Who owns the system during the go-live warranty period?

Transitioning a project into Production is a complex process. One of the trickiest parts is transitioning responsibilities.

"Go-live" is sometimes seen too simplistically as a handover to Operations, as if Ops will magically run it from Day One without help. Or DevOps sees it the opposite way, where Operations plays a minor role forever.

There needs to be a transitional phase.

How Operational Readiness should be done

I've written before about Dead Cat Syndrome and the importance of having a specific Operational Readiness function (i.e people). I saw this at a client site:

Operational Readiness

There is a whole activity or function or ITIL-would-say process that gets neglected: Operational Readiness.

Dead cat syndrome

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Operational readiness of new and improved services ensures a smooth transition from Project to Production. ITIL talks about it in a number of places, but I think Operational Readiness needs to be recognised as a practice in its own right, like any other ITIL "process". OR is not (just) about being a gatekeeper to Prod: it's about ensuring readiness throughout the lifecycle. OR provides a positive benefit for the customers, projects, development, and operations.

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