Lessons Learned from IT Service Management Tool Implementation: Part 10

Tenth in a Ten Part Series

By Chad Greenslade

I have often been asked about my lessons learned in implementing an IT Service Management (ITSM) tool.  Below is the tenth in a ten part series examining my ITSM lessons learned.  I hope that these lessons help you on your journey to ITSM nirvana.

Lesson #10: Pilot your new ITSM platform in parallel with your old “ticketing” system.  There is no better way to understand how your new car will operate than taking it for a test drive.  ITSM platforms are no different.  You’ll want to run at least part of your new ITSM platform in parallel, in a test environment, prior to a production cutover.  This will undoubtedly cause increased burden on Service Desk and technical staff as they now have to log and work Incidents in two (2) systems.  Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil whose risk management rewards far outweigh the one-time additional effort.

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Chad Greenslade

Trusted IT Service Delivery Partner & Process Transformation Adviser Delivering Value through Practical IT Service Delivery Methodologies | Measuring Success through Meaningful KPIs | Partnering to Develop Tailored IT Process Frameworks | Transforming the Culture by Eliminating Non-Value Add Activities | Building Repeatable & Auditable IT Delivery Practices | Driving Adoption of IT Project & Service Management Disciplines | Building World-Class IT Project & Service Management Teams | Delivering Returns on Technology Investments