. in addition to any planned downtime from other causes such as planned maintenance and data backups. The Change is scheduled. test or implementation of the change will be scheduled when resources are available and when they least impact on live services or business critical times. These questions are: 1. What is the RETURN required from the change? 4. customers and end users. Control & Validation Best Practices 57 The 7 Rs of Change Management provide a set of guiding questions that need to be answered as part of the overall assessment for Changes. Who is RESPONSIBLE for the build. What are the RISKS involved in the change? 5.What are the consequences to the infrastructure? And not doing it? When authorizing changes.ITIL® V3 : Release. This details any revised Service Level Agreement and service availability targets because of the events in the Change Schedule. What RESOURCES are required to deliver the change? 6. it is important to consider both the implications of performing the Change. test and implementation of the change? 7. they in turn will ensure they have the approval of three main areas. Change Management will need to coordinate with Release and Deployment Management so that any activities required for the build. This also requires empowering the Change Manager with an appropriate level of authority as their primary role is to protect the integrity of the IT infrastructure and the services provided to customers. Who RAISED the change? 2.What’s it going to cost? And what’s the cost of not doing it? • Business Approval . Any service disruption is documented in with the Projected Service Outage (PSO). ©The Art of Service . Authorization or rejection of the Change While the responsibility for authorization for Changes lies with the Change Manager. as well as the impacts of NOT implementing the Change. What is the REASON for the change? 3. The timing of events and eventual implementation will be communicated via the Change Schedule. The assessment of the change will have provided an estimation of the resource requirements for delivering a successful change.

7. There should be a back-out plan that will restore the organization to its initial situation. Work orders are issued for the build of the Change (but carried out by other groups) Change Management will coordinate with Release and Deployment to identify the groups or individuals responsible for the implementation of the various elements making up the Change. through reloading a baselined set of Configuration Items. Ideally. Change Management coordinates the work performed. Lessons learned should be embedded into future changes as part of continuous improvement. This includes whether the request should be developed as a standard change or whether another change model is more appropriate for future management of similar requests. This will be greatly influenced by the availability of staff and any Release policies defining how and when changes are released to the live environment. The Change is reviewed. that the initiator and stakeholders are happy with the results and that there have been no unexpected sideeffects.58 ITIL® V3 : Release. ©The Art of Service . Major changes will require more customer and stakeholder input throughout the entire process. are thoroughly tested. In all cases involving changes that have not been fully tested. no change should be approved without having explicitly addressed the question of what to do if it is not successful. the results should be reported for evaluation to those responsible for managing changes. can the risk of the proposed change be determined and the appropriate actions taken. The review should confirm that the change has met the defined objectives. Control & Validation Best Practices 6. 8. This is an oversight role to also ensure that all changes that can be. and by establishing that the remediation is viable. Remediation Planning is a critical element during the coordination of Changes. Change Management plays a co-ordination role as implementation is the responsibility of others (under the direction of Release and Deployment management or from Project Management groups). Only by considering what remediation options are available before instigating a change. and then presented as a completed change for stakeholder agreement. special care needs to be taken during implementation. On completion of the change.

Typical representatives for a CAB under normal conditions are: • The Change Manager (chairs the CAB) • Customer representatives • User management • Application Developers/Supporters • Technical Experts and Consultants • Other Services Staff • Vendors and Suppliers. ©The Art of Service . An infrastructure change – concerned with how IT delivers rather that what IT delivers.1. technical and support viewpoints.8 Roles and Responsibilities within Change Management Change Advisory Board (CAB) The CAB is a body that assists the Change Manager is evaluating and approving changes that have been requested. archiving or other policy requirements that have been defined. 9. Change Management must review new or changed services after a predefined period has elapsed. These records will be kept for a period of time based on business. 6. If the change review was satisfactory or the original change is abandoned (e. compliance. the needs for the change is decreased or disappears) the RFC should be formally closed in the logging system. The CAB is not necessarily a physical meeting of people.ITIL® V3 : Release.g. but can be enabled with the use of technology such as video-conferencing. Change Management (or CAB) will decide what follow-up action is required. suppliers and other stakeholders in such a way that all changes that impact their domain can be appropriately assessed from business. The Change is closed. customers. Control & Validation Best Practices 59 Two types of reviews are performed for normal changes: • • The review of a service change – immediately visible to the customer and scheduled for discussion at the next service level management review meeting. Members of the CAB are made up by IT staff. since change reviews are a standard CAB agenda item. This process will involve CAB members. which will be (almost) invisible to the customer. When a change has not achieved its objectives.

Standard items for the CAB agenda include: • Failed. 6. While complete testing may not be possible. • RFCs to be assessed by the CAB ordered by priority.9 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of Change Management It is important that a balanced view of metrics is used when assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of the Change Management process. unauthorized or backed-out changes.1. Metrics should be linked to business goals whenever practical. which is a sub-group that will provide the assistance for the evaluation of Emergency Changes. As it will not always be possible to convene a full CAB meeting. and to cost. a separate defined procedure and authorization mechanisms should exist and be clearly documented and understood. • Identified process issues or improvements. • Advance notice of RFCs expected for review at next CAB meeting. This may be 3 or 4 members of the normal CAB who between them have the best overview of the potential risks and impacts of implementing the Emergency Change. it is still important to apply an appropriate level of testing as well as define any roll-back mechanisms relative to the potential risk and impact identified. In order to maintain an effective meeting. • Current and outstanding changes. Emergency Change Advisory Board (ECAB) For Emergency Changes. an ECAB would be used instead. availability. Ultimately the final decision to authorize changes will rest with the Change Manager or whichever body or person has been delegated for this in the organization (typically the IT director or service manager). Control & Validation Best Practices Rather than having a static list of members. CAB members should come prepared with any documentation that was produced as part of their evaluation or advice on current changes. • Concluded changes for review. the CAB should include both static and dynamic members who will attend based on the needs for the changes being discussed. reliability and customer satisfaction. ©The Art of Service .60 ITIL® V3 : Release.

Depending on the current maturity of informal change management practices.10 Challenges affecting Change Management Implementing Change Management should be managed with particular sensitivity and awareness due to the often large cultural changes that will need to take place. business area etc. in order to identify the potential successes and failures and to better refine and scale according to the organization’s needs. This will need to be addressed by developing stakeholder awareness at all stages during the implementation project.1. Control & Validation Best Practices 61 These metrics include: • Number of RFCs (Accepted/Rejected) • Number and % of successful Changes • Emergency Changes • Number of Changes awaiting implementation • Number of implemented Changes • Change backlogs and bottle-necks • Business impact of changes • Frequency of Change to CIs • Number of disruptions (incidents and problems) caused by unsuccessful changes • Level of variance between estimated and actual resources and time required for changes • Frequency of change (by service. as there can be many instances where service quality can be negatively impacted as a result of changes executed by the end-user community.) • Number of changes (by change type) • Number of changes recorded and tracked using automated tools • Staff utilization • Number of unauthorized changes detected by Configuration Management 6. Over time. the scope of Change Management should eventually include the customers and end users just as much as IT staff members themselves. expectations and ideas. ©The Art of Service .ITIL® V3 : Release. including gaining feedback about their needs. it may be appropriate to run a pilot for Change Management.

coordinates the changes involved in a given project. build. 6. controls. Control & Validation Best Practices Typical challenges that affect the success of Change Management include: Change in culture .1. ©The Art of Service .to execute a controlled change all data MUST be reliable Commitment of the supplier(s) to the process Commitment of management. test or implement.4: Relationship with Project Management How does Change Management work with Project Management? • Change Management authorizes.11 Relationship with Project Management Figure 6.1 central process comes into place that influences everyone’s activities Bypassing .62 • • • • • ITIL® V3 : Release. • It does not plan. • Change Management is also concerned with Remediation Planning to ensure that each RFC has a fallback / rollback plan.projects ducking the Change Management planning Optimal link with Configuration Management .

problem report number.1. Control & Validation Best Practices 63 6. financial etc.ITIL® V3 : Release. legislation) √ Description Summary Full description Identity of item(s) to be changed – description of the desired change Summary Full description Service (for enhancement) or CI with errors (corrective changes) Reason for change. Business Case Summary Full justification Effect of not implementing the change (business. error records. business need. e.12 Typical Contents of Change Documentation RFC Change proposal (if appropriate) √ Related assets/CIs Attribute on the change record Unique Number Trigger (e.g.g. to purchase order.) √ Configuration items and baseline versions to be changed √ Affected baseline / release Details of CIs in baseline / release ©The Art of Service . technical.

major Proposed Predicted timeframe.64 ITIL® V3 : Release. Control & Validation Best Practices Contact and details of person proposing the change √ Date and time that the change was proposed √ Change category. costs and quality of service Change priority Summary / reference Full Proposed Risk assessment and risk management plan Summary / reference Full Back-out or remediation plan Possibly Full Impact assessment and evaluation – resources and capacity. significant. cost.g. e. resources. benefits Provisional Initial Impact √ ©The Art of Service . minor.

capacity plan. and test plan? √ Change decision body √ Decision and recommendations accompanying the decision √ Authorization signature (could be electronic) √ Authorization date and time √ Target baseline or release to incorporate change into Target change plan(s) for change to be incorporated into √ √ ©The Art of Service . Control & Validation Best Practices 65 Plans affected Would the change require consequential amendment of IT Service Continuity Management (ITSCM) plan.ITIL® V3 : Release. security plan.

release window or date and time) √ Location / reference to release / implementation plan √ Details of change implementer √ Change implementation details (success / fail / remediation) √ √ Actual implementation date and time √ Review date(s) √ Review results (including crossreference to new RFC where necessary) Summary Closure Summary ©The Art of Service .66 ITIL® V3 : Release. Control & Validation Best Practices Scheduled implementation time (change window.

1. team leader instructing change C Change target. e. Set up a system for communicating change Steer change Mobilize the organization Mobilize their department. team Lead workshops and group analysis of the current processes Run effective meetings Solve problems in groups A/R A/R A/R A A/R A C C C A/R A/R A/R A/R C C C A/R A/R C A/R A/R A/R A C A/R A C C C C A/R A/R A/R A/R A/R A/R A/R A/R A/R ©The Art of Service .13 RACI Example for Managing Change Change Sponsor. e. process owners. business and IT leaders Change enabler.ITIL® V3 : Release. individual performing the change I Role/Responsibility Articulate a vision for the business and service change in their domain Recognize and handle resistance to change Initiate change. unit. understand the levers for change and the obstacles Manage change and input to change plan Input to design of target organization or structure. etc.g.g.g. Control & Validation Best Practices 67 6.g. e. e. service owners A/R Change agent.

reuse. Control & Validation Best Practices 6. test and deploy a release into product and enable effective handover to service operations. systems and functions required to build. and Release and Deployment plans with customers and stakeholders. end users. and enable its effective use in order to deliver value to the customer. verified. 6. installed. customers.1 Goals and Objectives To deploy new releases into production. the actual scope includes all of the activities. ©The Art of Service . uninstalled or backed out if necessary. customers and service operations. transition support to service operation. Release and Deployment will enhance an organization’s capabilities to develop. being of less importance and priority to both the business and IT organizations. Other objectives of Release and Deployment are: • To define and agree upon Release policies. • There is minimal unpredicted impact on the production services. Release and Deployment can be mistakenly seen as the poor cousin of Change Management.2.68 ITIL® V3 : Release.2 Release and Deployment Management Often forgotten or ignored in many IT Service Management implementations or initiatives. Much of the confusion and misunderstanding is perpetuated by the idea that Release and Deployment only focuses on the actual distribution of changes to the live environment. suppliers and any other relevant stakeholders. • Ensure the integrity of constructed release packages and that they are recorded accurately in the Configuration Management System (CMS). • Ensure the required skills and knowledge is transferred to support staff. compile. distribute and rollback releases in accordance with defined policies that improve efficiency and reduce business disruption. • Ensure that all release packages can be tracked. In conjunction with the use of Change Management. While timely and accurate distribution is indeed a goal of the process.

As a result. Control & Validation Best Practices 69 6. validate and distribute authorized service changes to the target systems or users. the following factors should be taken into account: • The ease and amount of change necessary to release and deploy the release unit • The amount of resources needed to build. A release is a collection of authorized changes to an IT service. package. improvements in the metrics defined for Release and Deployment may be at the expense of the other transition processes. Typical benefits seen as a result of improved Release and Deployment are: • • • • Delivering change.2 Scope Release and Deployment works closely in conjunction with the other RCV processes to enable the quality transition of services. suppliers and customers Contributing to meeting auditable requirements for traceability through Service Transition. 6. test. at optimum cost and minimized risk Assuring customers and users can use the new or changed service in a way that supports the business goals Improving consistency in implementation approach across the business change. When defining the most appropriate release unit structure.2. A poorly designed release and deployment will.2. it is important to remember that it should be utilized in conjunction with the other Service Transition processes. ©The Art of Service . Well planned and implemented release and deployment will make a significant difference to an organization's service costs. force IT personnel to spend significant amounts of time troubleshooting problems and managing complexity. it can cripple the environment and degrade the live services.3 Benefits When identifying the benefits that Release and Deployment provides for. The role played specifically by Release and Deployment is to build. faster.ITIL® V3 : Release. service teams.4 Terminology Release Unit: A ‘release unit’ describes the portion of a service or IT infrastructure that is normally released together according to the organization’s release policy. distribution and live environments.2. at best. At worst. 6. test and distribute a release unit • The complexity of interfaces between the proposed unit and the rest of the services and IT infrastructure • The storage and resources available in the build.

Typical identification schemes include the following examples: • Major Release: Banking_System v1. • Emergency Fix: Banking_System v1. Control & Validation Best Practices Based on these factors. factors such as the modularity of components.1. v3 etc o Major roll-out of new hardware and/or software • Minor Release: Banking_System v1.2 etc o A temporary or permanent Quick Fix for a Problem or Known Error ©The Art of Service . v1.5: Simplified example of release units for an IT service © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC Release Package: A release package may be a single release unit or a structured set of release units. Like the definition of release units.3 etc o A few minor improvements and fixes to Known Errors. v1.2. it may mean that for critical applications the release unit is the complete set of application components and for optional features or add-ons only the single component itself.1.1.70 ITIL® V3 : Release.1. v1. Release Identification: The unique release identification scheme which is normally defined in the Release Policy and conforms to any standards defined by Service Asset and Configuration Management. Figure 6. including the associated user or support documentation that is required. v2. the amount of change occurring and resources required will be considered when formulating a complete Release Package.

ITIL® V3 : Release. New IT assemblies are stored here until ready for use. with Release and Deployment being responsible for any additions. and additional components can be used when needed for additional systems or in the recovery from Incidents. Figure 6. details of these assemblies are recorded in the ©The Art of Service . removals or maintenance that needs to be performed. Like the DML.6: The use of the DML by Release and Deployment © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC Definitive Spares: Physical storage of all spare IT components and assemblies maintained at the same level as within the live environment. The DML should include definitive copies of purchased software (along with license documents and any controlled information) as well as software developed on site. modifications. The DML includes both electronic and physical copies of definitive software releases. Control & Validation Best Practices 71 Definitive Media Library (DML): The secure library where the definitive authorized versions of all media CIs (typically software) are stored and protected.

OLAs. and their management and deployment the responsibility of the Release and Deployment process.2. Other inputs will also be provided from Service Strategy and Service Design to ensure that the requirements for value provision have been met. Build Management: The software. 6.72 ITIL® V3 : Release. Control & Validation Best Practices CMDB. The inputs to release and deployment include: • Authorized RFCs • Service Packages • Service Design Package • Service Acceptance Criteria • Service Management policies and standards (including the Change Policy) • Build Models and plans • Exit and entry criteria for each stage of release and deployment The outputs include: • Release and deployment plan • Updated RFCs for any required activities • Updated service catalogue reflecting any service changes • New or modified service • New or modified processes • Skilled and knowledgeable support staff • End users with capabilities to use the service • SLAs. hardware and documentation that comprise a release unit should be assembled in a controlled manner to ensure a repeatable process. UCs • Deployment plans and packages • Service Transition Report ©The Art of Service . This should include automation where possible for its compilation and distribution.5 Triggers and Interfaces The primary interfaces of release and deployment exist with Change Management and the surrounding Service Transition processes. which for large organizations can significantly reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for the services involved.

7: Options for ‘big bang’ and phased rollouts. and then this operation is repeated for subsequent parts of the user base via a scheduled rollout plan. Release Policy Release 1 Release 2 Release 3 1 2 3 4* 5* 1 2 3 4 5 6* 7* 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8* Initial Launch ‘Big Bang’ roll-out * Additional Workstations Figure 6.ITIL® V3 : Release. This will be the case in many scenarios such as in retail organizations for new services being introduced into the stores’ environment in manageable phases.6 Release Design Options and Considerations When planning individual releases or defining the policies that should exist. Control & Validation Best Practices 73 6. © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC Phased roll-out ©The Art of Service . The common options for deploying releases are described below: Big Bang or Phased Big Bang: Where the new or changed service is deployed to all user areas in one operation. Phased Approach: The service is deployed to a part of the user base initially. This will often be used when introducing an application change and consistency of service across the organization is considered important. consideration about the potential impact and need for resources will affect how releases will be deployed to the target locations.2.

Automated or Manual Automation: Helps to ensure repeatability and consistency. This will ultimately slow down the release team and create resource and capacity issues that affect the agreed service levels ©The Art of Service . A good example is virus signature updates. since the new or changed service is delivered into the users’ environment at a time not of their choosing. Control & Validation Best Practices The Push Approach: service component is deployed from the centre and pushed out to the target locations. Software is made available in a central location but users are free to pull the software down to their own location at a time of their choosing or when a workstation restarts. The Pull Approach: used for software releases. either in big bang or phased forms is the use of a push approach. This may be through new users appearing and requesting downloads or expected users not doing so. Typical examples of activities that are capable of a degree of automation are: • Discovery tools aid release planning • Automate builds reduce time taken this in turn can resolve scheduling conflicts and delays • Automated configuration baselines procedures save time and reduce errors in identifying the status of CI’s and releases during build.C’s and servers when it best suits the customer. Pull approaches do not rest so heavily on accurate configuration data and they can trigger an update to user records. The time required to provide a well-designed and efficient automated mechanism may not always be available or viable. The use of ‘Pull’ updating a release over the internet has made this concept significantly more pervasive.74 Push or Pull ITIL® V3 : Release. delivering updated service components to all users. which are typically pulled down to update P. however at times of extreme virus risk this may be overridden by a release that is pushed to all know users. test and deployment etc Manual: Important to monitor and measure the impact of many repeated manual activities as they are likely to be inefficient and error prone. triggering investigation into their continued existence. In terms of service deployment.

The Deployment Plan is the documented approach for distributing a single Release. Typical contents of a Release Policy include: • • • • • • • • • Level of infrastructure to be controlled by Releases Preferred structure and schedules for Release Packages Definition of major and minor releases. preparation & training Logistics. emergency fixes Expected deliverables for each type of Release Policy on the production and execution of back out plans How and where Releases should be documented Blackout windows for releases based on business or IT requirements Roles and responsibilities defined for the Release and Deployment process Supplier contacts and escalation points 6.8: Phases and activities of Release and Deployment ©The Art of Service .8 Release and Deployment Activities Release policy & planning Design & develop or order & purchase Build & configure release Release testing & acceptance Deployment planning Communication.2. Delivery & installation Key Points: The Release Policy is the overarching strategy for Releases and was derived from the Service Design phase of the Service Lifecycle.2. The Release Plan is the operational implementation for each release.ITIL® V3 : Release. Control & Validation Best Practices 75 6.7 Release Policy A Release Policy is the formal documentation of the overarching strategy for releases and was derived from the Service Design phase of the Service Lifecycle. Figure 6. It is the governing policy document for the process and must accommodate the majority of releases being implemented.

Preparation for build. and conform to any policies that have been defined. The processes of Evaluation and Service Validation and Testing will be integrated here to assist in the determination whether to continue. Verify deployment 8. impact and resource requirements for components of the change. Service test and pilots 5. Control & Validation Best Practices Overview of Important Steps: 1. test and deployment 3.76 ITIL® V3 : Release. Review and close Service Transition 1. Release planning 2. Deployment and retirement 7. Build and test 4. Perform transfer. plans should be authorized by Change Management and used to assist in the evaluation of the risk. ©The Art of Service . For each release. Typically the release and deployment plans should document the: • Scope and content of the release • The risk assessment for the release • Affected stakeholders • Teams responsible for the release • Communication strategy to be used during the release and deployment process Plans should take into account the acceptance criteria that exist for the release and when authorization points will verify a pass or fail. Plan and prepare for deployment 6. Release Planning Any plans created for the release and deployment will need to be integrated with the overall Service transition plan. Early Life Support 9. pause or revert to previous stages of the release. Review and close the deployment 10.

For this to be effective the scope needs to be carefully determined. as being either too large or too small will likely result in some negatively impact to the overall success and quality of the release and deployment process. roles and responsibilities for any key activities • Defining the build exit and entry criteria. Pilots should include mechanisms by which feedback can be gathered about various aspects of the release and associated processes. testing and maintaining the controlled environments to production will need to be planned in order to enable optimum use of resources for the development of the release. • Scheduling the resources and time required to setup the environments • Testing the build and compilation procedures • Scheduling the build and compilation activities • Assigning resources. Environments that may be utilized during this period include: • Build environments • Testing and integration environments • Deployment environments • Pilot environments • Backup and recovery environments Utilizing Pilots Pilots may be useful for testing the service with a group of participants that are representative of the broader end-user community. Deployment Planning ©The Art of Service .ITIL® V3 : Release. Control & Validation Best Practices 77 Build and test planning The approach taken for building. For complex releases or in large and diverse organizations it may be appropriate to use more than one pilot for address the different implementation and support issues that exist. The activities that occur here are: • Developing build plans based on the Service Design Package and defining any environment requirements.

and any issues documented in an interim evaluation report. What needs to be deployed? 2.78 ITIL® V3 : Release. build and test teams. Where are the users? 5. Who else needs to be prepared well in advance? (training. ©The Art of Service . Such training could be related to the: • Service management processes to be used • Changes in security or health and safety procedures • Understanding of the Service Design documentation and plans • Technology being utilized for the release. This should be an independent evaluation that checks the release will deliver the predicted outcomes. Questions that must be answered include: 1. the release design must be validated against the requirements defined for the new or changed service offering. What are the critical success factors and exit criteria? 9. deployment. Are there location dependences? 4. Who are the users? 3. Preparation for build. various financial and commercial factors will need to be assessed before the deployment activities. Why is the deployment happening? 8. When does the deployment need to be completed? 7. including: • Working capital • Contracts and licenses • Funding • Intellectual property requirements 2. test and deployment Before the actual building of the release occurs. What is the current capability of the service provider? Financial/Commercial Planning Where necessary. Control & Validation Best Practices There are many factors that will be considered when choosing the most appropriate deployment strategy (refer back to deployment options). security etc) 6. Training of involved release and deployment staff In many cases the introduction of a release may require additional training for the release.

capturing and recording information. ©The Art of Service . Acquire and test required components Release and Deployment should be interfaced with the organization’s existing procurement processes to acquire any required components for the release. sharing and archiving knowledge. As part of the overall Service Validation and Testing. ensuring proof of licence and triggering updates to the Asset Management System. Control & Validation Best Practices 79 3.ITIL® V3 : Release. knowledge bases and other guidance should be consistently available to support the release team in the activities performed. Typical documentation that will be used by the release teams include: • Contract agreements • Purchase requests • Health and Safety guidelines • Security policies • Licence agreements • Procedures for: o Distributing software o Delivering. moving and installing equipment o Wiping sensitive data and media o Publishing. This will save time and effort in verifying assets. repeatable practices and reusable components should be utilized to during the build and test of releases. each of the individual components should be tested to verify that any quality criteria has been met. This includes managing the: • Build. procedures. Build and test Wherever possible. information and data. initiating action where quality criteria is not met. test and packaging environments • Compilation and packaging tools • Configuration of the releases themselves: o Version control o Documentation templates for testing and validation o Access rights and security procedures Release and build documentation Documentation templates.

Managing the build and test environments The need for multiple environments in which to build and test will depend on the size. but also requires testing of the scripts and mechanisms that will be used. With particular focus on the release itself. which simulates as much of the service as possible in an extensive and widely involved practice session. frequency and impact of the releases being managed.80 ITIL® V3 : Release. 4. service rehearsals may be used. testing and validation must be performed at multiple levels. to provide repeatable practices and expected outcomes. When a definitive package has been assembled. Test environments should be protected using a range of testing best practices (see also Service Validation and Testing). complexity. tools and checklists should be utilized as part of the release packaging. Pilots Previous planning should have already identified what pilots will be used as part of the overall release and deployment. Control & Validation Best Practices Release Packaging Build management procedures. Service testing and pilots (See Service Validation and Testing) As part of a coordinated effort with Service Validation and Testing. a baseline should be taken of the release package and the correct versioning and naming conventions applied. and is designed to be the last measure to detect any potential issues that will arrive during or after the deployment to the live environment. Automating the installation of systems and software reduces the workload of people. and appropriate access to these environments given based on the priorities defined. This would normally occur after other pilots have run. Key actions to take during pilots are: • Training of any people involved • Documentation of any required procedures • Continual communication and engagement with customers and users • Determine the levels of support required for the actual release • Discover and fix issues wherever possible before the final deployment • Document improvements where appropriate and incorporate them into future plans ©The Art of Service .

Control & Validation Best Practices 81 5.9: – Example set of deployment activities © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC ©The Art of Service .ITIL® V3 : Release. These plans should include guidance regarding: • Risk mitigation plans • Disposal and retirement plans • The logistics for delivery • Knowledge transfer • Mobilizing users to be ready to use the service • Mobilizing the support staff for service readiness Figure 6. Plan and prepare for deployment At this stage the focus is to prepare the organization and people for organizational change and to refine and deployment plans that have been documented.

the activities performed can be grouped under the following tasks: 1. Rather than simply hand off support post-deployment. Control & Validation Best Practices 6: Perform transfer. 7: Verify deployment Once the activities for the deployment of releases are finished. Deploy processes and materials 4. Transfer changes required to business/organization 3. Transfer financial assets 2. enhanced learning and better momentum for continual improvement. Decommissioning and service retirement 8. Deploy Service Management Capability 5. ©The Art of Service . 8: Early Life Support The quality of transition to Service Operation is a crucial element to the success of the overall service change that is being implemented. the release and deployment teams should assist in managing any calls. increased customer and user satisfaction. The resource allocation from these teams will then be gradually reduced while Service Operation takes on more responsibility for support. Verification should ensure that: • The service/release components are in place by means of a configuration audit • Documentation has been updated accordingly • Roles and responsibilities have been correctly assigned • The measurement and reporting systems are established to measure performance of the service Any noted deviations from plans or other items raised should be documented in order to improve future implementations and processes used. Transfer service 6. This enables more stability in this vulnerable period.82 ITIL® V3 : Release. Remove redundant assets These activities will need to be modified to accommodate any items specified in the deployment plan as part of the acceptance criteria for ‘go live’. verification should occur that users are capable of operating the service. deployment and retirement During the actual implementation itself. Deploy service 7. incidents and problems that are detected in the early of the new or modified service.

11: The benefits of using Early Life Support The example shown in the figures above demonstrate how the number of incidents for deployment A was significantly reduced through the use of Early Life Support. Control & Validation Best Practices 83 Figure 6. The acceptance criteria for finalizing Early Life Support should be agreed early in the process. and the transfer of knowledge to service desk staff (including knowledge base articles). ©The Art of Service .10: Typical Early Life Support Activities © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC Figure 6. which might include such conditions as: • Users can use the service effectively and efficiently for their business activities • Service delivery is managed and controlled across any service provider interfaces • Service levels and performance standards are being consistently achieved • Stakeholder groups verify the transfer of required knowledge • All deliverables required for the release have been signed off.ITIL® V3 : Release. including the training of users and staff.

Figure 6. This will utilize the process of Evaluation and is driven by Change Management.12: Transitioning New and Changed Services into Operation ©The Art of Service .84 ITIL® V3 : Release. The “lessons learnt” should be documented to provide any improvement opportunities that can be made and developed by Continual Service Improvement for future transitions. Control & Validation Best Practices 9: Review and close the deployment A formal review of deployments should be performed for all releases of a determined level of size. Items that should be reviewed include: • Any quality criteria deviations that exist • Any open actions or necessary fixes that have been identified • Review open changes • Review performance targets and achievements • Experiences and feedback from customers. cost or risk to the organization. users and staff involved with the deployment. The review seeks to ensure that all requirements for the release have been met and to identify and potential improvements that can be made. • All problems and known errors are documented and accepted by the business and/or suppliers • Check that any redundant assets (including licences) have been removed 10: Review and close Service Transition The final step required in finalizing the completion of Service Transition is a formal review appropriate to the relative scale of the change. which will verify successful completion and that the handover to Service Operation is complete. impact.

2. Service Validation & Testing and Service Asset & Configuration Management work together for the transition of new or modified Services.9 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of Release & Deployment Management Service Provider metrics: • Reduced resources and costs to diagnose and fix incidents and problems in deployment and production • Reduced discrepancies in configuration audits • Increased accuracy in deployment of software • Increased compliance with software licence requirements and reduced oversubscriptions • Reduced time and resources consumed by build. package. Release & Deployment.ITIL® V3 : Release. test and deployment activities Customer metrics: • Decreased variance in service performance against predicted performance • Reduced number of incidents during Early Life Support • Increased customer and user satisfaction • Faster adoption of new and modified services amongst end user community ©The Art of Service . 6. Control & Validation Best Practices 85 Note how Change.

Other objectives include: • Provide confidence that service changes deliver the expected outcomes and value for customers within the projected costs.1 Goals and Objectives The overriding goal of Service Validation and Testing is to assure that the new or modified service will provide the appropriate value to customers and their business. This includes verification that the service is ‘fit for purpose’ and ‘fit for use’.86 ITIL® V3 : Release. Control & Validation Best Practices 6. capacity and constraints.3. ©The Art of Service .3 Service Validation and Testing 6. The underlying concept to which Service Validation contributes is quality assurance – establishing that the service design and release will deliver a new or changed service or service offering that satisfies the requirements and standards of the customers and stakeholders involved. • Confirm that customer and stakeholder requirements and criteria are correctly defined and address and variances as early as possible.

6. operated. 6. which in turn will ensure the appropriate levels of testing are performed for the build. test and deployment activities of the releases required.1 Benefits Insufficient testing practices will usually always result in some level of service failure.4 Scope The concepts of Service Validation and Testing can be applied throughout the entire service lifecycle to quality assure any aspect of a service and the provider’s capability to deliver and support it. Depending of the criticality. This will require that the all components and providers that are involved in the end-to-end service are considered as part of the approach for Service Validation and Testing. Control & Validation Best Practices 87 6. In addition to these overall guidance provided by Service Strategy. The process of Service Validation and Testing can be used as an opportunity to clarify that it is impossible to guarantee exact levels of performance and quality. but instead that an appropriate level of confidence can be achieved with appropriate testing and safeguards in place. Release and Deployment and Evaluation will need to be interfaced with Service Validation and Testing. The processes of Change. this can result in long-lasting effects on the reputation and success of the provider and business. Service Strategy should provide guidance regarding the approach and standards for quality.ITIL® V3 : Release. from the perspectives of: • Level of excellence • Value for money • Conformance to specification • Meeting or exceeding expectations While a balanced approach to these perspectives should be maintained. ©The Art of Service . measured and controlled. size and number of end users or customers affected. in extreme circumstances even injury or death.2 Policies and Principles Service Quality Policy Consideration needs to be given to defining the meaning of service quality.4.4. any dominant focus will influence how services are designed. more detailed service level metrics will be developed during the Service Design phase and handed over as part of the Service Design package.

As different segments will have varying attitudes and perspectives regarding risk. Control & Validation Best Practices Risk policies are designed to influence how a service provider manages risk. what sacrifices will be made in order achieve the proposed distribution date? Typical elements within Change Management policies that relate to testing include: • The integration of testing within the service lifecycle and projects • Using a risk-based approach to testing • Engaging all appropriate stakeholders throughout the project and service lifecycle for testing • Automation of testing mechanisms ©The Art of Service . As the frequency of releases increases so does the requirement for consistent and reusable test models and automated testing mechanisms. type and frequency for releases will have a large impact of the levels of testing and validation used. any documented change windows will influence the level of testing that can be provided for throughout Service Transition. Change Management Policy Like the Release policy. validation and testing and security provision for services being offered.88 Risk Policy ITIL® V3 : Release. In the case of a release that is behind schedule but still needs to be deployed within a defined change window. including the level of Change control. the level of confidence established in services will change depending on the safety criticality or compliance factors that apply. Release Policy The documented policy describing the approach.

Control & Validation Best Practices 89 Figure 6. ©The Art of Service . Service Validation and testing should verify that these boundaries are correctly defined and that the service can be transitioned within those boundaries. the primary focus of service validation is ensuring that the required service utility and warranty (see below) has been delivered by the new or modified service.13: Design constraints of a service © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC When constructing a Service Design package there are many influencing constraints that influence how a new or modified service will be developed and built (see figure above). Within these constraints.ITIL® V3 : Release.

legal and regulatory requirements • Service Management policies.3 Test Models A test model describes a test plan. the scope of a test and the test scripts that define how each element will be tested. documentation.14: Creating Service Value Value WARRANTY Fit for use? Test Strategy A test strategy describes the overall approach to organizing testing and validation. execution etc) • Test metrics • Service Provider interfaces • Test criteria • Roles and responsibilities • Environment requirements • Deliverables 6. It ensures that testing is a repeatable process and that the defined deliverables are achieved.4. Test models should be structured so that: 1. processes and practices applicable to testing • Test models used • Test process activities (planning and estimation. including the allocation of the enabling resources required.90 ITIL® V3 : Release. control. There is traceability to the initial design requirements and criteria 2. It may apply to the whole organization. The typical contents of a test strategy document include: • The purpose. All activities can be measured and audited 3. goals and objectives of service testing and validation • Scope and organizations • Applicable standards. That test elements can be reused or changed ©The Art of Service . a set of services or a single service. Control & Validation Best Practices Performance supported? Constraints removed? UTILITY Fit for purpose? Available enough? Capacity enough? Continuous enough? Secure enough? Figure 6.

provides a framework to help organize the levels of Configuration Items that are needed and the associated testing and validation activities within and across stages of the change. Service Package. Control & Validation Best Practices 91 See the Service V Model for examples of test models used according to the different levels of testing and validation that apply. Offerings and contracts Level 2 Level 3 Design Service Solution Service Operational Criteria/Plan SDP including: Service Model Capacity and resource plans Service Release Test Criteria 3a Level 4 Design Service Release 4a Release Design Release plan Develop Service Solution 5a Level 5 Component and Assembly Test 5b Service Component Build and Test Levels of configuration and testing Deliveries from internal and external suppliers BL Baseline point Internal and external suppliers Figure 6.4 Testing Approaches and Techniques Any test strategy needs to provide for a range of perspectives in order to determine whether the service will deliver as required. different test models will ensure that each level is sufficiently tested and validated against that the requirements and any criteria are met. Level 1 Define Customer/Business Requirements 1a Define Service Requirements 2a SLR Draft SLA Service Acceptance Criteria/Plan Service Acceptance Test 2b Service Operational Readiness Test 3b Service Release Package Test 4b Service Review Criteria/Plan Contract. 6.4. SPI 1b Validate Service Packages. From the high level business perspective through to the technology perspective. Using techniques such as the Service V model (see below) for Service Validation and Testing.ITIL® V3 : Release. SLP.15: The Service V Model © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC The Service V Model is a concept of establishing acceptance requirements against the various levels of requirements that apply in order to justify release to the customer for trial and assessment. ©The Art of Service .

It also describes that the person/group or sign off on the requirements on the left side should be involved on the right side to accept that the requirements have been met. It shows that service validation and acceptance test planning should start with the definition of the high level requirements.92 ITIL® V3 : Release. capacity and resilience testing • Volume. and there is direct involvement by the equivalent party on the right hand side. packaging and distribution testing • Operability and maintainability testing. load and scalability testing • Availability. ©The Art of Service . deployment and migration testing • Build. The actual tests required at each level should reflect the approach to risk and level of confidence that is required for the service change being transitioned. backup and recovery testing • Security testing • Logistics. Control & Validation Best Practices The left hand side represents the specification of the service requirements down to the detailed Service Design. The right hand side focuses on the validation and test activities that are performed against the specifications defined on the left hand side. There are many frameworks and sources of guidance focused specifically on testing e.g. Test Management Approach (TMAP) that provide more details about the specific types of testing activities that can be performed. stress. These normally include: • Usability testing • Accessibility testing • Process and procedure testing • Knowledge transfer and capability testing • Performance.

the activities shown in the figure above may need to be increased or decreased in effort and scope for confidence in service quality.16: Typical activities used for the Service Validation and Testing process © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC Depending on the relative size of the service change.ITIL® V3 : Release. • Monitoring progress • Monitoring overall performance and quality of the process. Control & Validation Best Practices 93 6. This is an activity best suited to be carried out by the Service Test Manager as it involves the coordination of resources based on the analysis of a range of test metrics and management of any issues or conflicts that arise.5 Service Validation and Testing activities Figure 6.4. ©The Art of Service . 1. issues and risks • Ensuring any incoming known-errors from development and their documentation items are processed. Test Management Test Management is the overall coordination. Test Management typically involves tasks such as: • Planning and scheduling test resources • Prioritizing and scheduling the sequence of testing events • Managing any non-conformance. control and reporting of the validation and testing activities that are performed during Service Transition. or run in sequence or in parallel depending on available resources and testing interdependencies.

5. Prepare Test Environment There may be configuration required in order to make use of the test environment. Any exceptions that are raised from the test activities should be documented for future re-tests. they typically include: • Actual results showing proof of appropriate levels testing • Problems. and includes: • Resourcing • Ensuring capability for tests required • Acquiring any business/customer resources that are required • Schedule of milestones and deliverable dates • Entry and exit points • Financial requirements – budgeting and funding 3. ©The Art of Service . Verify Test Plan and Test Design Review the test plans and designs to verify that the test models used are appropriate for the levels of risk that exist and the level of confidence that needs to be assured for the service change. Perform tests Any tests required will be performed. Checks should also be performed to verify that the test scripts are complete and accurate. 4.94 ITIL® V3 : Release. Based while the outputs from testing will vary depending on the test model defined. Control & Validation Best Practices 2. errors and any non-conformance that need to be resolved • Resolved problems and errors • Sign off from test agents and stakeholders. using either manual or automated mechanisms. A baseline should also be captured of the initial test environment for any later comparison in the release process. Plan and design test This should be started early in the service lifecycle.

financial models and detailed design and interface specifications • The service package – the combination of core and supporting services that provide the utility and warranty required from the customers and business. including both internal and external boundaries that exist. the decision to buy or build and any other identified improvements that can be made 6.ITIL® V3 : Release. Along with the exit criteria documentation.4. These reports document: • Testing activities carried out (including the information on the test model used) • Configuration baselines for the testing environments • Results from tests • Analysis of the results (identifying reasons for exception. • Release and Deployment plans • Acceptance criteria • Request For Change (RFC) The key outputs from Service Validation and Testing are reports provided to Service Evaluation. Evaluate exit criteria and report Documented results from the testing activities must be compared to the expected results. Any exceptions can be defined as: • Pass/fail • Risk to the business/service provider • Change in expected value outcome (including higher costs to deliver benefits) 7. other reports submitted will communicate the effectiveness of the utilized test model and process used. the environment should be cleaned or restored to the initial state. ©The Art of Service . including the associated operation. Control & Validation Best Practices 95 6.6 Triggers and Interfaces The key inputs into the Service Validation and Testing process are: • The Service Design Package. Test clean up and closure If testing is complete for a given release. capacity. • The service provider interfaces. risks identified and other issues encountered).

problems and error records • Improvement ideas for Continual Service Improvement • Feedback for any third party relationships including suppliers. 6. information and knowledge in the CMS and SKMS (see Knowledge Management). These include: • Reduced error rate in later testing stages or production • Number of known errors documented in earlier testing phases • Effort and cost to configure testing environment • Reduction of repeat errors • Re-use of testing data • Percentage of errors at each lifecycle stage • Percentage of incidents and errors caused by externally supplied/controlled component Business/Customer metrics: The primary purpose for testing and validation is to provide a level of confidence in the value being created by a new or modified service.96 ITIL® V3 : Release. • Test incidents. Control & Validation Best Practices Other outputs (used by all elements of the Service Lifecycle): • Updated data.7 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of Service Validation and Testing Service Provider metrics: Internal metrics from the service provider’s perspective are primarily concerned with the effective and efficient execution of the Service Validation and Testing process. The effectiveness of testing and validation in providing this confidence can be measured by: • Early validation that the service will deliver the predicted value • Reduction in the impact of incidents and errors in the live environment due to transitioned services • More effective use of the service by the end user community • Clear understanding of roles and responsibilities for the transitioned service • Reduced cost and resources required due to customer and end user involvement ©The Art of Service .4. vendors and partners.

5 Service Evaluation Evaluation is a generic process that considers whether the performance of something is acceptable. ©The Art of Service . The actual performance of a change is assessed and compared against the predicted performance.5. the process considers the evaluation of new or changed services defined by Service Design. When interfaced with Change Management.2 Scope Within Service Transition. during deployment and before final transition to service operations. This adds value by: • Evaluating the intended effects and as much of the unintended effects as is reasonably practical for the service change being transitioned • Providing timely and accurate information to assist Change Management is deciding whether a service change will be approved or rejected 6.ITIL® V3 : Release. value for money is appropriate and whether it will be accepted to be built/purchased/deployed etc. with any deviations between the two being managed for risk.5.1 Goals and objectives The purpose of evaluation is to provide the capability for consistent and standardized methods that can determine the performance and value of a service change. evaluation will assist in providing accurate information and in managing stakeholders’ expectations. Continual Service Improvement can benefit by identifying areas that can be analyzed for future improvements to the process of change and evaluation. 6. The importance of evaluating the actual performance of any service change against its anticipated performance is an important source of information to service providers to help ensure that expectations set are realistic and to identify that if there are any reasons that production performance does not meet what was expected. Control & Validation Best Practices 97 6.

Evaluate Predicted Performance 3.5.5 Evaluation Activities The key activities of Service Evaluation are shown in the figure below. Act (PDCA) Model 6.5. with improved capabilities in the determination of the value being delivered by a service change and whether any identified risks are unacceptable to the business.5.17: Plan. 6.3 Benefits Change Management is the primary beneficiary of enhanced evaluation. Do. Figure 6.4 Principles of Evaluation The Evaluation process follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model to ensure consistency across all evaluations. When performed correctly. Plan the evaluation 2. Control & Validation Best Practices 6. Check. Evaluate Actual Performance 4.98 ITIL® V3 : Release. the PDCA model allows enhanced improvement and organizational learning to occur while managing risks that may affect the success of the improvement action or initiative. customers or existing IT services. These activities are: 1. Risk Management 5. Document Evaluation Report ©The Art of Service .

ITIL® V3 : Release.18 Typical Activities of Service Evaluation © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC ©The Art of Service . Control & Validation Best Practices 99 Figure 6.

depending on the risk. An interim evaluation report will be provided to Change Management. When all the appropriate stakeholders are involved in the evaluation.100 ITIL® V3 : Release. end users. suppliers and other key stakeholders. If the RFC and associated change documentation is ambiguous. 2. require further analysis through Change Management. The change documentation should already specify what the intended effects of the change will be and how they will be measured. Evaluate Actual Performance After the service has been implemented. together with a recommendation whether to reject or accept the service change in its current form. ©The Art of Service . including the business. Through evaluation the involved stakeholders can also identify any potential effects that have not already been identified. highlighting the outcomes of this comparison. which can. evaluating whether any differences will cause unacceptable risks. Like before. it could mean the implications are not fully understood and it will be more difficult to identify the most suitable roles to include for evaluation. Control & Validation Best Practices 1. 3. service provider. It these are unclear or ambiguous the evaluation should stop. Evaluate Predicted Performance Using the input Service Design Package (including all relevant Acceptance criteria). The second interim report produced describes the outcome of this evaluation and provides a recommendation to Change Management whether the service change should be rolled back. an evaluation is made as to whether the actual performance is creating unacceptable risks or if there have been any unintended effects that have occurred. with a recommendation for further analysis to be communicated back to Change Management. Plan the evaluation The key factor in planning the evaluation is the consideration of the perspectives required. customers. a comparison is made with the predicted performance. it assists in understanding all of the intended and unintended effects of the service change being transitioned. a report on the actual performance is generated by service operations and compared against the Service Design Package and performance models defined.

The evaluation report contains the sections: • Risk Profile • Deviations report • Qualification statement (for critical services in regulated environments.g. defence) • Validation statement • Recommendations ©The Art of Service .ITIL® V3 : Release.19: Example Risk Profile © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC 5. plans should be made as to how the threat may be removed. Document Evaluation Report Evaluation Report The evaluation report is provided to Change Management. Figure 6. Control & Validation Best Practices 101 4. Risk Management The evaluations that are performed are designed to manage the risks that might be introduced as a result of the service change. with both interim and final reports being delivered. or how recovery techniques can be used to increase the resilience of a service. e. If a risk is determined to require mitigation.

6 Triggers and Interfaces Triggers: • Request for Evaluation from Change Management or Service Transition Manager.102 ITIL® V3 : Release.5. Control & Validation Best Practices 6. • Project Management request for Evaluation Inputs: • Service Design Package (and Acceptance Criteria) • Test results • Associated Service Package Outputs: Evaluation Reports for Change Management 6.7 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Service Evaluation Service Provider: • Reduced failed designs that have been transitioned • Reduced cycle time to perform an evaluation Business/customer: • Reduced variance between estimated and actual performance • Reduce number of incidents against transitioned service ©The Art of Service .5.

with manual activities being used where necessary to fulfil the request.6. controlled and implemented by the IT department. ©The Art of Service . Control & Validation Best Practices 103 6. Its primary purpose is to provide effective and efficient capabilities for fulfilling requests.6 Request Fulfilment Although Request Fulfilment is found in the Service Operation volume. providing comments and making complaints • Users seeking changes to their access levels (utilizes Access Management) • Users wishing to have common services and applications installed for their use Many elements of Request Fulfilment may be automated through the use of self-help such as websites and user applications. The objectives include: • To provide a channel for users to request and receive standard services for which a pre-defined approval (from Change Management) qualification exists • To provide information to users and customers about the availability of services and the procedure for obtaining them • To source and deliver the components of requested standard services • To assist with general information. As part of continual improvement. Standard Change: A pre-approved Change that is low risk. Control and Validation.1 Goal and objectives Request Fulfilment is concerned with fulfilling requests from the end user community using consistent and repeatable methods. however Change Management will not need to approve each execution of the standard change. creating bottlenecks and affecting the quality of assessment and coordination for normal changes. Without a separate process it is likely that Change Management would be flooded by a large volume of low risk standard changes. it is an appropriate inclusion within the scope of Release. 6.6. questions and queries that are placed upon the IT department by users.ITIL® V3 : Release. There may still be authorization from other groups such as Human Resources. including: • Users and customers asking questions. relatively common and follows a procedure or work instruction.2 Scope The scope of Request Fulfilment is influenced heavily by the success of Change Management and what types of pre-approved changes can be effectively managed. complaints or comments 6. the scope of Request Fulfilment should grow over time as maturity develops for Service Requests.

Control & Validation Best Practices 6. This is achieved by reduced the bureaucracy involved in making requests and centralizing the end-to-end management of those requests.6.20: Typical Activities for Request Fulfilment ©The Art of Service . Increased customer and user satisfaction can also be developed as a result of quality Request Fulfilment. this will enable the IT department (and the Service Desk in particular) with a clear definition of the appropriate types of Service Requests and repeatable actions describing how requests should be fulfilled.6.104 ITIL® V3 : Release.3 Benefits Through effective and efficient access to standard services from the IT department.5 Request Fulfilment Activities Figure 6.4 Request Models As many service requests will be frequently recurring. the business and customers can be supported in improved productivity of staff and/or higher quality in business services and products offered. 6.6. 6. predefined request models should be defined that document: • What activities are required to fulfil the request • The roles and responsibilities involved • Target timescales and escalation paths • Other policies or requirements that apply Similar to Change Models.

however the Service Desk should maintain control and visibility for all requests regardless where it is fulfilled. Change Management should establish that there are mechanisms in place to check for. suppliers or other parties involved in the provision of IT services. some mechanism of self-help should be utilized so that users can generate Service Requests using technology that interfaces with existing Service Management tools. To ensure compatibility. ©The Art of Service . These approval mechanisms should be built into the request models as appropriate. Menu selection Where practical. Request Fulfilment should be interfaced with existing procurement and supplier processes. 4. Control & Validation Best Practices 105 1. software deployment and other tools. manual activities will be required to fulfil the request using resources from the IT department. or escalated where necessary to internal or external specialist groups. Where financial approval is involved. It may be possible to agree upon fixed prices for ‘standard’ requests. ‘Other’ Approval Where there may be compliance and regulatory implications for the service request. wider business approval may be needed. Some requests can be fulfilled using only automated mechanisms. ERP. an agreed process for charging should follow in the later steps in accordance with the organization’s financial management policies. and safeguard these conditions in order for the standard change to be qualified for preapproval. 2. there may be some form of financial approval that is required when there are financial implications (usually those above a defined dollar amount). Others may be fulfilled by the Service Desk at the first-line. This might be via a website that offers users a menu driven interface.ITIL® V3 : Release. where they can select common services and provide input details. Fulfilment The tasks required for fulfilment will vary depending on the characteristics of the service request at hand. 3. For others. In some instances the fulfilment of the Service Request can be entirely automated using workflow. Financial Approval While the Service Request may already have approval from Change Management. otherwise the cost must be estimated and submitted to the user/customer for financial approval (who may in turn require their own line management/financial approval).

©The Art of Service . Interfaces with Release and Deployment. • Checks will need to be made for any licence requirements for deployed software • The Configuration Management System (CMS) will need to be updated after any deployment or change in the configuration of IT infrastructure.6. utilizing the Definitive Media Library (DML) where necessary.g. 6. it should be referred back to the Service Desk to initiate closure. or by using a self-help option to make their request.106 5. and Service Asset and Configuration Management are also important as: • Requests for deployment of software may involve pre-defined releases that can be automatically deployed. and maintains visibility for those requests escalated to specialist groups. The primary interfaces within Service Management are those with the Service Desk and Incident Management: • Some requests will be triggered during the use of Incident Management (e. This should include some verification that the request has been satisfied using either confirmation with the end user or other automated means. a request is made to have a faulty printer serviced). Change Management should be continually transferring standard changes to Request Fulfilment as maturity is gained in dealing with those changes. Closure ITIL® V3 : Release. • The Service Desk acts as the primary party responsible for managing Service Requests. Control & Validation Best Practices When the Service Request has been fulfilled.6 Triggers and Interfaces Most service requests will be triggered through users calling or emailing the Service Desk.

ITIL® V3 : Release.6.21: Interfaces with Request Fulfillment 6. ©The Art of Service . These include: • The total number of service requests • Percentage of service requests successfully fulfilled • The size of current backlogs for service requests • Mean elapsed time for handling service requests • The average cost per service request • Levels of client satisfaction • Utilization of self-help mechanisms. Control & Validation Best Practices 107 Figure 6.7 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Request Fulfilment Metrics will be broken down by the request type for each appropriate reporting period.

storing. recording services. Configuration Management: Identifies.7 Service Asset and Configuration Management 6. assets and infrastructure and the relationships that exist between them.7. baselines and maintains Configuration data so that changes to the IT infrastructure can be controlled. those used within Service Transition. It provides a logical model of the infrastructure.7. and in particular. 6. It provides a complete inventory of assets and defines who is responsible for their control.2 Scope Asset Management: The scope of Asset Management includes any IT or service asset used within the Service Lifecycle.1 Goal and objectives The goal of Service Asset and Configuration Management is to support the agreed IT service provision by managing. controlling and providing information about Configuration Items (CI’s) and Service Assets throughout their life cycle.108 ITIL® V3 : Release. Other objectives include: • To support the business and customer’s control objectives and requirements • To minimize the number of quality and compliance issues caused by improper configuration of services and assets • To optimize the service assets. It may cover non-IT assets or business products used or involved in the delivery and support of services. capabilities and resources. documents. Control & Validation Best Practices 6. IT configurations. ©The Art of Service . Quality and timely information supplied about CI’s and Service Assets will enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of other Service Management processes.

7.3 Benefits The majority of benefits enabled by effective Service Asset and Configuration Management can be seen in improvements of other Service Management processes. which will include how it will interface with existing Change and Release Policies.4 Policies and principles of Service Asset and Configuration Management There should be clear definition of the scope and objectives for Service Asset and Configuration Management is being planned.ITIL® V3 : Release.g. Initially. By having quality asset and configuration data available.7. managed and disposed accordingly. Control & Validation Best Practices 109 6. the benefits to other processes include: • Better forecasting and planning of changes • Changes and releases to be assessed planned and delivered successfully. the focus may be managing assets and services that are business critical or required as part of legal or regulatory compliance obligations. Asset policies may be applicable for certain asset types (e. 6. but over time should begin to include a greater scope of the IT infrastructure. • Incidents and problems to be resolved within the service level targets • Changes to be traceable from requirements • Enhanced ability to identify the costs for a service Benefits that may be seen to be provided primarily by the process alone includes: • Better adherence to standards • Greater compliance to legal and regulatory obligations • Optimum software licensing by ensuring correlation between licenses needed against the number purchases. ©The Art of Service . desktops) and will define how the type of asset will be purchased.

Control & Validation Best Practices The Configuration Model: The development of a configuration model is one of the primary objectives of Configuration Management. attributes describing those elements. Figure 6.110 ITIL® V3 : Release. The model aims to show the elements making up the infrastructure. Configuration Models assist the IT department in: • Assessing the impact and cause of incidents and problems • Assess the impact of proposed changes • To plan and design new or changed services • To plan technology upgrades’ • To plan and deploy release packages • To optimize asset utilization. The level of information recorded can vary. with more detail applied for complex or critical infrastructure and services.22: Example of a Configuration Model ©The Art of Service . COMMON representation of the IT infrastructure. This should become the SINGLE. or those with particular compliance needs. customers and any other involved party. the business. and the relationships that exist. resources and costs. used by all of IT Service Management.

©The Art of Service . live. It captures Configuration Items (CIs) and the relationships that exist between them. bandwidth Recording and reporting of CI’s at the level that the business requires without being overly complex. Reporting of all current and historical data about each CI throughout its lifecycle.7. Captures both the structure and details of a configuration.5 Terminology Terminology Configuration Item (CI): Explanations ANY component that supports an IT service (except people). disaster recovery etc) 6.g. Example: Size of RAM. being tested. Specific information about CI’s. Service Level Agreements. Example: IT components or associated items such as Request for Changes.6 The Configuration Management System (CMS) The CMS is a set of one or more connected information sources that provide a logical model of the IT infrastructure. Incident Records. Example: Under Development.ITIL® V3 : Release. After major changes. Used as a reference point for later comparison (e. withdrawn etc Attribute: CI Level: Status Accounting: Configuration Baseline: Configuration established at a specific point in time. The figure below demonstrates a simplified representation of the CMS. Control & Validation Best Practices 111 6.7. It’s a trade-off balancing the value that the information will provide versus the effort and cost to manage the information over time. hard drive.

At the data level. HR or other reasons. Components out of scope are those typically not under the control of Change Management (e. network management and other tools being used with interfaces to the CMS. with discovery. the CMS may be formed by a combination of physical Configuration Management Databases (CMDBs). it is important to determine what level to which the CMDB will record information about the IT infrastructure and to decide what is not covered within the scope of the CMDB. including business processes where information is required for financial. Wherever possible. The CMS is also used for a wide range of purposes. Control & Validation Best Practices Configuration Items CI’s Include Software & Documentation!! Relationships CI Attributes • Hard disk space • Serial number • Owner • Location • Ram Figure 6. Automation is a factor for success for larger CMS deployments. the CMS should provide access to information for other inventories rather than duplicating the data captured.23: The Configuration Management System (CMS) Scope CI Level As shown. compliance. as well as other sources they feed and interface information together. telecommunication equipment). inventory. ©The Art of Service . audit.g.112 ITIL® V3 : Release.

Control & Validation Best Practices 113 Figure 6.ITIL® V3 : Release.24: Example of a Configuration Management System © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC ©The Art of Service .

including the scope and level. what activities are performed and how the process will be controlled. a formal project may be appropriate to plan. as well as how these objectives will be achieved. Management and Planning Planning for configuration management should seek to define the objectives.7 Configuration Management Activities Figure 6. as many implementations fail when organizations try to achieve too much.7. The scope and level needs to be carefully chosen. scope and level as early as possible. an approach driven by continual improvement should be taken. The development of a Configuration Management plan should document the overarching strategy for Configuration Management. Control & Validation Best Practices 6. and to increase value provided by its use. manage and control the work performed and deliverables required.114 ITIL® V3 : Release. Instead. too soon with Configuration Management. Depending on the scale of implementation. that seeks to develop the maturity and scope of Configuration Management. ©The Art of Service .25 Configuration Management Activities © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC 1.

strategy. for establishing baselines. auditability requirements o Link to requirements for the Configuration Management System (CMS) • Applicable policies and standards: o Change Management.ITIL® V3 : Release. Transition Policies o ISO/IEC 20000. Service Management and contractual requirements o Summarize accountability. changes and releases • Asset and Configuration Management Systems and Tools o Configuration Identification o Version management o Interface management o Supplier management o Release and deployment o Build Management o Establishing and maintaining configuration baselines o Maintaining the CMS o Reviewing and auditing the integrity of configurations and the CMS • CMS Housekeeping o Data migration o Backups o Archiving Data • Links to business processes/customer capabilities o Financial Management o Procurement o Project Management o Customer Service o Human Resources ©The Art of Service . traceability. Control & Validation Best Practices 115 Example contents of a Configuration Management Plan: • Context and Purpose • Scope o Applicable Services o Environments and infrastructure o Geographical Locations • Requirements o Links to policy. Release. 197000/1 • Organization for Configuration Management o Roles and responsibilities o Change and configuration control boards o Authorization mechanisms.

detection. including the naming and labelling conventions to be used • Define the roles and responsibilities for the owner or custodian of CIs Figure 6.116 ITIL® V3 : Release. and what relationships exist with other CIs.26 – Example configuration breakdown for an IT Service ©The Art of Service . what their attributes are. Identification can take place for: • Hardware and Software – include OS • Business systems – custom built • Packages – off the shelf • Physical databases • Feeds between databases and links • Configuration baselines • Software releases • Documentation Identification is also used to define the approach and techniques utilized by Configuration Management. grouped and classified • The approach to identification. It is the activity that determine what CIs will be recorded. Identification: Identification includes the selection. including the specification of: • How the classes and types of assets and CIs are to be selected. labelling and registration of CIs. Control & Validation Best Practices 2.

which in turn may be CIs themselves. Each individual CI should be uniquely identifiable using an identifier and version reference. This should be performed using a top down approach. Select CIs for recording based on selection criteria 3. Control & Validation Best Practices 117 The identification activity includes the tasks: 1. Defining and documenting selection criteria for CIs 2. CI information is valuable if it facilitates the management of change. an important part of Management and Planning is deciding the level at which recording is to occur and control will be exercised. baselines. some of which are document CIs. it involves weighing up the benefit that the information will bring against the cost and effort required to maintain accurate information for each CI. 3. Specify when each CI is brought under the control of Configuration Management 6. Naming conventions should also take into account any existing corporate or supplier structures. Generally. Defining and documenting selection criteria for CIs 2. As discussed earlier. Identify the owner responsible for each CI item Some identification tasks explained: 1. Selecting CIs for recording based on selection criteria The configuration model should provide information describing the relationship and composition of CIs in each structure. and describes the relationships that exist between CIs. When choosing the appropriate level. Name and Label CIs Configuration Management should work with Release and Deployment to establish policies regarding the naming conventions of CIs. Name and Label CIs 4. builds and releases and assemblies.ITIL® V3 : Release. Specify the relevant attributes for each CI 5. where top-level CIs are broken down into components. or must be recorded for legal and regulatory compliance. the identification and resolution of incidents and problems. The figure showing an example configuration breakdown for an IT service describes how the service is broken into relative component CIs. ©The Art of Service . The version describes the exact instance of what may be considered the same CI.

Specify the relevant attributes for each CI Attributes are recorded that describe specific characteristics that are valuable for the management and control of change. v. v. v.1. As an example: • Major releases: Banking_System v. and general management of each CI. etc 4.1.1. Measures are required to ensure that: • Identifiers printed on tags are unique • Tags are difficult to remove or can be identified if removed • Tags are attached at a fixed.2.118 ITIL® V3 : Release.2. For releases. Control & Validation Best Practices Physical CIs should be labelled with the identifier and version so that they can be easily identified in the physical environment.3 etc • Emergency fix releases: Banking_Systen v.1.1.3 etc • Minor releases: Banking_System v.1. v. Typical CI attributes include: • Unique identifier/label for CI • CI type • Name/description • Version • Location • Supply date • Licence details and expiry date • Owner/Custodian • Status • Supplier/source • Related documents • Historical data • Relationships to other CIs • Applicable SLA(s) ©The Art of Service .1. identification includes a reference to the CI that it represents and a version number that will normally have two or three parts. visible and accessible spot depending on the CI type Adding a barcode to the tag can also improve the efficiency and reliability of any reviews or audits that are performed over time. v.

more automated mechanisms and delegation of authority for CI upkeep will be required. Control should be passed from the project or supplier to the service provider at the scheduled time and with accurate configuration records. Typical states include: • Registered • Development or draft • Approved • Installed • Under Change/Maintenance • Withdrawn The use of status reporting will provide information on: • Configuration baselines • Latest software item versions • The person responsible for status change • CI change/incident/problem history • Changes implemented and in progress ©The Art of Service . Each CI will progress through various states. Control & Validation Best Practices 119 3. with interfaces into existing asset management systems. in order to protect the integrity of the CMS. Configuration Control may be primarily utilized by a Configuration Librarian.ITIL® V3 : Release. 4. procurement systems etc. however for large and complex infrastructures. service management tools. including: • Registration of all new CIs and versions • Update of CI records and licence control • Updates in connection with RFCs and Change Management • Update the CMS after periodic checking of physical items Methods to ensure Configuration Control are wide ranging and include a mix of manual and automated mechanisms. Configuration Control: Configuration Control is used to ensure that only authorized and identifiable CIs are recorded from receipt to disposal. with each state being of significance to the management of the CI. Status Accounting: Status Accounting provides the capability for the reporting of all current and historical data concerned with each CI throughout its lifecycle. For small organizations. Control occurs anytime the CMS is altered.

the procedures required. checking that they are correctly recorded in the CMS and that there is conformity between the documented baselines and the actual environment to which they refer. and what implications and non-conformance can have. Control & Validation Best Practices Status reports of assets for a business unit are often required by financial management for budgeting. Automated tools should be utilized for regular checks. with corrective measures restoring CIs to a baselined version where exceptions are found (e.120 ITIL® V3 : Release. the results ensure: • Conformity between the CMs and live environment • The physical existence of CIs match those recorded in the CMs • The appropriate configuration documentation is provided before a release Configuration Audits should occur at the following times: • Before and after major changes to the IT infrastructure • Following recovery from disaster • In response to the detection of an unauthorized CI • At other determined regular intervals Any unregistered or unauthorized CIs detected during an audit should be recorded and investigated.7. Continual training and awareness campaigns should be maintained so that staff understand the importance of Configuration Management. For the service provider. a desktop found with unauthorized software installed). accounting and charging. Specifically.8 Triggers and Interfaces Most updates to the CMS are triggered by: • Change requests • Incidents and Problems • Purchase orders • Service Requests • Exceptions found during reviews and audits. ©The Art of Service . 6. with corrective action taken to rectify the exception and to address possible issues with procedures and the behaviour of staff. Verification and Audit: Reviews and audits should be used to verify the existence of CIs.g. reports on the number of software licence holdings can be used to assess any over or under licensing in the software environment.

6. assets and infrastructure by recording the relationships between service assets and configuration items. Configuration Management: • To provide a logical model of the services.9 Roles and Responsibilities Service Asset Management: The management of service assets across the whole lifecycle including: • Full lifecycle management of IT and service assets from acquisitions to disposal • Maintenance of the asset inventory.ITIL® V3 : Release. The actual roles related to Service Asset and Configuration Management includes: • Service Asset Manager • Configuration Manager • Configuration Analyst • Configuration Administrator/Librarian • CMS/Tools Administrator • Change Manager (all Changes to CIs must be authorized by Change Management) ©The Art of Service . using CMS data to identify potential bottlenecks in the infrastructure • Availability Management. are those maintained with the other Service Transition processes as discussed in this volume. Control & Validation Best Practices 121 While almost every aspect of Service Management is supported by the information maintained within the CMS. some important interfaces are: • Change Management. using CMS data to identify single points of failure and for component failure analysis Most important out of all the Service Lifecycle relationships however.7. • To support the information needs of other ITIL® processes. using CMS data for the assessing the impact of Changes • Financial Management. using the CMS to capture key financial information • Capacity Management. • To ensure control procedures are complied with to protect the integrity of Configurations.

Control & Validation Best Practices Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Request Fulfilment Much of the focus for determining the value contribution of Configuration Management requires analysing improvements seen in the other Service Management processes.122 6.10 ITIL® V3 : Release.7. Potential metrics demonstrating this contribution include: • Improved speed for Incident and Problem Management for identifying and analysing the cause and potential effect • Improved ratio of used licences against paid for licences. should be very close to 100% • Percentage re-use and redistribution of under-utilized assets and resources • Improved aliment between provided maintenance and business support • Improvement in maintenance scheduling and management for CIs Other metrics focused on the effectiveness and efficiency of the process specifically include: • Improved quality and accuracy of configuration information • Decreasing number of exceptions detected during audits • Improved utilization of automation • Increased efficiency for activities performed ©The Art of Service .

and the analysis of any of the surrounding issues involved. the understanding of the benefits and consequences of actions taken. The primary purpose is to improve efficiency by reducing the need to rediscover knowledge. increase satisfaction and reduce the cost of service. This requires accessible.1 Goal and Objectives To enable organizations to improve the quality of management decision making by ensuring that reliable and secure information and data is available throughout the service lifecycle. at a given time and location. 6. information and data. What is not considered to be within the scope of Knowledge Management is the detailed Configuration Item information that is captured and maintained by Service Asset and Configuration Management (but is interfaced with the same tools and systems).8.8 Knowledge Management The quality of decision making within the Service Lifecycle depends on the ability and understanding of those parties involved. service provider staff have adequate information on: o Who is currently using their services o The current states of consumption o Service delivery constraints o Difficulties faced by the customer in fully realizing the benefits expected from the service.8. All of this in turn depends on the availability of accurate and timely knowledge. 6. quality and relevant data and information to be available to staff. provided in a way that can be easily accessed and interpreted by the appropriate parties. • Ensuring that. and primarily explained within the context of Service Transition. The objectives of Knowledge Management are: • Enable the service provider to be more efficient and improve quality of service.ITIL® V3 : Release. Control & Validation Best Practices 123 6. • Ensuring staff have a clear and common understanding of the value that their services provide to customers and the ways on which benefits are realized for the use of those services. it is a process used by all elements of the Service Lifecycle to improve the decision making that occurs. Benefits: ©The Art of Service .2 Scope While Knowledge Management is found.

and the discontinuation of previous versions • Establishment of the acceptable risk and confidence levels associated with the transition. decision making at the strategic.3 Challenges faced by Knowledge Management • • • • Getting staff to use the systems. as well as documented procedures for resolving known errors and requests. Some benefits include: • Optimized service portfolios (with appropriate balance of investments. to facilitate their roles within that service • Awareness of the use of the service. One of the more difficult components of Knowledge Management is ensuring that we do more than simply capture discrete facts about various elements of the organization and IT infrastructure. support staff and supplier understanding of the new or changed service. services and technology) • Improved feedback loops between the design architects and the support staff for services • Better real-time information and data for operational staff responding to user requests and incidents. Managing information and knowledge that is no longer correct or relevant for the organization. information and data being available.8. Examples where successful transition requires effective Knowledge Management include: • User. Having the extra time required to record relevant information and knowledge after actions are made. What this requires is an understanding of the different components and processes required to develop and mature knowledge and wisdom. including knowledge of errors signed off before deployment. resources. Control & Validation Best Practices With particular focus on Service Transition. Designing a system that can scale well as an organization grows. ©The Art of Service . 6. knowledge is one of the important elements that needs to be transitioned as part of the service changes and associated releases being managed. Outside of Service Transition. tactical and operational levels all benefits from quality knowledge. service desk.124 ITIL® V3 : Release.

This usually requires the analysis of information. finding and reusing information so that work is not duplicated. Information.4 Policies and principles of Knowledge Management Data. insights and judgments from individuals and from their peers’. ideas. Most organizations capture significant amounts of data every day.27: Moving from data to wisdom Data: Data is a set of discrete facts. where? Data © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC Understanding Figure 6. Context Wisdom Why? Knowledge How? Information Who. ©The Art of Service . Knowledge: Knowledge is composed of the experiences. synthesizing data and transforming it into information. what. Information: Information comes from providing context to data. This usually requires capturing various sources of data and applying some meaning or relevance to the set of facts. Knowledge Management focuses on measures for capturing. Knowledge. Wisdom (DIKW) Knowledge Management is usually seen within the context of the DIKW structure seen below. Control & Validation Best Practices 125 6. and is applied in such a way to facilitate decision making. analyzing. when.ITIL® V3 : Release. Knowledge Management activities seek to improve the capabilities for capturing.8.

2: Components making up the Service Knowledge Management System SKMS: Service Knowledge Management System (SKMS): The SKMS describes the complete set of tools and databases that are used to manage knowledge and information.5 The Service Knowledge Management System (SKMS) SKMS (Service Knowledge Management System) CMS (Configuration Management System) Decisions CMDB (Configuration Management Database) KEDB (Known Error Database) Figure 6. We can use tools and databases to capture Data. as Wisdom is a concept relating to abilities to use knowledge to make correct judgments and decisions. including the Configuration Management System as well as other tools and databases. The use of wisdom ultimately enables an organization to direct its strategy and growth in competitive market spaces. Control & Validation Best Practices Wisdom: Gives the ultimate discernment of the material and having the application and contextual awareness to provide a strong common sense judgment. 6. ©The Art of Service . Information and Knowledge. The main purpose of the SKMS is to provide quality information so that informed decisions can be made by the IT service provider. The SKMS stores. but Wisdom cannot be captured this way. manages.126 ITIL® V3 : Release.8. updates and presents all information that an IT service provider needs to manage the full lifecycle of its services.

Knowledge Management strategy 2. distilling. Knowledge Management Strategy An overall strategy for Knowledge Management (for IT Service Management) should be developed that describes the approach taken by the organization. employees. • Designing a systematic process for organizing.6 Knowledge Management Activities The activities of Knowledge Management can be grouped in to the following elements: 1. including: • Experience of staff • Records of peripherals • Supplier & Partner requirements and abilities • Typical and anticipated user skill levels. procedures and methods for KM • Technology and other resource requirements • Performance measures. websites. This will include: • Assisting an organization to identify knowledge that will be useful. and how it fits within the larger concept of Knowledge Management (corporate-wide) practices already in place. Using the service knowledge management system 1.ITIL® V3 : Release. Data and information management 4. the SKMS has a broader scope (as implied by the diagram) which includes anything pertaining to the needs of service management. storing and presenting information in a way that improves peoples understanding in relevant areas. ©The Art of Service . suppliers and partners. The strategy should identify and plan for the capture of relevant knowledge and the consequential information and data that will support it. The strategy will address: • Governance Model • Organizational changes • Establish roles and responsibilities • Policies. processes. Control & Validation Best Practices 127 Whereas the CMS focuses on providing information relating to the configuration of the IT infrastructure. Knowledge transfer 3.8. • Accumulating knowledge through processes and workflow • Generating new knowledge • Accessing valuable knowledge from outside sources • Capturing external knowledge from diverse sources such as databases. 6.

webinars and advertising • Journals and newsletters • Awareness sessions 3. use and re-use of data and information. store and retrieve data and information from desired sources • Evaluation and improvement o Seek continuous improvement for the capture. diagrams. Data and Information Management For efficiency purposes. Knowledge Management must define what inputs will provide data and information. and what mechanisms can be utilized to reduce the manual workload required. dynamic learning. The three main elements involved are: • Establishing data and information requirements o Defines the policies and standards to follow when collecting and using data and information o Encouraging the use of common and uniform content o Establishing the requirements for security. images. manage and provide knowledge though problem solving. o Identify data and information sources that are no longer needed ©The Art of Service . capture. Control & Validation Best Practices 2. Knowledge transfer Throughout the service lifecycle. with representatives of each group cascading the knowledge to their working colleagues. photographs etc) • Seminars. Traditional knowledge transfer relied on formal face-to-face training and documentation. To support this. this is supported by a range of techniques including: • ‘Hands-on’ (tactile) learning • Knowledge visualization (visuals. and how this will be used for decision making at all levels. use and distribution of data and information.128 ITIL® V3 : Release. privacy and ownership o Defining access requirements o Considering any interfaces required to Change Management • Establishing data and information management procedures o Defining procedures for the storage and retrieval of data and information o Establishing procedures for adequate backup and recovery of data o Identifying the review and audit procedures required o Implement the mechanisms required to capture. strategic planning and decision making. an organization will capture. many of the service management processes will be interfaced with knowledge management so that knowledge transfer can occur from one unit to another (or several). This covers the monitoring. In the modern age however.

All training and knowledge material needs to be aligned to the business perspective. ‘’updated and used by its operating entities. and is used in different contexts depending on the requirements for information and knowledge. are those with the processes of Service Operation and those within Service Transition.29: Service Knowledge Management System © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC 4.ITIL® V3 : Release. Some of the primary interfaces however.8. partners and customers. Control & Validation Best Practices 129 Figure 6. Materials to be included are: • Business language and terminology • Business processes and where IT underpins them 6. ©The Art of Service . Using the SKMS A service provider must first establish a SKMS that can be shared. Knowledge Management provides value and capabilities throughout the entire Service Lifecycle.7 Triggers and Interfaces As previously discussed.

• Reduction in the ‘user error’ category of incidents • Enhanced customer experiences and satisfaction • Reduced time for transition and duration of early life support ©The Art of Service . on service desk and second-line support. Control & Validation Best Practices Service Operations – Errors within the service detected during transition will be recorded and analyzed and the knowledge about their existence. consequences and workarounds will be made available to Service Operations in an easy to use fashion: • Front line incident management staff. thought should be given as to how the benefits will be measured how to make these benefits visible to all levels of the organization.8. Awareness and understanding of these will make future transitions easier.8 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of Knowledge Management When planning to implement Knowledge Management. via CSI. to Service Design • ‘Course corrections’ and other adaption's to the design required during transition. Service Transition – Staff capture data of relevance through all lifecycle phases and so need to be aware of the importance of collecting it accurately and completely. to be fed back. Normal measures for the benefits of Knowledge Management include: • Successful implementation and early life operation of new and changed services with few knowledge-related errors • Increased responsiveness to changing business demands • Improved accessibility and management of standards and policies • Knowledge dissemination • Reduced time and effort required to support service • Reduced time to find information for diagnosis and fixing incidents and problems • Reduced dependency on personnel for knowledge. 6. Service Transition staff capture data and information: • Relevant to adaptability and accessibility of the service as designed.130 ITIL® V3 : Release. are the point of capture for much of the everyday ITSM data. • Problem Management staff will be key users of collected knowledge and typically responsible for the normalization of data capture by means of developing and maintaining scripts supporting data capture within Incident Management.

30 Contribution of knowledge to effectiveness of support staff © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC ©The Art of Service . Control & Validation Best Practices 131 Measures directly relevant to the service provider are: • Usage of the knowledge bases • Contributions made to knowledge bases • Errors reported by staff or in audits • Degree of re-use for information and knowledge • Satisfaction of staff with training and knowledge transfer methods • Involvement of staff in knowledge gathering exercises (e.ITIL® V3 : Release.g. forums) Figure 6.

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skills and knowledge • Addressing issues with the process • Providing input into Continual Service Improvement Service Owner: The person/role that is responsible to the customer for the initiation. ©The Art of Service . and is responsible for: • Defining the process strategy and approach • Ensuring the process is designed appropriately for the organization’s needs • Ensuring documentation is produced for the process • Defining appropriate policies and standards • Auditing the process to ensure compliance • Review the process.1 Generic Roles Process Owner: The person/role that is responsible for ensuring that all activities defined within the process are undertaken.ITIL® V3 : Release. making changes and improvements where necessary • Communication process information to key stakeholders • Ensuring that staff involved have adequate training. transition and ongoing improvement of a particular service. Control & Validation Best Practices 133 7 Roles and Responsibilities for RCV____ 7. with key responsibilities being: • To act as the primary customer contract for all service-related enquiries and issues • To maintain service quality that meeds agreed customer requirements • To identify opportunities for improvement • To represent the service for CAB meetings • To monitor and report data and statistics in order to provide visibility and insight into service quality and performance • To be accountable to the IT director for the delivery of the service.

This includes interfaces to Service Design and Project Management. there should be clear definition of the roles and responsibilities involved. as both require Service Transition in order to deliver one or more service changes. Figure 7.1: Example of Service Transition organization and its interfaces © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC ©The Art of Service . Control & Validation Best Practices 7.134 ITIL® V3 : Release.2 Roles within Service Transition To ensure the quality execution of Service Transition and handover to Service Operations.

Change Manager 3. there may be the need to formally define extra roles responsible for specific elements of the Service Transition processes. Service Asset and Configuration Management roles 6. Service Transition Manager Has responsibility for the day-to-day management and control of all the resources. The Change Manager The main responsibilities (including those which may be delegated) include: • To maintain oversight of the Change Management process • Document and communicate agendas for CAB meetings • Choosing appropriate CAB members • Chair CAB and ECAB meetings • Authorizing or rejecting Changes based on evaluation decisions • Issuing Change Schedules to be communicated by the Service Desk • Review changes for completion of objectives • Audit the process for compliance • Review the process for potential inputs to Continual Service Improvement • Producing regular management reports ©The Art of Service . Their prime responsibilities include: • Overall planning and management of Service Transition delivery • Managing and coordination the Service Transition functions and resources • Budgeting and accounting for the team activities and resources involved • Acting as the main interface with senior management • Ensuring all policies and procedures are followed within transitions • Ensuring the transition meets the agreed requirements • Making a final recommendation regarding the decisions for deploying a release in the live environment 2. Regardless of size. Control and Validation of service changes that will be described are: 1. Knowledge Management process owner Depending on the relative size and complexity of the organizations. processes and activities being utilized for Service Transition. Control & Validation Best Practices 135 The roles required for managing the Release.ITIL® V3 : Release. and requirements for service management. Release and Deployment Manager 4. Service Transition Manager 2. Service Test Manager 5. In other organizations. 1. all organizations should ensure that testing is managed and performed by resources independent of other functions and processes. these roles may be combined and performed by one individual.

Control & Validation Best Practices 3. Release and Deployment Manager Has overall responsibility for the planning. testing and deployment of all software and hardware required for service changes. ©The Art of Service . build. configuration. test.136 ITIL® V3 : Release. Service Test Manager The Service Test Manager should be an independent (not shared) role within Service Transition. issues and risks • Oversee test execution • Managing test environments • Verifies tests conducted by Release and Deployment teams • Assisting in the evaluation of service changes based on test results. design. with typical responsibilities including: • Documenting the appropriate test strategy • Designing test models • Allocating and coordinating test resources • Providing management reports on test results. The main responsibilities include: • Manage all aspects of the end-to-end release • Coordinate the resources required for release and deployment activities • Define an appropriate release policy • Assist in release and deployment planning • Oversee communication. deployment environment managers 4. preparation and training • Oversee any audits of hardware and software in the DML and Definitive Spares The Release and Deployment Manager may be supported by other defined roles including: • Packaging and build managers • Deployment managers • Early life support • Build.

including interfaces with other processes such as procurement and HR. and appropriate policies and standards to be used o Determines appropriate scope and CI recording level for Configuration Management o Develops awareness campaigns to gain support o Assists in evaluating and choosing appropriate systems and tools for the Configuration Management Systems o Oversees the management of the CMS o Provides management reports Configuration administrator/librarian: o Has the operational responsibility for managing the CMS and master copies of software. Control & Validation Best Practices 137 5. or many roles defined to ensure process objectives are met.ITIL® V3 : Release. The key roles normally defined are: • Configuration Manager: o Responsible for designing and implementing the Configuration Management process. including the authorization of ownership rights for CIs o Produces Configuration reports and baselines o CMS/tools administrator: o Evaluates off the shelf CMS and interfacing tools that meet the organization’s budget. o Audits the process for compliance and to detect exceptions o Provide management reports such as audit outcomes and asset reports • • ©The Art of Service . resource and technical requirements o Manages any tools required for Service Asset and Configuration Management o Liaises with suppliers for customizations and support o Oversees and in-house developed solutions Service Asset Manager: o Has responsibility for the overall management of the service assets used by a service provider o Agrees the scope and strategy of the process o Designs the process. o Responsible for controlling updates and retrievals of information in the CMS o Provides status reports on CIs o Administers the control activity. assets and documentation CIs. there may be one. Service Asset and Configuration Management roles As the scope of implementations for the process can vary greatly.

138 ITIL® V3 : Release. process and procedures. Key responsibilities are: • To interface designs with the organizational policies and processes • To identify information and knowledge sources. and providing capabilities for capturing using electronic means • Maintains the controlled knowledge items to ensure current validity and usefulness • Ensures accessibility of relevant knowledge bases • Advise the business and IT staff members on Knowledge Management concepts and procedures • To provide management reports on the use and value of Knowledge Management ©The Art of Service . Control & Validation Best Practices 6. Knowledge Management process owner Is responsibility for the design and maintenance of the Knowledge Management strategy.

ITIL® V3 : Release. providing automated support for some elements of Service Transition management: • IT Service Management systems: o Enterprise frameworks o System. • With particular focus on the Service Transition processes. The two main ways in which transition is supported by technology are: • Enterprise-wide tools that support the broader systems and processes within which support is delivered. Control & Validation Best Practices 139 8 Technology Considerations_________ Technology is a significant factor in the quality and success of Service Transition for the modern service provider. content management. workflow tools o Data mining tools o Extract. load and transform data tools o Measurement and reporting systems o Test Management and testing tools o Database and test data management tools o Copying and publishing tools o Release and deployment technology o Deployment and logistics systems and tools. an integrated suite of ITSM tools and systems should generally include the following functionality: ©The Art of Service . tools and systems that can be utilized include: • Configuration Management Systems (CMS) and tools • Version control tools • Distribution and installation tools • Discovery tools • Virtualization for simulating multiple environments • Detection and recovery tools • Backup and recovery tools • Reporting tools for Changes. Releases and CIs While the needs for supporting technology will be influenced by a large number of factors. network and applications management tools o Service dashboards and reporting tools Specific ITSM technology and tools that cover: o SKMS o Collaborative. • Tools targeted more specifically at supporting Service Transition The following systems support the wider scope for enterprise requirements.

1: Typical Activities for selecting ITSM tools and systems © Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC Typical items to consider when evaluating various products for the most appropriate selection include: • Data structure • Integration • Conformity • Flexibility • Usability • Support for monitoring service levels • Conversion requirements • Support options • Scalability • Tool and Vendor credibility • Training needs • Customization • What level of adaptation is needed to implement the product successfully? ©The Art of Service .140 • • • • • • • • • ITIL® V3 : Release. Control & Validation Best Practices Self-Help Workflow or process engine Integrated CMS Discovery/Deployment/Licensing technology Remote control Diagnostic utilities Reporting Dashboards Integration with Business Service Management What requirements? Evaluate products Identify products Short listing Selection criteria Scoring Rank the products Select product Figure 8.

Records Management o Defines the set of capabilities to support the storage protection. classification and retirement of records. o Is used to manage documentation CIs such as Service Level Agreements. best practice. archiving. work examples and template repository • Online events and net shows. ©The Art of Service . maintenance and retrieval of documents and information of a system or website. These needs are typically categorized into the following areas: • Document Management o Defines the set of capabilities to support the storage. and enabling and distributing knowledge. Control & Validation Best Practices 141 8. Problem and CI records during Service Transition and Service Operation. o Includes user and customer generated information. Examples of services and functions provided within the typical online community are: • Community portals • E-mail alias management • Wikis and forums groups • Focus groups • Intellectual property. graphics and other forms of knowledge presentation. protection. o Includes the management of Incident. archiving. Content Management o Defines the capability that manages the storage. User and support documents etc.1 Communities Communities are rapidly becoming the method of choice for groups of people spread across time zones and county boundaries to communicate.1 Knowledge Management Tools Knowledge Management tools should be utilized to address an organization’s needs for processing information. classification and retirement of documents and information. collaborate and share knowledge.ITIL® V3 : Release. figures. captured and disseminated using one or more IT Services such as a website or email system. • • 8. The result is often a knowledge asset represented in written words.1. Underpinning Contracts.

Knowledge services. to acknowledge and reward the contribution of valuable knowledge assets. widely available today: • Shared calendars and tasks • Threaded discussions • Instant messaging • White-boarding • Video or teleconferencing • E-mail.142 ITIL® V3 : Release. ©The Art of Service . informs. 8. Examples of knowledge services. can significantly improve the productivity of people by streamlining and improving the way they collaborate. Many knowledge assets today go through a workflow process that creates. modifies. or approves aspects of the asset. Workflow applications provide the infrastructure and support necessary to implement a highly efficient process to accomplish these types of tasks. 8.1. when properly implemented. Typical workflow services provided within this services category include: • Workflow design • Routing objects • Event services • Gate keeping at authorization checkpoints • State transition services.1. augments.3 Workflow Management Workflow Management is another broad area of knowledge services that provides systematic support for managing knowledge assets through a predefined workflow or process. It is also recommended that senior management actively participates in these communities to foster a culture and environment that rewards knowledge sharing and collaboration.2 Collaboration Collaboration is the process of sharing tacit knowledge and working together to accomplish stated goals and objectives. Control & Validation Best Practices Successful communities often implement reward schemes for their members.

or those described in the volume of Continual Service Improvement. Control & Validation Best Practices 143 9 Implementing Release. Even the practices from Service Transition themselves are useful guidance to consider when implementing these processes in an effective way. There can be many types of approaches used for implementing these processes. Control and Validation processes________________ Typically the implementation of RCV processes comes from the identified need for more formalized practices for transitioning service changes in a controlled and efficient manger. ©The Art of Service .ITIL® V3 : Release. including those using project management methodologies.

© Crown Copyright 2007 Reproduced under license from OGC The Continual Service Improvement Model summarizes the constant cycle for improvement. While there may be a focus on Service Transition. goals and objectives Where are we now? Baseline assessments How do we keep the momentum going? Where do we want to be? Measurable targets How do we get there? Service & process improvement Did we get there Measurement & metrics Figure 9.144 ITIL® V3 : Release. What is the vision? Business vision. ©The Art of Service .1 The Continual Service Improvement Model The CSI Model provides the basis by which improvements to Service Transition can be made. the questions require close interactions with all the other ITIL® processes in order to achieve Continual Service Improvement. Control & Validation Best Practices 9. They are questions asked in order to ensure all the required elements are identified to achieve the improvements desired.1: Continual Service Improvement Model.

the benefits that are being created and how their role contributes or has changed as a result. tend to create resistance in the IT staff. or the taking away of power and authority that the staff members may previously have had. Did we get there? At agreed time schedules. Typically the process owners and Service Transition manager will oversee the design/improvement of the processes. what is the next course of improvements that can be made? This should feed back into re-examining the vision and following the CSI model steps again. customers and end users involved or affected. • • • • • 9. including both short term and long term targets. Control & Validation Best Practices 145 Steps taken to improve Service Transition: • What is the Vision? Defining what wants to be achieved by improving Service Transition. risks and priorities of the Service Provider. security. so that all those involved understand the reasons for the changes. costs or customer satisfaction? What is the broad approach that we should take? Where are we now? Baselines taken by performing maturity assessments and by identifying what practices are currently being used (including informal and ad-hoc processes) What information can be provided by the Service Portfolio regarding strengths. checks should be made as to how the improvement initiatives have progressed. Those responsible or accountable for implementing Service Transition should consider the various stakeholders that will be involved or affected.2 Managing Cultural Change Formalizing processes and procedures will require the delivery and management of cultural changes. team meetings and face to face discussions. History has shown that initiatives surrounding Service Transition. ©The Art of Service . Is the focus on Service Quality. compliance. Which objectives have been achieved? Which haven’t? What went well and what went wrong? How do we keep the momentum going? Now that the targets and objectives have been met. especially Change Management. This is largely due to the perception of bottlenecks and bureaucracy being created. Where do we want to be? Defining key goals and objectives that wish to be achieved by the formalization of Service Transition processes. This typically will involve holding awareness sessions. weaknesses. How do we get there? Perform a gap analysis between the current practices and defined targets to begin developing plans to overcome these gaps. and how best their support can be gained.ITIL® V3 : Release. making sure they are fit for purpose and interface as needed with other Service Management processes.

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1: Some outputs to other lifecycle phases. Configuration Item information (CMDB) Service Design Service Strategy Service Transition Initial End User Support. Release Packages. ©The Art of Service . and UCs. process metrics for improvements. PIR Testing and Validation Results. Control & Validation Best Practices 147 10 Service Transition Summary_________ Effective Service Transition can significantly improve a Service provider’s ability to effectively handle high volumes of change and releases across its Customer base. Testing and Validation Results. Change Authorization.ITIL® V3 : Release. IT infrastructure audits Continual Service Improvement Figure 10. Other benefits delivered include: • Increased success rate of Changes and Releases • More accurate estimations of Service Levels and Warranties • Less variation of costs against those estimated in budgets • Less variation from resources plans. OLAs. FSC. CMDB Service Operation Testing and validation results. Changes to IT infrastructure & services. Guidance for SLAs. Known Errors from Development.

. affecting other business critical apps.148 ITIL® V3 : Release. for example. Change Mgt will assist with decision making to determine best path of action (through CAB). it is found that the RAM required slows down the pc. you would be able to identify if you have the skills required to support videoconferencing. impact on live environment • As stated previously. This will assist to speed up resolution times.1 Service Transition Scenario Knowledge Management • If your SKMS is established. found RAM issues and referred back to Change via RFC • Quality of components ©The Art of Service .eg – through testing. • Decision made as to whether webcams are CIs themselves or an attribute of the pc/laptop it is attached to Change Management • Ensure that the introduction of this new service minimizes impact on other services. • Stores original authorized software in DML • Ensures that design aspects are adhered to when building (e. • User and support documentation Service Asset and Configuration Management • HYPE software is registered as CI and relationships between it and the other CIs are known if…when… an incident occurs. Control & Validation Best Practices 10. • Organizes training on using HYPE – (inservices Service Desk 1st ) Service Validation and Testing • Tests HYPE based on customer criteria – (set out in Service Design) • looks at access.g.ensuring that the password policies are adhered to. test and deploy HYPE. • The SKMS will also help to determine the team required to build. Release and Deployment Management • Builds and tests HYPE – decision here to limit video resolution to minimize bandwidth.

facts. wisdom b) Ideas. Control & Validation Best Practices 149 10. information. facts. Big bang vs Phased 2. wisdom Question 4 Which activity in Service Asset & Configuration Management would help to ascertain which Configuration Items conform to that which exists in the physical environment? a) control b) verification and audit c) identification d) status accounting Question 5 After a Change has been implemented. information. facts knowledge.2 Review Questions Question 1 In which process would you find the Service V model? a) Release Management b) Service Transition c) Service Validation and Testing d) Knowledge Management Question 2 Release and deployment options include: 1. ? a) Push vs Proposed b) Push vs Pull c) Requested vs Forced d) Proposed vs Forced Question 3 The 4 spheres of knowledge management are: a) Data.ITIL® V3 : Release. wisdom d) Data. knowledge. knowledge. Automated vs Manual 3. an evaluation is performed. wisdom c) Data. What is this evaluation called? a) Forward Schedule of Changes (FSC) b) Post Implementation Review (PIR) c) Service Improvement Programme (SIP) d) Service Level Requirement (SLR) ©The Art of Service .

Control & Validation Best Practices Question 6 Which of the following is not change type? a) Standard change b) Normal change c) Quick change d) Emergency change Question 7 Which process is responsible for maintaining the DML? a) Release and Deployment Management b) Service asset and configuration Management c) Service validation and testing d) Change Management Question 8 Which process or function is responsible for communicating the forward schedule of changes to the users? a) Change Management b) Service Desk c) Release and Deployment Management d) Service Level Management Question 9 Which of the following best describes a baseline? a) Used as a reference point for later comparison b) The starting point of any project c) The end point of any project d) A rollback procedure Question 10 The main objective of Change Management is to? a) Ensure that any changes are approved and recorded b) Ensure that standardised methods and procedures are used for controlled handling of all changes c) Ensure that any change requests are managed through the CAB d) Ensure that the CAB takes responsibility for all change implementation ©The Art of Service .150 ITIL® V3 : Release.

©The Art of Service . The GM’s reaction is that very few business initiatives have a 70% chance of success and therefore the change should be implemented without further hesitation. From her perspective the requested Change is not only important. The IT managers are very surprised by her views. Control & Validation Best Practices 151 Use scenario for questions 11 & 12 The General Manager (GM) of a mobile phone supplier is in disagreement with her IT organization over the risks of implementing a change to a business service. and there is a danger that a significant number of customers will start to move to the competitor’s service if this is not achieved. However. Question 11 Which of the following BEST explains the disagreement between the two parties described in the scenario above? a) b) c) d) Differences in the perception of risks involved It is not clear who is responsible for implementing the Change There is a misunderstanding as to who is authorized to request the Change The customer does not understand the value of a good Change Management process Question 12 The GM and her staff first became aware of the need for the new functionality 6 months ago and have been working with IT to develop a solution. Which of the following is the BEST type of Change to use in this scenario? a) A Standard Change b) An Emergency Change c) A Normal Change d) A Change Implementation Answers can be found on the last page of this book.ITIL® V3 : Release. The updated business service has been ready for deployment for 2 weeks and it is very important that it is released within the next Change window in 3 weeks time as a competitor has been offering the same capability for over a month. but also urgent because her business operates in a very competitive environment and a major competitor is already offering the new functionality she needs. They agree the Change is needed but insist that the change cannot be implemented within the next Change Window because there is a 30% chance of failure. IT managers have a different perspective.

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Control & Validation Best Practices 11.1 Service Management as a Practice • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Service Management is clearly defined We know what our services are We have clearly defined functions and processes across the lifecycle We are able to measure the processes in a relevant matter The reason a process exists is to deliver a specific result Every process delivers its primary result to a customer or stakeholder The goals of Service Transition are defined The objectives of Service Transition are defined The purpose of Service Transition is Defined The Scope of Service transition is defined Service Transition enables us to align the new or changed service with the customer's business requirements Service Transition ensures that customers and users can use the new or changed service so that it maximizes value to the business We have measurements for alignment with the business and It plans We have measurements for Service Transition Interfaces to other Service Lifecycle stages are clearly defined ©The Art of Service .154 ITIL® V3 : Release.

ITIL® V3 : Release. Control & Validation Best Practices 155 11.2 Service Transition Principles • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Service Utilities are Defined Service Warranties are Defined We have defined and implemented a formal policy for service transition We have a policy for implementing all changes to services through service transition We have a policy for adopting a common framework and standards We have a policy for Maximizing re-use of established processes and systems We have a policy for aligning service transition plans with the business needs We have a policy for establishing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders We have a policy for establishing effective controls and discipline We have a policy for providing systems for knowledge transfer and decision support We have a policy for planning release and deployment packages We have a policy for Anticipating and managing course corrections We have a policy for Proactively managing resources across service transitions We have a policy for ensuring early involvement in the service lifecycle We have a policy for assuring the quality of the new or changed service We have a policy for proactively improving quality during service transition ©The Art of Service .

principles and basic concepts for Release and Deployment are defined • Release Unit and Identification is defined • Release design options are considered • Release and deployment models are defined • The planning of releases is managed • Preparation for build. test and deployment is managed • Build and test is managed ©The Art of Service . goal and objective for the Change Management process is defined • The scope for change management is defined • The policies.3 Service Transition Processes Change Management: • The purpose.156 ITIL® V3 : Release. Control & Validation Best Practices 11. Input and output and inter-process interfaces are defined • Key performance indicators and metrics are defined Release and Deployment Management: • The purpose. goal and objective of the Release and Deployment Management process is defined • The scope for Release and deployment is defined • The policies. principles and basic concepts for change management are defined • We have defined the types of change requests • We have defined standard (pre-authorized) changes • Remediation planning for changes is defined • Planning and controlling changes is an integrated activity of change management • Change and release scheduling is an integrated activity of change management • Ensuring there are remediation plans is an integrated activity of change management • Measurement and control of changes is an integrated activity of change management • Management reporting is an integrated activity of change management • Understanding the impact of change is an integrated activity of change management • Continual improvement is an integrated activity of change management • Raising and recording changes is defined • Reviewing the RFC is defined • Assessing and evaluating the Change is defined • Authorizing the Change is defined • Co-ordinating change implementation is defined • Reviewing and closing change records is defined • Change process models and workflows are defined • The Change advisory board is defined • Emergency changes are defined • Triggers.

principles and basic concepts for Service Validation and testing are defined • Inputs from Service Design are defined • Service quality and assurance is defined • Service Quality. service transition. goal and objective of the Evaluation process is defined • The scope for Evaluation is defined • The policies. release and change management Policies are defined • The Test strategy is defined • Test Models are defined • Validation and testing perspectives are defined • Testing approaches and techniques are examined and defined • Design considerations are defined • Different types of testing are defined • Triggers. Control & Validation Best Practices 157 • • • • • • • • • Service testing and pilots are managed Planning and preparing for deployment are managed Transfer.ITIL® V3 : Release. Input and output and inter-process interfaces are defined • Key performance indicators and metrics are defined Service Evaluation: • The purpose. goal and objective of the Service Validation and Testing process is defined • The scope for Service Validation and Testing is defined • The policies. Input and output and inter-process interfaces are defined • Key performance indicators and metrics are defined ©The Art of Service . Risk. Deployment and retirement are managed Deployment verification is managed Early life support is managed Review and closing of a deployment is managed Review and closing of the service transition is managed Triggers. principles and basic concepts for Evaluation are defined • Service Evaluation terms are defined • The Evaluation process and associated plans are defined • Evaluation of predicted performance is managed • Evaluation of actual performance is managed • Risk management is defined • Evaluation reporting is defined • Triggers. Input and output and inter-process interfaces are defined Key performance indicators and metrics are defined Service Validation and Testing: • The purpose.

Input and output and inter-process interfaces are defined • Key performance indicators and metrics are defined Request Fulfilment: • We have defined Request Fulfilment's Purpose. Inputs. Input and output and inter-process interfaces are defined • Key performance indicators and metrics are defined Service Asset & Configuration Management: • The purpose.158 ITIL® V3 : Release. goal and objective for the Service Asset and Configuration Management process is defined • The scope for SACM is defined • The policies. Goal. Outputs and interfaces • We have defined Request Fulfilment's KPIs and metrics • We have defined Request Fulfilment's Information Management reporting • We have defined Request Fulfilment's Challenges. Critical Success Factors and Risks ©The Art of Service . Control & Validation Best Practices Knowledge Management: • The purpose. Principles and basic concepts • The "Menu Selection" activity is specified • The "Financial approval" activity is specified • The "Other approval" activity is specified • The "Fulfilment" activity is specified • The "Closure" activity is specified • We have defined Request Fulfilment's Triggers. objectives and scope • We have defined Request Fulfilment's Value to the business • We have defined Request Fulfilment's Policies. goal and objective of the Knowledge Management process is defined • The scope for knowledge management is defined • The policies. principles and basic concepts for Knowledge Management are defined • Knowledge management is defined using a DIKW (data -information-knowledgewisdom) approach • A Service Knowledge Management System (SKMA) Is in place to capture and manage knowledge • The Knowledge Management Strategy is defined • Knowledge Transfer is defined • Data and information Management is integrated with Knowledge Management • Access and use of the Knowledge Management system is defined • Triggers. principles and basic concepts for SACM are defined • The Configuration Management System is defined • Asset and Configuration Management activities are defined • Management and planning for SACM is defined • Configuration identification is defined • Configuration control is defined • Status reporting is defined • Verification and audit is defined • Triggers.

Kotter) are applied Stakeholder management is a common operation activity We have a stakeholder management strategy We produce stakeholder maps and analysis Changes in stakeholder commitment are captured ©The Art of Service .ITIL® V3 : Release.g.4 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Service Transition common operation activities Managing Communication and commitment is a common operation activity Communications during Service Transition are defined Communication planning is managed Different methods of communication are applied Managing Organization and stakeholder Change is a common operation activity The emotional cycle of change is managed Service Transition's role in organizational change is clearly defined Organizational change is planned and implemented A variety of organizational change products is used Organizational readiness for Change is assessed Progress of organizational change is monitored Organization and people issues are dealt with in sourcing changes Organizational Change management's best practices (e. Control & Validation Best Practices 159 11.

Control & Validation Best Practices 11.5 Organizing Service Transition The Process Owner role and the Service Owner role are defined The organizational context for transitioning a service is set Organizational models to support service transition are defined The Service Transition Manager role is defined Planning and support is organized The Service Asset Manager role is defined The Configuration Manager role is defined The Configuration Analyst role is defined The Configuration administrator / librarian role is defined The CMS / Tool administrator role is defined The configuration control board role is defined Change Authority is defined The Change Manager role is defined The Change Advisory Board role is defined Performance and risk evaluation management is defined Service Knowledge management is defined The service test manager role is defined The release and deployment roles are defined The Release packaging and Build roles are defined Deployment is defined Early life support is defined Build and test environment management is defined The Service Transition relationship with other lifecycle stages are defined ©The Art of Service .160 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • ITIL® V3 : Release.

g. load and transform tools are in place Measurement and reporting system tools are in place Test management and testing tools are in place Database and test data management tools are in place Copying and publishing tools are in place Release and deployment technology tools are in place Deployment and logistics systems and tools are in place Configuration Management systems and tools are in place Version control tools are in place Document-management systems are in place Requirements analysis and design tools.ITIL® V3 : Release. systems architecture and CASE tools are in place Database management audit tools to track physical databases are in place Distribution and installation tools are in place Comparison tools (software files. workflow tools are in place Data mining tools are in place Extract. databases) are in place Build and Release tools (that provide listings of input and output CIs) are in place Installation and de-installation tools (that provide listings of CIs installed) are in place Compression tools (to save storage space) are in place Listing and configuration baseline tools (e. Control & Validation Best Practices 161 11.6 Service Transition Technology Considerations • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • A service Knowledge Management system is in place Collaborative. content management. Full directory listings with date–time stamps and check sums) are in place Discovery and audit tools (also called ‘inventory’ tools) are in place Detection and recovery tools (where the build is returned to a known state) are in place Visualization. mapping and graphical representations with drill down reporting tools are in place ©The Art of Service . directories.

162 • • • • • • • • ITIL® V3 : Release. Control & Validation Best Practices 11.7 Implementing Service Transition Justification of Service Transition is undertaken Designing Service Transition has been done Applicable standards and policies have been researched Relationships have been defined Budgets and resources have been allocated Service transition has been introduced the Cultural change aspects have been addressed Risks and value have been weighed ©The Art of Service .

CI etc MTBF: Mean Time Between Failures (Uptime) MTBSI: Mean Time Between Service Incidents MTRS: Mean Time to Restore Service (Downtime) OLA: Operational Level Agreement ©The Art of Service . something has changed. Application Sizing: Determines the hardware or network capacity to support new or modified applications and the predicted workload. or reduction in the quality of an IT service Known Error: A problem that has a documented Root Cause and a Workaround KEDB: Known Error Database Maintainability: A measure of how quickly and effectively a CI or IT service can be restored to normal after a failure. DML: Definitive Media Library Function: A team or group of people and the tools they use to carry out one or more processes or activities. or a failure has occurred.ITIL® V3 : Release. CMDB: Configuration Management Database CMS: Configuration Management System Configuration Item (CI): Any component that needs to be managed in order to deliver an IT Service. Baselines: A benchmark used as a reference point for later comparison. Incident: An unplanned interruption to. Control & Validation Best Practices 163 12 Glossary_________________________ Alert: A warning that a threshold has been reached. Asset: Any resource or capability. process. Modeling: A technique used to predict the future behaviour of a system.

Reliability. Remediation: Recovery to a known state after a failed Change or Release RFC: Request for Change Service: A means of delivering value to Customers by facilitating Outcomes Customers want to achieve without the ownership of specific Costs and risks Service Owner: Role that is accountable for the delivery of a specific IT service SCD: Supplier and Contracts Database Service Assets: Any capability or resource of a service provider Serviceability: Measures Availability. SIP: Service Improvement Plan SKMS: Service Knowledge Management System SLA: Service Level Agreement SLM: Service Level Manager SLR: Service Level Requirements SSIP: Supplier Service Improvement Plan Status Accounting: Reporting of all current and historical data about each CI throughout its lifecycle.164 ITIL® V3 : Release. Trigger An indication that some action or response to an event may be needed. Process Owner: Role responsible for ensuring that a process is fit for purpose. Maintainability of IT services/CI’s under control of external suppliers. Control & Validation Best Practices Process: A structured set of activities designed to accomplish a specific objective. Tuning: Used to identify areas of the IT infrastructure that could be better utilized. UC: Underpinning Contract ©The Art of Service .

Control & Validation Best Practices 165 Utility: Functionality offered by a product or service to meet a particular need. Often summarized as ‘what it does’. ©The Art of Service .ITIL® V3 : Release. VBF: Vital Business Function Warranty: A promise or guarantee that a product or service will meet its agreed requirements.

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1 – ITIL® Certification Pathway For more information on certification and available programs please visit our website http://www.1 ITIL® Certification Pathways There are many pathway options that are available to you once you have acquired your ITIL® Foundation Certification. Figure® V3 : ©The Art of Service .artofservice. Currently it is intended that the highest certification is the ITIL® V3 Expert. Below illustrates the possible pathways that available to you. considered to be equal to that of Diploma Status. Control & Validation Best Practices 167 13 Certification______________________ 13.

ISO/IEC 20000 programs aim to assist IT professionals master and understand the standard itself and issues relating to earning actual standards compliance. Control & Validation Best Practices ISO/IEC 20000 Pathways ISO/IEC 20000 Standard is becoming a basic requirement for IT Service providers and is fast becoming the most recognized symbol of quality regarding IT Service Management processes.artofservice.168 ©The Art of Service . you are eligible to pursue the ISO/IEC 20000 certification pathways.2 ITIL® V3 : Release. Once you have acquired your ITIL® Foundation Certification.2 – ISO/IEC 20000 Certification Pathway For more information on certification and available programs please visit our website www. Figure 13.

Control & Validation Best Practices 169 14 Answers to Review Questions ANSWERS 1c. 10b. 9a. 7a. 8b. 5b.ITIL® V3 : Release. 12c ©The Art of Service . 3d. 3b. 11a. 2b. 6c.

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12-13. 50. big 73-4. 94. 112 availability 13. 124 bang. 55-7. 63. 86-7. 47. 148. 48. 154 applications 22. 41. 108. 97-8. 103. 64. 130 [4] Benefits of Service Transition 41 BENEFITS of SERVICE TRANSITION 3 bottlenecks 47. 150. 63 Business/customer 102 Business/Customer metrics 96 business/customer resources 94 Business Function 165 business goals 60 business management 55 business/organization 82 business perspective. 16. 26. 57. 136-7. 60. 56-7. high level 91 business processes 12-13. 29. 11-13. 109. 69. 50. 123 B balance 24. financial 57. 29. 35. 117 assessment 50-1. 20. 163 attributes 3. 35. 145 boundaries 89 Brisbane 171 browser 2 bundle 24-5 business 3. 110-12. 24-5. 54. 126 approach. 67-8. Control & Validation Best Practices A acceptance criteria 76. 119 assets 24-5. 137. 115 accredited ITIL training program 7 activities integrated 156 technical 12 alignment 3. 29. 48. 117. 63. 35. 34-5. 70. push 74 approval. 9. 108-9. 145. 10. 149 bang 73 Banking 70. 11-12. 100. 23. 35. 154-5 [12] Business Case 35. 103. 83. 118. 120-1. 27. 103. 39-40. 137 automation 72. 54-6. 116-18. 149. 47-9. 158 release Configuration 120 authorization 50. 91. 148 audits 112. 116. 163 Behavioural components 32 benefits 4. 141 assemblies 71. 120. 74. 47. 52. 123-4. 142. 118 baselines 56. 58. 112 business processes/customer capabilities 115 Business Service Management 140 business services 104. 105 archiving 59. 120 Business Units and Service Units 23-4 business value 29 business 154. 151 updated 151 business units 3. 40. 27. 29. 45. 158 C CAB (Change Advisory Board) 50. 82-3.172 INDEX* ITIL® V3 : Release. 95. 87. 102 accountability 34. 103 Asset Management 108 Asset Management System 79. 150 ©The Art of Service . 108-11. 59. 80. 137. 64. 24. 59-60.

72. 64. 90-2. 86. 63. 9. 161 CI s 74. 7. 87. 154 changes Frequency 61 choice 27-8. 148-9. 30. 115. 158. 137. 52-5. 121. 56. 159 communities 5. 104 change proposal 54-5. 45. 151 complaints 103 completion 58. 28. 22. 150 [2] integrated activity of 156 sourcing changes Organizational 159 Change Management. 103. 112 communication 26. 54-5. 73-4. 135 Change Models 50. 150 change schedule 52. 97-8. 121.ITIL® V3 : Release. 50. 57 change window 66. 54 change management planning 62 change management Policies 157 Change Management Policies 3. 33. 148. 145. 40. 56-7. 79. 117-19. 95 Capacity Management. 108. 88 Change Management process 45. 48-9. 128. 160-1. 47. 76. 117. 58. 111 classification 34. 108. 108. 106 CMDB (Configuration Management Databases) 43. 45. 124. 32. 142 combination 7. 139. 167-8 challenges 4-5. 95. 105-6. 163 CMS (CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM) 4. 48. 63. 108. 63 change requests 53. 141-2 competition 27-8 competitors 26. 75. 91. 1267. 94. 147. 135 CAB members 59-60 capabilities 7. 126. see CAB change authority 54. 84. 141. 141. 54. 76. 24-6. 151 changed services 40. 119-21. 111-12. 163-4 [3] capacity 16. stakeholder 49 Change Management Activities 4. 56 change implementation 150-1 Change Management 47-50. 141 CI (Configuration Item) 34-5. 70-1. 126. 139. 106. 59-60. Control & Validation Best Practices 173 CAB meeting 60 CAB meetings 133. 78. 100-3. 52. 60. 86. 111-13. 68. 135 compliance 59. 69. 69. 148-9. 163 CMS data 121 Collaboration 5. 51. 84. 130. 59. 55. 26-7. 145 components 22. 105. 112. 137. 97. 58. 141 Clear understanding of roles and responsibilities 96 closure 66. 151. financial information 121 certification 5. 91. 111-12. 72. 109-10. 80. 96. 95. 112. 156 change management process document 135 change management processes 53 change management reviews 55 change management work 62 change management 156 change management Change 156 change management Management 156 change management Measurement 156 change management Raising 156 Change Manager 50. 97. 55. 49. 124. 112. 9. 111-12. 119. 163 required 79 ©The Art of Service . 57-62. 135 complexity 28. 163-4 CI information 117 CI Level 111-12 CIs (configuration items) 48. 35. 92. 68. 137. 125. 53. 167-8 Certification Pathway 5. 116-22. 115. 78. 61-2. 48. 84. 124 Change Advisory Board.

158. 123. 117 [4] improved quality service provision 11 organization's service 69 Critical Success Factors (CSFs) 45 Crown Copyright 16. 7. 149. 93. 91. 121-9. 151. 130 control 3. 94. 94. 137. 108. 113-14. 120-2 support Change Management 49 Service Asset & 39 Configuration Management Activities 4. 147 configuration items. 35. 16. 123. 153 [2] Control & Validation Best Practices 4-37. 84-5. 24. 45. 89-90 contexts 24. 135 Core Service Package 27-8 costs 22. 154 [14] external 35 increased 82. 96. 111. 37. 73. 99. 159-63. 53. 163 CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. 67-9. 70-1. 112. 21. 147. 106. 115. 123. 114. 26. 96-7. 104 ©The Art of Service . 90. 95-6.174 ITIL® V3 : Release. 126-7 basic 156-8 confidence 86-7. 91. 38. 35. 92. 144 continuity 16. 21-3. 114-17. 108-10. 111-13. 53. 143-4. 89. 43. 136-7. 28-9. see CIs Configuration Management 4. 16-17. 45. 78-9. 57. 68-9. 158 Configuration Management Database 126. 61-2. Control & Validation Best Practices service/release 82 concepts 3. see CMDB configuration management roles 135. 68-9 consistency 73-4. 152-7. 49-61. 93. change management 156 Continual Service Improvement 19-20. 113-14 [7] CSFs (Critical Success Factors) 45 CSI (Continuous Service Improvement) 19-20. 103-4. 137 Configuration Management System 4. 158 Configuration Control 119 configuration data 74. 31. 93. 47. 24-6. 117 conjunction 49. 64. appropriate level of 50. 10. 96 configuration 91. 32. 74. 96 level of 88. 108. 103. 166-71 [7] Control & Validation Best Practices Release 80 control. 135. 30-1. 39-47. 60. 125. 163 Configuration Management Databases. 106. 108-9 configuration information 54 configuration information Decreasing number 122 Configuration Item. 45-7. 86-7. 86-7. 86. 24-5. 130 Customer Assets 25 Customer/Business Requirements 91 customer contract. 121. 93. 27 Continuous Service Improvement (CSI) 19-20. 81. 84. 83. 18-19. 72-3. 117-19. primary 133 customer enquiries Transparency 23 customer experience 22 customer groups 29 customer metrics 85 customer requirements 133 Customer Service 115 customers 9-11. 48. 126. 115. 68. 12. 81-4. 57-9. 42. 55 cook 22 coordinate business unit s capabilities 24 end-to-end release 136 coordination 58. 103. 20-8. 40. 129 continual improvement. see CI Configuration Item information 43. 39-41. 55. 5. 86-7. 105. 48. 85. 89-111. 127. 109-11. 132-41. 135. 31. see CMS Configuration Management Systems and Tools 115 Configuration Models 110. 105. 171 Continual Service Improvement Model 5. 133. 98 business goals Improving 69 constraints 26. 146-9. 114.

60 Emergency Change 51. 87. 71-2. 148 Design Service Release 91 diagrams 54. 56. 130. 148 defined Evaluation 157 defined Key performance indicators 156-8 defined Release Unit 156 defined Service Evaluation terms 157 Definitive Media Library. 117. Knowledge. business activities Service 83 department 33. 74-6. 151 Enforce ITIL 171 Enhanced customer experiences 130 environments 33. 115. 80. 68-9. 60. 76. 74. 97-8. 95. 94-5. 45. 150. 55. 128. 106. 135 errors 47. positive 26 effectiveness 47. 48. 78-85. 68-9. 126-7. 124. 31. 118-19. intended 97. 81-2 deployment plans acceptance criteria xf0b7 95 deployment process 72. 49. 101 ©The Art of Service . 95. 54. 130 eLearning Programs 2 Emergency CAB (ECAB) 54. 76. 72. 130 ECAB (Emergency CAB) 54. 79. 93. 120. 60. 157 testing 31. 54. 82-3. 81. 157 evaluation reports 52. 51.ITIL® V3 : Release. 42. 77 deployment plans 68. 139 DML (Definitive Media Library) 71. 139. 39 Evaluation Activities 4. 96. 148 deploy release packages 110 deployment 29. 75. 108. 63 design 10. 158 disagreement 151 distribute 68-9 distribution 68-9. 95-6. 124. 87 Deployment Management 4 deployment management process 156 deployment planning 75. 65. 94. 136-8. 100 effort 12. 96. 158 Data and Information Management 128 databases 116. 123-6. 52. 87. 128. 136. 68-9. Wisdom (DIKW) 125. 52. 64. 136. 60. Wisdom) 125. 16. 131 effects. 127-8 differentiation 26-7 DIKW (Data. 149. 69. 77. 75-6. 106. 56. 161 decision 32. 63. 37. see DML delivery. Knowledge. 111. historical 111. Information. 117. 22. 58. 54. 110 deploy 24. 78. Information. 84. 115. 80. 110. 75. 92. 135. 149. 147 evaluation 4. 67. 92. Control & Validation Best Practices customer s 27 customer s control objectives 108 customer s management 24 175 D data. 103-5. 130 estimations of Service Levels 41. 163 documentation templates 79 E Early Life Support 42. 20. 122. 67. 76-7 deployment roles 160 deployment staff 78 description 27. 71. customer s business operation xf0b7 56 effect. 156-7 [2] deployment activities 4. 100-2. 149. 97. 142 live 58. 98 Evaluation and Service Validation 76 evaluation process 98. 58. 164 Data. 60 Effect. 85.

34. 115. 163 fit 18-19. 61. 155 Implementing Change Management 61 Implementing Release 5. 33-5. 55. 16 Forced 149 Forward Schedule of Changes (FSC) 43. 137. 110 processing 141 real-time 124 record 112 recording 79 reusing 125 ©The Art of Service . 148. 72. 15-16. 122. 147 change management 47 H hardware 10. 117. 139. 103. 124. 137 execution. 92. 102. 141. 88 FSC (Forward Schedule of Changes) 43. 31. 147. 111-12. 77. 110. 151. 141. see HR HYPE 148 I identification 116-18. 121. 124. 97. 123-31. 128. 34.176 ITIL® V3 : Release. 25. 167-8 [4] consequential 127 controlled 71 generated 141 interface 112 level of 55. 142. 163 Increased success rate of Changes and Releases 147 Increased success rate of Changes and Releases 41. 12. 120. 163 HR (Human Resources) 13. 108. 149. 109. risks xf0b7 Oversee test 136 F factors 45. 153. 70. 112. 58. 20. 141. 69-70. 122. 137-8. 103. 151. 163 G General Manager (GM) 151 Generic Roles 5. 22. 50. 151. 9. 91-2 frequency 80. 50. 16. 79. 87. 143. 137 Human Resources. 103. 149 Foundation Certification 167-8 framework 9. 29-30. 55. 90. 121. 133 GM (General Manager) 151 goals 3-5. 79. 51. 67. 60. 43. 145. 21. 81. 68. 24. discrete 124-5 failure 34. 141. 150. 82-3. 163 guidance 17-18. 130. 86. 143 implementing 56-7. 154. 156-8 organizational 12 goods 24 groups 45. 112. 85. 37. 54. 51. 117. 95-7. 144-5 focus of ITIL 12. 78. 80-1. 49. 28. 90. 137. 143. 144. 26. 61. 63. 47. 82. 165 functions 3. 12. 96. 147 industry 7. 86. 56. 149 fulfilment 105 functionality 139. 147. 164 focus 7. 15 information 20. 139 facts. 100 Evaluation Reports for Change Management 102 evolutions 15 example configuration breakdown 116-17 Example of Service Transition organization 134 exceptions 94-5. 123. 143 incidents 16. 68. 18-19. 114. 47. 9. 71. 135. 156 identifier 117-18 implementation 57-8. 136. Control & Validation Best Practices interim 78. 77. 37. 47. 103. 22.

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timely 108 Communication process 133 information-knowledge-wisdom 158 information management 127-8 information Management 158 information management, defined Request Fulfilment's 158 information management procedures 128 information sources, connected 111 information technology 7 Information Technology Infrastructure Library 15 infrastructure 20, 22, 24, 35, 39-40, 43, 45, 57, 69, 75, 106, 108-12, 115, 121, 124, 127 [3] Infrastructure Library 15 initiator 54-5, 58 inputs 31, 42, 52, 67, 72, 102, 128, 156-8, 161 interface management 115 interfaces 3-5, 42, 45, 48-9, 52, 69, 72, 95, 102, 105-7, 109, 112, 119-21, 128-9, 134-5, 137 [1] inter-process 156-8 primary 72, 106, 129 Internet Explorer 2 Internet Service Providers (ISP) 27-8 inventories 112 involved release 78 ISO/IEC 6, 42, 115, 168, 171 ISP (Internet Service Providers) 27-8 IT Service Continuity Management (ITSCM) 65 IT Service Management (ITSM) 3, 7, 9-13, 15-16, 22, 29, 35, 45, 68, 110, 127, 139, 168, 171 ITIL official 9 refresh of 16 ITIL Factsheets 171 ITIL Foundation Exam 171 ITIL Foundation program 7 ITIL processes 31 ITIL RCV Program 39 ITIL terminology 7 ITIL V3 Framework Five volumes 15 2 ITIL s 17 ITL 15 ITSCM (IT Service Continuity Management) 65 ITSM, see IT Service Management ITSM set of organizational capabilities 35 ITSMF 171 J judgments 125-6

K key, enrolment 2 KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS (KPIS) 4-5, 45, 60, 85, 96, 102, 107, 122, 130, 156-8 Key Performance Indicators, see KPIs knowledge 9-10, 17, 24, 45, 68, 83, 96, 124-31, 141, 149 knowledge assets 141-2 Knowledge Management 31, 38, 123-5, 127-30, 138, 141, 148-9, 158 defined Service 160 knowledge management activities 5, 125, 127 knowledge management process owner 135, 138 Knowledge Management Strategy 127, 158 knowledge management system 158 Knowledge Management Tools 5, 141 knowledge services 142 knowledge transfer 83, 127-8, 155 knowledgeable support staff End users 72 known errors 16, 20, 43, 70, 84, 96, 147, 163 ©The Art of Service


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KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) 4-5, 45, 60, 85, 96, 102, 107, 122, 130 KPIS, see KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS L layers 12 levels 27-8, 39, 47, 56, 71, 80, 87-8, 91-2, 94, 111-12, 114, 117, 128, 130, 140 appropriate 55, 57, 60, 87, 94, 117 licences 79, 84, 122 license 16, 21, 24-6, 32, 37, 48, 53, 70-1, 73, 78, 81, 83, 89, 91, 93, 113-14 [9] lifecycle 16, 20, 29, 55, 111, 119, 121, 126, 164 lifecycle phases 20, 38, 43, 130, 147 Links 115 location 66, 74, 112, 123 London 171 M maintainability 92, 163-4 maintenance 71, 122, 138, 141 Major Concepts of ITIL 18 management 9, 24, 35, 45-6, 55-6, 58, 62, 72, 93, 96, 114, 117-19, 122, 135, 137, 141 [3] management reports 137-8 resources Providing 136 managers 31, 151 Managing information 124 meal 22 mechanisms 45, 50, 60, 77, 80, 88, 105, 128 automated 94, 105, 119 meeting, service level management review 59 members 32, 59-60, 142 metrics 60-1, 69, 96, 107, 122, 144, 156-8, 171 Mobilize 67 model 91, 98, 136, 149 logical 108, 111, 121 momentum 82, 144-5 N Name and Label CIs 117 naming conventions 80, 117 non-conformance 93-4, 120 O objectives 3-5, 12-13, 40, 45, 47, 59, 68, 86, 90, 97, 103, 108-9, 114, 123, 142, 144-5 [2] strategic 16, 47 offerings 27, 29, 91 OGC 16, 21, 24-6, 32, 37, 48, 53, 73, 81, 83, 89, 91, 93, 99, 113-14, 171 [7] OGC Release Package 70 operation 39-40, 47, 73, 84, 130 operation activity , common 159 organizational capabilities 9 specialized 9, 35 organizational change 81, 159 organizational objectives 9 organizations 7, 9-10, 12, 15-16, 22-5, 28, 31-2, 35, 47-8, 50-1, 53, 58, 67-8, 90, 123-8, 135 [9] organization s 11, 61, 79, 105, 133, 141 organization s capabilities 68 organization s objectives 13 organization s release policy 69 OS Business systems 116 outcomes 22, 25-6, 31, 100 outputs 9, 31-2, 42-3, 52, 72, 94, 96, 102, 147, 156-8 owner 112, 116-17 P packages 27, 29, 37, 42, 69, 85, 102 ©The Art of Service

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parties 26, 53, 92, 105, 123, 151 partners 9, 96, 127, 129 pathways 6, 167-8 PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) 98 performance 24-7, 31, 87, 90, 93, 97 actual 97-8, 100, 157 predicted 97-8, 100, 157 person 31, 35, 50, 56, 60, 64, 119 person/role 133 perspectives 3, 10, 87-8, 91, 100, 151, 157 phases 17, 20, 39, 42, 73, 75 pilots 61, 76-7, 80, 157 PIR (Post Implementation Review) 43, 147, 149 Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) 98 plans 62, 65, 76-7, 80-2, 94, 98, 100-1, 110, 114, 127 configuration management 114-15 release 52 Service Management 42 Policies and principles of Service Asset and Configuration Management portfolios 29 Post Implementation Review (PIR) 43, 147, 149 practices best 15-16, 80, 141, 159, 171 informal change management 61 price 26 principles 4, 31, 87, 109, 125, 156-8 prioritization 54-5 process manager 31 process owners 31, 67, 133, 145, 164 products 9, 13, 68, 104, 140, 165 project 35, 49, 62, 88, 119, 150 Project Management 4, 52, 58, 62, 115 projected service outage (PSO) 52, 57 Proprietary knowledge of organizations 15 providers 25-7, 87 PSO (projected service outage) 52, 57



Q quality 7, 10, 22, 52, 77, 82, 87, 93, 103-4, 108, 123, 139, 155, 163, 168 perceived 22 quality service management 47, 52 R RACI 34 RACI Model 34 RAM 2, 111, 148 RCI 34 RCV processes 38, 45-6, 69, 143 recommendation 65, 100 rejection 54-5, 57 relationships 3-4, 17, 23-5, 37, 57, 62, 108, 110-12, 116-17, 121, 148 Release improved 69 single 75 words 7 Minor 70 Release & Deployment 49, 85 Release & Deployment Management 85 RELEASE & DEPLOYMENT MANAGEMENT 4 Release and Deployment 58, 68-9, 71, 75, 79, 106, 117, 156 Release and Deployment Activities 75 Release and Deployment and Evaluation 87 Release and Deployment management 58 Release and Deployment Management 57, 68, 148, 150, 156 ©The Art of Service

see RFC Request Fulfilment 4-5. 95. 158 scope of 103 request models 4. 105. 100. 94. 68-9. 78 Release Design Options and Considerations 73 Release Design Release plan 91 Release Identification 70 release identification scheme. 58-60. 65-6. 88 release policy 136 release rollbacks 11 release scheduling 156 release teams 74. 86-8. 156. 57. 120 Request For Change. 141 review 54-5. 66. 37. 70. 147 complete 70 constructed 68 release packaging 80. 164 RFCs and Change Management 119 ©The Art of Service . 52. 73. 160 release planning 76. 9. 69-70. 93. 79 release tools 161 release unit structure 69 release unit 69 release units 69-70. 84.180 ITIL® V3 : Release. 156-7 [6] complex 77 configure 75 deploy quality 40 deploying 73 designed 69 implemented 69 minor 75. 116-18. 120. 50-2. 42. 115-16. 77. 118 pre-defined 106 rollback 68 Emergency fix 118 releases 41. 56-7. 82. 73-4. 90. 61. 45. 135-7. 72. 103. 104-5 resource requirements 55. 95. 45. 75. 105-7. 59-63. 76. 11. 135-6. 100. unique 70 Release Management 149 Release Packages 43. 155-6 discovery tools aid 74 Release Policy 4. 82. 96. 49. 157 retrievals 128. 70. 76 resources 24-5. 68. 33-4. 85. 147 packaged 45 releases Asset 115 releases preferred structure 75 reports 34. 82-4. 122. 75. 72 single 70 release unit 69 release window 66 release 76. 162-4 [3] resources plans 41. 54-5. 57-9. 118. 80 release policy 75 releases 3-4. 111. Control & Validation Best Practices Release and Deployment Management process 156 Release and Deployment Manager 135-6 Release and Deployment plans 68 Release and Deployment process 72 Release and Deployment process Supplier 75 Release and Deployment teams 136 Release Control and Validation 45 release design 4. 52. 141. 63. 35. 64. 96. 30-1. 75. 137. 77. 133-8 [3] restaurant 22 retirement 76. 20. 31. 80. 90. 15. 128 formal 84 RFC (Request For Change) 20. 147 responsibilities 4-5. 41. 72-80.

29-30. 150 Service Evaluation 4. 157-8 [5] low 50. 121. 130. 108. 68-9. 114. 105 sequence 93 Service 20. 68. 97-8. 93-4. 48. 148 Service Asset and Configuration Management roles 135. 35. 116. 123. 55-8. 87-8. 25. 126-7. 12. 82. 29. 164 Service Catalogues 20. 101 risks 22. 100. 97-8. 137. 84. 147 service provider interfaces 83 Service Level Agreements 111. 35. 15. 108. 37. 108-9. 171 service operations 68. 61. 63. 27-8 Service Level Requirement (SLR) 149. 103 potential 60 unacceptable 100 Roles and Responsibilities for RCV 133 Row 34 Rs of Change Management 57 S SACM 158 scenario 73. 42-3. 121. 86-7. 96. 48. 42. 82. 80. 87. 89. 137 Service Asset Management 121 service assets 25. 150 Service Level Packages 3. 108-9. 97. see SKMS Service Level 13. 100-1. 33. 16-20. 128-9 Service Lifecycle Phases 3. 77. 106. 135. 29 service changes 48. 130. 164 SERVICE KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. 137. 135. 7. 100-1. 106. 123. 171 Service Desk 34. 144. 45 service deployment 74 Service Design 19-20. 128. 127. 15. 84. 40. 75. 97-8. 108-9. 141. 76. 27. 67. 103 Scope of Service transition 154 Scope of Service Transition 37 security 2. 86. 108-9. 134 service organization 9. 102. 49. 129. 75. 115. 157. 147-8. 45. 123. 145 selection criteria 117. 154 Service Management processes 49. 59. 145 Service Operation 20. 22. 91. 164 service Knowledge Management system 161 Service Knowledge Management System 5. 94. 9. 124. 156-8 [6] Scope of Change Management 48 scope of Release 11. 17. 69. 51. 41. 56. 35. 91 Service Packages and Service Level Packages 27-8 Service Pipeline 29 Service Portfolio information 20 ©The Art of Service 181 . 164 Service Level Requirements 149. 164 Service Level Management 13. 130. 22-3. 124. 112. 97. 163-4 associated deployment packages Updated 42 Service Asset 4. 52. 74. 158 Service Asset & Configuration Management work 85 Service Asset and Configuration Management 70. 157. 151 scheduling test resources Prioritizing 93 scope 3-5. 95. 92. 147. 20 Service Management 5. 164 service lifecycle 3. 157 Service Improvement Programme (SIP) 149. 42-3. 134-6 Service Component Build and Test 91 Service Delivery 10.ITIL® V3 : Release. 78. 47. 122. 150 Service Asset & Configuration Management 49. 56. 121. 12 Service Package Example 27-8 Service Packages 26-8. 27. 19. 149. 158. 151. 56. 149. 129. 20. 39. 42 service lifecycle work 3. Control & Validation Best Practices risk evaluation management 160 Risk Management 98. 25. 37. 128. 104-6. 18. 140 self-help 103. 94-5.

82. 130. 149. 35. 119. Control & Validation Best Practices Service Portfolios 3. 128. 45-8. 131 [4] service provider interfaces 95 service quality 47. 59. 54. 26. 45. 68-9. 35. 104. 125. 102. 16. 74. 163 T tags 118 target locations 73-4 TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) 72 technology 9. 58-9. 67-8. 126. 141 strategy 47. 76. 112. 25-6. 78. 164 skills. 119-20. 139. 95-6. 31. 26. 100. 89. 147. 136-7 software deployment 105-6 software releases 74 definitive 71 sources 9. 100-1. 148. 15.182 ITIL® V3 : Release. 126-7. 137. 164 software 10. 87. 48. 145. 42-3. 91. 116. 108-11. 168 Status Accounting 111. 56-7. 164 SLR (Service Level Requirement) 149. 123-4. 164 steps 50. 64. 90 Service Warranty 26-7 services 9-10. 127 staff 9-11. 129. 52. 137. 82. 58-9. 123. 137 overarching 75. 61. 163-5 [23] common 103. 139. 100. 37-43. 72. 80. customer service 22 SKMS (SERVICE KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM) 5. 42. 124. 130-1. 133. 153-4. 86-91. 82-3. 115. 12. 5. 21. 123-4. 23-5 Service Utility 26-7 Service Validation 39. 127. 129. 86. 105 core 27 modified 10. 52-3. 103-7 service requests 107 service requirements 91-2 Service Strategy 20. 89. 94. 22-30. 47-8. 92. 134-6. 105. 157 Service Transition. 123. 79-80. 96. 88. 28-9. 157 Service Value 3. 126-7. 96 standard 103-4 Services Package 27-8 SIP (Service Improvement Programme) 149. 164 support staff 68. 86-7. 135-6 Service Transition 20. 72-3. 131 systems 37. 12-13. 145 service provider 7. 155. 26. 49. 145 STANDARD Change 50-1 standards 15. 48. 143-5. 96-7. 158. 147. 145 Service Release 42 Service Release Package Test 91 Service Release Test Criteria 91 service requests 20. 128. 31. 105 storage 69. 119. 86-7. 159 [3] SERVICE TRANSITION 3. 70-1. 161. 114 release Communication 76 suppliers 48. 47. 157 deployment management 31 Service Validation and Testing process 93. 70. 52. 40. 85-6. 127. customer's business requirements 154 Service Transition Manager 102. 100. 123-4. 124. 108. 93. 97. 88. 45. 28. 81. 115. 69-70. 118. 16-17. 137 external 9. 93. 135 service transition organization 134 service transition 155 service transition interfaces 154 service units 3. 139-41. 80. 95-6. 97. 91. 105. 29-30. 95-6. 129-30. 151 stakeholders 9-11. 87. 1234. 83-4. 45. 48. 59. 70-2. 148-9. 68. 133. 139 ©The Art of Service . 171 Service Test Manager 93. 35. 62. 85. 103. 84. 96. 50. 154-5. 16. 106. 120.

85. 68-9. 150 [1] utility 26-8. 139. 128 updates. 145 TSO 171 types 45. 69. 23. 96. 57. 90-3. 103-4. 82-3 transition 10. 144-5 W warranty 26-8. 133 Training of involved release 78 transfer 76. 145. 76. 31. 103. 86. 90. 142-3. 167. 80. 95 level of 27 V validation 7. 137. 45. 133. 68. 106. 94-5 test strategy 90-1. 40. 119 test data management 139. 156-7 Typical Activities of Service Evaluation 99 U UCs Deployment plans 72 understanding 22. 139 Test Management Approach (TMAP) 92 test models 4. 58 Workflow Management 5. 47. 129. 68-9. 35. 31. 111 terminology. 105-6. 34. 123-5. 120. 147 TMAP (Test Management Approach) 92 tools 2. 35. 139. 10. 109. 90-2. 21 test 37. 103. 130 unintended effects 97. 115. 69.ITIL® V3 : Release. 105-6. 141. change management 119 user base 73 user/customer 105 users 2. 79-80. 84-5. 29. 157 testing activities 4. 47. 11. 156 test environment management 160 test environments 56. 92. 87. 57. 149 visibility 23. 87. 95. 141. 136. 83. 129. 126. 22. 94-5. 94 Test Management 93. 148. 88. 116. 82-4. 24-7. 89-90. 100. 5. 80. 151 [3] value contribution 122 value creation 26 Van Haren Publishing 171 Vendor Contracts Information Policies 42 verification 82. 161. 114. 100. 95 Testing and Validation Results 43. 149 work orders 54. 131. 74. 171 what s 57 wisdom 124-6. 105. Control & Validation Best Practices Terminology 3-4. 78. 86. 123. 90. 165 websites 103. 88. 133 vision 67. 90-1. common 3. 135. 135. 52. 69. 97. 78. 153 Validation Processes 3. 143 validation results 20. 123. 127. 142 183 ©The Art of Service . 92-3. 43. 75. 130. 82. 52-3. 105. 127. 161 Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) 72 training 75. 147 value 9. 61. 111. 37. 100 unit 67. 62. 56. 124. 52. 59. 138. 74. 78-80. 163 deployment technology 161 service management 105.

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