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ITIL Release, Control, and Validation Capability

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Overview

ITIL© 2011 edition is comprised of five core publications: Service Strategy, Service Design, Service Transition, Service Operations and Continual Service Improvement, promoting alignment with the business as well as improving operational efficiency. The official ITIL© 2011 edition qualification scheme describes two streams, the Service Lifecycle Stream and the Service Capability stream.

 The Service Lifecycle stream focuses on ITIL© practices within the Service Lifecycle context. The prime focus is the Lifecycle itself as well as the use of process and practice elements used within it.

The Service Capability stream is for those who wish to obtain an in depth understanding of ITIL processes and roles. Attention to the Service Lifecycle is illustrated as part of the curriculum but the primary focus is the on the process activities, execution and use throughout the Service Lifecycle.

 The ITIL© RCV (Release, Control & Validation) course is part of the ITIL© 2011 edition Intermediate Capability certification stream. The course prepares candidates to take the ITIL© Release, Control & Validation Intermediate exam as well as proving valuable knowledge that can be implemented in the workplace.

Target Audience

IT Managers, Operational staff, and anyone requiring a deeper knowledge of or who are involved in the Release, Control & Validation cluster of processes and functions.

Prerequisites

An ITIL©_ Foundation certificate and preferably two years work experience in an IT Service Management environment.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, you will learn:

  • The concept of Service Management as a practice
  • The purpose, goal and objectives of the Change Management Process
  • The purpose of the SACM process and the goal of Configuration Management
  • The use of a Configuration Management System (CMS), and its major components, in supporting the effective execution of SACM process
  • The purpose, goal, objectives and scope of the RDM process
  • The purpose, goal and objectives of the SVT process
  • The purpose, goal, objectives and scope of the KM process
  • The purpose, goal, objectives and scope of the Service Evaluation process
  • The purpose and scope of the Request Fulfillment process

Full Course Outline

1. Release, Control, and Validation

  • Processes
  • Purpose and Objectives
  • Scope of Service Transition in Relation to the RCV Processes
  • Service Transition Value to the Business
  • RCV Processes Interaction with Other Lifecycle Stages
  • Developing an Effective Service Transition Strategy
  • Key Initiatives for Preparing for Effective Service Transition
  • Planning and Coordinating Service Transition Activities
  • Service Transition Process Support

2. Service Asset and Configuration Management

  • Purpose and Objectives of SACM
  • Scope of SACM
  • Business Value
  • Policies, Principles, and Basic Concepts
  • Activities, Methods, and Techniques
  • Triggers, Inputs, and Outputs
  • Interfaces with Other Processes
  • Information Management in SACM
  • CSFs and KPIs
  • Challenges and Risks
  • SACM Activities Performed by Service Operation
  • Roles and Responsibilities

3. Change Management

  • Purpose and Objectives
  • Scope of the Change Management Process
  • Business Value
  • Policies, Principles, and Basic Concepts
  • Activities, Methods, and Techniques
  • Triggers, Inputs, and Outputs
  • Process Interfaces
  • Role of the Configuration Management System in the Change Management Process
  • CSFs and KPIs
  • Daily Operational Activities
  • Managing Organizational and Stakeholder Change as Part of Continual Service Improvement (CSI)
  • Challenges and Risks
  • Roles and Responsibilities

4. Change Evaluation

  • Purpose and Objectives
  • Scope of Change Evaluation
  • Business Value
  • Policies and Principles
  • Key Terminology
  • Activities, Methods, and Techniques
  • Evaluation Report Contents
  • Trigger, Inputs, and Outputs
  • Interfaces with Other Processes
  • Information Management in Change Evaluation
  • CSFs and KPIs
  • Challenges and Risks
  • Roles and Responsibilities

5. Release and Deployment Management

  • Purpose and Objectives
  • Scope of the Release and Deployment Management Process
  • Business Value
  • Policies
  • Activities, Methods, and Techniques
  • Triggers, Inputs, and Outputs
  • Interfaces with Other Processes
  • Information Management in the Release and Deployment Management Process
  • CSFs and KPIs
  • Challenges and Risks
  • Release and Deployment Management Activities Performed by Service Operations
  • Roles and Responsibilities

6. Service Validation and Testing

  • Purpose and Objectives
  • Scope of the Service Validation and Testing Process
  • Business value
  • Policies, Principles, and Basic Concepts
  • Activities, Methods, and Techniques
  • Trigger, Inputs, and Outputs
  • Interfaces with Other Processes
  • Information Management in Service Validation and Testing
  • CSFs and KPIs
  • Challenges and Risks
  • Roles and Responsibilities

7. Request Fulfillment

  • Purpose and Objectives
  • Scope of Request Fulfillment
  • Business Value
  • Policies, Principles, and Basic Concepts
  • Activities, Methods, and Techniques
  • Triggers, Inputs, and Outputs
  • Process interfaces
  • Information Management in Request Fulfillment
  • CSFs and KPIs
  • Challenges and Risks
  • Roles and Responsibilities

8. Knowledge Management

  • Purpose, Objectives, and Scope
  • Business Value
  • Policies, Principles, and Basic Concepts
  • Activities, Methods, and Techniques
  • Triggers, Inputs, and Outputs
  • Interfaces with Other Processes
  • Information Management in the Knowledge Management Process
  • CSFs and KPIs
  • Challenges and Risks
  • Relationship Between CSI and the Knowledge Management Process
  • Roles and Responsibilities

9. Technology and Implementation Considerations

  • Generic Technology Requirements to Support Process Capabilities
  • Managing a Change in Operations
  • Service Operation Use of Project Management Approaches
  • Assessing and Managing Risk in Service Operation
  • Operational Staff in Service Design and Transition
  • Knowledge Management Tools
  • Collaboration
  • Configuration Management System
  • Planning the Implementation of Service Management Tools
  • Implementation Considerations
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