Stabilize Service Management Function

Published: April 25, 2008


Position of the Stabilize SMF Within the MOF IT Service Life Cycle

The MOF IT service lifecycle encompasses all of the activities and processes involved in managing an IT service: its conception, development, operation, maintenance, and—ultimately—its retirement. MOF organizes these activities and processes into Service Management Functions (SMFs), which are grouped together in lifecycle phases. Each SMF is anchored within a lifecycle phase and contains a unique set of goals and outcomes supporting the objectives of that phase. The SMFs can be used as stand-alone sets of processes, but it is when SMFs are used together that they are most effective in ensuring service delivery at the desired quality and risk levels.

The Stabilize SMF belongs to the Deliver Phase of the MOF IT service lifecycle. The following figure shows the place of the Stabilize SMF within the Deliver Phase, as well as the location of the Deliver Phase within the IT service lifecycle.

Figure 1. Position of the Stabilize SMF within the IT service lifecycle

Before you use this SMF, you may want to read the following MOF 4.0 guidance to learn more about the MOF IT service lifecycle and the Deliver Phase:

Why Use the Stabilize SMF?

This SMF should be useful to anyone who is tasked with ensuring the release of the highest-quality IT service solution possible at the Release Readiness Milestone. It includes guidance for how to test a feature-complete solution, prepare release candidate versions, deal with feedback, and fix reported issues.

The SMF specifically addresses the following processes for stabilization:

  • Stabilize a release candidate.
  • Conduct a pilot test.
  • Review the Release Readiness Management Review.

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