In This Issue

David Pells,

Managing Editor



Welcome to the September edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ), the new web-based publication serving the world of program and project management (P/PM). As stated last month, 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.

I want to restate the objectives for these two online knowledge and information services because they will drive everything we do:  (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.

The new PMWJ also represents a new model for publishing P/PM articles and papers.  Going beyond “lessons learned”, we want to aggressively promote publication as a way to capture lessons learned and good practices in P/PM and to share that knowledge with those who may need it most – students, young project managers, and those in project-based organizations, industries and emerging economies around the world.  In many cases, those are the ones where better, faster and more efficient delivery of project results can positively impact thousands of human lives.  So please consider sharing your lessons learned, experiences and successful practices with others around the world – send us an article or paper.

This month’s edition of the PMWJ again includes a full set of articles, papers, book reviews and news from around the world.  15 authors from 10 different countries have contributed Featured Papers in this issue.  Kamsaris, Kougoulos, and Nicolis are Greek researchers who have provided the results of their research in “Civil Engineering Construction Projects Strategic Alliances: Managing the Alliance Communications.”  Alan Stretton, PhD in Australia has provided another stimulating paper for discussion in “Notes on the relevance of contexts for program/project management”, an interesting topic in light of IPMA’s new focus on “contextual competencies”. Klaus Pannenbacker in Germany is the author of “Project management skills in project-oriented businesses: Current challenges, competency models, certification models”, Mohamad Baydoun in Lebanon has provided an interesting paper on “Formulating Programs of Large Scale Development Projects in Saudi Arabia”, an important read for those involved in economic development programmes.


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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 PM World Journal and Library, and president of PM World Services, a U.S. firm providing high level 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, transit and high technology, 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].