ASQ Montreal — Serendipity Strikes General Assembly 2022



By J.P. Amiel, ASQ Senior, CQA ret., Web committee Chair

Well, life happens! And sometimes in the most interesting ways.

Sam Weissfelner and book he collaborated 2022Sam Weissfelner Shows Book Preface for Denis Pronovost 2022At our recent General Assembly, Sam Weissfelner was struck by serendipity. Back in the days (around 1998), Sam wrote a chapter in collaboration for the publishing of the book Software Process Assessment & Improvement. It was published by Wiley and the IEEE Computer Society in 1999.

One day, after it’s publication, he dedicated a copy of the book for Denis Pronovost. The dedication reads “To a training professional whom I highly respect and an esteemed quality person!

Recently the Montreal Section created the 2022 Prix Denis Pronovost in memory of Denis Pronovost who passed away in June 2015. At the General Assembly, participants were reminded of that the award was given to Patrick Barnes at the June 15th, 2022 webinar. They were also offered the opportunity to take quality-related books that Roger Pelletier (past chair of ASQ Section Québécoise) had donated from his private collection.

Now here is the real serendipity, lo and behold, amongst the donated books was the very same book that Sam had dedicated for Denis more than 23 years ago!!

Serendipity (noun, ser·en·dip·i·ty): the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for. Also: an instance of this. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

News Montreal Section 11/05/2022 6:56am CDT


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