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ITIL v3 Service Strategy is both the first ITIL v3 publication in the ITIL Lifecycle Suite, and the first phase of the ITIL v3 Service Lifecycle.  The ITIL Service Lifecycle comprises the following ‘phases’ - Service Strategy, Service Design, Service Transition, Service Operations, Continual Service Improvement.  Each have their own separate publication.  Those of you familiar with ISO Standards, you’ll notice the ITIL Service Lifecycle phases closely match “Plan - Do - Check - Act” found in all ISO Standards.

In devising an ITIL Service Strategy, Mintzberg’s four P’s have been adapted, i.e.:

Perspective - vision and focus
Position - ‘stance’
Plan - concerning how the service organisation will achieve it’s aims
Pattern - maintaining consistency.

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Service Strategy details value creation (combining utility (fitness for purpose) and warranty (fitness for use)), value networks, resources (people, finances, IT infrastructure etc.) and capabilities (ability) which taken together comprise service assets.  It details the Service Strategy processes (Financial Management, Demand Management, Service Portfolio Management), and the Service Strategy activities as well as organisational development, methods, tools and techniques, implementation, operation and associated risks.

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