References

"Max is a key member of my team. His self-assessment is modest and our search and App Store initiative would not be nearly as fully developed were he not on the team. He has a strong commitment to thorough and quality work. I'm happy that he joined my team this past year, and I'm looking forward to continuing to work closely with him into the future."

Matt Rubschlager
Providence Health & Services
2019

Performance Reviews

"I deeply appreciate the perspective [Max] brings to the group. Looking forward, I'd encourage Max to continue to help usher the myHIway platform towards the product-for-profit objective. Further, to bring more data sets and objects into the search index.

Max has done a fantastic job in the search space, and I'm hopeful that he'll be interested in sharing his skill as a principle with the other areas of our team as we bring in new products and look for innovative ways to leverage our existing products.

A clear learning opportunity in 2019 is around expanding our footprint in the cloud space. As we package our products for profit, a way to distribute them will be via a cloud service, perhaps via Docker or another micro-VM style solution. Knowledge of working in the cloud will be key to taking that next step."

Matt Rubschlager
Providence Health & Services
2019

2018

"Max had a productive year and advanced our platforms and programs for search, information delivery, and modern application development.

Max keeps an eye on where the organization is going and how current and emerging technologies can help us get there. The coming year will have more of the same, and we will want to have Max appropriately positioned so that he can work with others to continue to move us forward."

Mark Premo
Providence Health & Services
2018

2017

"A key productive member of the team, [Max] played a central and crucial role in the work that became the myHIway information portal. This was not simply the implementation of a platform. This was the creation of a unique suite of functionalities that combine a number of established and emerging technologies.

Max was one of the technical leaders in the department who did the research, built the knowledge, and built relationships with people at other organizations who are doing similar work. The result was a vision, and we implemented that vision over the last year.

As the author of the platform vision, he has been one of the few people who could really explain its value. He has done a good job of doing that in various forums. He also has a future vision of how the platform can be leveraged in new ways in the future. We need Max to help articulate that vision so that we can move it forward.

In addition to the myHIway work, Max has continued to support other applications that he has built in the past, and has received consistently positive feedback from those customers."

Mark Premo
Providence Health & Services
2016

2015

"Max led the design and build of our information architecture stack and the semantic search capability that it creates. This will enable us to crawl, index and search a wide variety of content assets we own and manage as well as others across the enterprise.

This will help close one of the biggest gaps in our usability - the difficulty in finding things - and ultimately will improve the productivity of hundreds of caregivers across the organization. Max was able to do this in a self-directed fashion and ensured that the solution’s capabilities align with the goals of the project that funded the work.

While self-directed, Max does not work in isolation. He has built a network of experts with whom he discusses approach and formulates plans. This network includes internal staff plus experts at other organizations.
This approach to the work and its outcome is a good example of the senior architect level that Max operates at. Max also delivered a number of other products and enhancements to applications for user groups across the organization, and managed to juggle all these efforts while keeping his customers satisfied and happy with his work."

Mark Premo
Providence Health & Services
2015

2014

"Max’s Information Architect role is a unique one on the team and in the organization overall. He has credibility in this role in part because the quality of his work speaks for him. He has contributed to a number of key projects and also is leading the way in our evaluation of new and different approaches for doing the work we do.

His different perspective on this work has really helped us think differently about how we do these things. He pilots new tools and approaches, with a tangible proof of concept as a key step, works cross-functionally with the web and digital marketing teams to improve the use of semantic technology and enhanced search capabilities.

He contributed to the reporting & analytics community through improved tools for information / content management, and shared knowledge with fellow team members through informal and structured mentoring."

Mark Premo
Providence Health & Services
2014

"Max has exceeded expectations in his role. He looks ahead about how technology can improve our products, while recognizing that we are limited to the tools that the organization owns. He manages his own time well, and does a good job juggling multiple projects. He has a history of creating good solutions in the information architecture / web design space for the Oregon region, with many happy customers.

Max models our core behaviors well. He is respectful of others and their time. He is prepared for meetings and important conversations. He will take the time to explain his position on issues carefully and thoroughly, which helps the group get to a good decision. He is willing to join and listen in on discussions that may be only peripherally related to his work, but he is engaged in these discussions and that helps us with our general architecture direction.

Max sets a high standard for his delivery of results, as well as for the quality of his products. Max is interested in helping his colleagues and customers, and is responsive. Max is open to input from others, particularly when the input helps him be more productive. Max stays abreast of current and coming technology, which inspires confidence that we are headed in the right direction.

Throughout 2013, and up to today, Max has played a key role in the development and deployment of our SharePoint platform and report delivery site. This SharePoint application is one of our key BI platforms, and is the host for our reporting portal and the place to get our ‘top reports’. Max has done the hard work of designing and building it while adhering to the guidelines set by Marketing and IS. This work was also complicated by the fact that this type of solution had not been built before, and required significant cross-departmental effort and alignment. Max did a good job of navigating these complexities and was able to stay focused on delivery.
As a contractor and as an employee he has been a key technologist for HI and Providence, and helped us with delivery of important products."

Mark Premo
Providence Health & Services

Prior

"Max took a long-standing problem for our team, and solved it with an elegant solution that met and surpassed our expectations.We, and many others, use the Wiki and SharePoint site daily.We have shared this design with other teams who have unanimously endorsed it as the best interactive documentation tool they have seen in our IT organization."

Ruth Johanson, IT Program Director
Providence Health & Services
2009

"Everyone who sees our Wiki loves it..."

Richard Day, System Analyst - Physician IT Outreach
Providence Health & Services
2009

"The company enjoyed a great deal more success because of Max's contributions to the team. He understood people's needs, reduced anxiety, inspired progress, and honored the unique qualities of each customer's business."

Joanna DeRungs, President
Integrated Management Resources, Inc.
2007

"In all the years I have worked in IT at Serendipity Center, I have never worked with such an incredible team of network/IT consultants as we have found in IMR. From the first day they came to make some adjustments, our computer network has never been more stable. I like working with the techs because they are a fun group, who are also professional, speak to me in terms I understand, and are conscientious about our nonprofit financial status. This team of professionals is deeply committed to excellence, and we are grateful for the many charitable ways that IMR goes above and beyond to embrace our mission and support the important work we do with special needs children."

Brenda Huson, IT Systems Administrator
Serendipity Center
2005

"Max is a very talented and hardworking person whose work in my class was engaged in a very spirited but professional manner, He has strong media skills, especially presentation quality drawing ability. His is very facile and skilled in dealing with diagrammatic analysis and conceptual media for project design. His design ability is quite good, and he is able to visualize architectural space in way which allows him to produce design work of genuine strength. He has always been responsible and on time with high quality materials for both class reviews and personal crits.

He is very bright and is always seeks to the very best work he can and to extend the depth of his understanding of project Issues. He is very competent in thinking about structure and mechanical engineering coordination. He has a good sense for materials and is very energetic and creative in thinking about construction detail. In addition to his skills Max is a friendly and outgoing person who is well liked by his peers and by the faculty.

He has always been a contributor to group situations and is very open with his ideas and suggestions. He has always been quite generous in helping others and set a model for productive work in the studio. He can be trusted with independent judgment and is an articulate spokesperson for his work."

Jerry V. Finrow
Professor of Architecture
1988

"I know that you invested more of your time on this project than originally anticipated and I appreciate very much your willingness to do what it takes to do a good job."

Terry L. Brandt
Police Headquarters Building
1986

"Max was always a pleasure to work with. He was consistently responsive to our needs and requests. Although a person of few words, Max provided comments and suggestions that were always none-the-less of value and well- made. We feel, as a graphic artist, Max is outstanding. His knowledge of native vegetation is likewise very impressive."

Beverly J. Campbell, President
Gaslight Corporation
1983

"Mr. DeRungs is a hard-working individual, seriously interested in all phases of architecture. He has a pleasant nature and is well-liked by the people with whom he has worked."

James W. Bostwick, Associate
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership
1979

Peer Feedback

"Max has taken to heart the Providence leadership values. He empowers the people he works with by asking intelligent questions and listening carefully and thoughtfully until mutual understanding is achieved. He sticks up for the customer in every instance."
March 1, 2018

2018

"You may not know this - You are a wonderful, patient and forward thinking teacher and mentor. I have been learning from you ever since I started - and even today you continue - with patience and grace - to teach me new things. You are a daily thought for me and I share you with everyone in my life."
November 28, 2018

"Thank you teaching me how to set up Easy Tabs and helping me creating a better user experience on the Pain Resources Page that will be published under the Clinicians tab. You are an excellent collaborator which elevates everyone's game!"
August 30, 2018

2017

"Great work on releasing myHIway v2.0. I appreciate your continued support and time to make myHIway better and easier to use."
November 01, 2017

"Max has a focus on delivery and customer satisfaction: He has demonstrated great collaboration and interpersonal relationship skills to engage individuals like myself who see and appreciate the power his work is bringing to PSJH. Max seems tireless in his pursuit for engaging cutting edge technology to provide the very best opportunities for PSJH to grow and remain fully competitive in the healthcare industry."

"I see Max as a critical and valuable expert [with] the wherewithal to truly make a difference in how information is accessed and used by caregivers across the enterprise."

"He’s a very creative thinker, and doesn’t just want to solve the immediate problem in a short-term way, but develop things more holistically, with an eye towards scalability and adaptability for other purposes. After being informed of a goal, it seems he’s comfortable with ambiguity during experimentation to reach it; and through an iterative approach."

". . .has a multiplier effect on projects and teams."

"Max is very outcomes-focused. He pushes to create and deliver a quality environment, make a valuable product, and ease a customer’s way to finding data."

"He does not focus on complaints, issues or faults but on improvements."

"He carefully listens to the issue and offers great ideas/options to an agreeable solution."

"Max has good mentoring skills and others have benefited from this."

"You make me laugh! It's a joy working with you."

"Thank you ... for your mentoring, patience, teamwork and support while working on the myHIway project. I appreciate you teaching me new computer and logic skills and am looking forward to our continued partnership in supporting the platform."
January 30, 2017

"Your commitment to excellence and cross-team collaboration is sincerely appreciated!"
January 16, 2017

"Max’s commitment to high performance and delivery has resulted in occasional misunderstandings amongst the project team. When this happens, Max moves quickly to address them, take ownership, and move forward."

"Each time I reach out you are quick to help me. Your guidance has helped develop my understanding of SharePoint, and you always make me laugh! It's a joy working with you."
February 28, 2017

"Thank you for your expertise in SharePoint and being an AMAZING teacher. You went above and beyond in helping me navigate "quick tabs" and loading appropriate document for our Vision Agent. Thank you for being so patient and walking me through each step (more than once!)"
March 30, 2017

2016

"Thanks Max for all your beautifully thought out designs for the app store! I'm still getting compliments on them. Keep up the good work!"
July 08, 2016

"Thank you, Max for solving a problem that we couldn't even articulate here in PMG. Your knowledge and ability to see through complexity and surf the tops of SharePoint technology are nothing short of astonishing. You're a treasure."
August 01, 2016

"Thank you, Max for all your hard work on the OE SharePoint redesign, the team really likes the new look and feel! Everyone I hear talk about you has nothing but positive to say. Consider me part of that group as well!"
November 15, 2016

"Thank you for pioneering the application of the semantic search technology in Providence."
November 22, 2016

"Great out of the box thinking and problem solving ability – he ‘makes it work’."

"I can count on one hand the number of people I know in this organization who have the mind to think outside of the box and work on solutions that are at the edges of what we currently know (Max is like, #1)."

"We do face problems, and we can help solve some of these in the way we intentionally design for information. . . Max is absolutely one of the most valuable resources we have in this effort."

"Max has helped me greatly in the last year by pulling me into projects that he is working on and helping me learn."

"[Max] is a pioneer who explores the [emerging] landscape, collaborates with emerging vendors, and implements multiple open-source technologies. We [would] not be where we are today in the area of semantic ontology and search capability without Max."

2015

"Max is an extremely intelligent and practical designer. He is unselfish with his knowledge and is an outstanding leader. He is one of the most genuinely kind individuals who encourage others to grow around him. Max is extremely effective with his time. He is one of the Pillars in Healthcare Intelligence that ensures that everything is always operational and is always finding ways to Bridge the Gap between where HI should be in 5-10 years."
February 17, 2015

"One of many examples of Max's resourcefulness was his response to my request for the name of a database that he was not responsible for. He gave me the name of the person, then shortly followed, within a minute, with the exact information I needed!"
November 03, 2015

"Great out of the box thinking and problem solving ability – he ‘makes it work’."

"I can count on one hand the number of people I know in this organization who have the mind to think outside of the box and work on solutions that are at the edges of what we currently know (Max is like, #1)."

"We do face problems, and we can help solve some of these in the way we intentionally design for information. . . Max is absolutely one of the most valuable resources we have in this effort."

"Max has helped me greatly in the last year by pulling me into projects that he is working on and helping me learn."

"[Max] is a pioneer who explores the [emerging] landscape, collaborates with emerging vendors, and implements multiple open-source technologies. We [would] not be where we are today in the area of semantic ontology and search capability without Max."

2012

"Max, you're the best, and anybody that says otherwise is an idiot. You GET it! You listen, you understand what we need and THEN you develop, you don't force things on us, you collaborate, and you're funny! And charming! And there is NOTHING you can't figure out. You're the whole package. That is too rare"