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Interview with Max Wideman – The person

Nov 21, 2006
It is hard to find a PM who has never heard of Max Wideman, a legendary figure and a guru of the PM Universe.  Max was the President of PMI in 1987 and later the Chairman of the Board in 1988.  More interestingly to all of us here, Max is the “Father of PMBOK.” He was the Master PM who launched PMBOK at its birth. Max led a team of PMs to write the first ever PMBOK that was published in 1987. For this gigantic effort and Max’s other contributions, Max received PMI’s Distinguished Contribution and Person of the Year (1985, 1986)

He also wrote the PM Risk Management and donated this to PMI.

Max wrote two books for PMI, A Framework for Project and Program Integration (1991) and Project and Program Risk Management: A guide to Managing Project Risk and Opportunities (1992) and contributed chapters to Project Risk Management in Project Management Handbook (PMI/Jossey-Bass, 1998); How to Motivate All Stakeholders to Work Together in Field Guide to Project Management (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1998, 2004) and Professional and Personal Development Management: A Practical Approach to Education and Training in Project Management for the Business Professional – A Comprehensive Guide (Wiley, 2001).

His latest book is A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration. (Trafford Publishing, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2004).

He also published more than 75 papers on Project Management.

Max is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the PMI and a long-time member of the Institute of Management (UK).

He also founded our local PMI Chapter, The West Coast B.C. Chapter

Max is recognized internationally as a speaker and workshop leader having presented seminars and papers on a variety of project management topics in eleven different countries.

For more info on Max Wideman and his works please visit

Now let us start our interview with Max.

Max, could you please tell us a little bit about yourself, personal and professional?

What is your personal background?

I was born near Cardiff in South Wales, UK. This is noteworthy because, unbeknownst to me until only a few months ago, my grandfather started an Anglo-French society there that just last November held its centenary celebration. By happy coincidence, the current secretary of the society spotted my name on the Internet, sent me an Email – one of those long shots – and so I was able to supply early family history and photographs to put on display at the function. By even greater coincidence, this society member has a brother in Vancouver located only a few blocks away from me and, further, had arranged a visit here so we were able to meet in person. The fact that I founded the local PMI chapter suggests that this society creation thing must be something in the genes!


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