If you were wondering, it’s true. Project Managers can benefit directly from three of the new ITIL 4 courses. If you are interested in benefiting from this intersection and advancing your career this article is here to help guide your path.
ITIL 4 starts with Foundation and then branches into advanced 2 paths: (1) The Managing Professional Path and (2) The Strategic Leader Path. Both paths have courses that map to the Project Managers Mission.
#1 ITIL 4 Strategic Leader
The course with the highest level of intersection, where Project Management is “testable” is found in the Strategic Leader Path. The course, Digital & IT Strategy (DITS), is the Strategic Leader capstone course. It is designed for Managers and requires a minimum of 3 years management experience.
- DITS focuses on the importance and challenges of creating an appropriate digital strategy to enable success across departments and organizations.
- It also looks at how the digital business strategy can (and should) be integrated into the IT strategy and aligned with the wider organization’s goals.
- Students apply the concepts via 4 graded assignments which are required in order to take the certification exam.
How to Become an ITIL 4 Strategic Leader
In order to achieve the Digital & IT Strategy Certification (DITS), candidates need to have achieved the ITIL 4 Foundation and ITIL 4 Direct, Plan & Improve Certifications and have a minimum of 3-year management experience. Prerequisite classes include: ITIL 4 Foundation and ITIL 4 Direct, Plan and Improve (DPI).
#2 ITIL 4 Managing Professional
The other two courses are found in the ITIL 4 Managing Professional Track. This track consists of 4 courses of which 2 of them are highly recommended for Project Managers:
- Direct, Plan & Improve (DPI) – This class as it focuses on the governance and strategy requirements necessary to deliver improved/new/changed services, etc. It’s one that is most like some of the context of Project Management.
- Drive Stakeholder Value (DSV) – This class discusses the stages of the customer journey and how to manage each stage.
The other two courses in the Managing Professional track include Create, Deliver & Support (CDS) and High Velocity IT (HVIT). These classes are more IT specific and look at how to manage service design and support, and how to exploit the various disruptive technologies. The intersection is not as strong for Project Managers, but just in case you are interested, here are the details:
- Create, Deliver & Support (CDS) – This course talks about the creation of services using the service value chain and operational support.
- High Velocity IT (HVIT) – This course is the most technical (digital technology), and focuses on the five objectives of HVIT (valuable investments, fast development, resilient operations, co-creating value, and assured conformance) and the methods to fulfill these objectives.
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