Move from Firefighter to Reliable Operator

Transform from reactive to proactive.

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Your Challenge

  • IT departments in a firefighting state can’t gain control of their operations, deliver acceptable levels of service to the business, or sustain stability for infrastructure, applications, or staff.
  • Often, IT departments don’t have the ability to improve their service management simply because they are too consumed with handling incidents.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Before you can start this project, you need to douse the fire enough that you gain some breathing room. Our quick wins will help you initiate the process.
  • You must establish a stable environment before becoming proactive.

Impact and Result

You will experience improved maturity in the following processes:

  • Service Desk & Incident Management
  • Change & Deployment Management
  • Event & Problem Management
  • Capacity & Performance Management

Move from Firefighter to Reliable Operator

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should improve your service management maturity, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.


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Tackle the quick wins

Implement quick wins to douse the flames.

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Move out of firefighting

Establish service management processes that will move IT out of firefighting mode.

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Become proactive

Establish service management processes that will help IT become proactive.

Onsite Workshop

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Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Assess the Current State

The Purpose

  • Assess your service management process maturity and whether the project is the right fit. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Defined service management maturity level.
  • Identified gaps between current state and target state. 

Activities:
Outputs

1.1

Understand the profile of a firefighter and a reliable organization.

  • Comprehensive understanding of if your organization is in firefighting mode and whether this blueprint is right for you

1.2

Determine if your organization is in firefighting mode.

  • Your service management processes maturity

1.3

Assess the results of the diagnostic tool.

  • Identify service management processes that are ad hoc or undefined

1.4

Identify gaps in service management processes.

  • Identify target state and create metrics to track the value of the project

Module 2: Tackle the Quick Wins

The Purpose

  • Implement quick wins to gain some breathing room and garner support from the business.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Comprehensive understanding of how quick wins can help you douse the fire.
  • Determine which quick wins are right for your organization. 

Activities:
Outputs

2.1

Define objectives and benefits of quick wins.

  • Understand what constitutes as a quick win and why it will help you douse the fire

2.2

Identify sure-fire quick wins.

  • A checklist of quick wins for the four pairs of service management processes

2.3

Implement the quick wins and measure the results.

  • A plan to implement the quick wins with minimum distraction

2.4

Communicate results to the team and the business.

Module 3: Move out of Firefighting

The Purpose

  • Implement service management processes that will move the organization into a proactive mode.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Established Service Desk & Incident Management processes.
  • Established Change & Deployment Management processes.
  • Improved people, process, and technology for service management.

Activities:
Outputs

3.1

Identify and implement process activities for Service Desk & Incident Management and Change & Deployment Management.

  • Comprehensive understanding of the key activities in Service Desk & Incident Management and Change & Deployment Management

3.2

Extinguish the firefighting culture.

  • Creation of an organizational culture that does not endorse a hero mentality

3.3

Create roadmap.

  • Plan to communicate the results of your improvements to the business and the IT team

Module 4: Become Proactive

The Purpose

  • Implement service management processes that will move the organization into a proactive mode.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Established Event & Problem Management processes.
  • Established Capacity & Performance Management processes.
  • Improved people, process, and technology for service management. 

Activities:
Outputs

4.1

Identify and implement process activities for Event & Problem Management and Capacity & Performance Management.

  • An understanding of the key activities in Event & Problem Management and Capacity & Performance Management

4.2

Build your capabilities.

  • Improved capabilities for people, process, and technology

4.3

Create roadmap.

  • Action plan and metrics to track your success