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A Practical Guide to Service Management

By : Keith D. Sutherland, Lawrence J. "Butch" Sheets
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A Practical Guide to Service Management

By: Keith D. Sutherland, Lawrence J. "Butch" Sheets

Overview of this book

Many organizations struggle to find practical guidance that can help them to not only understand but also apply service management best practices. Packed with expert guidance and comprehensive coverage of the essential frameworks, methods, and techniques, this book will enable you to elevate your organization’s service management capability. You’ll start by exploring the fundamentals of service management and the role of a service provider. As you progress, you’ll get to grips with the different service management frameworks used by IT and enterprises. You'll use system thinking and design thinking approaches to learn to design, implement, and optimize services catering to diverse customer needs. This book will familiarize you with the essential process capabilities required for an efficient service management practice, followed by the elements key to its practical implementation, customized to the organization’s business needs in a sustainable and repeatable manner. You’ll also discover the critical success factors that will enhance your organization’s ability to successfully implement and sustain a service management practice. By the end of this handy guide, you’ll have a solid grasp of service management concepts, making this a valuable resource for on-the-job reference.
Table of Contents (28 chapters)
Part 1: The Importance of Service Management
Part 2: Essential Process Capabilities for Effective Service Management
Part 3: How to Apply a Pragmatic, Customized Service Management Capability
Appendix B: SLR Template

Roles and responsibilities

There are some key roles for request management: process owner, process manager, and process practitioner. As discussed in Chapter 5, there are common responsibilities for every process owner and process manager. There are some key responsibilities that the request management roles need to consider. For the request management process owner, this role needs to ensure that policies related to categorization and request models are clearly defined. The process owner will work with other process owners to develop a consistent policy for the categorization scheme. This ensures commonality across all request types and enables linking the request types where necessary. The process owner will document what is expected and required for a request model and develop templates that can be used to facilitate the creation of request models. In addition, the request management process owner needs to establish the right metrics based on the maturity of the process and the...