In This Issue

David Pells,

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the October edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ), the new web-based publication serving the world of professional program and project management (P/PM). The PMWJ will be followed soon by the PM World Library, a new online digital library that will serve as the repository for articles, papers and other contents published in the monthly PMWJ.  Together, the new PMWJ and PM World Library will serve as global resources in support of continuous learning related to P/PM.

As noted last month and as stated on the PMWJ website, the objectives for these two online knowledge and information services are:  (1) to support the creation of new P/PM knowledge; (2) to provide more recognition and visibility for authors, the ones who create that knowledge; (3) to promote and support the sharing of P/PM knowledge with those new to the field or in organizations and locations where additional P/PM knowledge and information are needed; (4) to provide an easily accessible repository of P/PM knowledge and information; and (5) to advance the application of professional P/PM for solving more of the world’s problems.  Each month we will issue a Call for Papers, inviting authors, experts, researchers and practitioners worldwide to share their knowledge by submitting an article or paper for publication.  If you have knowledge to share, or an article or paper to publish, contact [email protected].

This month’s edition of the PMWJ includes 35 articles, papers, reports and book reviews from 14 countries around the world.  Seven authors from 4 different countries have contributed Featured Papers in this issue.  Prof Vladimir Voropajev and Yakov Gelrud, PhD are Russian academic leaders who have authored a technical paper entitled “Mathematical Models of Project Management for Interested Parties.”  Alan Stretton, PhD in Australia has provided another stimulating paper for discussion in “Portfolios and the Project Management Literature. William Moylan, PhD and Dr. Loran Walker in the USA are the authors of “Ethics in Project Management: Research in Values-based Leadership in Project Driven Arenas”. Andre Van der Merwe, PhD from South Africa, now a professor at the University of Belgrade in Serbia, has provided an interesting paper on “Project Management Philosophy: Incremental Improvement of Project Management Through Use of Research.”  Bob Prieto, Senior Vice President of Fluor Corporation in the USA, has provided a paper on the subject of “Generalized Analysis of Value Behavior Over Time as a Project Performance Predictor.”  These are all interesting papers; we hope they are useful to our readers this month.

Among our regular Series Articles this month are contributions by Dr David Hillson, aka The Risk Doctor, in the UK (“Risk is More Than Uncertain Future Events”); the team of Russ Martinelli, Tim Rahschulte and Jim Waddell at the Program Management Academy in Oregon, USA (“Importance of Cultural Awareness when Managing Distributed Teams”); and Michael O’Brochta in the USA (“Leadership Essentials for PMPs, Part 2 of 3”).  These are all reasonably short articles well worth reading.


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About the Author


Managing Editor, PMWJ

David L. Pells is Managing Editor of the PM World Journal, a global eJournal for program and project management, and Executive Director at the PM World Library. He is also the president and CEO of PM World, the virtual organization behind the journal and library, and president of PM World Services, a U.S. firm providing high level P/PM advisory services for major government programs.  David is an internationally recognized leader in the field of professional project management with more than 35 years of experience on a wide variety of programs and projects, including engineering, construction, defense, energy, transit, high technology, and nuclear security, and project sizes ranging from several thousand to ten billion dollars. He has been an active professional leader in the United States since the 1980s, serving on the board of directors of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) twice.  David was awarded PMI’s Person of the Year award in 1998 and Fellow Award in 1999. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK; Project Management Associates (PMA), the national PM society of India; and of the Russian Project Management Association SOVNET.  From June 2006 until March 2012, he was the managing editor of the globally acclaimed PM World Today eJournal.  David has published widely, speaks at conferences and events worldwide, and can be contacted at [email protected].