One last observation in The Report caught my attention. Under the heading Limitations of the study, the first sentence starts: "While this paper covers all projects, ..." For me, this observation is not strictly true and to many can appear confusing. The Report focuses on significant projects but as I said in my Introduction, the research is essentially based on papers by authors discussing medium to large projects in the infrastructure construction sector. While this is a very large, costly and important project sector, there are many other areas of project management application that may have a quite different perspective on The front-end of (their) projects.
As I indicated before in my last paper, it is my hope that with all this knowledge being brought to front and center in our practice of serious project management, "official" standards will be updated and the rate of project successes will thereby be significantly improved.
R. Max Wideman
I would like to express my appreciation to the authors for allowing me to paraphrase the observations in their paper.
16. Ibid, sections 4.2.3 through 5 on pages 8-18
17. Ibid, section 5, p18