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Steve R., Major Incident Manager, Leads Through Changing Technology

Steve R. Major Incident Manager.

ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) is a framework created around standardization, focusing on best practices in planning, delivery, maintenance, and the IT services lifecycle.

By Steve R., Lead Major Incident Manager 

Coming to ADP  

ADP Trip to Paris 2019

As a Lead Major Incident Manager at ADP, I have more than ten years of experience in critical incident management and application-based troubleshooting, following Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and Agile ideology. July 2021 marked my nineteenth year of service at ADP, and I took the opportunity to reflect on my career journey.  

My first position was with an inbound call team at the beginning of ADP’s fiscal year 2004. Our team label has changed throughout the years, and I was a member of what was known as “E-Tech.” We worked directly with clients who had challenges with payroll deadlines throughout the day. Although we supported only a single product out of the hundreds ADP offers, it was apparent from the start that the company had countless potential growth avenues. I was incredibly grateful for different development programs and resources; one of them was ADP’s substantial employee referral program, which helped me land a role in the lead position. I loved my team and learned from the strongest performers, shadowing good leadership. 

Speaking of the culture here, I’m happy to share this is a place where everyone cares about the clients and their experiences. I am proud to be a part of the organization where the leaders encourage us to learn, improve, explore new skills, and challenge ourselves. As technologies evolve, I see growth opportunities both in and outside the organization.   

Growing Opportunities: ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) 

As our product and customer scope grew, my team became the second-tier escalation group in the larger, global corporate organization. There was no global incident management standard during the mid-2000s, so product teams like mine handled their outage recovery and communications. That’s when I joined a global Incident Management team.  

ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) is a framework created around standardization, focusing on best practices in planning, delivery, maintenance, and the IT services lifecycle. We built the initial foundation and framework using the ITIL methodology, ideal from the Incident Management perspective. The methodology accommodated our needs, including managing events and resolving procedures. We collaborated with stakeholders within each segmented step of an initiative using Agile project management. We were proud to achieve genuine process improvement by considering client feedback and ensuring that any changes would lead to the desired outcomes. Using Agile methodology with an ITIL foundation, the hybrid model is in place today and continues to evolve. While it is effective in today’s ADP climate, we are open and ready to adjust as clients face changes.   

Steve and his family
Steve and his family

The Beginning: Incident Management Group   

Not everyone on my team was a part of the new Incident Management group. While each E-Tech individual was highly skilled as an individual contributor, the desire to shift focus to Incident Management was not widespread. I was proud to manage the situations when outage events occurred with the products. Most of our team thrived in a “hands-on,” very technically minded role, and others became outstanding product experts. Both were vital to support our hosted applications and maintain a positive Client experience. The incident management group allowed me to collaborate with people I wouldn’t have met otherwise. Each incident event was different, challenging, and fast-paced. 

I was with the application team for nine years and I am in my 10th year of incident management. My specialties include written communication, conversational command & control, and documentation. These problem-solving skills have brought me a sense of achievement and fulfillment. I’d also like to credit a leadership team member for recognizing my strengths. He assured me I was going in the right direction and inspired me to become a better leader myself. I’ve thrived in my new role, and I am grateful for his mentorship.    

The Future: Continuous Growth   

Steve and his son at football game

There will always be challenges when we grow and expand our knowledge in technology. The most important quality to develop is empathy, especially for all global readers. It is the foundation to understand and to communicate – an ability to empathize, show the big picture, and overcome roadblocks as a team. I am grateful for ADP’s leadership teams, celebrating user-first values, our mission, and a passion toward transformation.  

A positive working environment inspires associates to work on their career advancement. As ADP continues to evolve in a rapid industry change, I, the CIRT Lead Incident Manager, am on the leadership path. I encourage associates looking to do the same to reach out since the support I received at ADP has been crucial to my career success.  

Both personal growth and further learning opportunities are essential. Successful leaders share their methods, providing examples and guidance. I’m grateful for ADP’s mentorship program, which pairs associates with seasoned leaders to exchange perspectives and knowledge. It’s perfect for associates who are looking for professional connections! I constantly remind myself a great leader prepares his people with the right resources and helps them obtain the tools to navigate challenges. As the future unfolds, I look forward to becoming an integral part of ADP’s leadership community, supporting other associates in their learning and career success.    

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