Fresh Links Sundae – June 9, 2013 Edition

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-chinese-dragon-boat-festival-image25355311Fresh Links Sundae encapsulates information I have come across during the past week. They maybe ITSM related or not quite. Often they are from the people whose work resonates with me, and I hope you will find them at least thought-provoking or something of value.

In order to manage IT services even more effectively, Jon Hall advocates that asset management must integrate more effectively with each other. He suggests ways where asset management can contribute to ITSM. How ITAM can influence the CIO (The ITAM Review)

There are many discussions surrounding how IT should be designed to support its user base. Melanie Karunaratne explains why it’s also crucial to understand that different users have different user requirements. User Oriented IT: It’s about Diversity, Context, and Interactions (LANDesk Blog)

Drawing from the discussion with Aaron McDaniel, Don Tennant outlines some approaches that younger managers can use to work with their older directs. Tips for Millennials on Overcoming the Awkwardness of Managing Baby Boomers (From Under the Rug)

With the recent news from the White House, Patrick Gray outlines what leadership lessons IT can learn from the recent events. Leadership lessons for IT from the White House (TechRepublic)

Drawing parallels using a movie analogy, Adrian Reed explains why the solutions can come only after the requirements are explored by the business analysts. The Set Comes After the Script and the Solution Comes After the Business Need (Bridging the Gap)

When people rely on each other without thoroughly knowing each other, sometimes an information vacuum can create with invalid assumptions or misperceptions. James Eblin explains what some effective leaders do to minimize those information vacuums. Three Steps for Leaders Who Want to Work Better with Their Peers (Eblin Group)

In today’s competitive landscape, changes are constant and can be daunting to face. Tom Asacker suggests that there is a way to confront the changes you need to face. One way out. (Tom Asacker)

Some leaders manage their people the way they would want to be managed. Marshall Goldsmith points out that such approach is not always effective. When the Golden Rule Doesn’t Work (Marshall Goldsmith Personal Blog)

Most of us understand the importance of picking the right measurements. Seth Godin gives some examples of measuring the wrong things which lead to unintended results. Measuring without measuring (Seth’s Blog)

Here is one last post for your inspiration from Ted Rubin. “Your Value Doesn’t Decrease Based On Someone’s Inability To See Your Worth”… (Ted Rubin)

Fresh Links Sundae – February 10, 2013 Edition

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image27791389Fresh Links Sundae encapsulates information I have come across during the past week. They maybe ITSM related or not entirely. Often they are from the people whose work resonates with me, and I hope you will find them at least thought-provoking or something of value.

Blindly following the best practices can have unintended consequences. Stephen Mann advocates that metrics must be fully understood by both IT and the business before IT can be effective. “We Do A Great Job In IT, Our Metrics Dashboard Is A Sea Of Green.” Really? (Forrester Blogs)

Using a railroad operation example, Rob England explains the differences between problem management and risk management as well how changes can contribute to improvement. Service Improvement (The ITSM Review)

For an organization, there can be a number of reasons or objectives when implementing ITSM. David Ratcliffe points out that there is always a main reason or a chief objective we should identify and get it right before all others become relevant. What’s The First “Thing” You Have To Get Right In ITSM? (Pink President’s Blog)

Referring to the recent news about the batteries used on Boeing’s 787s, Glenn O’Donnell discusses why   we should build our IT service like how Boeing engineers its planes. Use Boeing As A Metaphor For Service Excellence (Forrester Blogs)

With the complexity built into many of today’s IT services, Jon Hall reminds us why it is critical to fully understand your IT services so you can analyze and spot the potential risks. When critical IT suppliers fail, the impact can be severe (Evolving ITSM)

Thinking back to an earlier experience of wanting to become a ski instructor, Gianpiero Petriglieri explains what makes us who we are is often what we do with life’s surprises. Getting Stuck Can Help You Grow (INSEAD Blog)

Using a daily-questions process, Marshall Goldsmith explains how a better understanding of our own values and how we live them on a daily basis can be a powerful way to improve ourselves. Questions That Make a Difference Every Day (Marshall Goldsmith Personal Blog)

Referring to Joseph Callaway’s book, “Clients First: The Two Word Miracle, “ Don Tennant discusses seven reasons from the book why practicing honesty and straight talk can enhance what we do as IT professionals. Let’s Stop Paying Lip-Service to ‘Honesty Is the Best Policy’ (From Under the Rug)

Solid leadership is often amplified by examples and actions. Jeff Haden talks about nice actions that good bosses should practice. 9 Hidden Qualities of Stellar Bosses (Inc.com)

Advocating that listener has nearly as big a responsibility as the speaker, Seth Godin explains why listening better matters and how it can also create a better speaker/listener exchange. How to listen (Seth’s Blog)

Fresh Links Sundae – September 16, 2012 Edition

Fresh Links Sundae encapsulates some pieces of information I have come across during the past week. They maybe ITSM related or not entirely. Often they are from the people whose work resonates with me, and I hope you will find something of value.

ITSM SaaS solutions have been gaining popularity with many IT shops. Stephen Mann discusses the selection criteria and the considerations when selecting an ITSM toolset, SaaS or not. SaaS for ITSM: Getting Past The Hype (Forrester Blogs)

While many IT organizations try to avoid dealing with projects that are considered “shadow” and under the radar, Bob Lewis explains why it also makes sense for IT to find and support the “shadow IT” projects. Never mind shadow IT. How about shadow projects? (IS Survivor Publishing)

With a number of discussions and the push for Green IT concept, Rob England shares his feelings about the movement and why he believes the impact of green or sustainable IT will be negligible. Green sustainable IT is a sop to middle class consciences (The IT Skeptic)

Many outsourcing arrangements frequently bundle ITSM tools implementation as part of the deployment. Ros Satar explores ways to improve the effectiveness of the ITSM solution without getting lost in the deployment shuffle. Will it ever be possible to innovate in outsourcing deployments? (The ITSM Review)

Because technologies progress and change quickly, strong problem solving practices have always been an important part of IT. Simon Morris demonstrates a problem solving example using the Kepner Tregoe Problem Analysis process. A structured approach to problem solving (The ITSM Review)

Running a service desk can be a complex and labor-intensive operation. Benjamin Whitehead suggests ten things the service desk should avoid doing for efficiency and effectiveness reasons. 10 Things your IT Service Desk should NOT be doing (ITSM Portal)

The Knowledge Centred Support (KCS) concept has received some attention from the ITSM community lately. Aprill Allen discusses her early impression and the approach of leveraging KCS using forum-based knowledge bases. Adapting the KCS article lifecycle to Zendesk forums (Knowledge Bird)

After years of focusing on costs, many senior leaders are finding that their organizations are not up to the task of searching for and attaining the top line growth. Susan Cramm outlines ways anyone can use to renew her focus, to build better relationships, and to improve results. What Would Your Successor Do? (Valuedance)

Replaying from his person experience, Tobias Nyberg suggests ways to make progress in the ITSM initiatives from a grass root level and without explicit management support. Guerilla ITSM: When management doesn’t care [] (The ITSM Review)

Leveraging ideas from J. Allan McCarthy’s book, “Beyond Genius, Innovation & Luck: The ‘Rocket Science’ of Building High-Performance Corporations,” Don Tennant shares the author’s tips for building a successful, effective team. Best and Brightest, Like Star Players, Need to Be Able to Work as a Team (From Under the Rug)

Fresh Links Sundae – September 9, 2012 Edition

Fresh Links Sundae encapsulates some pieces of information I have come across during the past week. They maybe ITSM related or not entirely. Often they are from the people whose work resonates with me, and I hope you will find something of value.

Because people are often the most critical factor for ITSM success, Stephen Mann relays some people-oriented guidance from his colleague, Eveline Oehrlich, and his own on how to put together the best roles and skill sets in place. Staffing For IT Service Delivery Success: Think Employee, Think Customer, Then Repeat (Forrester Blogs)

Many organizations try to minimize the presence of shadow IT because they can present unmanaged risks. Instead of trying eliminating shadow IT, Bob Lewis suggests how embracing shadow IT might help improving outcomes from the revenue and costs perspectives. Stop stomping out shadow IT (IS Survivor Publishing)

Finding competitive advantage through continuous innovation is already an established idea, and IT can be a major contributor to that movement. Damon Edwards explains how the DevOps concept can enable the IT organization to be better leveraged by the business. Use DevOps to Turn IT into a Strategic Weapon (dev2ops)

One key benefit of the problem management process is to enable organizational learning. Barclay Rae suggests one important thing to do in order to get the most out of a problem management exercise. Problem Management Success – Start Using Causal Closing Codes (BarclayRae Website)

If you are working on putting together a Release Management process for your organization, Alicia Choo posted a sample operating procedure document that may help in your endeavor. My take on ITSM and IT Governance: Release Management (Choofca’s Brain Dump)

Referencing to several government-published resources on the BYOD movement, Martin Grobisen talks about the importance of formulating and putting a policy in place to address BYOD. Time to Implement a BYOD Policy (ITSM Lens)

With social media being one of the many options for building a brand, Anna Farmery outlines five steps to leverage social media for marketing. Five-Step Social Media Marketing Plan (The Engaging Brand)

Hiring consultants can be expensive and sometimes without the desired results, Patrick Gray outlines several ways to avoid wasting money and get the most benefits out of the consult’s help. How to win friends and waste money on consultants (TechRepublic)

Although effectiveness leadership can encompass different things to different people, Jeff Haden talks about the personal lessons he learned about leadership and suggests five ways he has used to improve his own effectiveness. 5 Leadership Lessons You Won’t Learn in B-School (Inc.com)

Because the IT organization is often entrusted by its company with access to many vital assets, Don Tennant suggests that trustworthiness is the most important, foundational characteristic for people in an IT organization. Don also outlines a few ideas for detecting deception when a breach has occurred. Tips on Detecting Deception in Your IT Organization (From Under The Rug)

Fresh Links Sundae – August 26, 2012 Edition

Fresh Links Sundae encapsulates some pieces of information I have come across during the past week. They maybe ITSM related or not entirely. Often they are from the people whose work resonates with me, and I hope you will find something of value.

Given how critical strategies can be for an organization, Stephen Mann outlines the reasons for having an ITSM strategy plan and provides suggestions on how to formulate one. What’s Your IT Service Management Strategy (If You Actually Have One)? (Forrester Blogs)

Traveling around the world, Robert Stroud talks about how two IT organization deploys value-based metrics to deliver business values while maintain agility. Juggling Delivery to Ensure Room for Agility and Value (CA on Service Management)

Using marketing oriented practices, Melanie Karunaratne suggests some techniques that can help building constituent relationships and bringing value from the service desk operation. ITSM and the Art of Marketing (LANDesk Blog)

After analyzing the current big data trend, Dion Hinchcliffe discusses the key changes that drive big data and additional data points that illustrate the current state of big data. How is big data faring in the enterprise? (Enterprise Irregulars)

After working with COBIT 5 for eight months, Steve Taylor shares his experience and the challenges he encountered as his organization tries to adopt COBIT 5. Implementing COBIT 5—An IT practitioner’s view eight months later (ISACA Now)

Using the tips from Russ Miller, CTO of SunView Software, Martin Grobisen goes over how change management and agile methodology can integrate and support each other. 5 Steps to Integrate ITIL into Agile Process (ITSM Lens)

Potentially applicable to what we do as part of the problem management process, Seth Godin outlines a process for conducting problem-solving meetings. How to run a problem-solving meeting (Seth’s Blog)

In response to the ever changing environment, organizations need to find better ways to capture and retain the knowledge accumulated over time. Jim Taggart gives five suggestions on how an organization can help itself by managing the critical institutional knowledge. How to Unlock the Hidden Knowledge in Your Organization (ChangingWinds)

Leveraging ideas from Mike Staver’s recent book “Leadership Isn’t for Cowards,” Don Tennant talks about Staver’s seven tips for establishing a take-responsibility culture. Seven Tips for Building a Culture of Accountability in Your Organization (From Under the Rug)

After learning more from one of the people who display large signs on street corners, Jeff Haden shares his thoughts about what makes work honorable. Managing Employees: What Makes Work Honorable (Owners’ Manual)

Fresh Links Sundae – August 12, 2012 Edition

Fresh Links Sundae encapsulates some pieces of information I have come across during the past week. They maybe ITSM related or not entirely. Often they are from the people whose work resonates with me, and I hope you will find something of value.

With big data being a popular IT topic these days, Bob Lewis offers two approaches on how to get your big data initiative off the ground. You want big data? Here’s your big data (InfoWorld)

Rob England is excited about COBIT 5, and he tells us why. COBIT5 (The IT Skeptic)

Leveraging ideas from Ron Kaufman’s recent book “Uplifting Service,” Don Tennant talks about some approaches for dealing with difficult people. Building a Service Culture Requires Dealing with ‘Difficult’ Employees (From Under the Rug)

Referring to the recent software incident from Knight Capital, Brian Barnier gives three suggestions on what enterprise leaders can do to avoid future surprises and similar risks. 440 million reasons to learn to three IT risk lessons (ISACA Now)

If you are working on putting together a problem management process for your organization, Alicia Choo posts a couple of sample documents that may help in your endeavor. My take on ITSM and IT Governance: Problem Management (Choofca’s Brain Dump)

With today’s fast changing work and career landscape, Peter Weddles suggests the notion of “career athlete” and why it is important to leverage such mentality for successful career self-management. Recast Yourself as a Career Athlete (WorkStrong)

While promotion can be an effective mean to reward a high performer in IT, Patrick Gray explains why some ill-conceived promotions are diminishing an employee’s contribution to the organization. Death by promotion (TechRepublic)

Although hiring is one of the most important things managers do, Alison Green explains why some faulty interview techniques are preventing the hiring managers from getting the best candidates. 10 Mistakes You’re Making When You Interview Job Candidates (The Fast Track)

A true test of leadership is the quality of the followers, Jim Taggart talks about what four innate attributes can affect our leadership effectiveness. What’s Your Leadership Truthiness Quotient? (ChangingWinds)

Instead of waiting for a solution that fits exactly to the problem that you are working on, Seth Godin advocates taking the steps to solve problems by leveraging solutions from similar (but not exact) problems. Analogies, metaphors and your problem (Seth’s Blog)

Fresh Links Sundae – July 15, 2012 Edition

Fresh Links Sundae encapsulates some pieces of information I have come across during the past week. They maybe ITSM related or not entirely. Often they are from the people whose work resonates with me, and I hope you will find something of value.

With many organizations struggling with service catalog initiatives, Stephen Mann provided some short-term and long-term recommendations on what to do. Getting A Service Catalog: So Much More Than Buying A Tool! (Forrester Blogs)

Inspired by a recent twitter chat for itSMF Australia, Rob England shared some perspectives why the full adoption of BYOD may not be appropriate for all organizations until some fundamental issues can be worked out. A little chat about BYOD The IT Skeptic

Although the topics of cloud and mobile computing may dominate the IT discussions these days, Bob Lewis suggested that collaboration is what’s really required for a next-generation IT. Next-gen IT: It’s not about BYOD (InfoWorld)

Referring to a recently published book “The Physics of Business Growth: Mindsets, System, and Processes,” Don Tennant shared the book authors’ views on what anti-innovation practices to avoid. How the Entrenched Ways that Companies Think Are Stifling Innovation (ITBusinessEdge)

Presenting as a unique challenge to IT, Martin Perlin collected and shared ten points of view from experts at Gartner, IDC, InformationWeek and more. 10 Insights into the Impact of Shadow IT (Evolven Blog)

Attempting to answer the question, Laura Brandenburg explained that the difficulty is not so much with the BA people but with the reality where a lot of changes are often facilitated by the BA work. Why Business Analysts Are Difficult People (Bridging the Gap)

While one does not have to be in a management position to show leadership, Jim Taggart talked about six challenges he must take on to become a better leader. The 6 Inner Leadership Selves (ChangingWinds)

Sensing that sometimes people get caught up on the tool rather than the meaning and purpose behind the tool, Jason Little talked about the competence/consciousness model when any new process or change is introduced. Kanban isn’t the Point (Jason Little)

Switching career can be a risky endeavor; Bill Barnett made some suggestions on how to learn about a new profession before diving headfirst into it. Try Out a New Career Before You Make the Leap (Harvard Business Review)

While some people can be seen as charismatic, Jeff Haden suggested that charisma is not something you have but something you can earn by consistently following certain habits. How to Be More Charismatic: 10 Tips (Inc.)

Fresh Links Sundae – July 1, 2012 Edition

Fresh Links Sundae encapsulates some pieces of information I have come across during the past week. They maybe ITSM related or not entirely. Often they are from the people whose work resonates with me, and I hope you will find something of value.

Leveraging the results from a recent Forrester report, Stephen Mann explained how the combination of service management and automation can produce amplified benefits for business. IT Service Management AND Automation: Now That’s A Double Whammy Of Business-Enabling Goodness (Forrester Blogs)

Observing the increasing demand for business innovation leveraging technology innovations, Robert Stroud advocated that the need to balance operational excellence with strategic portfolio management is becoming a primary discipline for IT professionals. Evolve From Managing Technology to Delivering Innovative Business (CA on Service Management)

Following up to his earlier tutorial on service catalog, Rob England gave his take on what makes a technical service catalog and how his position differs from the ITIL book authors. What is a Technical Service Catalogue? (The ITSM Review)

Citing two potential causes of compensation practices and 24/7 career demands, Bob Lewis hypothesized why people fall into the trap of thinking other people’s work should be easy. What makes work easy [] (IS Survivor Publishing)

As the use of jargons continues to persist in IT, Jeff Wayman explained how jargons can be obstacles to good communication and collaboration. Help Desk Jargon: The 10 Worst Offenders (ITIL Edition) (ITSM Lens)

Although many of us fail to escape from the Parkinson’s Law, Mark Horstman proposed a different way to look at how we use time. Parkinson Owns Us (Manager Tools)

Using examples from other aspiring business analysts, Laura Brandenburg demonstrated that many techniques used by the blog readers to analyze operations or processes are very closely related and quite transferrable as BA techniques. How to Demonstrate That You Are a Business Analyst: 3 Real Examples of Transferable Skills (Bridging the Gap)

Drawing from her coaching experience, Anna Farmery gave suggestions on what to do to live the life you want, instead of living the life you get. How to Get the Best Out of Yourself (The Engaging Brand)

Leveraging the information from a recent study, Don Tennant discussed why employees who are mentored are more likely to give similar developmental support to others. Employees Who Are Mentored Pay It Forward, Study Finds (ITBusinessEdge)

On the lighter side, Dr. Sutton shared this great piece from another reader. A Different Version of the Creation Myth (Work Matters)

Fresh Links Sundae – June 24, 2012 Edition

Fresh Links Sundae encapsulates some pieces of information I have come across during the past week. They maybe ITSM related or not entirely. Often they are from the people whose work resonates with me, and I hope you will find something of value.

Using several examples, Eric Feldman showed how innovations can also be achieved with things other than the new, disruptive technologies alone. What is Innovation? (CA on Service Management)

While identifying opportunities is certainly a part of providing technology leaderships, Bob Lewis explained why identifying obstacles, while not as fun, can be just as critical, if not more. When providing technology leadership, don’t push it (IS Survivor Publishing)

When performing business analysis, Laura Brandenburg showed how requirement verification and requirement validation are two different and equally necessary activities. How to Distinguish Requirements Validation and Verification (Bridging the Gap)

With the need to field so many changing technology and landscape, Patrick Gray gave some examples of technologies where the CIO must attend to but can do so productively. Top CIO distractions (and how to avoid them) (TechRepublic)

Citing examples from Ron Kaufman’s book, Don Tennant talked about ways to interact with service providers more effectively. Want Better Service from Your Vendor? Be a Better Customer (ITBusinessEdge.com)

If you are working on a service catalog project, Alicia Choo posted a couple of sample documents that may help in your endeavor. Service Catalogue Management (Choofca’s Brain Dump)

To help us measure our ITSM performance as effectively as we can, Stephen Mann outlined some common mistakes when designing and implementing Infrastructure & Operations metrics. Where IT Metrics Go Wrong: 13 Issues To Avoid (Forrester Blogs)

By advocating the need for solid enterprise technical architecture management (ETAM), Bob Lewis gave suggestions on how to implement ETAM effectively. Good IT architecture means knowing when to take control (InfoWorld)

Following up to another post, Simon Morris described what an ideal Product Owner would look like for your ITSM enhancement effort. The Goldilocks Product Owner (ServiceNow Community)

Though commonly used in IT service delivery, Martin Chalkley explained why poorly defined SLA can affect the working relationship with the suppliers more negatively than positively. Do SLAs hinder collaborative relationships with our supply chain? (The ITSM Review)

Fresh Links Sundae – April 1, 2012 Edition

Fresh Links Sundae encapsulates some pieces of information I have come across during the past week. They maybe ITSM related or not entirely. Often they are from the people whose work I admire, and I hope you will find something of value. No Fooling!

Service Desk 2.0: Aale Roos described in detail his vision of a future service desk. (Pohjoisviitta Oy)

IT for free? Where do I get IT?: Robert Stroud talked about why IT and business do not seem to align, and the misalignment has created trust issues. (CA on Service Management)

IT Skills Trends and Opportunities from the Experts: Evolven compiled a list of IT skills and trends discussions from various sources. (Evolven Blog)

5 Missing Functions That Could Kill Your Help DeskJeff Wayman discussed five things that can seriously impede a service desk’s capability and performance. (ITSM Lens)

Asking the Right Questions Can Have a Dramatic Impact on Your Life: Don Tennant discussed how asking the right questions can be just as important as knowing how to answer questions when it comes to building relationships and delivering business results. Why Mastering the Art of Asking Questions Is So Essential is a follow-up post. (From Under the Rug)

IT’s stranglehold loosens another notch: Gary Hinson compared today’s cloud and mobile computing trends to the personal computing trends two decades back and tried to draw some parallels and lesson learned. ((ISC)2 Blog)

More on next gen ITM: Charles Betz discussed the characteristics that he sees as essential for the next generation of IT management platform, which incorporates both project and service management capabilities on a common platform with integrated resource management. (Charles Betz)

Defining IT Service Management – Or Is That “Service Management”?: Stephen Mann discussed the definitions of ITSM and why challenges in today’s environment necessitate a far more customer-centric approach to IT service delivery. (Forrester Blogs)

Beware The Self-Righteous Fool: Bret Simmons discussed the question of how or whether should we deal with self-righteous behaviors at work? (Positive Organizational Behavior)

Overthrow Yourself: Umair Haque  discussed what is the purpose of enterprise and why he feels the purpose of enterprise is to evoke the highest human potential. (Umair Haque)