In This Edition

David Pells,

Managing Editor 

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the March 2013 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ), the 8th issue of the new web-based publication serving the world of professional program and project management (P/PM).  This month’s edition of the PMWJ includes 30 new articles, papers, reports and book reviews from 12 different countries, again reflecting the global nature of our readers and contributors.  An additional 40+ news articles about projects and project management around the world are also included

This month’s edition begins with one Letter to the Editor. Luiz Rocha in Brazil has responded to last month’s “Letter to the Editor by Patrick Weaver about  the series title ‘Enterprise Project Governance: How to Manage Projects Successfully Across the Organization’ By Paul Dinsmore & Luiz Rocha”.  Join in this interesting debate.  If you have any comments or reactions related to anything published in the PMWJ, send us an email.  Sharing knowledge, including reactions and perspective, is the main mission of the PMWJ.

We include an Interview this month, with Prof John-Paris Pantouvakis, authored by Ed Naughton in Dublin.  Professor Pantouvakis is current Chair of the IPMA Education and Training Board, was Project Director for the IPMA 26th World Congress in Greece last year, and is president of PM Greece, the Greek national member of IPMA.  Ed is a contributing editor and advisor to PM World Journal.

Eight authors in 5 countries have contributed Featured Papers this month.  Michael O’Brochta in the USA has authored another interesting paper entitled “You Know You are a Project Manager when ….”  Alan Stretton, PhD in Australia has provided another paper entitled “Notes on identifying needs of multiple internal customers. Professors Vladimir Voropajev, PhD and Yan Gelrud, PhD in Russia are the authors of “Project Management Mathematical Models for the Customer”. Bob Prieto in the USA has authored another good paper on “A Look at Joint Ventures.”  Pieter Steyn, PhD in South Africa has provided an update of his 2011 paper entitled “A Business Model for Programme Managing the Supply Chain Portfolio.”  Jonas Balshoej Ebbesen and Alexander Pope, PhD in the UK are the authors of “Re-imagining the Iron Triangle: Embedding Sustainability into Project Constraints.” These are all serious papers; we hope they are interesting and useful our readers.

Five Series Articles are included this month. Prof Darren Dalcher in the UK has organized another “Advances in Project Management” article and provided an introductory article himself entitled “From Quality to the Pursuit of Excellence”Ron Basu, PhD also based in the UK is the author of the advances series article entitled, “Best Practices of Managing Quality in Projects”.  Ron is the author of the book “Managing Quality in Projects” published by Gower in 2012.

Bill Young, PhD, Australian professional leader currently residing in China, has provided another article in the series called “Dragons, Camels and Kangaroos: Cultural Intelligence for Programme and Project Management”.  Bill’s article this month is titled “China – Cultural Dimensions in International Business.”  Another article is included in our series launched in January on the subject of “Enterprise Project Governance: How to Manage Projects Successfully Across the Organization,” by Paul Dinsmore and Luiz Rocha in Brazil.  Dinsmore and Rocha are the authors of the outstanding book Enterprise Project Governance, published in the USA by AMACOM in 2012.  Their third article this month is entitled “EPG and Corporate Governance (continued) – Alignment with major International Project Organizations.”

Another article is included this month by Keith Pickavance in UK on the subject of the new contract for complex construction projects from the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB). Under the series titled “A New Construction Contract for the 21st Century,” Keith’s article this month is on the subject of “Time Management.” These series articles should spur deep consideration and perhaps some debate, authored by some of the leading P/PM experts in the world.  We hope you enjoy them.


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About the Author

david-pellsflag-usaDAVID PELLS

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 of the PM World Library. He is also the president and CEO of PM World, the virtual organization behind the journal and library, and of PM World Services, an executive P/PM advisory firm.  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 – 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].