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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

Process integration

For each process in the best practice frameworks, you will have both primary and secondary relationships and interactions with other processes. Since every process has a relationship with every other process, this section will only cover the primary relationships to key processes. Let’s describe each process, along with the key interactions that request management has with them.

Service catalog management

Service catalog management is a key source of information about the service requests that can be logged against a service. The service catalog provides key information about the targets to fulfill the request, what requests are requestable, and any authorizations required.

Incident management

Incident management may ask for a service request to be initiated through request management. In some organizations, service requests are handled through the incident management process. Although this is doable, it is not recommended since incidents represent...