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Problem management PBMG

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Managing the life cycle of all problems that have occurred or could occur in delivering a service.

SFIA 9 is in development

  • SFIA 9 beta due in early July 2024
  • SFIA 9 planned for publication October 2024

This is a prototype for SFIA 9. It is subject to change before publication.

Guidance notes

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The primary objectives of problem management are to:

  • proactively prevent problems and resulting incidents from happening
  • reactively resolve problems that have already happened
  • eliminate recurring incidents
  • minimise the impact of incidents that cannot be prevented.

Activities may include — but are not limited to:

  • detecting and logging problems
  • classifying and prioritising problems
  • initiating actions to resolve problems
  • investigating and diagnosing problems
  • implementing remedies to prevent future incidents
  • reporting on problems.

Levels

Defined at these levels: 2 3 4 5

Problem management: Level 1

Problem management: Level 2

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Assists in collecting data about problems in systems, processes and services. Contributes to documenting problems and maintaining relevant records.

Problem management: Level 3

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Investigates problems in systems, processes and services.

Assists with the implementation of agreed remedies and preventative measures.

Problem management: Level 4

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Initiates and monitors actions to investigate and resolve problems in systems, processes and services.

Determines problem fixes and remedies.

Collaborates with others to implemented agreed remedies and preventative measures.

Supports analysis of patterns and trends to improve problem management processes.

Problem management: Level 5

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Ensures that appropriate action is taken to anticipate, investigate and resolve problems in systems and services.

Ensures that such problems are fully documented within the relevant reporting systems.

Enables development of problem solutions. Coordinates the implementation of agreed remedies and preventative measures.

Analyses patterns and trends and improves problem management processes.

Problem management: Level 6

Problem management: Level 7