ATP All-Stars: Get to know Michael Fay

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Michael Fay

While you get up to speed on the Workday implementation across the UW system, take some time to get to know the Administrative Transformation Program all-star team members who make our work possible. This month, we’re sitting down for a Q&A with Michael Fay, a resource manager and readiness project manager on the Project Management Team.

What’s your hometown?
Madison, WI

How long have you worked for the Universities of Wisconsin, where, and in what roles?
Over the past 20-plus years, I worked at UW-Madison as a PeopleSoft developer and IT senior project manager before joining ATP as a resource manager. As a PeopleSoft developer, I created code that allowed professors to import grades into PeopleSoft and have the system validate the grades.

As a project manager, I led the implementation of the UW–Madison Job and Employee Management System (JEMS) to PeopleSoft HRS near-real-time interface, the Talent Recruitment and Engagement Management System (TREMS), the Performance Management and Development Program (PMDP), the UW-Madison HR Design Strategic Plan, and the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

I’ve led projects in the Student Information System (SIS) space, including electronic grading, electronic transcripts, and I’ve led the retirement of far too many other systems to count.

I was also one of the first members of the DoIT Portfolio and Project Management Office (PPMO) and led the introduction of Agile project management at UW.

What’s your role and team on ATP?
As a member of the ATP Project Management Team, my roles are resource manager and campus readiness senior project manager. I’m responsible for managing the ATP Resource Roster, the resource management plan, and I work with the ATP resource vendors. I work with Betsey Kenyon’s team on all things related to campus readiness. I also did a stint as the interim ATP HR project manager.

Why did you want to work for ATP?
I view ATP and the implementation of Workday as a natural progression in the advancement of technology and business practices at UW. Because of my deep involvement with PeopleSoft implementations at various Madison businesses and UW-Madison, I viewed it as a great opportunity to collaborate with dedicated professionals and drive positive change for the Universities of Wisconsin.

What is a fun fact about you?
I enjoy making wood furniture and love muskie fishing.

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