Applying the Laboratory Integration and Prioritization System (LIPS) to decision-making at Sandia National Laboratories

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The Laboratories Services Division of Sandia National Laboratories includes a wide variety of operations such as environmental, safety and health, safeguards and security, facilities, logistics, and sites planning and integration. In the face of declining budgets and increasing requirements, the Management Team needed some tools to assist in negotiating with customers and regulators and in consistently and cost-effectively managing all work performed and/or managed by the Division. The Integrated Services Management System (ISMS) was developed as a series of processes to provide these tools. The Laboratory Integration and Prioritization System (LIPS) was selected as the prioritization methodology for ISMS. The ... continued below

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Barber, D.S. & Mead, J.W. October 1, 1995.

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  • Barber, D.S.
  • Mead, J.W. Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Services Management System Office

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The Laboratories Services Division of Sandia National Laboratories includes a wide variety of operations such as environmental, safety and health, safeguards and security, facilities, logistics, and sites planning and integration. In the face of declining budgets and increasing requirements, the Management Team needed some tools to assist in negotiating with customers and regulators and in consistently and cost-effectively managing all work performed and/or managed by the Division. The Integrated Services Management System (ISMS) was developed as a series of processes to provide these tools. The Laboratory Integration and Prioritization System (LIPS) was selected as the prioritization methodology for ISMS. The pilot application phase was begun in February 1994 and addressed planning of work and resources for FY95. Extensive training was provided for the Activity Data Sheet (ADS) preparers and the teams which would score each of the activities. After preparation of the ADSs, they were scored by the scoring teams. A division-wide review board reviewed all of the ADSs to ensure consistency of scoring across all of the functional areas. The lessons that were learned from the pilot application were evaluated and improvements incorporated for the FY96 planning and application. The improvements included upgrading the training, providing expert facilitation for scoring boards, modification of the scoring instructions to better represent local situations, and establishing an Validation Board with more authority and accountability to provide quality assurance. The participants in the LIPS process have agreed that no major bases were uncovered, imperfect prioritizations are better than no data, all work packages can be scored and ranked, including core activities, results were objective and quantifiable, and decisions could be made using technically defensible bases.

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  • Energy Facilities Contractors Operating Group, Prioritization Working Group & Prioritization Methodology Users Group prioritization methodology workshop, Idaho Falls, ID (United States), 22-23 Aug 1995

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  • Other: DE96000755
  • Report No.: SAND--95-2256C
  • Report No.: CONF-9508169--1
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 113947
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc619376

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Barber, D.S. & Mead, J.W. Applying the Laboratory Integration and Prioritization System (LIPS) to decision-making at Sandia National Laboratories, article, October 1, 1995; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc619376/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.