October 15, 2020
Keep Your Promises

Time and again I have seen this. It can happen or small or large projects.

Engineering is procured from one source, equipment from many sources and a contractor is hired to put it all together.

There is lots of talk about "team work." At the end of the day, however, as I have mentioned before, each person on a team has an employer and they must look out for that employer.

If you are the engineering manager and you've made promises to the contractor about deliveries from others and they don't come through, guess where they are coming for relief? You.

This means you must be diligent in all your engagements and deliverables. Your employer will not be happy if your negligence is the source of a myriad of lawsuits.

Those promises for deliverables become yours when they pass through you. A word to the wise.

What is your opinion? Drop me a line at jim.thompson@ipulpmedia.com. I would like to hear from you.

Young Engineering Manager of the Year, call for nominations

We are looking for an individual who has done an extraordinary project, one that almost defies belief. Its extraordinary features can be schedule, technology, cost or all three. There is an age limit on the manager eligible for this award: they must be under 35 years old when they completed the project.
We have often gotten nominees that go something like this, "I nominate Joe because he has done a great job of running our engineering department for the last fifteen years." Quite frankly, we are not interested in such nominees.
However, if you know someone who has led a very exceptional project in the recent past (the last two or three years) and meets our age requirement, we want to know about it. We want to honor them and hold them up as an example for Engineering Managers in every pulp and paper mill around the world.
Just send your nomination, with as much details as you can provide, to jim.thompson@ipulpmedia.com. We will seriously consider it.
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