Enterprise Digital - the podcast
By Barclay Rae and Ian Aitchison
The hosts are Barclay Rae and Ian Aitchison, who share and discuss their thoughts on the converging worlds of technology, service management, people and management, business and corporate development, governance, automation and more… Regular guests will be invited to try and get a word in …
Enterprise Digital - the podcast Nov 21, 2023
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 80 Back2ESM - the one where we go back to ESM basics
ESM revisited – what do we really mean by this? It was the original thought behind this podcast when started a couple of years ago. There’s always something new that comes along to get in the way of this, but it keeps on coming back – like the way CMDB remains as a brand and something we should do that we keep coming back to. Whilst we might want to focus on ESM, the world of marketing always loos to the next shiny thing… In this discussion we focus on some of the key elements in ESM which is effectively about how we work and pass work between us. The challenge often is how we get this moving and approved in a large organisation, where there are different agendas. Also we discuss what might be the next big shiny thing…?? Whilst there is talk of flow and digital and tools and projects and stuff – talking of flow, we move on to the bar for another, er ‘sandwich… ?’
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 79 – with James Finister. The ITSM23 one about Neurodiversity – curse or superpower?
We discuss the forthcoming itSMF UK conference in the UK, where James will be speaking and discussing Neurodiversity. This in relation to how we understand and work better with neurodiverse people – there are some roles and areas of work where there are particular skills and capabilities where the ‘superpower’ moniker works, and many where it doesn’t. The challenge is knowing the difference and how to manage people and get the best from them and for them. We also look forward to the next ‘emergent’ and ‘convergent’ things for our industry – these may include AI, governance and many other options, but it should be about doing things differently. Experimentation, elevated evolution, synchronicity, sustainability. How do we get away from doing the same old stuff..? The discussion is also peppered with conference and event references – ahead of the much anticipated ITSM23 conference.
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 78– The Scary Metrics One, are we data driven? with Roy Atkinson
Is it a coincidence that ITSM sage Roy Atkinson will be speaking at The SDI Spark conference on Halloween? Maybe not, but he will certainly be presenting some quite terrifying statistics on the cost of failure in IT and Service Desks… For this podcast, Roy’s second appearance on the podcast, we discuss these stats and numbers, as well as some general trends in the industry. We also discuss the big metrics question – i.e. what do you do to respond to feedback? What actions do the metrics lead to? Are we really data-driven? We also discuss Roy’s favourite sandwich...
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 77 – Lifting the lid on The Dark Side with Ken Gonzalez
Ken returns to the podcast, now head of analyst relations at Freshworks, having moved from a major analyst firm to ‘the dark side’ - or the bright side, depending on your perspective! The discussion looks at how we view different roles and activities in our industry – particularly when seen from a different perspective. There are some great insights into analyst relations and the ethics and effort that goes into that, as well as the momentous definition of the ’perpetual confusion of IT managers’ – Classic!! All linked to the current beer/hops crisis. Listen on… (Ken’s voice get a little muffled at one point – he then changed his mike so it doesn’t last long).
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 76 - Sustainability, proportionality, or just dodging the best practice police..?
What have we (Ian and Barclay) been up to,..? Mapping, Wardley mapping, sustainability is service management and vice versa?, just use the best bits that work for you, why do people ask if ‘this is right according to BP’? Watch out for the best practice police, perfection is the enemy of execution, proportionality, move fast and break things – is this terrible and dangerous? Back to sustainability, and quality without paralysis. We’ll all make mistakes and resilience is key – like having a well-stocked bar… Yes it’s a service management word salad that makes perfect sense…
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 75 – the debate on humans vs machines, with Simone Jo Moore
Simone is making her 2nd appearance on the podcast and this session is a discussion based on some current research that Ian, Simone and Barclay are working on. This is basically exploring the contrasting direction of AI capability with the growth of human and experience management. The discussion includes some agreements and also some challenges and disagreements – all of which make for fun and entertainment… and the word ‘dystopia’ features… it’s a crackling chat..!
Enterprise Digital Episode 74 – with guest Anthony Orr, from compliance to compassion…
Our guest is Anthony Orr, who is an experienced and well-known member of the ITSM community, as a member of the HDI top 25, with BMC and other vendors, and as an ITIl author. Anthony currently works with SDI Presence, which is an MSP that provides local levels of support (not the Service Desk Institute…). The discussion moves from internal IT transformation and business value to the wider scope of ESM and the ‘Zero Moment of Truth’..! i.e. how we can get smart to support customer success, not just fixing tech. In IT we do a lot of the right thigs but they are not connected – how do we move from transactional compliance, to compassion and customer success..!? Well, as ever we end up wine-tasing… Definitely worth listening and quaffing to..!
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 73 – the nature of work - don’t kill the armadillos...
This is a short Ian and Barclay only discussion episode, introduced with some valuable advice on armadillo-related honey - yes..!?. Actually, we discuss the notion of how we can manage teams and plan the levels of staffing that is needed, and how this is a key element in much operational and management thinking. The regular cry is that ‘more people in the team will mean we get things done better/faster’, although this not necessarily the case. We also discuss some of the different approaches to getting work done and include governance, the ’why’, plus also how we still need management, no matter how ‘agile’ we are… Well of course. This is a very focussed conversation, given that we started with armadillos.
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 72 – with David Wright – the AI special ‘ how do we dye the earth orange?’
Our guest is David Wright from SDI – Chief Value Officer and keen supporter of all things alien, UFO and sci-fi… We try to set out an intelligent discussion around the future and present with AI, GAI, AGI and much more. The potential is huge, being developed at a challenging speed, now with AI tools to speed up how we work. Should we trust this technology, or how much can we trust this..? We also look at what the practical service management opportunities are in the short and medium term, in relation to risk, LLMs in ITSM tools, ‘shadow IT 2.0’, and Increasing the time to value. Is Prompt Engineer the role that is redundant before anyone gets the job..? ‘Predict, prevent automate and realise’ as a teaser for some new innovations with AI. Should we stop and take a check before ‘HAL’ takes us over…? Or should we stop and go to the bar ??!! A sizzling conversation… scary, fascinating and much more.
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 71 – The ESM journey that never ends, with some magic dust
This episode is a revisit to Glasgow University, who are well on their way to a mature ESM operation, largely through the work and steering of Mark Temple. Mark was an early guest on the podcast when he had already created a number of ESM capabilities and now there are many further areas added, hours of work saved and successes to discuss. There’s still more to do, however, we discuss some great developments and successes, where e.g. over time, previous naysayers are now keen to develop collaboration. One area for more development is in marketing and promoting the successes – some of which are quite amazing in terms of thousands of hours saved. Great discussion which of course ends up in the bar again…
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 70 – the Educational Episode, on the value of networking
Our Guest is Mitchell Pautz, Senior Service Management Analyst at the University of California – a ‘small’ university of over 50,000 people… 😊 Mitchell has a key role in the university, supporting a diverse community, He also has a good practical approach to managing expectations and delivering effective solutions – not just about trying to ‘delight’ users. We discuss a variety of topics around service delivery, catalogue, risk and experience. Mitchell is also a leading light in Educause – the University membership organisation in North America – we discuss the value of this and other sector-based industry networking. There’s some great practical advice and discussion, ending in the bar of course…
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 69 – Authentic Leadership with Val Wilson
Val Wilson manages a team of over 1000 service management practitioners in BT, across the UK and India. Despite the challenges of this role, she is an active member of the industry, as an itSMF board member and SITS/SDI events. This is a brilliant discussion on how to lead and inspire a successful organisation and its people. There are some great nuggets of wisdom on authentic and supportive leadership. We also discuss Val’s passion for supporting ex-military people into service management roles. We also discuss Val’s particular connection to a well-known drink (at the bar)…
Enterprise digital Podcast episode 68 – The ‘cool dude’ DJ Aitchison interview
This episode is another host interview session – this time with the ebullient Ian Aitchison. We trace his early career, through Studying Computer Science, then managing (murky?) night clubs and spinning vinyl, learning management and some great life and service skills. Then moving into IT, running a police service desk and moving to the software industry – from service desk to software product management - all with a ponytail and earring of course..! Key themes include helping people through technology and managing and supporting service experience and promoting the industry… It’s an enlightening discussion to hear of Ian’s journey to date.
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 67 with guest Hank Marquis – All the stuff we don’t teach to IT people…
This is a fantastic episode with Hank Marquis – who works with Gartner but is speaking here on his own behalf, mostly around the psycho-metrics of service and service management people. The conversation focusses around feedback, how it is gathered and used, and the tools and academic background used to make some sense and develop practical and useful strategies for improvement. There’s a bit of Star Trek, people and personality profiling and experience management in there, plus a whole lot more. Ian is also surprised at Hank’s choice of go-to drink…
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 66 – The Barclay Interview – and he forgot to mention itSMF..!?
This is a discussion on the service management industry, based around a more broad and personal interview of host Barclay Rae. Ian provides suggested commentary on Barclay’s hair and sartorial style over the years, plus discussions about music, Glasgow, London, Mary Poppins, Live Aid, and his IT career, also, missing out some key bits like being CEO of itSMF UK. ..(senior moment). There is also some discussion around the life and challenges of working as a consultant. As ever we go to the bar where Barclay tries to dodge the idea of having a favourite drink.
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 65 – the one where we cant mention anything
This is a short episode and the first of an occasional series of ‘news’ or topical discussions around the industry. This Is with Barclay and Ian who talk about, well we can’t really say, but it’s about the stuff that’s going on in the industry, or what we can say about it, whatever it is…
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 64 – The co-operative parrots episode…!
Humans collaborate, and parrots cooperate..! This is all you need to know about this episode. Our guest is French-Czech consultant David Billouz, who regularly provides ITSM insights via LinkedIn and other platforms.
David clarifies some key elements of collaboration and cooperation, as well as the need for a phased approach. Somehow, we work parrots into this discussion. Confused. Curious? Then listen on..! I ask the world’s longest-ever question…
Some great discussion around the integration of ITSM, Agile, DevOps (C A L M S) and other different elements of a successful, sustainable, converged approach. I said CALMS…
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 63 – the one where we discuss events, travel and stuff…
This episode is a catch-up chat with Ian and Barclay – discussing a number of topics such as Pink23, digital experience management, global travel, the value of good partnerships in business, and other SMW– service management whimsy… As ever we chew the fat over a few points of trivia before setting the world to rights and the heading for the podcast bar.
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 62 – socks and SIAM with Claire Agutter
Ignore the socks comment, this is another piece of initial trivia, but this episode features our amazing guest Claire Agutter, who explains SIAM clearly to us and also discusses some of the findings and learnings from the Annual SIAM report, which she produces with Scopism. Claire has great insight and experience in training, and development of IP in the ITSM world and we discuss how SIAM makes sense in a multi-vendor environment, and also beyond IT.
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 61 – co-creating value (forever) with David Barrow
Our guest this week is David Barrow, an experienced service Industry practitioner and consultant, and the author of a new book on co-creating value with ITIL 4. Whilst not directly discussing ITIL, we explore co-creation by co-creating the podcast discussion on different approaches to value, the value of the guiding principles, plus also how we can develop communities to focus on specific requirements for co-creation. There is also now a real challenge on who can ask the longest question on the podcast… it doesn’t matter but we d still end up in the bar…
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 60 – The 2022 review, with Ian and Barclay, plus a poetic bot…
This week we review the podcasts that we’ve produced over the last year – a diverse and fascinating variety of topics, as well as a brilliant spectrum of guests. We begin with a ‘poem’ about the podcast, created by an AI bot – fascinating and impressive content, if not a poem… We differ a little on the current level of practicality around XLAs – surely an ongoing topic for 2023. We both have our own little rants.. Mostly we reflect on some of the fantastic guests and conversations that have contributed to the podcast over 2022. This will continue and further develop in 2023 - we look forward to that. Cheers and Happy New Year!
Enterprise Podcast Episode 59 – with Duncan Watkins – EX/CX - Different approaches, different drivers, different results
Our guest is the debonair Duncan Watkins, from Forrester Consulting – Duncan is a well-known and respected member of the UK and global ITSM community. The discussion focuses on comparing current approaches to employee experience and customer/user experience. We discuss similarities and differences, with a focus on what organisations are trying to do – not just the hype. Duncan mentions a ‘spectrum of experience’ – a useful reflection. How do we avoid XLAs falling into the same traps as SLAs – maybe product management as a direction – certainly understanding different types of business… It’s a great discussion and a valuable debate on a highly current topic.
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 58 – The Mapping and Tea one with Simon Wardley
An excellent, enlightening, and exhilarating episode – with our guest Simon Wardley, of Wardley Maps fame..! Simon defines and discusses the challenges that led him to mapping and how this can really help decision-making by providing context and changing relationships as well as the fixed points that are usually shown on graphs. We discuss doctrine tables, principles, and how most maps are not really maps. We also discuss the people side and warning flags about the ‘re-org’ culture that bedevils most organisations on a permanent basis – good advice is to sort out principles first. Our principles take us regularly to the bar and we also discover Simon’s preferred tipple for (dis) ‘orientation…’
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 57 with Karen Brusch – the service design, swan and stress one…
Our guest this week is Karen Brusch, experience Service Designer in the financial Service industry, as well as a long standing itSMF contributor, currently chair of itSMF UK. With the annual itSMF UK conference coming up on 14thNovember, this is a timely discussion. We discuss the challenges of service design, how to create the ‘swan’ experience (smooth and seamless), plus what is needed under water to make it all happen. We also cover the impact of different approaches and how this is causing more stress to those people delivering ‘faster, better’ etc… Do we really understand the impact of what we are building and on those being tasked to deliver and run these services – plus ‘agile causes stress…’ Yes – (you’ll need to listen in). Let’s think about context and consequences, not just outcomes.. We also do a little conference preview and also mention our late friend and colleague Rebecca Beach, who recently passed away… A stiff drink is needed to toast her memory.
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 56 – The People and culture (not HR) one with Lisa Thomson
Lisa runs a successful and growing HR consultancy business – providing the ‘HR’ department for many organisations, particularly in the tech industry. Many changes have taken place over recent years with employee experience roles becoming prevalent. We discuss culture, values, trust, and the implications of home-working surveillance tools, as well as the challenges of how to move from an entrepreneurial culture to a more structure and process-driven way (often a challenge…) business leaders are often not the best team leaders or managers…!! A great conversation around the intersection of people, tech, management and culture.
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 55 – the Leadership one with Sherry Bevan
Sherry is an experienced and prolific trainer and coach, for leadership, particularly for women in Tech. She has come from the IT and service desk world but now focuses on leadership coaching as well as managing change projects. Sherry brings a different and refreshing focus to our discussion with the perspective of how we are developing our leaders and leadership capabilities. The discussion is full of sage nuggets of advice around leadership qualities, the value of coaching, and how we can help to develop people to be more effective in new management roles. This is a fascinating discussion and also a new perspective on our ESM theme. And yes it ends up in the bar..
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 54 – the Experience Management one with Alan Nance
Our guest is Alan Nance who has been a key player in the Service Management world since the beginning of time - or at least a while anyway since ITIL was knee high to a grasshopper. Alan is a driving force behind the XLA movement and is involved in developing and taking the whole XLA concept to market through his company XLA Collab. We discuss the essence of experience management, what it is and how it can be used in relation to service management. This is still a new area and the concepts are evolving as well as adoption growing. There’s much to learn and appreciate in this revealing and insightful conversation. And yes we do end up in the bar…
Enterprise Digital podcast episode 53 – with Jeffrey Tefertiller. Stop worrying about FCR and uptime…
Jeffrey is a highly experienced ITSM practitioner and consultant with great energy and focus on doing the right things and doing them well. He also runs a successful podcast and has published lots of great advice on YouTube videos. We discuss how every organisation is an IT organisation but shouldn’t just focus on IT, how an organisation lost control of 159,000 laptops and why CMDB and why CMDB is important. This is a brilliant high energy and practical discussion around getting the basics as well as the shiny things right..! definitely a great bar-room chat!
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 52 with Sandra Whittleston – the education and academia episode
We welcome Sandra from the Open University (and other university roles) to talk about how we can develop and integrate more rounded education of service management. How do we ensure that tech can IT education includes the relevant bits of service management that are relevant and useful? Too often we have young graduates with little business or SM skills or knowledge – and its important. Sandra has a breadth of knowledge and experience as an educator at the degree level in this area and we put the world to right on this, including how the Higher Education and commercial training organisations could work better together…
Episode 51 – the Big Picture - Dutch Master..? With Rob Akershoek
Rob is an ITSM renaissance man, with a keen interest and deep knowledge of a great variety of models, practices, standards and frameworks. His maps that bring these things together are legendary, as are his music videos..! We discuss how to get organisations working across barriers and frameworks and how to get product based (service management based?) consensus. Let’s talk simply about complexity..! Once it gets too tough for Barclay and Ian, we head for the bar..
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 50 – Not ‘framework fetishism’ with Dave van Herpen
This is our 50th episode and we are also celebrating now appearing on Apple podcasts! Our guest is the ‘very Dutch’ Dave Van Herpen (his quote)… Dave is an experienced practitioner and consultant for service transformation. He’s also been a core organiser for the SRVision/Service Manager days in Utrecht. He eschews ‘framework fetishists’ (don’t we all) and is clear on the need to clarify business goals before using specific models and frameworks. We discuss practical, positive approaches to Scrum, Kanban, Agile and Cynefin, amongst others, as well as the challenges of joined up DevOps and ITSM implementation. Dave makes a great point that a lot of the ‘framework wars’ occur more at conferences than the workplace. He also discusses valuable experience of agile and ITSM approaches outside of IT. Dave enjoys a good Dutch IPA who doesn’t?
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 49 – the one about the industry, live from SITS
Our intrepid (?), mostly coherent (?) hosts have a focused discussion around the ITSM industry, recorded at the recent SITS show. Ian and Barclay discuss where we have come as an industry and some of the areas where there is increased activity. This includes experience management, enterprise service management (of course), and many other topics, including the fact that there has been a lot of change in ownership over recent years – highlighting the need and value of service management. Listen in for a shirt insightful discussion… and we don’t even go near a bar.
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 48 with SureshGP – Insights on SRE (Site reliability engineering)
Once again we invite an industry legend to join the podcast. This week’s guest is the omnipresent Suresh GP – from TAUB solutions. Suresh has been a strong supporter and promoter of ITSM and other models and ways of working such SRE, BRM , Devops etc. This is a great discussion around how to make SRE work in particular – what is SRE? and how can we make it work in tandem with existing ways of working – if you want to learn about SRE and what’s involved in successful implementation then listen in now… We move from Incident management to storytelling about detect to correct etc. SRE is also clearly involved with customer experience, reliability, monitoring, observability and the long journey of successful transformation. Suresh enjoys a crisp lemonade refreshment, although the regular hosts need something stronger to take in all they have learned here…
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 47 – live from SITS with David Wright from SDI – how do we maintain the Covid agility?
We share the platform at SITS with David Wright, Chief Value and innovation Office from SDI, at the Service Desk and IT Support Show in London. Brilliant discussion relating to some recent SDI research, on the positive improvement in the perception of IT since Covid, recent changes, the impact of the pandemic – ‘this has moved things forward by 5 years, we’re all back, we’ve moved in and now we are talking about the future of the Service Desk and what this means in the new digital workplace. Experience management and new engagement… and much more. David talks 10 to the dozen, this is a dynamic and positive discussion – of course, we end up in the bar drinking Welsh beer..!?!?
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 46 with (Sir) David Ratcliffe – people, people, people…we need the basics!
Our guest is the chairman of Pink Elephant in North America, and has been working in the industry since before ITIL was a twinkle in anyone’s eyes… Originally from the UK North East and a keen Sunderland fan, Dave has lived in North America for over 30 years. Dave brings some real life pragmatic feedback on what organisations are still actually doing in terms of developing their (IT) services – and in IT that doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of the new ‘shiny’ stuff. Still a lot of core ITSM questions to answer and some basic courses are still the most popular..!
This is a really useful and practical discussion to bring us all back from the brink of ‘shiny-ism’... Of course, we end up at the bar as ever.
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 45 – or SERIES 2 Episode 1. Matthew Burrows, skills, competencies and algae..?
Our guest this week is Matthew who is an experienced ITSM expert from Skills Tx, with a focus on skills and competencies through his work with SFIA. We discuss all aspects of people development, from mental health to management, training, and development, and how we can move from a focus on knowledge to an understanding of what it means to develop real experience and competency. Learning to drive requires time and practice, not just reading the rules and details in a book. Matthew provides some insights on how organisations and countries (yes) are developing practical approaches.
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 44 – rolling up Series 1 and looking forward to Series 2.
We start with fish as possible cheap labour – yes. But then move on seriously to review the podcasts to date, our guests and topics over the last year. So many great sessions to review across the industry. We’re all getting out a bit more and attending events – we’ll also be at the SITS show in London 11th/12th May. Some of the themes keep coming back around the importance and need for focus on people, and experience – that’s what we’re talking about more and more, not just about Ai and bots… It’s also great to be in the same room with people..!. With Ian and Barclay.
Enterprise Service Management Podcast episode 43 with Karen Ferris – nobody planned the pandemic, but we all got the ‘why’.
This week’s guest is the multi-talented Karen Ferris – as author, trainer, consultant, who ‘accidentally’ wrote a book on Change – ‘Balanced Diversity’. We discuss a lot of current topics initially, from the value of horse-power and internet enabled cows to experience management. We also focus on the approach that Karen espouses in Balanced Diversity. The good new is that its quite straightforward – it’s about the ’why’, having good conversations and ongoing dialogue to engage people and bring them with us. Part of the challenge is to get people on board and remove their fears and uncertainties. All this takes time of course and that’s why many projects fail due to lack of realistic planning and the need for re-work. There’s a great example that comes up about how ‘nobody planned the pandemic’ – but still everyone ‘got it’ – ie had a shared sense of commitment. Thanks to Karen for a great discussion and also for getting up in the middle of the night to join us
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 42 – the beatings will continue until experience improves… With Tim Flower
This week’s guest is Tim Flower, a highly experienced IT thought leader and podcaster, with a wealth of varied experience across our industry. He is the Director of Business transformation at Nexthink and host of the Digital Experience DEC podcast. The discussion centres around the developing world of Experience Management, XLAs, SLAs, SLDs, - with a focus on the ‘A’ – i.e. the ‘agreement. ‘ An XLA takes a village’ - we discuss, and also look at the current realistic and practical uptake of XLAs, and other aspects of how we can improve collaboration and data assimilation around service delivery, particularly in the new word of work… And yes we end up in the bar...
Enterprise Digital podcast episode 41 – to infinity and beyond experience management…with Greg Sanker.
What do we mean by Experience Management? How do we make it work? Should we co-create experiences..? Are we going too far with this? Our guest this week is Greg Sanker, who works as CIO periodically, as well as podcasting, tweeting and authoring on ITSM and IT management. The conversation moves swiftly around enterprise and IT service management, then we look at experience from a fascinating ‘governance’ perspective. It’s not just asking people about their experience, maybe its also about already knowing this… Somehow we end up agreeing and having a drink at the bar.
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 40 with Alan Berkson – industry insights - using PET to build trust …?!
This weeks’ guest Alan Berkson is Director of Analyst Relations for Freshservice – ‘the coolest job I the world’ – well he would say that. However, as we learn it is a much misunderstood and important role, that requires an understanding of everything going on in a company. Alan joined Freshworks in the early days in an ‘evangelist’ role – this has now grown into a major global brand. The discussion focusses on various key aspects of trust – (PET) Proactivity, Engagement and Transparency. Alan also draws on some clear distinctions around thought leadership and marketing, and how vendors can work with analysts to gain insight. After a really constructive and engaging chat, as ever we end up discussing exotic drinks in the bar.
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 39 with Paul Wilkinson - changing behaviours by changing habits...
This session's guest is the whirlwind of attitude, behaviour and culture (ABC) - Paul Wilkinson, of Gaming Works. Paul energy levels come from a daily diet of plutonium sandwiches, washed down with rocket fuel. Paul is the original service and value evangelist, who has preached the need for developing ABC rather than just processes or tools or other 'shiny' things. The discussion is focussed on how practically develop and improve culture, communications and other good behaviours that actually make a difference for success. We need to use real language rather than jargon to improve communications, not just simply follow processes. If you want to learn about ABC and how simulations can be effective – listen on… Paul also claims to be retiring, but no one believes this
Episode 38 with Sally Bogg – understanding the value of shared purpose and passion
Listen to our guest Sally and you hear passion, commitment, focus, enthusiasm and a real understanding of what is needed to make service management successful. Sally was already a successful service management practitioner before she joined NHS digital – the IT and digital part of the UK NHS organisation. We discuss some eye-watering stats and the scale of change, particularly with Covid over the last 2 years, moving from 500K users to 60 million…!! We hear some great advice for modern/digital service management – the need for flexibility, recognition of people and of course the need for a clear sense of shared purpose. We need to know not only what we are expected to do but also why and this builds commitment and purpose – i.e. the passion!!. This must be our most motivational episode to date – play it to your team and stand back…!!!
Enterprise Digital Podcast Christmas episode 37, with James Finister – ‘human governance and ISO38500 in a post agile world…’?!
Actually, despite the title, this is our Christmas and New Year special episode. To confirm that Ian was dressed as Father Christmas for this (audio) podcast..!
James is a well-known member of the global ITSM community, with a variety of industry associations, working as a partner with TCS, as well as being an experienced podcaster, with a history of broadcasting from various weird situations.. We put to right the worlds of service management, discussing how we confuse operations and metrics with governance (yes), the people and human element, the post-agile (yes) world, ISO38500 (yes). Ian also sets out the reality of the war-time ‘bat-bomb’ (yes!?). The serious point in this discussion gets to the core – what are organisations there to do…are they working on doing this? We also need to include more tolerance, human centricity and focus in our commercial contracts - being human and inherently benevolent.
Enterprise Digital the podcast – episode 36. Just us – what have we done..?!
This session is short and features just hosts Ian and Barclay, doing a review and ‘lessons learned’ session. We note that there is more talk around people and humanity, mental health as major themes – would this have happened even `5 years ago? Its certainly not just about tools. We discuss the ideas espoused in the podcasts so far – some thinking that ESM can be damaging, if not part of a major wave of new ways of working. We’ve talked robots, the universe, Buddhists and bastards, moments that matter, radioactivity, experience.. and of course, the bar. Join us to listen and reflect or join us on the podcast in 2022..!
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 35 – with Ryan Ogilvie – IT are terrible at Marketing
IT people don’t understand marketing or value – says this week’s guest Ryan Ogilvy in this engaging and practical episode. That’s a strong but generally true statement and we debate the need to get away from just focussing on what we do to why we are doing it… Ryan has worked on a many projects over the years and comes with a great portfolio of experience, working as an external consultant/contractor with many diverse organisations. The discussion is highly practical and keeps retuning to the core point of the need to do the right thing, and simply, not just follow orders or expect a toolset to deliver ‘value’ without some understanding of the bigger picture. We also discover the 18monte Zoom call and the fact that Ryan has some dubious claim to being a Scottish Lord. Or is this just another excuse for whisky drinking ? you decide.
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 34 – Don’t take this too seriously, with Ivor MacFarlane
This episode was recorded and aired as a session at this years itSMF UK annual conference – the 30th Anniversary event. For that we needed a really special guest and of course ‘industry treasure’ Ivor fitted the bill perfectly, as we
were discussing past present and future. There are some great nuggets of wisdom here which span the early days to current and future thinking around service management – why wouldn’t we do things in an agile way, why don’t we trust ourselves
and our judgement more, and why we should focus on people not just on tech. We also identify that success is about not being visible... We don’t solve the puzzle of the cats that are terrified of cucumbers but really who cares. We end up in the Horseshoe bar in Glasgow for a nice wine…
Enterpise Digital Podcast Episode 33 with Matt Beran – ESM/ Digital Experience? Or just ‘Work’?
Matter Beran is our guest on this brilliant episode – Matt is an experienced Product experience specialist who has worked with Service Now and now is with InvGate. He is also great company and this session is peppered with much positive energy and insight. WE discuss the difference between what is basicall ‘workflow and forms@ and the wider Organizational change aspects of SM, plus we also touch on how we shouldn’t just rely on the vendors to define what ESM is. As ever we end up in the bar and he enjoys creating his own cocktails… Great listening!
Enterprise Digital Podcast episode 32 – with Nathan MacDonald. Service Management should be coaching, not ‘42’...
Our guest is the head of Service Management for Deliotte, Nathan MacDonald – also a director at itSMF UK. We discuss how Service Management outside of IT doesn’t have the same baggage that has developed across IT and IT silos and tribes over the years. There is also a great opportunity to really develop people and how they work in developing (IT) SM – these concepts are also really get more relevant with changes, also ITIL 4 has helped. We also debate whether we should keep the (IT) in service management… We also should stop letting ITSM vendors control the debate over ESM… As ever the bar is a better draw and Nathan’s choice is one for celebration.
Enterprise Digital Podcast Episode 31 – the one with Rob England.. You don’t need to be a bas**rd…!
Our guest for this fantastic discussion is the ex-sceptic, Rob England, of Teal Unicorn, author of Standard and Case, and much much more. Rob’s current focus is on good/better/open management, with a good sprinkling of agile practise in there, probably best summarised in this conversation as – you can be nice, you don’t have to be a b*st*rd..! We also cover the impact and inputs to Robs’ book - Standard and Case – how it has been appropriated and how its still hugely relevant. This is quite simply a brilliant conversation, and everyone interested in good management as well as good service management should listen in…