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Management evolution in the LSST project
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Paper Abstract

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project has evolved from just a few staff members in 2003 to about 100 in 2010; the affiliation of four founding institutions has grown to 32 universities, government laboratories, and industry. The public private collaboration aims to complete the estimated $450 M observatory in the 2017 timeframe. During the design phase of the project from 2003 to the present the management structure has been remarkably stable. At the same time, the funding levels, staffing levels and scientific community participation have grown dramatically. The LSSTC has introduced project controls and tools required to manage the LSST's complex funding model, technical structure and distributed work force. Project controls have been configured to comply with the requirements of federal funding agencies. Some of these tools for risk management, configuration control and resource-loaded schedule have been effective and others have not. Technical tasks associated with building the LSST are distributed into three subsystems: Telescope & Site, Camera, and Data Management. Each sub-system has its own experienced Project Manager and System Scientist. Delegation of authority is enabling and effective; it encourages a strong sense of ownership within the project. At the project level, subsystem management follows the principle that there is one Board of Directors, Director, and Project Manager who have overall authority.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7738, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy IV, 77380P (4 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857301
Show Author Affiliations
Donald Sweeney, LSST Corp. (United States)
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Charles Claver, LSST Corp. (United States)
National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Suzanne Jacoby, LSST Corp. (United States)
Jeffrey Kantor, LSST Corp. (United States)
Victor Krabbendam, LSST Corp. (United States)
National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Nadine Kurita, SLAC National Accelerator Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7738:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy IV
George Z. Angeli; Philippe Dierickx, Editor(s)

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