Fitting Best Practices Together: ITIL® and KCS℠
So you are the person responsible for developing the service management strategy for your organization. You know you cannot take a big risk by creating such an important strategy in a vacuum. While you are very wise, your experiences are not as valuable as the sum of experiences of your peers in the industry. You do not have time to interview all of your peers so you decide to leverage service management best practices.
Best practices for service management, also known as frameworks, methodologies, and standards, are produced by a number of organizations. These organizations take the time to collect the experiences of industry experts and practitioners, and then document those experiences in a format that can be consumed by others. The problem is there are many of service management best practices and you want to select the right one.
That would be your first mistake: thinking that you should select just one. These published best practices often have specific areas of focus. Your task is to learn from each of them and fit the pieces together to create the right service management strategy to satisfy your organizations business needs. The information technology infrastructure library (ITIL®) is unquestionably the most commonly used source for developing a service management strategy. You will note I used the word source, as ITIL is a set of books. No organization does ITIL or adopts ITIL. Rather, they adopt a service management strategy based on the best practices defined in the ITIL books. You should leverage ITIL to define your processes, such as incident management, request management, and problem management. These would be core processes for every service desk.
Being the wise service management professional that you are, you also know that knowledge management is a core process for the service desk as well. In fact, it is considered more important to implement knowledge management successfully than incident management by many support organization. Being wise, you know you need both and that is it not an option to do one or the other. However, ITIL is not the best source for knowledge management best practices. For knowledge management best practices within service management, you need to leverage the Knowledge-Centered Support (KCS℠) methodology.
Fortunately, industry bodies have begun to work together to provide guidance on how to fit the various best practices together. AXELOS, the organization responsible for the evolution of ITIL, worked with HDI®, the association for technical support professionals, to develop a whitepaper on how ITIL and KCS fit together. The white paper, Synergies Between ITIL® and Knowledge-Centered Support (KCS℠) is a must read for every service management professional responsible for designing and executing a service management strategy for their organization. Being wise, you know your next step is to read this white paper before you finalize your service management strategy.
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