Planning and management of the superconducting super collider
the need for coordination, cooperation and communication
The superconducting super collider (SSC), like all large United States Department of Energy (DOE) projects, is subject to DOE requirements for comprehensive project planning, disciplined project control and reporting, safety and environmental protections, and the management of quality, configuration, and construction. This article overviews some of the ways that the SSC has dealt with these issues. The overall formulation of program requirements is the responsibility of the SSC Laboratory Director. Responsibility for managing the SSC Project resides with the Project Management Office (PMO), presided over by the Project Manager and Deputy, and the Technical Director. The SSC Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) has been in place since 1982; the Conceptual Design Report (CDR) was updated in 1989 and presents a complete conceptual design and related cost and schedule estimates for all aspects of the SSC. The article also discusses the shared responsibility approach taken to management systems implementation, the Standard Method for Management Plans, and other facets of the project's complex planning, integration, and communication.