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Methodology Process Phases

Phase I


  • Identify stakeholder and obtain buy-in,
  • Consist of process owners and technical experts,
  • Integral to implementation,
  • Determine project scope,
  • Identify target chemical(s)/process(es)/substrates,
  • Identify pervasive uses,
  • Select/scope project applications,
  • Obtain contractor/program manager agreement/buy-in to participate.

Phase II


  • Identify technical requirements for specific applications,
  • Identify potential alternatives,
  • Obtain technical stakeholder consensus,
  • Determine engineering performance requirements necessary to validate alternatives.

Products: Potential Alternatives Report (PAR) and Joint Test Protocol (JTP).

Phase III


  • Engage business representatives with goals and resource requirements necessary to proceed with project,
  • Develop business strategy to test and implement desired alternative material(s)/process(es):
  • Adjudicate cost share,
    • Identify testing and other work locations,
    • Determine logistics requirements. Determine magnitude of change.

Products: Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA), Funding Profiles, and Performance Measures.

Phase IV

Alternative Demonstration and Validation:

  • Perform required tests in accordance with approved engineering performance requirements, (i.e., JTP),
  • Analyze the data and determine acceptability,
  • Determine project stakeholder acceptance of testing results.

Products: Joint Test Report (JTR).

Phase V

Process Change Authorization:

  • Obtain authorization to proceed with implementation:
    • Output from Phases I - IV support the implementation business case.
  • Preparation of implementation plan:
    • Utilize approved internal change mechanisms needed to implement material/process into manufacturing or maintenance operation.

Phase VI


  • Individual facilities implement qualified alternatives.
  • In concert with the participating stakeholders, assess the project against its objectives in terms of its performance, efficiency and impact.

Phase VII


  • Assess the technical conclusions of the project to generate potential new project ideas.
  • For new project ideas, start at Phase I Identification stage again.