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ITIL 4 - Processes And Practices

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ITIL 4 - Processes and Practices

ITIL 4 has introduced this new concept of ‘Practice’… all 34 of them. Does that mean that we have to change our existing processes into practices? No, unless we want to.

Firstly what is a ‘Practice?’

You can think of a ‘Practice’ in just the same way as you would consider a dental practice, a law practice or a medical practice. If the ‘Practice’ is working well then it’s the best way to achieve the outcomes that we desire. A Practice is made up of people process and technology.

Is it a new concept? No, I was working as a Problem Manager in a Problem Management Practice at a major UK bank nearly 20 years ago. Maybe we were ahead of the curve.

Processes are fundamental to ‘Practices’, but so is the technology that automates our optimised process, and so are the various people who have the correct skills and capabilities to ensure the processes achieve the best outputs and allows our customers to achieve their best business outcomes.

Back to the Dental Practice example.

The people: The dentist, dental nurse, hygienist, receptionist and other stakeholders like the NHS and other regulatory bodies.

The technology: Specialised lighting, drills, x-ray and anaesthesia equipment and associated software to manage our dental records.

The processes and procedures: Appointments booking, filling and tooth extraction procedures, emergency procedures etc. learned at dental school.

The outcomes: Nice healthy teeth and gums for the patients and advice on how to keep those teeth and gums healthy.

Now consider what you already have in place in your organisation, your Service Desk practice, Change Control practice… Isn’t there more than just the processes? Although personally I’d argue that process is what holds it all together…

If you’d like to know more about what is new in ITIL4, then take a look at our ITIL® 4 Foundation and ITIL® 4 Foundation Bridge courses.

And if you want to read more from our blog, take a look at this post all about SIPOC.

Or this one about the ITIL RACI model.

About The Author

Steve Lawless

Steve Lawless

I've worked in IT for over forty years and spent the last twenty in training and consultancy roles. Since starting Purple Griffon in 2002 I've taught over three thousand individuals in a variety of subjects. I hold qualifications in all four versions of ITIL®, ITAM, UX, BRM, SLM, SIAM, VeriSM, and AI, and co-authored the BCS AI Foundation book. Outside of work, I enjoy skiing (or rather falling over at high speed), reading, science and technology, and spending time with my loved ones.

Tel: +44 (0)1539 736 828

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