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Best Practices: File Naming Convention

An often overlooked best practice is that for file naming conventions.

Files should always be renamed with a prefix of the last modified date in YYYY-MM-DD format, for sorting purposes, and contain a meaningful name and version number.

The file name itself should be meaningful to the subject matter and topic at hand, for example if you’re working on UAT Test Scripts for ITSM then you could use 2020-05-19 ITSM – UAT Test Scripts as the complete file name. Leading Date, Subject Mater, and Topic.

Descriptions such as “final” and “complete” should also be discouraged as 99% of the time there will be revisions.

This best practice ensures files are easily found, sorted, and clearly indicate the last modified date, version, and file contents.   

Note that the file saved date/time often changes as files are sent via email, download again, copied, or saved by mistake.

For example, Task #8043 has two attachments and without proper file naming conventions it is unclear which file is the latest for the ITSM UAT Test scripts:

  1. Copy of 2020-09-11 – Sample UAT Test Scripts Complete.xls
    should be
    2020-09-11 ITSM – UAT Test Scripts v2
  2. 2020-09-11 – Sample UAT Test Scripts Complete.xls
    should be
    2020-09-14 ITSM – UAT Test Scripts v3

In Summary, for file naming conventions use the format YYYY-MM-DD Subject Matter – Topic – v#.

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What is UAT Testing?

  • The purpose of User Acceptance Testing (UAT) is to test use cases, that is specific day-to-day operations in the life of an end-user and their required tasks to perform their job function
  • UAT Testing differs from System Testing in that System Testing is focused on software functionality.   UAT Testing is focused on job function, that is day to day operations can be performed.  Therefor access to your ITSM system is not needed to build UAT Test cases, in fact it is discouraged to use HEAT as your focus should be on building use cases about day to day operations, operating procedures, such as Logging an Incident, searching for customers, assigning 2nd level support, and so on.
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  • Regression testing refers to testing of existing functionality to ensure that recent changes do not adversely affect existing features.  For example, when implementing Asset Management, the existing Incident functionality is tested to test use cases such as creating an incident, creating a task, updating incidents, closing tasks, incidents, etc. In addition to UAT Test Scripts, you will want to do a comparison of existing workspaces, existing functionality, and existing features, to ensure existing functionality has not been impacted.

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Smart Goals

There is more to ITSM Consulting Projects than software & systems. You need to take a holistic approach and carefully plan your implementation, upgrades, and enhancements. It starts without the software, and requires strategy over tactics. It all starts with goals. S.M.A.R.T. Goals.

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  • SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timebound
  • Goals should be as specific as possible, even if this means breaking them down, by including answers to the popular “W” questions: Who, What, When, Where, Which, Why
  • If a goal is not measurable, it is not possible to know whether a team is making progress toward successful completion. If it’s an ITSM Project that’s going to take a few months to complete, then set some milestones by considering specific tasks to accomplish.

    A goal needs to be achievable, but at the same time it must not be too easy.
  • A goal that supports or is in alignment with other goals would be considered a relevant goal, focusing on something that makes sense with the broader business goal or ITSM Project.
  • A time-bound goal is intended to establish a sense of urgency. After all a goal that lacks realistic timing, changes are you’re not going to succeed with your ITSM Project.

Smart Goal Example

For example, if you’re creating UAT Test Case Scripts, your Smart Goals would be:

  • Specific:
    • Who: UAT Test Lead, designated UAT Team, and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) as outlined by Roles & Responsibilities Matrix
    • What: Create day to day use case scenarios for job functions for the Procurement process
    • When: Over the next two weeks with a Target Date of September 19
    • Where: Go-To Meeting and the Breakout Meeting Room
    • Which: Standard Business Operating Procedures with guidance from SMEs and Decision Maker
    • Why: We need to validate the the business processes and requirements.
  • Measurable: Milestones, at least three internal meetings, and breakout sessions for the SMEs for the below categories, with at least 6 test cases that are aligned to the Standard Operating Procedures; Regression Testing, Asset Scanning, Procurement.
  • Achievable: Focus on day-to-day job functions as outlined by the SOPs and seek guidance from SMEs and the decision maker as needed.
  • Relevant: Day to day job functions only as per the SOPs. Do not use the software, this would be system testing, focus is on job functions and satisfying day to day operational tasks.
  • Time-bound: Target Date September 19, with first meeting on September 10, follow up meeting on September 15, and review September 17th.

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ITSM Best Practices

With ITSM Implementation experience going back to 1996, the ITSM Best Practice System is a result of years of experience, knowledge, and proven methods.

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Disclaimer: We have never been directly employed by Ivanti, although we have been sub-contracted by Frontrange Business Partners and sub-contracted by Ivanti Business Partners to work with Ivanti Project Managers for many Frontrange and Ivanti Projects over the last 27+ years.

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Attendees should be the project owner/decision maker. 

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Best Practice Tip – UAT Action Plan

One of the most crucial steps in System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is User Acceptance Testing (UAT), a type of system and business objective validation, performed by the end users, and business objective sign off by the project owner; not to be confused with System Testing which is performed by the Ivanti Developer and/or ISM Administrator

Many Ivanti Service Manager implementations fall short when it comes to proper UAT Testing, be it due to a lack of resources, time, or budget, but more often than not due to a shortcoming of proper UAT Action Plan and UAT Test Cases and Scripts.

Today we will focus on a sample high level UAT Action plan:

  • Refresh UAT with PROD (ISM Administrator)
  • Push Asset Scanner Packages to UAT (ISM Consultant)
  • Create UAT Test Cases/Scripts (ISM Administrator/Knowledge Manager; with assistance from ISM Consultant)
  • Create Documentation for ISM Users (ISM Administrator/Knowledge Manager with assistance from ISM Consultant)
  • Test Data Preparation (ISM Administrator)
  • Test Run (ISM Administrator)
  • UAT Run (ISM Administrator+ Storage Managers)
  • Remediation (ISM Consultant)*
  • UAT Run (ISM Administrator+ Storage Managers)*
    • Including Validation of Documentation and Knowledge Article Creation (ISM Administrator/Knowledge Manager)  
  • Confirm Business Objectives – Sign Off (Project Owner)
  • Schedule Push to PROD (ISM Consultant)
  • Communication Plan (Core Team)
    • ISM Change Control Announcement
    • ISM Change Control Email with Documentation
      • Determine schedule
        • Before – for example 3 days before
        • At PROD Push
        • After – optional – follow up 
  • PROD Push (ISM Consultant)
  • Validate PROD Push (Core Team)
  • PROD Emergency Support – 1 to 2 hours after push – (ISM Consultant)

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Former Kifinti Solutions Consultant releases ITAM Best Practices System

Providing ITSM Consulting to Fortune 500 enterprise clients and Ivanti business partners (Avante Solutions, Kifinti Solutions, DDS IT, and others), worldwide, since 1996, we have developed an ITAM Best Practice System to complement our ITSM Best Practice System to deliver superior results by implementing simplified standard business processes and improved simplified interface that enables you to do more with less and cut implementation and consulting costs significantly.  

“It takes time to develop an overnight successful Best Practices System. In our case over 2 decades of ITSM Consulting.” says Gregor Anton, a former Kifinti Solutions Consultant, and unique and distinctive authority in the Enterprise Service Management space with his consulting and development experience and extensive insight to best practices going back to 1996 with the HEAT and now Ivanti Service Manager (ISM) and Ivanti Asset Manager (IAM) tools.

DISCLAIMER: Not endorsed by, affiliated with, or sponsored by Ivanti, ServiceNow, Remedy, Infor, or Sage. Any use of the software product names is descriptive of product experience/skillset or used to review the ITSM and CRM products.

Providing ITSM Best Practices with his tried, tested, and true implementations, and upgrades, Gregor now focuses on his company, a19 Consulting, and his a19 Best Practices System.

Gregor has been developing, streamlining, and implementing best practices and latest solutions for fortune 500 companies and Frontrange Business Partners (Change Control, Avante Solutions, Kifinti Solutions) and Ivanti Business Partners (Kifinti Solutions, DDS IT), worldwide.

The ITAM Best Practices complement the already successful Ivanti Service Manager Best Practices System that Gregor has developed.

Hardware Asset Management features include improved Asset Scanning and Procurement Processes, an integration to Softchoice and many other Vendors, as well as Product Catalog Maintenance features. Software Asset Management also takes a front seat with Vendor integration, contract and entitlement management, and best practices to guide through Software version maintenance, to name just a few features.

Gregor and a19 Consulting were able to work with us to align our working processes with the workflows within the Ivanti Service Manager tool, leveraging a19 Best Practices and latest solutions. The implementation team from Kifinti Solutions were helpful in getting it up and running, but we needed someone that could take EXP to the next level and configure the tool so we could utilize all of its potential,” says Steven Morin, Helpdesk Manager, at EXP.

The ITxM Space (ITSM, IT Service Management, ITAM, IT Asset Management) has never been more exciting, as is the transformation to ESM (Enterprise Service Management).

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Gregor Anton, Consultant since 1996 with 100+ ITxM Implementations

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Unique and Distinctive ITxM Authority

“I worked with Gregor at DDS IT, an Ivanti Business Partner that engaged a19 Consulting to provide ITSM Professional Services to our clients and in-house staff in New Zealand and Australia, with Ivanti Service Manager (formerly HEAT IT Service Management by Frontrange).  
 
Gregor, is without doubt a unique and distinctive authority in the ITSM space with his consulting and development experience and extensive insight to best practices going back to 1996 with the HEAT and now Ivanti ISM/IAM products.”

Neill Evans | Solutions Architect | DDS IT | Ivanti Business Partner