Welcome to the September 2016 PMWJ

and Buy your Team a Lunch

David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the September 2016 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ). This 50th edition continues to reflect the international nature of this publication; it contains 30 original articles, papers and other works by 33 different authors in 15 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.

In July I wondered in this space whether my welcome article should contain more than simply a description of the current month’s contents. Several readers have now suggested that I use this opportunity to mention new trends or important issues that I see as journal editor. This month I reflect on a recent conversation with a colleague who described a situation in his office that, I think, raises some issues for project teams and some good ideas.

Buy your team a lunch

Over an afternoon coffee a few weekends ago, I asked my friend how things were going with his projects. He’s working at a technology company that has both internal and external IT and web-related projects. He is working on some website enhancement projects; others are working on projects for customers. The company specializes in HR and training support software, tools and services and is apparently growing rapidly. Although they are adding staff, current employees are working long days, some evenings and partial weekends. There are 20-30 people there now, maybe more.

He told me that over the last month, he has taken some snacks into the office, put them in a glass bowl on his desk and people have been stopping by for something to nibble on during long afternoons. The previous week the CEO of the company came by, noticed the snack bowl, then announced that he was buying everyone lunch on Mondays, starting the following week. “On one condition,” he stated. “You have to eat in the cafeteria on the first floor with co-workers. You cannot bring your lunch back to your desk.”

My friend told me, “Hey, it’s a free lunch! I guess I’ll take it, start eating lunch again.” I immediately thought, Wow, that was a great idea, and probably not too expensive for a growing, profitable company or an executive. And it could produce some positive, even powerful results. I immediately thought this could be a good idea for many project managers or team leaders.

Here are some things that came to mind from this simple move – buying the team a lunch:

  • It could improve morale, increasing positive attitudes towards the company and leadership;
  • It forces people up off their chairs, walking, getting away from work for 30+ minutes – widely recognized as healthy for both mind and body (think health improvement, mindfulness)
  • It facilitates and promotes interaction, communication and networking (think team building, teamwork, problem resolution, etc.) – also with potential benefits to body and mind.

We know the benefits from celebrating successes, well established practice on Agile teams and in many project offices. But this move came from a CEO with no background in project management. It was simply a good leadership move, people-friendly, and widely appreciated. The application to project leadership was obvious to me, but we should also recognize that we can learn a lot from good managers and leaders whoever and wherever they might be. And some things like being kind to others, or buying the team a lunch, can generate some really positive results.

Maybe this was not a big new project management idea but I thought it was great and just wanted to pass it on.

This month in the Journal

Now for this month’s journal which again contains some interesting and outstanding works. Six featured papers are again included. Frank Parth and Paul Giammalvo are back with papers that continue their recent themes or major program management and project management roles defined, respectively. Four other serious papers are included from researchers in Indonesia, Netherlands, Nigeria and Pakistan. Three very good series articles are included again this month, along with three useful advisory articles. Prof Sampietro has authored a fascinating Commentary article bout Britain’s Olympic success and how project management concepts played a major role in the UK’s success in Rio. Please check out these good articles and papers.


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About the Author

David L. Pells

Managing Editor, PMWJ
Managing Director, PMWL
Addison, Texas, USA



David L. Pells is Managing Editor of the PM World Journal (https://pmworldjournal.net/article/scaling-agile-adoption-local-agile-centers-excellence/) 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 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. From June 2006 until March 2012, he was the managing editor of PM World Today. He occasionally provides high level advisory services for major programs, global organizations and the U.S. federal government. David has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Master’s degree in business from Idaho State University in the USA. He has published widely, spoken at conferences and events worldwide, 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/