One of the things ITIL V3 improves is the whole development/production interface, introducing radical concepts like production readiness, acceptance, evaluation... oh and testing. Heady stuff. But something that was omitted from ITIL V3 was documentation of Dead Cat Syndrome: chucking new services across the Production fence like a dead cat. 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, preventing Dead Cat Syndrome. This presentation has been well received every time. For TFT14 I'll be updating it, with new material on warranty periods (what ITIL hilariously calls Early Life Support).