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Are there Problem Management Industry Standards

 
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Toastie98
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:39 am    Post subject: Are there Problem Management Industry Standards Reply with quote

I am in the process of creating OLAs between Problem Management and different organizations. I am including expected average response times to Problem Management requests for resourcing. I do not have a starting point as to how long it should take for someone to provide a resource to begin root cause analysis. Are there any documented industry standards, or does anyone have any values that they have used?

For example, I am requesting organizations to provide resourcing within an average of 2 business hours for a Major Problem.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2 hours??

Problem investigation and resoultion is a reasonably deliberate and planned process.

If you can't wait longer than two hours I think the odds are you are still in incdient management - perhaps a major incident that does require some 'root cause analysis'. But that should be an exception and under that cover L1+ escalation arrangements for major incident resolution.

Rember Problem Management isn't a more 'serious' version of Incident Management: Different objcetives, different management requirements.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, but 2 hours.... Smile
We can but dream......
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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For example, I am requesting organizations to provide resourcing within an average of 2 business hours for a Major Problem.


Most of the time this is not realistic. There are a few cases where problem management kicks in so quickly, such as for major virus infections or a serious security breach. CERT is a good example of where problem management has a fast response time to incidents. But generally problem management is an off-line process that takes place after the panic of service restoration during a major incident.

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Yeah, but 2 hours.... We can but dream......


And you also need to be careful that you do not give yourself a credibility problem. If you make unrealistic requests from the organisaton, you will soon find it difficult to get anything at all. So try and make a realistic assesment of the response you need from the organisation, and if you really do need 2 hour response times, be prepared to justify it.

Dave
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