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Troy DuMoulin, VP, Research, Innovation & Product Development

Troy is a leading ITIL® and IT governance authority with a solid and rich background in Executive IT Management consulting. Troy holds the ITIL Service Manager and Expert certifications and has extensive experience in leading IT Service Management (ITSM) programs with a regional and global scope.

He is a frequent speaker at IT Management events and is a contributing author to multiple ITSM and Lean IT books, papers and official ITIL publications including ITIL’s Planning To Implement IT Service Management and Continual Service Improvement.


The Guide

"This blog is dedicated to making sense out of the shifting landscape of IT Management. Just when we thought we had a good handle on managing technology, the job we thought we knew is being threatened by strange acronym’s like ITIL, CMMI, COBIT, ect.. Suddenly the rules have changed and we are not sure why. The goal of this blog is to offer an element of sanity and logic to what can appear to be chaos."

Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

"In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitch Hiker’s Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopedia Galactic as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older more pedestrian work in two important respects.

First, it is slightly cheaper: and secondly it has the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover."
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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

PR 63 – Using Lean Visual Management For ITSM

A Picture Is Worth At Least A Thousand Words If Not Many More!

In this episode of Practitioner Radio George and I explore how Lean Visual Management / Control is key to successful team collaboration and how it supports the principles of ITSM Continual Improvement. Lean Visual Management has been successfully used to enhance team productivity, improve velocity and enable critical just in time communication in all industry sectors.

Lean’s more recent adoption by the Services and now the IT industry is providing critical tools to enable and overcome complex and virtual team dynamics and communication challenges. As our IT delivery models continues to become more diverse in respect to the growing number of third party suppliers involved in the IT Service Value Network, Lean IT tools such as Visual Management become even more critical. Join George and I as we take a fun but practical look at how these principles and working methods can change your team’s results.

Show Notes:

The Picture Is The Thing That Captures The Imagination Of The King

Troy’s and George’s Thoughts What Are Yours?

“What underlies great science is what underlies great art, whether it is visual or written, and that is the ability to distinguish patterns out of chaos.” ~Diana Gabaldon

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

PR 62 - How To Get The Money You Need For IT

Every Service Owner Is An Internal Entrepreneur

In this episode of Practitioner Radio, George Spalding and I are joined by our guest Dean Meyer, President of NDMA and the author of Internal Market Economics. During this podcast we discuss the criticality of understanding the principles of Service Costing and Investment Based Budgeting.

“To truly add value to the business – indeed, to survive – internal IT organizations need to be savvy about their financial and resource-governance processes. And to design effective processes, four distinct ITIL processes must be integrated. Here’s why….

The IT Industry is no stranger to change. Those changes typically come in the form of technology advancements, which prove “Moore’s Law” and revolutionize the technology landscape. Recently, many internal IT functions are facing a new type of pressure to change, one that has little to do with technology. With the rise of cloud computing and the growing sophistication and marketing prowess of the managed-services vendors, IT is competing to maintain its market share as business units shop IT services outside. To compete against the growing consumerization of IT services, internal IT departments need to move from a technology-centric focus to what is being called an “IT Services Organization.” The goal is not to establish IT as an arm’s-length business, but rather to move from simply a technology supplier to a strategic partner that understands business strategies and can communicate the strategic value of IT.

As a key part of this partnership, a competitive internal IT function must be able to demonstrate how business investments in IT are mapped to services and products which deliver business benefits and enable business objectives. Without this ability to map investment to outcomes, business clients see IT’s costs but may not appreciate its value, putting an internal IT function in an unfavourable light compared to external service providers. Essentially, this means running IT as a business within a business, with sound business practices like product marketing, account management, and financial management. The financial management of an IT Service Organization include practices such as publishing a catalog of services with costs, and negotiating a budget based on the costs of the services and products that IT is expected to deliver – an investment based budget. In short, IT must move beyond a discussion about what it does to what it sells.

To address these challenges, ITIL defines four process areas – demand forecasting, service portfolio management, service costing, and budgeting. In ITIL, these are four distinct processes. But to be effective, these four processes should be integrated in a single annual planning process.

Show Notes:

  • Introductions: Dean Meyer President NDMA and Author of Internal Market Economics

  • Just back from Pink15
  • The primary drivers for improving IT Financial practices especially costing and budgeting
  • Investor’s need to be able to map their investment to outcomes otherwise you get resentment
  • IT has a trust problem and we bring it on ourselves based on our budgeting practices
  • Investment based budgeting: Budgeting based on outcomes rather than cost centers
  • Many organizations use the bad process of “Rolling Budgets” - or + 10% of spend of last year
  • Some organizations are moving to Service Based Costing but not Service Based Budgeting
  • Key Book - Internal Market Economics
  • For Key ITIL Processes (Demand Forecasting, Service Portfolio, Service Costing, Budgeting)
  • Investement Based Budgeting: Service Portfolio -> Service Catalog -> Services Offerings ->Rates ->Budgets
  • Demand Forecasting = Sales Forecasting
  • Shadow IT = Loss of Internal IT market share due to trust and issues of perceived value
  • To win back market share you need to become the vendor of choice
  • Business Within A Business means running a Service Organization as vendor of choice
  • Vendors of choice now what their services cost and price them according to value
  • Shadow IT is a derogatory term based on competitor resentment
  • Vendor of choice is impossible without understanding your costs and budgets
  • Once we understand our costs we can create the financial governance processes required to run IT as a service organization
  • Every manager in the IT Organization is an Entrepreneur (Service Owner) running a business within a business
  • Service Demand comes from a variety of sources (business units, projects, corporate requirements, IT requirements, etc..)
  • Service Structure: Prime’s and Sub’s - Example ERP Service supported by Network / Storage
  • Internal Business Eco-system = Internal Market Economics
  • How Money Flows (Wedding Cake) direct budgets, business unit bee for service, allocations
  • No one gives you money to pay your costs, they give you money to buy services they value
  • Internal Market Economics does not require charge back
  • Internal Market Economics has two major sub-systems: Planning / Tracking
  • IT must be seen as an investment not a cost
  • Resources:
  • Start with the planning process before you ever consider charging

  • George’s, Troy’s and Dean’s Thoughts What Are Yours?

    “Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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    Monday, December 29, 2014

    PR 61 Optimizing Process Speed & Value Through Lean Value Stream Mapping

    George Spalding and I discuss Lean Value Stream Mapping and how it applies to the adoption and adaption of best practice frameworks such as ITIL, COBIT, TOGAF.

    When designing a new or improving an existing process, most people understand how to use standard tools such as process flows, a RACI Matrix and Swim Lane diagrams. However, this is not the final step in designing a process which is both predictable and optimized. The only way to understand how a process will perform and establish a baseline for predictability and speed of completion is to take it one step further to complete a Value Stream Analysis. In fact you can go as far as to say that without a Value Stream Analysis your process is at risk of being over engineered and bureaucratic. In this episode of PR Radio George and I go as far as to say that deploying a process without first doing a value and time analysis is irresponsible.

    Join George and I as we discuss how it is critical to look at all process design through a Lean Fit For Purpose / Fit For Use Lens

    Show Notes:

  • Crazy Fall
  • PR 59 - LeanIT - Gaining Sr. Leadership Buy In -  Guest Mike Orzen
  • Process Mapping and Value Stream Analysis
  • The Objectives of Lean (Preserving Value with Optimized Resources)
  • Optimizing Time
  • The Differences between Process Design and Value Stream Analysis
  • A Story - My boss tells me that I create fat processes
  • What is process mapping / process design?
  • Lean Value Stream Analysis - The missing step
  • Time Analysis (Process Time, Wait Time, Cycle Time)
  • Mean Time To Repair and Value Stream Analysis
  • Value Stream Analysis is a prerequisite for a Provisioning SLA (Customer Experience)
  • Request Fulfilment and Value Stream Analysis
  • Customer Time Experience = Lean Lead Time
  • Activity Types (Value Added, Necessary Non Value, Non Value)
  • Optimize Value Add, Minimize Necessary Non Value, Eliminate Non Value
  • Happy Customer = Expectations Are met (Critical To Quality), Cost / Price as planned, Just in Time Delivery
  • Without a Value Stream we can only predict one of 3 condition for success
  • Process Definition without Value Stream Analysis is irresponsible
  • ITIL and other process frameworks are external Reference Models
  • ITIL = Best Practice
  • Lean = Fit for Purpose
  • We must design processes and look at them through a Lean Fit for Purpose Lens
  • Lean provides a thinking model for how to adopt and adapt a best practice process
  • Wait Time is the real time sink
  • The Theory of Constraints
  • Theory of Constraints & Continual Process Improvement
  • PR Radio 18 - Theory Of Constraint (TOC), LEAN and Six Sigma The Three CSI Sisters
  • Its all about improving flow (Optimizing Speed and Removing Defects)
  • George’s and Troy’s Thoughts What Are Yours?

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    “The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize.” ~Shigeo Shingo

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