Welcome to the October 2014 Edition of the PM World Journal

David Pells,

Managing Editor 

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the October 2014 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ). This month’s edition contains 30 articles, papers, reports and book reviews by 36 different authors in 17 different countries. An additional 30+ news articles about projects and project management around the world are included. Around 30 countries are represented by authors or subjects this month. Readers in more than 100 countries visit the PMWJ website to read the contents on a regular basis. The primary mission of the journal is to support the sharing of information related to program and project management (P/PM), so please consider sharing this month’s edition with others in your network.

Invitation to Share Knowledge

We invite you to share your knowledge and experience related to program, project and project portfolio management. A wide variety of articles and papers, case studies and reports, book reviews and news stories are included in the PMWJ each month. Share knowledge and gain visibility for you or your organization; publish an article, paper or story in the PMWJ. See our Call for Papers in the news section of the PMWJ this month; if interested in submitting something for publication, check out the Author Guidelines on www.pmworldjournal.net, then just send your original work to me for the next edition at [email protected].

This month in the Journal

We begin this month with 7 Featured Papers, by authors in seven different countries. Professor Yan Gelrud in Russia has contributed a paper titled “The algorithm for generating an optimal investment portfolio.” Essam Lotffy in UAE has authored “Labor Productivity Improvements in Construction using WBS & OBS Integration”. Marco Sampietro in Italy has contributed “Project Followership: How Project Team Members can Contribute to Project Success.” Yosep Asro Wain in Indonesia has authored “Updating the Lang Factor and Testing its Accuracy, Reliability and Precision as a Stochastic Cost Estimating Method.” Dr. Ahmed El Ghanamy (Egypt/UK) and Prof Dimitrios P. Kamsaris (Greece/UK) are the authors of “Effective Contract Negotiation through Persuasion”. Bob Prieto, senior vice president at Fluor corporation in the US, is back with another paper titled “Classes of Factors to be Considered in Infrastructure Investment Priority.” And Patrick Weaver in Australia is back with another paper on project management history titled “The Origins of Hammocks and Ladders.” These are all serious, research-based papers that contribute to the literature and field of professional P/PM.

5 Series Articles are included this month, by authors in 5 different countries. Prof Darren Dalcher in UK is back with “Is it time to rethink project management?” This fascinating article is the latest instalment in our “Advances in Project Management” series by Gower authors. Another article in the series on the broad topic of Maturity in Project Management within organizations by Russell Archibald, PhD (Hon) (Mexico) and Darci Prado, PhD (Brazil) is included. Their paper, co-authored this month by Manuel Carvalho da Silva Neto and originally presented at the 8th annual UT Dallas PM Symposium in August, is titled “How to Increase Project Profitability – An Approach Using Maturity Concepts.” Don’t miss this new article on this important topic by leading authorities on the subject. Another Risk Doctor Briefing is included this month by Dr David Hillson, aka The Risk Doctor, titled “Risk Questions for the Board.” Alan Stretton, PhD (Hon) in Australia is the author of “Program/Project Types”, the third in his “Series on Project and Program Categorization.” Prof. Donncha Cavanagh in Dublin, Ireland is the author of “Project Management – ‘Trendslator’ or ‘Fashion Retailer’?”, the article provided by the IPMA Education and Training Board.


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About the Author 

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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. 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 energy, engineering, construction, defense, 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. 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 SOVNET. From June 2006 until March 2012, he was the managing editor of the globally acclaimed PM World Today eJournal. He occasionally provides high level advisory support for major programs and global organizations. David has published widely, spoken at conferences and events worldwide, and can be contacted at [email protected].

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