When Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Leigh Jackson and Warrant Officer Electronics Technician (WOET) Brad Lahey found themselves responsible for the development of People-Focussed Work Practices (PWP) as part of the New Generation Navy (NGN) strategy, the two NGN project managers quickly realised that the most important PWP in the Navy was the Divisional System.
They set about the ambitious task of designing an information system that would streamline many of the divisional administrative functions but, more importantly, a system that would unlock the unrealised potential offered by the divisional system. The resulting system, a module within the Manpower Analysis and Planning System (MAPS), was demonstrated to Chief of Navy and the NGN Steering Group earlier this year. Describing the work as “outstanding”, Chief of Navy directed a trial be undertaken with a view to a future Navy-wide roll out.
Given the focus on innovation and change it seemed appropriate to test the MAPS system in the newly formed the Fleet Support Unit Australia (FSU-AUST) organisation. Training and roll-out occurred in all FSU units using NGN and FSU Staff. Early feedback has been unanimously positive. The project team is conducting continuous review, and feedback from trial participants has already delivered some significant and exciting improvements that will further add to the system’s functionality.
“We are delighted with the level of engagement and, most importantly, with the quality of feedback we have received from the FSU-AUST personnel who have participated in the trial. This feedback has enabled us to make significant improvements to what was already an extremely useful tool. Once rolled out in the wider Navy, MAPS will deliver greater efficiencies and empower Divisional Staff,” said the NGN Program Director, Captain Mark Hill.
So what does MAPS mean for Divisional Staff? “A lot” is the short answer. The system is able to streamline or automate capture of divisional records, including interviews. In fact, for the first time the divisional structure can be captured, managed and reported. This is achieved using a workflow capability built into the system.
MAPS will assist the Divisional Officer with the career management and communications, reporting and management of individual readiness, mandatory awareness training, leave training and performance reporting functions. Further, it enables Divisional Officers a framework for managing the health and well-being of their personnel. It is truly a one stop shop for Divisional Officers.
“We are excited to be the first organisation to reap the benefits of this ground-breaking HR capability. FSU-AUST is committed to a culture of innovation, rigour and best practise, and motivated, well-led technical sailors are at the heart of everything we do. The MAPS Divisional tool will be a key enabler to our expanding delivery of consistent, high quality services to the Fleet,” said FSU-AUST General Manager Mr Jason Aquilina.
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