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David Pells,

Managing Editor 

Addison, Texas, USA
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Welcome to the February 2013 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ), the 7th 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 38 articles, papers, reports and book reviews from 17 different countries, again reflecting the global nature of our readers and contributors.

This month’s edition begins with three Letters to the Editor. Mike O’Brochta in the USA has commented on our January second edition paper on project management credentials by Paul Giammalvo.  Purna Singh in Nepal sent complementary comments about the January advisory article by Shailesh Nepal.  And Pat Weaver in Australia has offered a scathing commentary on the January series article by Paul Dinsmore and Luiz Rocha on enterprise project governance.  If you have any comments or reactions related to anything published in the PMWJ, send us an email to share with the rest of the world.  Sharing knowledge, including reactions and perspective, is the main mission of the PMWJ.

In Tribute is an opportunity to remember and honor project management leaders who have recently died.  This month we pay tribute to Prof Jean-Pierre Debourse in France, who passed away on 14 January.  Please read this article about an extraordinary educator who also championed programme and project management.

Authors in 6 countries have contributed Featured Papers this month.  Dr. Pavel Barseghyan, who spends his time between Armenia and the USA, has authored another important paper entitled “Equilibrium of Human Labor in light of Supply and Demand Model of Microeconomic Theory.”  Alan Stretton, PhD in Australia has authored a paper entitled “A case for refocusing on basic processes/procedures underlying effective project management. Anil Seth in India is the author of “Why Project Engineers Exist”. Bob Prieto in the USA has authored another paper on “Program Tetrahedron – further developing the concept.”  Satya Narayan Dash in India has provided a useful paper entitled “PMBOK Guide 5th Edition and MS Project 2010: A Practical Step-by-Step Approach.”  Paul Giammalvo in Indonesia has provided his long-awaited update on “Project Management Credentials Compared.” These are all serious papers; we hope they are interesting and useful our readers.

Six Series Articles are included this month. Prof Darren Dalcher in the UK has organized an “Advances in Project Management” article and provided an introductory article himself entitled “From Projects to Strategy, and Back AgainAntonio Nieto-Rodriguez in Belgium is the author of an advances series article entitled, “Evidence of the Neglect of Project Management by Senior Executives”.  Antonio is the author of the book “The Focused Organization” published by Gower in 2012.  Another Risk Doctor Briefing by Dr David Hillson in UK is included this month on the subject of “Prerequisites for Effective Enterprise Risk Management.”

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 Project Managers”.  Bill’s article this month is titled “Enter the Dragon – Chinese Business Culture and the West.”  Another article is included in the series launched last month 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 second article this month is entitled “EPG and Corporate Governance.”

Finally, we introduce another new series of articles 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). Keith’s first article is entitled “A New Construction Contract for the 21st Century.” These series articles are outstanding articles that 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].