ITIL® Intermediate – Release, Control and Validation

Course Description

Release, Control and Validation (RCV) is part of the ITIL Intermediate Capability Stream and is one of the modules leading to the ITIL Expert Certification. This course focuses on the practical aspects of processes associated with the release, control and validation of services and service delivery. It is recommended for individuals who require a deeper understanding of the RCV processes and how they may be implemented to enhance the quality of IT service management within an organization.

Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for:

  • IT professionals working in roles associated with Service Transition and need to contribute to service improvement programmes
  • Operational staff, team leads, and managers who wish to enhance their role-based capabilities in change management, release and deployment management, service validation and testing, service asset and configuration management, request fulfilment, change evaluation and knowledge management
  • Individuals who have attained the ITIL Foundation Certificate and wish to advance to the ITIL Expert Certification.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, participants can expect to gain competence in:

  • Deeper knowledge of change management, release and deployment management, service validation and testing, service asset and configuration management, request fulfilment, change evaluation and knowledge management
  • Challenges, critical success factors and risks associated with ITIL release, control and validation
  • How RCV processes interact with other service lifecycle processes
  • How to use RCV processes, activities and functions to achieve operational excellence
  • The importance on IT security and its contributions to RCV

Course Outline

1. Introduction to RCV

  • The purpose, objectives and scope of service transition lifecycle phase
  • The RCV processes in relation to service transition
  • Activities related to overall transition planning and ongoing support

2. Change Management

  • The end-to-end process flow for change management , including its policies, design strategy, concepts, activities, and interfaces with other processes
  • A measurement model and the metrics that would be used to support change management within RCV practices
  • The benefits and business value that can be gained from change management and the challenges and risks to be managed

3. Service Asset and Configuration Management

  • The end-to-end process flow for service asset and configuration management, including its policies, design strategy, concepts, activities and interfaces with other processes
  • A measurement model and the metrics that would be used to support service asset and configuration management within RCV practices
  • The benefits and business value that can be gained from service asset and configuration management and the challenges and risks to be managed

4. Service Validation and Testing

  • The end-to-end process flow for the SVT process, including its policies, concepts, activities and interfaces with other processes
  • Test modelling techniques and testing concepts (for example, stakeholder requirements, test conditions, environments, data) and how these test components are used to ensure service quality
  • A measurement model and the metrics that would be used to support service validation and testing within RCV practices
  • The benefits and business value that can be gained from SVT and the challenges and risks to be managed

5. Release and Deployment Management

  • The end-to-end process flow for release and deployment management , including its policies, concepts, phases, activities and interfaces with other processes
  • Release and deployment models and related activities (for example, design, planning, build, pilots, test, transfer, deployment, retirement). and how these activities ensure service quality
  • A measurement model and the metrics that would be used to support release and deployment management within RCV practices
  • The benefits and business value that can be gained from release and deployment management

6. Request Fulfilment

  • The end-to-end process flow for request fulfilment, including its policies, concepts, activities, and interfaces with other processes (for example, RDM, SACM and change management)
  • Request fulfilment models and related activities (for example, effectiveness of designs, changes, performance) and how these activities help to ensure quality service within RCV
  • A measurement model and the metrics that would be used to support request fulfilment within RCV practices
  • The benefits and business value that can be gained from request fulfilment and the challenges and risks to be managed

7. Change Evaluation

  • The end-to-end process flow for change evaluation, including its policies, concepts, activities interfaces with other processes
  • Perspectives and considerations for evaluating the effectiveness of a service change
  • A measurement model and the metrics that would be used to support change evaluation within RCV practices
  • The benefits and business value that can be gained from change evaluation and the challenges and risks to be managed

8. Knowledge Management

  • The end-to-end process flow for knowledge management, including its policies, concepts, activities and interfaces with other processes (for example CSI processes)
  • Related concepts (for example, data-information-knowledge-wisdom (DIKW)) and how these activities help to ensure knowledge transfer and improved decision-making
  • The benefits and business value that can be gained from knowledge management and the challenges and risks to be managed

9. Release, Control and Validation Roles and Responsibilities

  • Generic roles that support service transition and the RCV processes
  • The roles and responsibilities related to transition planning and support, change management, service asset and configuration management, service validation and testing, release and deployment management, request fulfilment, change evaluation, and knowledge management. Where and how these are used, as well as how they fit within the context of service transition.

10. Technology and Implementation Considerations

  • The technology requirements for service management tools, where and how these would be used within RCV (for example, knowledge management and service asset and configuration management)
  • The need and benefits of tools that support service transition as related to RCV
  • Implementing RCV processes in the context of planning and managing change, service operation, project management, risk management, and staff considerations.
Course Duration 5 days
9.00am – 5.00pm daily
Pre-requisites ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management
OR ITIL V2 Foundation plus Foundation Bridge certificates

Course registrants must provide a scanned copy of their ITIL Foundation
Certificate (or ITIL V2 Foundation plus Foundation Bridge Certificates) before they can attend the course.

Examination Format 90 minutes
8 multiple choice, scenario-based, gradient-scored questions
70% pass mark (i.e. 28 out of 40)
Closed book
Examination will be held on the last day of the course.
Certificate ITIL Intermediate Qualification: Release, Control and Validation Certificate
ITIL Credits 4 credit points towards the ITIL Expert Certification