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About the Author

R. Max Wideman. P.Eng
Fellow Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)
Fellow Chartered Management Institute (UK)
Fellow Engineering Institute of Canada
Fellow Canadian Society of Civil Engineering
Fellow Project Management Institute (USA)

Max Wideman is a registered Canadian professional engineer specializing in project management consulting. He has been an internationally recognized speaker and has presented seminars and papers in 11 different countries on a variety of project management topics. During his career he has had hands-on experience as a corporate executive, project director and project manager for a range of clients.

He has seen the project management process from the perspective of owner, developer, engineer, contractor and government agent. His projects include heavy engineering and building construction as well as software, systems, social and environmental projects.

Max has been active in the US-based Project Management Institute (PMI®) for many years including being elected to President and Chairman of the PMI Board. In the mid-1980s, he was the first to lead a large team of PMI volunteers to document the Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge. This document was approved and published by PMI in 1987. It has since been superseded by A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, now in its sixth edition as of 2018. These publications have provided the basis for PMI’s Project Management Professional certification programs, and are recognized worldwide.

He is author of many papers and several books on project management: A Framework for Project and Program Management Integration (Project Management Institute, 1991); Project and Program Risk Management, (Project Management Institute, 1992); Cost Control of Capital Projects, (Second Edition 1995, BiTech Publishers, Vancouver, BC, Canada); and A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration (Trafford Publishing, USA, 2004).

In addition, he has contributed to authoritative project management books such as: Project Risk Management in Project Management Handbook (PMI/Jossey-Bass 1998); and Professional and Personal Development Management: A Practical Approach to Education and Training in Project Management for the Business Professional: A Comprehensive Guide (John Wiley 2001); How to Motivate All Stakeholders to Work Together in Field Guide to Project Management (2nd. Edition, Wiley, 2004); and the Preface to Project Portfolio Management by Harvey Levine (Jossey-Bass, 2005). He has also helped authors with many more recent books, too numerous to list here.

He maintains an extensive web site at where you will find answers to most of your questions on project management, all free of charge and without even having to register.

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