May 16, 2012
|Strategic Planning Update
|| Refocus of Process Underway
Chief Justice Robert Mulligan, Court Administrator Harry Spence, and SJC Justice Robert Cordy, who serve as the conveners of the Judicial Branch's strategic planning process, met on Monday with the Trial Court's Process Steering Committee (PSC) to advise them that the strategic planning process is being refocused to increase its effectiveness and reduce expense. Court leaders emphasized their continued commitment to the development of a strategic plan and to the key role of the PSC in this process.
The conveners have agreed that management of the planning process by the Mass. Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC) on behalf of the Trial Court is no longer necessary in light of the recent appointment of a Court Administrator who will manage the overall strategic planning process going forward. The decision to restructure the scope of the planning effort will significantly reduce the overall cost of the process and will increase the Trial Court's ability to substantially complete the plan by the end of Fiscal Year 2013.
Court Administrator Harry Spence will work directly with the PSC and court leaders to frame a new, more focused scope of work that identifies targeted questions for review and analysis through the planning process. As originally anticipated, the strategic plan will include human resources, technology and capital planning components. The Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM), which committed funds for the planning effort to inform a new capital master plan, has collaborated with court leaders in sharpening its focus. The planning process will continue to involve input on court practices from internal and external stakeholders.
MOPC, a state institute that focuses on collaborative problem-solving and public deliberation, helped the strategic planning process get a positive start with the development of a self-nomination process for the PSC and extensive communications to ensure general awareness of the planning effort. In the next two months, the conveners will seek a consultant with more traditional strategic planning expertise to support the next phases of the process.
Court leaders had a positive discussion with PSC members on a range of questions and issues regarding the rationale for the change and the future direction. They stressed that the work completed to date by the committee provides a strong foundation moving forward.
The next meetings of the PSC on May 23rd and June 6th will include a review of the scope of work and general discussions on various court operations to establish a common base of knowledge for all committee members. Regular updates will be provided as the revised process moves forward.
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