Reflections on High-velocity IT

Poor service is caused by inconsiderate people or uncompromising algorithms, and uncompromising algorithms are caused by inconsiderate people. Our industry needs to develop more empathy.


An increasing number of organisations use digital technology to do things significantly differently, or do significantly different things. This places higher demands on those who develop, manage and support digital solutions. A different way of thinking and working is required, and this is what ITIL® 4 High-velocity IT contributes to. In this session, the lead editor of this new ITIL module will share the major ideas behind the book and his thoughts on the industry in general. For example, ethics in IT, dealing with complexity and service experience.

Mark Smalley is the Lead Editor of ITIL®4 High Velocity IT that explores what IT service management looks like in digitally enabled organizations. He consulted with fifty industry colleagues from twenty countries to determine the desired topics, and engaged twenty of them as co-authors. In this presentation, he shares ’the making of’ story and his thoughts on key topics such as ethics, unpredictability, safety culture, service-dominant logic, operating models and value streams (which is where the action happens).






Mark Smalley is a writer, speaker and bridge builder at Smalley.IT. Also known as The IT Paradigmologist. He helps people discover where they are and to visualize where they want to be. Mark’s main area of interest is the management of IT systems and services. He is a contributor to bodies of knowledge such as ASL, BiSL, BRM, COBIT, DevOps, IT4IT, ITIL, VeriSM and XLA. Mark has spoken at hundreds of events in more than thirty countries. One of his most recent contributions was as lead editor of ITIL® 4 High-velocity IT.