When it comes to service delivery a happy business makes for a happy support team. What happens though when we see the stats in our reporting which should mean the business is happy but their experience doesn't match up to stats.
Let's look at a scenario
few weeks after the monthly IT statistics are published the incident manager runs
across one of the application managers in the corporate office kitchen. In the process of preparing
their morning coffee the application manager relates his most recent experience of unending emergency
changes which involves several after hour deployments the past several months.
The Incident manager nods and smiles, she puts a lid on her coffee and then
heads back to her desk. While walking back she starts thinking about these weekend issues. She replays the the image in her mind
of the application manager motioning his hands like a mushroom cloud. “We
didn’t have that many outages last month,” she recalls. Like most service
management professionals she pulls up the reporting in the ITSM tool to see
what was going on and the metrics look like this:
as she thought, the volume of Priority 1 incidents was low and did not change from the previous month. She contacts the change manager to get her take on the situation.
The change manager indicates that while there has been a slight increase in
volume of changes over the past 6 months the percentage of emergency changes
has made a much larger increase. The two of them get together and map their
stats on one chart which looks like this:
discussion with the customers confirms that we have more issues going on than
our metrics are indicating.
example highlights once again the need to not only communicate within IT but
really take a close look at what are metrics are trying to tell us. Separately, the
Incident and Change numbers only told us half the story but combined they are
able to show us that we were other issues going on. We could see that while the
Incidents were related to the changes the priority was never updated, a good
majority of them were left as Priority 4. The Incident manager didn’t realize
this mainly because the P4 incidents are rarely reviewed since they are of a lower
these inaccuracies the Incident and Change Manager will need to review their
metrics and identify where the issues lie and what actions will need to be
taken to ensure that the incidents are prioritized correctly. Completing these
regular reviews will give IT the knowledge to appropriately strategize on
Like the other posts in this series we might see a drastic change in the metrics when we relook at how they are generated. That’s OK. I know what you are thinking, “easy for you to say as
you type away in your blog about a fictitious situation.” But trust me I have
been through this. The key is identifying the issues and taking the next steps
to correct the issue. we can explain the anomoly to anyone who is looking at this as an exercise in improvement and communication.
in mind that the only people who are in the dark about the service being provided
are IT at this point. The business already experiences the issues first hand.
Check out the conclustion - Wrapping it Together
Labels: Change Management, Continual Service Improvement, Incident Management, ITIL, ITSM, Service Management