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When did you last perform a thorough physical condition and maintenance practices assessment for all your facilities? Are current industry and IEEE recommended practices followed? Are you complying with current and pending regulations? What are the skill sets of your battery maintenance crew, and have they changed? What processes, procedures and document retention are in place, and do they need updating? Do you have a good database of all your battery systems? What are the near and long term needs for replacements? Are those plans in place? This paper describes the reasons, methods, and potential results of performing a systematic battery system condition assessment. It also describes recommendations using lessons learned along the way!