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The different types of Major Incident Management service models

There are several IT major incident service models. The end goal is always the same, but some of the people and their roles may vary depending on how your IT operations are organised and serviced. For the purposes of this post we will focus on the most common types. For those of you that are new to the world of IT or have not got to grips with the ever-growing, ever-changing acronyms in this industry we have detailed some definitions. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) An MSP is a company that exists specifically to provide IT services and products to other organisations that choose to outsource their IT services, either in part or completely. There are several variations in the way in...

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Should Major Incident Managers be Technical?

  A long-standing debate in the industry, should Major Incident Managers be technical? This question seems to be firmly dividing with very few people being undecided, they either strongly believe that yes, they should be, or no they should not. Well, we believe the answer is no, they should not be technical, but really it requires a little more explanation than that, and it depends… What size organisation are we talking about? It depends on the size of your organisation and Operations. In an ideal world, and one that most large Managed Service Providers and enterprise In-House Operations find themselves in, there would be dedicated Major Incident Managers, who do nothing but focus on Major Incident Management. After all, the...

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How are major incidents identified

It is imperative that processes are in place that ensure a major incident is identified. Typical alert and identification scenarios include: The Service Desk notices a large volume of similar incidents that seem connected to a single issue End users contact the Service Desk or use a self-service portal to notify the Service Desk of a critical service outage Event monitoring alerts business-critical services that there is a failure or potential failure  Technical Resolving Groups identify a major incident or potential major incident during routine maintenance work.

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3 ways you are damaging your career as a Major Incident Manager

A career in Major Incident Management is exciting and can be high profile. You engage with nearly all of the Operational staff at different stages, with your communications reaching the entire End User community, including C-suite Executives. Whilst the role can be thrilling, it is also easy to let a few bad habits seriously impact on your credibility and career. Here are 3 common mistakes to keep a check on and avoid:   1 . Don’t think win/lose, think win/win It can be difficult to strike the right balance; your primary objective is to restore normal service operations as quickly as possible, and often that means being assertive. However being too dominant with Technical Staff might get you the result...

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Charlie Munger’s 10 rules for success are highly relevant for Major Incident Managers

We watched a video recently with Charlie Munger (Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, controlled by Warren Buffet). Charlie Munger is an extremely successful and respected man. In this video Charlie talks about his 10 rules of success, it struck us that the Major Incident Management community would benefit from his wisdom. A shortened version of his 10 rules are: Always keep learning Deserve what you want (i.e. work hard to earn trust and respect) Know the edge of your own competency Be a survivor Practice the right approach Understand what you are doing Invest in trust Know all of the big ideas Swim as competently as you can (accept that you will fail sometimes, we all do) Don’t submerge into self-pity...

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