Welcome to the July 2017 PMWJ

Five Years, Vision and Value Revisited

David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA


Welcome to the July 2017 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ), the 60th monthly edition. This five year anniversary edition continues to reflect the international nature of this publication: 30 original articles, papers and other works by 34 different authors in 14 different countries. News articles about projects and project management around the world are also included. Since the primary mission of this journal is to support the global sharing of knowledge, please share this month’s edition with others in your network, wherever in the world they may be.

Since last August, on the recommendation of several international advisors, I have used this opportunity to mention important trends or issues that I see as journal editor. This month, however, on the occasion of the publication’s five year anniversary, I wanted to reflect on some of the original objectives for the journal, perhaps the most important of which I was reminded about by Neil Robinson in his letter to the editor this month. That is, where can professionals share their experiences and knowledge? In the paragraphs below, here are the main reasons WHY the PMWJ was and is published.

Reason 1: So professionals can get published more easily

When I was about 10 years into my professional career, I began to consider authoring a paper for presentation at a PMI conference. By then I had worked on several large energy and defense projects, initially as a project controls analyst using earned value management systems and processes, then as the manager of a company-wide project management improvement program. My motivation for authoring a paper was to advance my career; this was common practice then. Published papers could go onto one’s professional CV. Publishing was also to share knowledge and to contribute to the PM profession. No one authored a paper to receive professional development units (PDUs).

At that time, PMI (Project Management Institute) offered three primary options for anyone to publish a paper about project management: at their annual seminars/symposium (now called global congress), in the Project Management Quarterly (PMQ – now their monthly PMNetwork Magazine), and through PMI chapters (newsletters and local/regional events). That was 30+ years ago.

There were other options at the time, of course, including through the American Association of Cost Engineers (AACE – now the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International, AACEi) and the Performance Management Association (PMA – now the College of Performance Management, CPM). In Europe, there were opportunities to publish or present an article or paper in publications or at events sponsored by APM in UK, INTERNET (now the International Project Management Association, IPMA) in Europe, AIPM in Australia, and several others.

So I started authoring papers in 1985 for presentation at PMI conferences, first regional events in Seattle and Vancouver, BC, then at the big annual PMI Seminars/Symposium, then at INTERNET congresses beginning in 1990. I continued to author papers and make presentations for the next 15 years.

For the last 10 years, however, the opportunities for beginning or mid-career professionals to publish an article or paper seem to have dried up, have many strings attached or have hoops to jump through. PMI has turned to professional writers for PMNetwork; opportunities to author papers at global congresses have required forms, formats and compliance (and may actually be ending completely); publishing on pmi.org or projectmanagement.com is promoted for PMI members or for obtaining PDUs. APM in UK still offers great opportunities for APM members via specific interest groups and national publications. AACEi offers opportunities for AACEi members, etc. There are also many blogs and commercial websites looking for content, but the real or implied association with the promoter can be problematic.

AACEi, AIPM, APM and other conferences still offer good opportunities to author a paper but often require sometimes expensive registration, travel and attendance at the conference. Regional conferences such as the annual UT Dallas PM Symposium also offer opportunities for publication, although conference proceedings are not always widely distributed or available after the event.

The PMWJ provides a simple way for professionals at any level to share knowledge, experience and information, and to get published. You don’t have to be a member of AACE, APM, IPMA, PMI or any other organization; you can be located anywhere in the world. And the process is simple. Just email your article or paper to me; if written professionally, without commercial intent/content and without too many grammatical errors, we will normally publish it.

Reason 2: So researchers can publish their works more easily

Several years ago I was referred to a paper in which the author declared “the death of refereed journals.” The future, he declared, was open-source journals, posting on websites and freely sharing research results. No more submitting papers to academic journals, waiting weeks or months for acceptance, then waiting weeks or months for publication…


To read entire paper, click here


About the Author

David L. Pells

Managing Editor, PMWJ
Managing Director, PMWL



David L. Pells
is Managing Editor of the PM World Journal (https://www.pmworldjournal.net/) and Managing Director of the PM World Library (http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/). David is an internationally recognized leader in the field of professional project management with more than 35 years of experience on a variety of programs and projects, including engineering, construction, energy, defense, transit, technology and nuclear security, and project sizes ranging from thousands to billions of dollars. He occasionally acts as project management advisor for U.S. national laboratories and international programs, and currently serves as an independent advisor for a major U.S. national nuclear security program.

David Pells 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. He was founder and chair of the Global Project Management Forum (1995-2000), an annual meeting of leaders of PM associations from around the world. David was awarded PMI’s Person of the Year award in 1998 and Fellow Award, PMI’s highest honor, in 1999. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK; Project Management Associates (PMA – India); and Russian Project Management Association. Since 2010 he is an honorary member of the Project Management Association of Nepal.

Former managing editor of PM World Today, he is the creator, editor and publisher of the PM World Journal (since 2012). David has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington and an MBA from Idaho State University in the USA. He has published widely and spoken at conferences and events worldwide. David lives near Dallas, Texas and can be contacted at [email protected].

To see other works by David Pells, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/david-l-pells/