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ITIL® 4 Strategist Certification: Direct, Plan and Improve (DPI) Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction and Key Concepts

  • Direct, Plan, and Improve
  • Scope of Control
  • Direction
    • Mechanisms for Direction
    • Policies
    • Guidelines
    • Risks
    • Controls
  • Planning
    • Strategy and Strategic Planning
    • Tactics and Tactical Planning
    • Operations and Operational Planning
    • Methods
  • Improvement
    • The Role of Measuring and Reporting.
    • Operating Model
    • Operating Model – The ITIL Service Value Chain
    • Mapping Operating Models
    • Applying the Guiding Principles
  • Value, Outcomes, Costs, and Risks in DPI

Module 2: Strategy and Direction

  • Cascading Objectives
  • Cascading Requirements
  • Defining the Structures and Methods Used to Direct Behaviours and Make Decisions
  • Governance Structures Used for Decisions-making
  • Key Governance Structures and their Roles
  • Governance Structures Used for Decisions-making
  • Governance and the Service Provider
  • Placing Decision-making at the Right Level
  • Impacts of Governance on DPI
  • Role of Risk Management in DPI
  • Role of Risk and Risk Management in Planning and Improvement
  • Portfolio Management
  • Building, Communicating, and Advocating
  • A Simple Business Case Structure
  • Effective Policies
  • Effective Controls
  • Effective Guidelines

Module 3: Assessment and Planning

  • Basics of Assessment
  • Effective Assessment
  • Types of Assessment
  • Assessment Objectives
  • Collection of Current State Data or Other Evidence
  • Choosing an Assessment Method
  • Assessment Methods and their Outputs
  • Gap Analysis
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Change Readiness Assessment
  • Customer/User Satisfaction Analysis
  • SLA Achievement Analysis
  • Benchmarking
  • Maturity Assessments
  • Defining Assessment Objectives and Criteria

Module 4: Introduction to Value Stream Mapping

  • Introduction to Value Stream Mapping
  • Lean
  • Avoiding Local Optimisation
  • Value of Value Stream Mapping
  • Developing a Value Stream Map
  • Types of Waste
  • Muda Subcategories
  • Developing a Value Stream Map
  • Increasing the Detail in Value Stream Maps
  • Typical Mistakes in Value Stream Mapping

Module 5: Measuring and Reporting

  • Basics of Measuring and Reporting
  • Developing a Value Stream Map
  • Defining and Using Measurements and Reporting
  • Reasons for Measuring
  • Types of Measurements
  • Measurement Cascades and Hierarchies
  • Planning and Evaluation Model
  • Balanced Scorecard
  • IT Component-to-Scorecard Hierarchy: Metric Tree
  • Organisational Improvement Cascade
  • Success Factors and KPIs
  • Leveraging SMART
  • KPIs Influence Behaviour

Module 6: Measurement and the Four Dimensions

  • Measurement of Organisation and People
  • Measurement of Information and Technology
  • Measurement of Partners and Suppliers
  • Measurement of Value Streams and Processes
  • Lagging and Leading Indicators
  • Process Metrics
  • Flow Efficiency

Module 7: Continual Improvement

  • Creating a Continual Improvement Culture
  • Continual Improvement of the Service Value Chain and Practices
  • Continual Improvement in Organisations
  • Continual Improvement Model
  • What is the Vision?
  • Visions for Planned Improvements
  • Where are we now?
  • Assessments
  • Where Do We Want to be?
  • Prioritising and Scoping Outcomes
  • Making the Business Case and Reaching an Agreement
  • Creating an Action Plan
  • Working Iteratively
  • Conducting an Improvement Review
  • Identifying Additional Improvement Opportunities
  • Using Measurement and Reporting in Continual Improvement

Module 8: Communication and Organisational Change Management (OCM)

  • Communication Principles
  • Communication is a Two-Way Process
  • Method of Communication
  • Message is in the Medium
  • Defining and Establishing Feedback Channels
  • Identifying and Communicating with Stakeholders
  • Stakeholder Mapping

Module 9: Basic of Organisational Change Management (OCM)

  • Basics of OCM
  • Essentials for Successful Improvement
  • OCM Throughout Direction, Planning, and Improvement
  • OCM and Direction
  • OCM and Planning
  • OCM and Improvement
  • OCM Throughout the Service Value Chain
  • Feedback and Metrics
  • Actions

Module 10: Developing a Service Value System

  • Adopting the Guiding Principles
  • Centre of Excellence for Service Management
  • Dimensions of Service Management in the SVS
  • Establish Effective Interfaces Across the Value Chain
  • Partners and Suppliers in the SVS
  • Value Streams and Processes in the SVS
  • Focus on Value Streams
  • Relationship Between Value Streams and Practices
  • Designing a Workflow
  • Considerations for Efficient Design
  • Theory of Constraints
  • Kanban Technique for Managing Work


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Who should attend this ITIL® 4 Strategist: Direct, Plan, and Improve (DPI) Training Course?

This ITIL® 4 Strategist: Direct, Plan, and Improve (DPI) Course is an advanced level ITIL® Certification Course for anyone who wants to learn how to apply ITIL® 4 principles to the strategic direction, planning, and improvement of IT services. This training course is especially beneficial for these professionals:

  • IT Service Management (ITSM) Professionals
  • Senior IT Managers
  • Business Relationship Managers
  • IT Project Managers
  • IT Programme Managers
  • Quality Assurance Managers
  • IT Consultants

Prerequisites of the ITIL® 4 Strategist: Direct, Plan, and Improve (DPI) Training Course

Since this ITIL® 4 Strategist: Direct, Plan, and Improve (DPI) Course is an advanced level course, holding an ITIL® 4 Foundation Certification is a strict prerequisite. Delegates are recommended to have some work experience in IT Service Management as well.

ITIL® 4 Strategist: Direct, Plan and Improve (DPI) Course Overview

ITIL® 4 is the latest version of ITIL Certification that provides a digital operating model that allows organisations to co-create effective value from their IT-supported products and services. It promotes greater alignment with new working methods, like Lean, Agile, and DevOps. This ITIL Certification helps to align product and service management with modern business requirements, drives successful organisational transformation, and continuously improves businesses.

This ITIL® 4 Strategist Direct, Plan and Improve Course is targeted towards managers of all levels involved in shaping direction and strategy or developing a continually improving team. And having the required knowledge and skills of using ITIL® 4 will help individuals to get desired job profiles in prominent organisations with

In this 2-day ITIL® 4 Strategist: Direct, Plan and Improve DPI Training Course, delegates will gain in-depth knowledge on how to build and run an organisation in a continuous improvement cycle by using various best-practices and established process model. They will learn various topics such as operating models, identify assessment objectives, types of measurements, direct, plan, and improve value streams and practices, nature, scope, benefits of OCM, and many more. The Knowledge Academy's highly experienced expert trainers will provide this ITIL ® Certification Course and help you to take up your career in this field.

Course Objectives:

  • To gain in-depth knowledge about policies, controls, and guidelines for providing direction
  • To attain knowledge about governance structures used for decisions-making
  • To get familiar with gap analysis and SWOT analysis for better assessment
  • To acquire knowledge building, communicating, and advocating for portfolio management
  • To know about the structures and methods used to direct behaviors
  • To understand the role of risk and risk management in DPI

At the end of this ITIL Certification Course, delegates will be able to build and run an organisation in a continuous improvement cycle by using various best-practices and proven process models. They will be able to use the appropriate methods and techniques to DPI value streams and practices to ensure and utilise feedback.

If delegates are interested in upgrading their knowledge and skills to ITIL® 4, then they can choose from our wide range of courses, including ITIL® 4 Foundation, ITIL® 4 Specialist: Create Deliver And Support CDS, ITIL® 4 Specialist: Drive Stakeholder Value DSV, ITIL® Foundation And Practitioner and more certification courses from our ITIL® Certification Training section.



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What's included in this ITIL® 4 Strategist: Direct, Plan, and Improve (DPI) Training Course?

  • ITIL® 4 Strategist: Direct, Plan and Improve (DPI) Examination
  • World-Class Training Sessions from Experienced Instructors
  • ITIL®4 Strategist: Direct, Plan, and Improve (DPI) Certificate
  • Digital Delegate Pack

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ITIL® 4 Strategist: Direct, Plan and Improve (DPI) Exam Information

The ITIL® 4 Strategist: Direct, Plan and Improve (DPI) Exam assesses participants' understanding of the ITIL® 4 principles and practices related to strategic planning, governance, and continual improvement. 

  • Question Type: Multiple Choice 
  • Total Questions: 40  
  • Total Marks: 40 Marks  
  • Pass Mark: 70%, or 28/40 Marks 
  • Duration: 90 Minutes 
  • Open Book/ Closed Book: Closed Book

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Ways to take this course

Our easy to use Virtual platform allows you to sit the course from home with a live instructor. You will follow the same schedule as the classroom course, and will be able to interact with the trainer and other delegates.

Our fully interactive online training platform is compatible across all devices and can be accessed from anywhere, at any time. All our online courses come with a standard 90 days access that can be extended upon request. Our expert trainers are constantly on hand to help you with any questions which may arise.

This is our most popular style of learning. We run courses in 1200 locations, across 200 countries in one of our hand-picked training venues, providing the all important ‘human touch’ which may be missed in other learning styles.


Highly experienced trainers

All our trainers are highly qualified, have 10+ years of real-world experience and will provide you with an engaging learning experience.


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We limit our class sizes to promote better discussion and ensuring everyone has a personalized experience


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ITIL® 4 Strategist: Direct, Plan and Improve DPI FAQs


Please arrive at the venue at 8:45am.
We can provide support via phone & email prior to attending, during and after the course.
Delegate pack consisting of course notes and exercises, Experienced Instructor, and Refreshments
This course is 2 days
Once your booking has been placed and confirmed, you will receive an email which contains your course location, course overview, pre-course reading material (if required), course agenda and payment receipts
The price for ITIL® 4 Strategist: Direct, Plan and Improve DPI certification in Belgium starts from €1695
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