ITIL Lifecycle Service Strategy (SS)


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Course Description

This three-day hands on program leads to a Certificate in ITIL Service Lifecycle Management – Service Strategy. This program is for IT professionals working within, or about to enter, an IT environment requiring a detailed understanding of the processes, functions and activities associated with the Service Strategy domain of the ITIL® Service Lifecycle. Upon successful completion of the education and examination, students can expect to gain competencies in the following IT Service Strategy areas:

  • Leading discussions on Service Strategy
  • Defining services and market spaces
  • Conducting strategic analysis
  • Applying Financial Management
  • Managing demand
  • Driving strategy through the Service Lifecycle
  • Understanding Critical success factors and risks

Who Should Attend?

The Service Lifecycle series will be of interest to candidates wishing to obtain knowledge of ITIL practices within the Service Lifecycle context. Prime focus is the Lifecycle itself, the use of process and practice elements used within it and the management capabilities needed to deliver quality Service Management practices in an organization. Job Roles include:

  • Senior IT Mgmt (CIO/CTO, IT Director, VP IT)
  • Senior Program Management and PMO Leadership
  • Portfolio Management
  • IT Financial Management
  • Enterprise Analysts

Course Outline

  • Value Creation and the Mind Gap
    • Marketing Services
    • Communicating Utility and Warranty
    • Leveraging Service Assets
    • Service Provider Models
    • Value Networks
    • 4 Ps of Strategy
    • Challenges, CSFs, and Risks
  • Defining services and market spaces
    • Define the Market
    • Develop the Offerings
    • Service Portfolio Management
  • Conducting Strategic Analysis
    • Outcome- vs Constraint-driven models
    • Integrating Strategy into the Lifecycle
    • Managing Demand, Quality, and Warranty
  • Strategic Assessments
    • Developing Strategic Assets
    • Preparing for Execution
  • Service Portfolio Management
    • Definition
    • Analysis
    • Approval
    • Charter
    • Integration with BSM
  • Demand Management
    • Patterns of Business Activity
    • User Profiles
    • Demand Modeling
    • Service Packages
  • Financial Management
    • Service Valuation
    • Supporting Demand and Portfolio Management
    • Provisioning Optimization
    • Service Investment Analysis
    • Accounting
    • Compliance
    • ROI
  • Organizing and Sourcing
    • Organizational Development
    • Departments, Design, and Culture
    • Sourcing Strategies
    • CSFs
    • Roles and Responsibilities


ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management along with IT or ITSM operational experience.


An optional eight-question, ninety-minute, closed book, multiple choice, multi-part, scenario based examination is administered by an independent proctor at the end of the course. Certification is through the ACQUIROS. Candidates must have attended an accredited training course (instructor led or online) to sit for the exam. Each student will be awarded three credits towards ITIL Expert® certification upon successful completion of the exam.

Reference Material

Each student will receive a workbook. Other ITSM-related study material and books are available for purchase prior to, or during, the class.

Credits Earned

3 ITIL Expert Credits
22 PDU Credits

Related Courses

ITIL Certification – Service Lifecycle – Design
ITIL Certification – Service Lifecycle – Transition
ITIL Certification – Service Lifecycle – Operation
ITIL Certification – Service Lifecycle – Continual Service Improvement (CSI)

Course Director

Patrick von Schlag
Mr. von Schlag has more than 25 years of real-world experience managing IT and business organizations. He has served as a consultant, facilitator, and instructor in support of more than 200 ITSM program deployments, with a focus on practical benefits. He holds all 11 ITIL 2011 certifications and runs an accredited learning consultancy focused on “Making ITIL Work” ™ in real organizations. His customer list includes The Walt Disney Company, Microsoft, Nike, Sears, US Marine Corps, US Army, US Air Force, 2nd and 5th Fleet US Navy, DISA, IRS, Federal Reserve, The Hartford, Citigroup, Amgen, Los Angeles County, Port of Long Beach, GDIT, Accenture, Serco, Deloitte, and hundreds of other market-leading companies.

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