In This Issue

David Pells,

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the January 2013 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based publication serving the world of professional program and project management (P/PM).  We are excited to publish the first edition of our second year, an edition with some great content and some new additions.  We begin the year with the addition of a “Letters to the Editor” section, to allow monthly feedback from readers with an opinion about something published in the PMWJ.  We also introduce two great new series of articles on the topics of Enterprise Project Governance by Paul Dinsmore and Luiz Rocha in Brazil and Cultural Intelligence for Project Managers by Dr Bill Young in China.  The entire contents of this month’s edition are briefly described below.

This month’s edition of the PMWJ includes 35 articles, papers, reports and book reviews from 17 different countries, reflecting the global nature of our readers and contributors.  This month’s edition begins with two Letters to the Editor. Mike O’Brochta and Bob Youker in the USA have contributed their reactions to featured papers published in our December 2012 edition.  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.

Authors in 6 countries have contributed Featured Papers in this issue.  Dr. Pavel Barseghyan, who spends his time between Armenia and the USA, has authored an important paper entitled “New Methodological Approaches for Filling Gaps in Quantitative Project Management.”  Alan Stretton, PhD in Australia has authored a paper entitled “Two broad dimensions of Program Management. Winner Yousman in Indonesia is the author of “Implementation of Engineering Economy in Transport Development: a Case Study of Road Transport”. Prof Dimitrios Kamsara, who lives in Greece but is currently working in the Middle East, is co-author with Prof Charalambos Louca in Cyprus and Stafanos Kougoulos in UK of a new research paper on “Engineers’ job satisfaction within projects developed by the International Construction Industry in MENA region.”  These are all serious papers; we hope they are interesting and useful our readers.

Six Series Articles are includedthis month, with the introduction of two new series. Prof Darren Dalcher in the UK has organized an “Advances in Project Management” article by Michael Hatfield from the USA, “The Coming Sea-Change in Project Management Science”.  Mr. Hatfield is the author of the book “Game Theory in Management” published by Gower in 2012.  Darren has also provided an introductory article entitled “Is there a unified Theory of Project Management?” With this edition, we introduce a new series of articles called “Dragons, Camels and Kangaroos: Cultural Intelligence for Project Managers” by Bill Young, PhD, Australian professional leader currently residing in China.  Bill’s first article is titled “Cultural Intelligence – a requisite competency for international projects.”  We also introduce a new series this 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 first series article is entitled “What is Enterprise Project Governance.”  Their article is preceded by an introductory article by myself on “The Changing Nature of Project Management,” which mirrors my foreword to their 2012 book.  Finally, in our series section, we include another Risk Doctor Briefing by Dr David Hillson in UK on “Resolving Cobb’s Paradox.”  These are outstanding articles that should spur deep consideration and perhaps some debate.  We hope you enjoy them.


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About the Author

david-pellsflag-usaDAVID PELLS

Managing Editor, PMWJ

David L. Pellsis 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].