Coming Soon! The US Newsletter Gets A New Look and Feel


march14Dear Readers:

The US Newsletter team is looking forward to the March 14th issue as it premieres a whole new look and feel! The Newsletter will move to a service provided by the DoIT WiscWeb WordPress which employs the UW Theme.

The WiscWeb team has singled out a number of Live Sites on their web site. Over the next month, we invite you to peruse these sites. Let us know if you see any cool features you’d like to see employed in the US Newsletter.

New USN Site Features Include

An Events Calendar
Content Submission via Web Form
A Place to Share Your Favorite Photographs

As always, we will look to you for input on the flow of the new site and invite you to contribute content of any kind.


User Services Phase 3 Space Redesign: Update

The User Services Phase 3 Space Redesign team was on hiatus after the proposal from our planning stage was submitted, but we have reconvened and we’re excited to inform you that we’ve received approval from DoIT leadership to move forward! We’ve made some updates to the project’s Central Repository on DoITNet:

US Phase3

Expect to hear from us in the future via meetings, e-mails, surveys, etc. We’ll have a lot more information for you as we hash out details with FP&M. In the meantime, take some time to look around your work area and think about what things you use often and what things are collecting dust. Rearranging our space will provide a great opportunity to get rid of clutter that’s accumulated over the years.

Reach out to us via email if you have any questions! As a reminder, team members/alderpersons are:

  • Abrianna Barca
  • Chris Poser
  • David Schlaefer
  • Karl Weirauch
  • David Peterson
  • Will Crickman
  • Jaclyn Zavoral

contributed by Will Crickman

Focus Groups – gaining insight into your customers’ needs

As part of our Voice of the Customer initiative, the Great Service Team (GST) piloted the use of focus groups for gathering customer data. Our initial focus groups with Departmental Support contract customers proved successful. Customers identified strengths of their desktop support team along with some specific areas for improvement. Based on this feedback, team leads have been able to set clear goals for process improvement as they continue to engage with the customers.

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1,600+ Responses from Voice of the Customer efforts

Over the next few months, the Great Service Team (GST) will be providing a series of updates on how we are progressing with the three pillars of our program (Voice of the Customer, Great Service Philosophy, and Training). For this month’s update we wanted to focus on the Voice of the Customer and share with you some results from the standardized customer satisfaction survey which was implemented in late May (see original announcement here)

During the development of the standardized customer satisfaction survey we consulted with Josh Morrill who informed us of the importance of keeping the survey short and concise. Therefore, we created the new survey with fewer, strategically chosen questions. This has resulted in an average completion time of only 90 seconds.

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Phas3 Update

The User Services Phas3 Space Planning team is pleased to announce that we have completed our proposal for updating the shared User Services spaces in room B213, 1150A, and 1150B and have submitted it to Brandon and the User Services Leadership Team for review!  The proposal is composed of three different sections which provide low, medium, and high cost estimates for improving the space.  We are now working with the Leadership Team to make a selection that is both fiscally responsible and provides the maximum value for User Services team members.

We were also happy to share our proposal with DoIT’s COO John Krogman last week!  John was provided an overview of the Phas3 team’s work, as well as a tour of our spaces.  He was impressed by the team’s efforts, and made a commitment to User Services that the larger organization will help support our improvement efforts!

We hope to have some additional updates for the department by our next User Services All Staff Lunch on August 24.  As always, be sure to let the Phas3 Space Planning Team know if you have any questions, thoughts, or comments.  A list of all team members as well as project updates is available on our landing paging:

contributed by: Chris Poser,

Internship Team Prepares for the End

The summer has been filled with hard work, thrilling projects, ice cream, and an occasional bit of humor and sarcasm for this year’s internship cohort. The nine members of this year’s cohort have been creating improvements and leading projects in each of the departments within User Services. I’m positive everyone who is reading this article has been affected by their hard work.

The beginning of the program started off with the Adventure Learning Program, where the interns got to know each other, and some of their fears for those afraid of heights, a little better. The day on the low and high ropes course emphasized team work, communication, and trust within the group.

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Counting Inventory in the Tech Store: 1, 2, 3…


The Tech Store group counts all of its tangible inventory at the end of each fiscal year. This year was no exception. We received in over $9.5 million of inventory over the entire year which was a 10% increase over the prior year.

During the week of June 19, the Tech Store group counted over 19,000 items in 4 main locations (including our 3 Tech Store locations, and the Dayton Storeroom in B202) that contain 138 unique locators. (Locators are specific locations where product is placed within a main location.)

The Tech Store completes double counts of all the items in our Tech Store locations at Dayton, East Campus Mall, and at HSLC. Tech Store staff are paired up with a partner, a scanner, and a laptop, and scan in each item individually until all items have been scanned. Then, a second pair of staff counts the same items to verify that all of our counts are accurate.


Of the 19,137 physical products that were counted, 49 items required a 3rd count (a recount) because of discrepancies between the first two counts. This commonly happens when boundaries between individual locators are not clearly defined, or when product is misplaced or not where it would normally be.


In the Tech Store location at Dayton, Hannah Pringle and Brian Rucinski scanned the largest number of items of any team (1,364 items). Bret Vlach & Maggie Buday counted the second largest number of items (1,255).

Jeff Meyers spent over 11hrs across 6 days to complete the processing and reconciliation of all the counts. Jeff had to resolve 400+ discrepancies, which resulted in 130 adjustments.

The Tech Store will complete a post-project review of Inventory to find ways to improve it for next year!

A special thank you to the staff from Repair and Product Management for helping with Inventory counting this year.


Significant contributions for this article were made by Jeff Meyers & Lloyd Carter. Photographs were contributed by Dawn Karls