Every July begins a new fiscal year at the UW. The driver is a new budget set for the twelve months from July 1 to June 30. As you may have guessed, our budget this year is smaller than last year. Due to overall University budget cuts we lost some staff positions. Fortunately we were able to take those through current vacancies. CSS is not alone, some UW-IT Divisions took even larger cuts.
We also use the fiscal year to set goals for CSS and to prioritize efforts we will focus on in the upcoming year. These efforts are designed to move us forward by increasing maturity in our work processes as well as the services we provide to our customers. In preparation for this planning, the CSS leadership used the June Leap Forward Day to assess our current situation, strategize, and develop our plans for FY18. It was a day of discovery for all of us.
Based on your feedback, we identified the type of leadership you are expecting in CSS. We understand you want leadership that is communicative, transparent and takes ownership for their actions. You want managers who are considerate, listen to you, and trust your knowledge and capabilities. We want to meet your expectations and will do so via the following actions:
CSS leadership approach
- Communicate via
- All hands meetings
- Blog posts
- Be honest
- Take ownership
- For moving CSS forward
- By owning our learning moments as well as our successes
CSS Management approach
- Being considerate in our words and actions
- Listen to staff via
- Conversations with staff
- Trust staff knowledge and capabilities by
- Giving staff opportunities to learn
- Providing professional development opportunities within your role
- Helping you identify career paths through annual performance reviews and goal setting
- Delegating new work to you for growth opportunities
- Providing downtime in your work day for you to learn
- Hiring the best, most experienced staff
CSS Staff approach
- Being engaged in your job
- Talking with your manager and understanding how your own job responsibilities are contributing to the overall effectiveness of CSS, using the SoaP as a conversation starter
In previous years we published a Roadmap of goals and initiatives (FY16 and FY17 are available on the CSS wiki), but this year are using a new approach. We selected a “Strategy on a Page” (SoaP) format because we liked both its brevity and clarity. The intention of a SoaP is to identify Drivers requiring change, Outcomes we want to achieve that address the Drivers and the Initiatives needed to reach the Outcomes.
The FY18 SoaP DRAFT is available on the CSS wiki. In September your manager will meet with you to discuss the SoaP and collect your feedback. By early October we will publish a revised SoaP which we will use to guide our efforts through June 2018. We look forward to hearing your thoughts both on the content of the SoaP and this method versus the roadmaps from previous years.
A SoaP is considered a living document. On a quarterly basis, the CSS leadership team will modify the SoaP by removing completed items and replacing them with emerging ones. As your managers meet with you to discuss the SoaP, they will also discuss your role and their expectations of you this year.
Thank you for all of your hard work and I look forward to another great year with all of you and what we’ll accomplish together!