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Q&A with an Industry Awards nominee

Q&A with an Industry Awards nominee

In this third installment of the guest blogger Q&A series, itSMF Board member Justin Gasparre shares his recommendations on nominating for the itSMF Industry Awards and his experience at the Gala Awards Dinner.


Can you tell us why you decided to nominate for the 2016 Service Management Awards?

I was nominated for the awards by a close colleague who had observed my contribution to the itSMF community over many years. I agreed to accept it as I have contributed many years of volunteer effort to itSMF, from local chapter support and representation through to a position on the board over two periods.  I’ve also contributed very openly to my colleagues in Defence and anyone else who needs help in this space.

What do you think makes a compelling Awards nomination?

A compelling awards nomination will need to speak to the person’s contribution to the cause and the community.  I guess you can’t be a champion if you don’t champion what we do and the value we bring as ITSM professionals.

Can you tell us about your experience at the 2016 Gala Dinner and Awards celebration? What were the highlights?

For me, the highlight of the Gala Dinner in 2016 was being able to stand up in front of my peers and share the message that we are all champions and to share my gratitude to the forum and community.  It was also great that my past colleagues were there to share in the accolades!

Why are the itSMF Industry Awards important?

The itSMF industry awards are an important event to showcase the significance of the work that the community is involved in and the improvements that we make on a daily basis.  Having national recognition for great work being done is important and it is good to see that the major IT news sources are picking up on the event.

What advice would you give potential nominees?

The advice I would give to potential nominees is to NOMINATE!!!  Don’t be shy!  Recognise the contribution you make and get your colleagues to put you up for an award.  If you’ve got a nickname for your Service Management prowess, then you’re probably a candidate!

What are you looking forward to at Service Management 2017?

I’m looking forward to Service Management 2017 and the 20th anniversary of the itSMF, it should be a great event and a fabulous Gala Dinner.  I really enjoy catching up with colleagues from the past and making new connections with like minded professionals and those who contribute to the development of our forum and community.

If you’d like to nominate for an itSMF individual or team award you can find more information on the website.


Justin Gasparre has over 15 years of IT experience ranging from helpdesk, field support, systems administration and culminating with IT Governance, Board of Management Representation, Director of a large APS organisation delivering enterprise solutions and now business owner and consultant.

Trained in a variety of best practice methodologies and being from a technical background, having operated an IT Solution provision business, and working in multiple major Government Enterprise environments, Justin has an excellent understanding of IT and Business.

Q&A with an alumni speaker

Q&A with an alumni speaker

In the second part of a series of chats with those that have previously taken the stage at the Service Management Conference – Leanne Siveyer kindly shares her speaking experience and tips.


Hi Leanne! Please tell us a little about yourself – what is your area of expertise and what kind of Conference speaking experience do you have (if any)?

I have been involved with Service Management for most of my career in both operational and consulting roles. I’ve delivered countless training courses and presented to various sized groups. The ITSM is one of the largest audiences I have presented to.

What would you say are the top benefits you gain from sharing your expertise and insights at a Conference as a speaker?

You definitely get out of a conference what you put in. It’s an honour to be able to share my experiences with the conference audience and be able to contribute to the body of knowledge by sharing case studies that I have been involved with. We all know the theory – the challenge is in the implementation which is why I love hearing and sharing case studies from the real world.

In the past, you joined the speaker line-up for the Service Management Conference via the anonymous submission system. Can you describe your experience with this process? 

The process is straightforward and seems very fair to all submissions. Some of the questions and comments during the process helped me to refine my idea further and resulted in a better delivery.

How was your experience at the Conference overall as both a speaker and an attendee? 

I love the passion and the enthusiasm and being able to contribute to that is is a wonderful experience.

What was your favourite part of it the Conference experience? Can you share some standout moments?

The number of people that came up to me after my presentation – keen to introduce themselves and further discuss the ideas I have presented. That’s definitely what is all about.

What were the most important learnings you took away from the Conference experience?

As I mentioned earlier – we all know the theory but there are real and difficult real world challenges that prevent us from implementing the all best practice guidance in the books. The more people that have overcome those challenges and shared those experiences the better we call all be at maturing our service management approaches.

What advice would you give someone looking to submit a proposal to the Service Management Conference this year?

Present something you’d like to hear yourself. Don’t be scared – definitely do it. If it’s your first time – consider co-presenting with a more experienced speaker for support.

By |2018-03-19T16:23:17+00:00June 29th, 2017|guest blogger, QandA, Service Management 2017|

Q&A with an alumni speaker!

Q&A with an alumni speaker!

In this first installment of a series of chats with those that have previously taken the stage at the Service Management Conference – Paul Edwards kindly shares his speaking experience and tips.

Hi Paul! Please tell us a little about yourself – what is your area of expertise and what kind of Conference speaking experience do you have (if any)?

I’ve got a 25 year background in IT, ranging from duty programmer (the parent of help desk and the grandparent of service desk), managing Unix and VMS boxes, lecturing, running high performance computing and visualisation systems, IT Service Management consulting, strategic consulting, being an in-house consultant/troubleshooter in the financial services sector, mentor to various amazing people working in technology, being mentored by equally amazing people who work in technology, and most recently running projects and governance functions for cyber security in a big bank. Overall, I would say I am a people person rather than a technology person.

In terms of conference speaking experience, I’ve presented several times for the itSMFA, spoken at a number of other conferences (generally in the secondary and tertiary educations spaces), and spent many hours watching conference speakers and learning from all of them.

What would you say are the top benefits you gain from sharing your expertise and insights at a Conference as a speaker?

There are three big benefits:

  • First, it really helps me refine my ideas (and in one memorable case, changing my idea 180 degrees!) Writing a white paper or Conference paper cannot be beaten as far as stress testing the topic you are talking about.
  • Second, there’s a kind of intellectual endorphin rush I get from knowing that for the last 50-odd minutes, a group of people have walked away with some more knowledge, probably some interesting questions to explore if they are inclined to do so, and hopefully ideas on how to change the status quo.
  • Finally, I’ve made some lifelong professional connections and friendships thorough people who have come up to me to talk / ask me / grill me about my session.

In the past, you joined the speaker line-up for the Service Management Conference via the anonymous submission system. Can you describe your experience with this process?

This was excellent. I found that the process meant that the reviewers were providing feedback, which in turn challenged me to make the presentation clearer and (I suspect) more successful. My paper went through four iterations once I had submitted it; almost every suggestion from the reviewers was valid, they challenged me to think more deeply about both the topic and how best to communicate the ideas, and ultimately ended up having me present a paper that was far better than the one I originally submitted.

How was your experience at the Conference overall as both a speaker and an attendee?

As a speaker: the full gamut of emotions. Will anyone come to see me speak? Oh good, there’s a few people. Oh dear, I must have made the abstract too persuasive, because the room is now full. And now there are people standing at the back because there are no seats left! I hope I will not be wasting their time! Uh oh, I’m getting introduced now. Up on stage. Hand grabbing my stomach from the inside. Got through the introduction OK. Getting into a rhythm now. This is great. What, there’s only five minutes left? Questions, answers, the session is over, but now more people want to talk to me. Let’s do it over a cuppa. Relief. Relax.

As an attendee: great fun. A range of interesting and challenging speakers. A range of interesting attendees. A chance to catch up with people I’ve not seen in years, and a chance to make new friends.

What was your favourite part of it the Conference experience? Can you share some standout moments?

I’m going to cheat and have two:

First, (and this is fairly generic): walking out of a talk, thinking, I can’t *wait* to try and do that. Or thinking: wow, I did not know that, and X is now really interesting and I should look into it more deeply.

Second, the people you meet.

Standout moments? Generally anything involving Peter Doherty in a bar.

What were the most important learnings you took away from the Conference experience?

For 2016: the Cynefin framework; Vinh Giang and breaking things down; Karen Ferris’ approach to picking the top three competencies in ITSM; learning that it is possible to become accredited as a Lego® Play facilitator (now on my bucket list).

What advice would you give someone looking to submit a proposal to the Service Management Conference this year?

Give it a go. The anonymous peer review system means that even if ultimately you do not get selected, you will mature your ideas. If you do get selected, it is a fabulous opportunity to develop your speaking skills, and add to your professional network.

Submissions to speak at Service Management 2017 close on Friday 12 May 2017 – find out more and submit a proposal here.

By |2018-03-19T16:23:17+00:00May 4th, 2017|blog, QandA, Service Management 2016, Service Management 2017|

Six ways to build and grow

Supercharge your ITSM skillset by attending the Service Management 2017 pre-Conference Workshop day. As part of itSMF Australia’s 20th Annual Conference, these workshops are led by local and international experts and will focus on trending industry topics and know-how.

Choose to immerse yourself in a full-day workshop or you can mix it up by choosing from the half-day options.


Devops adoption: the Dev-Ops-ITSM triangle – Dave Favelle

DevOps is here, it’s in your organisation but not yet at critical mass. How do we help it get to a scale where DevOps and ITSM are contributing to business competitive advantage?

Next-gen Service Management: A survey of emerging techniques and case studies – Dion Hinchcliffe

Deep-dive into the latest trends in Service Management and examine how the practice will evolve over the next few years!

The three year Service Management roadmap – Dion Hinchcliffe

Build on the latest in Service Management and walk away with a three year strategic plan to adapt your organisational needs. You will have the opportunity to cross pollinate your ideas with like-minded peers.

Building an effective communication plan for your ITSM improvement effort – Karen Ferris

Effective communication is critical to success! Karen Ferris will equip you with the tools and techniques to develop and deliver an effective communications plan for any ITSM improvement initiative.

Bringing Agile to service delivery – Eduardo Nofuentes

Create mindsets that foster a culture of continuous improvement. Take away an Agile and lean way of thinking and learn how to apply a customer centric approach to Service Delivery.

Improve your process improvement – Michi Tyson

This workshop will introduce you to concepts, tools and techniques from the fields of complexity theory, systems thinking, experiential learning and lean management. The purpose is to help teams, departments and whole organisations improve their delivery strategies and methods efficiently, effectively and, most importantly, sustainably.


The Service Management 2017 Workshop day is being held on Tuesday 22nd of August 2017 in Melbourne. For more information and to register for the Workshops or Conference, visit this page.

By |2018-03-19T16:23:17+00:00April 19th, 2017|DevOps, ITSM, Service Management 2017, Workshop|

Dear aspiring speaker

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Submitting a proposal to speak at Service Management Conference is a chance to open a sustained dialogue with your peers and expand your network. In this post, itSMF Australia’s National Events Director Aprill Allen shares her tips for those thinking of submitting a proposal.

I’m glad you’re interested in sharing your story with our delegates for the 20th annual national itSMF Conference. I want you to have the best possible chance at joining us in Melbourne this year, so here are some tips to help your submission be successful.

Our members love case studies. Case studies consistently rate highly with our members and it’s easy to understand why. They’re in ready-made story-telling format, which makes them easy to relate to, easy to understand, and easy to remember. Whether a case study demonstrates your success or ultimate failure, it should start with a background setting of who and where, follow up with what your big hairy challenge was, how you approached solving it, what the outcome was, and why it went the way it did — your lessons learned. This is the valuable part that helps each of us grow from your experience.

Make sure your topic title is interesting and consistent with your session description. This tip almost speaks for itself, but it’s not uncommon to be too clever with a topic title and have your audience not make the connection. They may not understand the session’s relevance to them and not attend, or worse still, they may rate you poorly because they expected something different.

Pitch to the right level. We have delegates covering the spectrum from beginner to advanced. Make sure your content is pitched consistently with the audience level you’ve selected.

Consider the theme when you develop your submission. This year, our theme is Service Management 2.0. Our workplaces and consumer expectations are already changing in a multitude of ways. What do we need to do differently to be a step ahead? How will our service management toolbelt evolve? If your expertise is outside the ITSM domain, what are the skills you know our service management practitioners and leaders need to be successful? What are the stories they need to hear, or learn to tell?

The Conference is the place to push boundaries with new material. The selection process tends to reward experienced presenters, which is why we try to give new speakers exposure at our state seminars and ask for a referral. For our experienced presenters, already popular at our state seminars, the national Conference is an opportunity to share a new angle or a new story.

Reviewer feedback will be your first test of the clarity and impact of your submission. I’m no stranger to how it feels when something so clear in my head isn’t coming through easily to whomever I’m sharing it with. It’s beyond frustrating. Work through those awkward misunderstandings, if they come up, because when the light bulb goes on, it’s rewarding for all involved.  

Reviewers will be looking for all these points during the selection process, and how well you address them will influence your chance of selection. Good luck, and I hope to see your presentation on stage!

Find out more and submit a speaker proposal here.

By |2018-03-19T16:23:17+00:00March 3rd, 2017|ITSM, protips, Service Management 2017|

SM 2.0!

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Service Management 2017 is themed SM 2.0. In this post, itSMF Australia’s National Events Director Aprill Allen shares her take on how the way we work is changing and how that might be reflected at Conference.

It’s exciting to open 2017 with some insight into our plans for this year’s itSMF national conference. Of course, we  rolled right out of Brisbane’s conference straight into planning for what has turned out to be Melbourne, 2017. We immediately began discussing sessions and event feedback, but planning for the next one doesn’t feel truly underway until we’ve locked down the dates, venue and theme.

For 2016, the theme was easy to determine. I knew what shape I wanted our conference to take and the theme provided the frame for our speakers and reviewers to build and deliver what was in my opinion, our most outstanding program so far. I’ve got to admit, I sure did feel like a one-trick pony. With no 2017 theme already in mind, I was nervous. Enter my truly helpful committee and a collaborative Google doc, which helped us to test some ideas, scrap some and start over, and ultimately arrive at SM 2.0.

We wanted to give a nod to our twentieth year, somehow, but we particularly wanted to capture what might be coming next after we asked you to Shake I.T. Up last year.

ITSM, as an industry, is taking a long, hard look at itself. The thought leaders you’re familiar with are scouring the edges of our profession to look at the areas where what we do in Service Management overlaps with what other service providers are offering and achieving. Sometimes it’s about technology, often it’s about new approaches to working with others to achieve common goals. The most successful IT leaders are doing the same thing. We got a sense of that last year when our speakers and reviewers put forward topics about project leadership in general, and DevOps in particular, topics that traditionally haven’t been a big feature of the ITSM toolbelt.

There’s no doubt our workplaces and workforces are changing, inspiring the appetite for broader conference programming. Not just in the way the generational mix at work is transforming, but also in the way we work and where we work. What will your toolbelt look like for the next iteration of Service Management? How are your skills and stories evolving? Share your story.

By |2018-03-19T16:23:17+00:00February 15th, 2017|ITSM, Service Management 2017|