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Basic Service Management: A 50-page introduction to providing services Paperback – August 26, 2011
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Rob England B.Sc., MNZCS, ITCP is an independent IT management consultant and commentator in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a published author of several books and many articles. Rob is the newsletter editor for itSMFnz, the professional body for IT Service Management (ITIL) practitioners. Rob was awarded the inaugural New Zealand IT Service Management Champion award in 2011 by itSMFnz and is acknowledged as a contributor to the ITIL 2011 core book Service Strategy.
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The book is a good read for people starting with ITSM. I recommend reading it before you get lost into ITIL.
For others the books has some good suggestions and a simple way of explaining things that might come handy.
I'm not fully finished yet, but I've no reason to believe that the rest of the book will be different from what I've read so far.
Highly recommended for starters and people wanting to get a simple view to ITSM.
Sections on Service, People, Practices and Things form the organising framework. Service is, as you would expect, the section that introduces service concepts. People is only five pages long, but it is worth buying the book for this short section alone. It says more in a short space than many heavy tomes and much more clearly.
Practices is the bulk of the book – about thirty pages. This is where Rob presents his summary of service activities as seven related domains or areas. The treatment is clear and concise and I found that I came away with a much better understanding, mainly because of the brevity which allows the reader to see the whole span of service planning and delivery in a short space of time.
The book is backed up by a website, www.basicsm.com, which offers more resources and useful links to in-depth material on service management.
I think Basic Service Management is a great way forward for anyone who is looking for a better way of thinking about their business, or who is familiar with service management in an IT context and wants to step out into Enterprise Service Management.