Fresh Links Sundae – February 24, 2013 Edition

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image5686314Fresh 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.

Today’s business environment calls for the IT professionals to facilitate or even lead business change initiatives. Bob Lewis explains what the IT professionals need to understand when it comes to working with business changes. He also provides a humorous example. For next-gen IT, resistance is fertile (InfoWorld)

Getting ready to start a competitive analysis of Service Catalogue offerings in the ITSM market, Barclay Rae outlines the criteria he plans to use for the assessments. Assessment Criteria for Service Catalogue [] (The ITSM Review)

While many organizations have undertaken IT service management initiatives, few are realizing the full benefits and true potential of ITSM. Instead of handling ITSM simply as a project, Charles Araujo advocates why ITSM needs to become a movement with a vision and a community. You Are the ITSM Community (ITSM Portal)

When it comes to formulating BYOD policies, many organizations take the default position of treating the users as risks. Patrick Gray lists three alternatives to preempting disaster by partnering with the users in protecting the corporate data. Three BYOD policies for keeping workers (and IT) happy (TechRepublic)

Many organizations have established their own business analysis standards based on the needs and preferences of their stakeholders. Laura Brandenburg outlines some essential requirement specifications that a business analyst might consider for any project. What Requirements Specifications Does A Business Analyst Create? (Bridging the Gap)

Reflecting from the recent Grammy Award given to the band “Fun,” Scott Eblin outlines three encouragements to leaders who are plugging along without much in the way of positive feedback. Three Ways to Get the Recognition You Deserve (Next Level Blog)

From his recently published e-book, Jim Taggart prepares a list of suggestions for the boomer managers to keep in mind when interacting with their younger co-workers. Jim also posted another blog entry which talks about the interaction from the Gens X and Y’s perspective. Leadership and the Inter-Generational Divide: 10 Suggestions for Boomer Managers and Executives (ChangingWinds)

As more of us work on brand-building in a more connected environment, the question of whether one should exchange his/her own time for non-cash compensation comes up more often. Seth Godin outlines some evaluation criteria that can help you determine the productive use of your time and resources. Should you work for free? (Seth’s Blog)

There are many ways to improve interpersonal relationships, and Marshall Goldsmith believes that asking is one thing we all should do more often. He also suggests several simple ways of asking, listening, and learning from the feedback. Why Don’t We Ask? (Marshall Goldsmith Personal Blog)

Fresh Links Sundae – December 16, 2012 Edition

Fresh 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 something of value.

While ITIL may advocate the concept that problems come into play only after incidents had occurred, Rob England gives an introduction into what a proactive problem management process should look like and address. Proactive Problem Management (The ITSM Review)

In a two part series, Abhinav Kaiser outlines the steps for setting up a software license management process in your organization. Best practices for software license management [Part 2] (TechRepublic)

Implementing a service catalog can sometimes turn into a major undertaking for many organizations. Barclay Rae gives an overview of why having a service catalog, what it should look like, and what to expect when putting one together. Service Catalog is Simple…or Should Be (Barclay Rae Website)

Most people would agree with the notion that change is the norm in our time. Karen Ferris explains why the desire of staying static and avoiding changes is no long an option. CHANGE: Don’t be a statistic [] (The ITSM Review)

Reflecting from a recent McKinsey Quarterly article “Capturing value from IT infrastructure innovation,” Gregory Tucker shares his view of what the service management concept is turning into. Service Management Is Dead (Tracted IT Management)

In this information-rich age we live in, managing knowledge and classifying information can be a formal challenge. Aprill Allen discusses two methods of information classification schemes and how they can be used together. Taxonomies and Folksonomies (Knowledge Bird)

In a presentation to a group of computer science students in London, Simon Morris describes the software development methodology used within his organization. ServiceNow development methodology presentation to QMUL (ServiceNow Community)

Instead of making the typical New Year resolutions that get quickly deferred or forgotten, Jeff Haden outlines 21 goals that can go a long way to improve your personal effectiveness. 21 Things That Beat Your New Year’s Resolution (Inc.com)

Like so many things in life, the subject of leadership does not have one single source of truth, but a number of competing ideas or opinions. Jim Taggart suggests what each of us can do to better understand the field of leadership and management. A Big (Obvious) Idea for Leadership–There Are NO Experts! (ChangingWinds)

Seth Godin talks about how companies start in serving the niche market. Later on, some of those companies transform their products/services to serving the mass market. I think supporting the IT technologies in organizations has gone through the similar transformation as well. The question remains is how should an IT department deal with the two very different market/user segments within their own organization. The cycle of customers who care (Seth’s Blog)

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 19, 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 people being the most critical element for organization changes, Rob England explains how to leverage the people factor via motivation, communication, and development. The People in ITSM (The ITSM Review)

With the success of an organization being dependent on the people within it, Benjamin Whitehead give suggestions on getting the best out of your IT Support team. 10 tips for managing the Human Side of IT (ITSM Portal)

While IT is often known for rapid introduction of new technologies and widgets, retiring old technologies which have outlived their useful lives can be especially difficult. Matt Prigge talks about how to stay ahead of the curve and stay out of trouble caused by old, obsolete technologies. When to cut bait on old IT (InfoWorld)

Leveraging the concept from Matt Prigge’s article, Martin Perlin talks about why it is important to deal with the obsolescence issue for the IT operations tools as well. Cut Bait on Old IT: 4 Areas to Re-examine Current IT Operations Tools (Evolven Blog)

With an increasing emphasis of leveraging automation in IT, Stephen Mann talks about how automation in IT will affect the staffing practices. Prepare Your People For The Future Of IT Service Delivery (Forrester Blogs)

Leveraging the ideas from Stephen Mann’s automation comments, Aprill Allen discusses how knowledge management and IT can achieve a better level of collaboration. Is Forrester the Marriage Counsellor for KM and IT? (Knowledge Bird)

Using NASA’s robot rover Curiosity landing on Mars as an example of automation, Melanie Karunaratne talks about what pitfalls to avoid when designing process automation for ITSM work. Process Automation: Blazing the Trail (LANDesk Blog)

Recalling from her recent itSMF SIG attendance, Ros Satar discusses her classroom experience and the take-aways she took with her. Continual Service Improvement (CSI) (The ITSM Review)

In a two-part series, Jim Taggart gives his take on what separate the term management from the term leadership. Are We There Yet? More on the Leadership-Management Debate (ChangingWinds)

For many of us who utilizes LinkedIn as a professional networking tool, Kristin Lyon explains how the “Pay it Forward” concept can be a powerful tool for managing our LinkedIn connections. Commit to Pay it Forward to Your LinkedIn Connections (Modis)

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.)