This is just one reason as to why I find VeriSM – a new approach to service management, not just IT service management (ITSM) – interesting. It regards the entire organization as requiring a spectrum of capabilities that work together to satisfy customer requirements using the best practices of both today (customer experience, DevOps, Agile, Scrum, etc.) and the past (ITIL, COBIT, ISO2000, etc.).
For those of you unfamiliar with VeriSM, I’ve assembled this article to provide a brief overview of its philosophy and model. Please read on to find out more.
The VeriSM philosophy and modelVeriSM describes itself as a service management approach that’s:
VeriSM is holistic, complementary, and built around governanceVeriSM shouldn’t be viewed as a replacement for any existing ITSM frameworks, methodologies, or technologies. Instead it’s an approach that helps an organization to use a combination of these existing practices (DevOps, Agile, Scrum, Lean, ITIL, IT4IT, COBIT, Kaizen, Kanban, etc.) to succeed with a digital transformation that might change every aspect on how the organization operates.
In the VeriSM model, owned by the IFDC (The International Foundation for Digital Competences), governance overarches every activity, keeping a strong focus on value, outcomes, and the organization’s goals. With the governance capabilities used to communicate the organization’s strategic vision and requirements to everyone in the organization.
Service managementThe VeriSM service management principles are developed from the strategic vision, goals, and objectives of the organization. As already mentioned, these principles are not limited to the IT department and could be defined as high-level interrelated policies, processes, and procedures that are applicable across the organization.
The management mesh – which is the core of the VeriSM model and shown in the diagram below – is defined in the early stages of VeriSM adoption from the service management principles and it stays flexible to any changes in the organization and/or the market. It includes: resources, environment, emerging technologies, and management practices.
A VeriSM OverviewThe VeriSM operating model has four stages:
- Define. Starting from customer requirements, the organization designs the service or product using a variety of methods to gather the customer technical, non-technical, or performance needs. The result of this stage is a service blueprint.
- Produce. This is the stage of building, testing, and implementing the service or the product based on the service blueprint (which takes place under agreed change management practices).
- Provide. The activities needed to keep the service or product (and outcomes) fit for purpose by protecting, maintaining, and improving.
- Respond. This is the activity of collecting, managing, and addressing customer feedback.
More information on VeriSMA global launch took place end of 2017 through webinars and presentations at many of the key global ITSM conferences and events (for instance, the various itSMF international conferences, Pink18, SDI18, IT in the Park, etc.).
The VeriSM training and exam/certification paths have been established in collaboration with APMG, BCS, and EXIN. It started with VeriSM Foundation certification, which is the entry level and currently available. Certifications on other levels – VeriSM Professional and VeriSM Leader – will follow in the second half of 2018.
There is currently a single official book available via the Van Haren website, with more focused and detailed good-practice content in the pipeline for later this year.
Other useful VeriSM information sources include:
You can also follow VeriSM news discussions on Twitter using @VeriSM_Global and #VeriSM
What you should keep in mind (re VeriSM)
- VeriSM is not a replacement for any existing ITSM frameworks, methodologies, or technologies.
- VeriSM describes a service management approach from the organizational level, looking at the end-to-end view rather than focusing on a single department.
- VeriSM helps organizations to select the appropriate practices, from a set of management capabilities and technologies, to deliver the required service or product to the customer.