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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 key roles for SLM, including the process owner, process manager, and process practitioner. As was discussed in Chapter 5, there are common responsibilities for every process owner and process manager. The SLM process owner is accountable for ensuring the process meets the needs of the business. The role must be the sponsor for the process, providing design guidance, ensuring changes to the process are managed, and identifying and implementing any improvements implemented appropriately. The process owner will ensure accurate documentation is maintained on the process and define how the process will be measured for compliance and performance.

The SLM process manager is responsible for ensuring that the resources assigned to the process are properly prepared to execute the process efficiently and effectively. This role is responsible for the operational management of the process to ensure that the practitioners have the necessary tools and resources...