Published here April 2017


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Another Accolade for

From Rob Bronson, by Email 2/1/17

Mr. Wideman

It has been a few years since I've used your website. It is like returning to an old friend. Thank you so much for the time and effort you have put into this site.

I last used it 6 years ago when I was doing a masters in Management Science. My program thesis was "How a Project Manager's understanding of business strategy leads to project success". Your articles on project success led me to a number of academic papers, which along with some systems thinking notions and interviews with six project managers led to what I think was a pretty good program thesis and a great learning experience for me.

I've recently returned to Calgary after four years in the field. I find myself in the role of Project Management Specialist in the midst of a functional reorganization. The project group will now be four functions Design, Engineering, Construction and Project Management. We are busy doing process workflows, SIPOCs[1] and Process Narratives. is like an elixir. I can find the information I need on Project Management vs. Process Management, First Principles of Project Management and the importance of a Project Manager. I use this information to ground the ideas I have on Front End Engineering and Project Execution. In a world of Change Management and Business Process Redesign people I have to tread softly. I am most grateful to find the information I need to keep my sanity. (Although I must say that the Mark Seely paper Dynamic Baseline Model did hurt my brain a little. I sent it to my daughter. She is working on a Human Resources transformation "project". They are on their third project team because they don't realize they are at level 3 or 4.)

All this is to say thank you very much.

Best regards
Rob Bronson

On Feb 1, 2017, Max replied:

Dear Rob,

Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write - especially such a wonderful accolade. I am glad that you eventually came "home" and found the content of my web site really useful.

Best regards,

1. SIPOC is an acronym that stands for Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs, and Customers that form the columns of a table. For example, in process improvement, a SIPOC (sometimes COPIS) is a tool that summarizes the inputs and outputs of one or more processes in table form. Source: SIPOC — Wikipedia ***
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