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What Do Your Customers Want? A Great Customer Self-Service Experience

Posted by Don Casson

5 principles for improving your customers’ lives and meeting their self-service expectations

Your customers want a great customer self-service experience. That’s the main takeaway of this blog post. But allow me to expand a little on the topic of great customer experiences.

If I were to define the term “great customer experience,” I would say that it is an enjoyable interaction that meets the expectations of customers for the price, quality and delivery. But it’s more than meeting their expectations.

What your customers really want is for you to improve their lives.

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Can Customer Self-Service Work? It Already Does

Posted by Don Casson

Truly modern customer self-service experiences are so evolved that customers rarely call or email customer support anymore

It used to be that customer service at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) was so bad that comedians joked about it! But now, the DMV where I live in Virginia is a leading example of beautiful customer self-service tied to automation.

How did the DMV achieve this?

In a Newtonian moment, the apple hit me on the head four years ago. I was already enjoying the beautiful, self service experiences as a customer of Amazon, Apple and Google. It struck me – would it be possible for our customers to deliver the same kind of experience for their customers? If the DMV did it, why couldn’t we? So, we challenged our core thinking around customer service management at Evergreen, and here’s what we found out: it’s better to start by looking at service from the “customer in” rather than “Customer Support out.”

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Build a Consistent Service Design Process for ServiceNow

Posted by Don Casson

Think about designing your services so that consistent customer standards are met every time

Agile methodology plus a consistent service design process are essential for meeting your ServiceNow demand and keeping your customers happy. How important is good service design? Let’s look at Amazon.

What is it about the customer experience at Amazon that keeps people coming back for more? The answer is that they offer a simplified service design approach that is consistent and predictable.

When you think about Amazon, you expect the same great experience every time, whether you’re buying shoes or electronics. If you have a good experience with buying electronics, but a terrible one with your shoe-shopping, would you say some of it is good, and some bad? No. You would say Amazon is bad based on your terrible shoe-buying experience and you wouldn’t use it anymore to buy shoes, electronics or anything else.

But let’s be clear. The previous example is just a scenario. It’s not a reality with Amazon. This is because of Amazon’s consistent service design process; their customers expect (and get) the same great service experience every time. And your customers expect the same from you, too. 

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Three Steps for Adopting Agile Development for Your ServiceNow Projects

Posted by Don Casson

Why Build and Modify stages in the Service Factory Workflow requires effective Agile project management

I’ve got good news and bad news. Which one do you want to hear first?

First, let me tell you the good news. ServiceNow is a modern Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) style solution that is very flexible, easily configurable, and fast to build and modify. From ideation to functional definition to initial capability to building and modifying, ServiceNow is much faster than the tools and solutions of the past. You’d do well by taking full advantage of what ServiceNow has to offer.

Now to the bad news. Building and modifying today’s solutions, like ServiceNow, requires that you move at the speed of innovation, while lowering the risk of poor outcomes. Why is this bad news? Because older style implementation methodologies like Waterfall are too monolithic and slow to respond to growing and evolving demands; what’s required is the Agile development approach. The bad news isn’t that we MUST adopt a new development process, it is that most IT operations organizations don’t know WHERE to start.

To that end I’ll offer some insights in this article. But before I go into that, and in case you missed it from my recent blog posts, there are four stages in the services factory workflow: Consider, Build, Modify and Retire.

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