This article provides a quick introduction to ITAM CSI and the value it brings in maintaining momentum in your ITAM practice.
We cover CSI in module 9: REPORTING, of the ITAM Review 12 Box Training Course. It is an essential concept to understand when developing reporting that people actually want to read and maintaining momentum and engagement.
No, not blood on the carpet and DNA samples in Miami… CSI in the context of this article stands for Continual or Continuous Service Improvement. It is a concept borrowed from ITIL and the Service Management arena that encourages a spirit of continual improvement.
“Continual service improvement, defined in the ITIL continual service improvement volume, aims to align and realign IT services to changing business needs by identifying and implementing improvements to the IT services that support the business processes.” ~ Wikipedia
CSI is an important concept to understand in a fast moving and complex arena like IT. The old adage says that a plane flying between two cities is off-course 99% of the time, but is constantly correcting itself. The same approach can be considered for your ITAM practice, you might have the most impressive and bulletproof business plan at kick-off, but it needs to evolve over time as your business and technology changes.
Why do we need a CSI approach for ITAM?
OK, so much for the theory – how do we go about doing it?
The Deming cycle is commonly cited as a methodology to consider for CSI. In layman’s terms: Build a feedback loop for how you are doing and listen to it.
The Deming cycle suggests four major steps:
The goal is to steadily improve your ITAM practice over time in iterative steps, increasingly quality, accuracy and impact of your efforts as per the diagram below. We cover how to actually do this in practice using real life examples during module 9, but an example might be audit responsiveness, gradually improving by listening to feedback.
Learn more about CSI, reporting, keeping stakeholders engaged and keeping your ITAM practice relevant in module 9 of the 12 box training course.