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Welcome to the April Edition

David Pells,

Managing Editor 

Addison, Texas, USA
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Welcome to the April 2013 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ), the 9th edition of the new web-based publication serving the world of professional program and project management (P/PM).  This month’s edition is the largest yet, with 41 new articles, papers, reports and book reviews by 44 authors in 17 different countries, again reflecting the global nature of our readers and contributors.  An additional 43 news articles about projects and project management around the world are included this month.

The April edition begins with two Letters to the Editor. Earl Glenwright in Colorado, USA has offered comments on two articles published in the March PMWJ on the topics of Agile scheduling and the CIOB’s new contract in UK.  Max Wideman in Canada has commented “On the subject of the Second Edition paper in the March PMWJ about Global Population Megatrends and Project Management”.  Max seems rather pessimistic.  If you have any comments or reactions related to anything published in the PMWJ, send us an email.  Sharing knowledge, including reactions and perspectives, is the main mission of the PMWJ.

Seven authors in 5 countries have contributed Featured Papers this month.  Owen Podger, Australian advisor to the Indonesian government, has authored an interesting paper entitled “Adapting Professional Practices for Post-Disaster Reconstruction.”  Jean-Yves Moine in France is the author of “3D Work Breakdown Structure Method”, based on his use of multi-dimensional breakdown structures on major projects. Alan Stretton, PhD in Australia has provided another paper entitled “Revisiting types of relationships between a program’s component projects. Professors Vladimir Voropajev, PhD and Yan Gelrud, PhD in Russia are the authors of “Project Management Mathematical Models for Investors”. Dr Paul Giammalvo in Jakarta, Indonesia has authored another good paper looking at earned value management titled “Do Private Sector Small to Medium Sized, Entrepreneurial General Contractors Comply With ANSI 748?  If yes, how, if not, why not?”  Pavel Barseghyan, PhD in the USA has provided another unique mathematical look at project planning and estimating in his paper “Continuous Equation of Human Effort.”  These are all serious papers; we hope they are interesting and useful to readers.

Six Series Articles are included this month. Prof Darren Dalcher in the UK has organized another “Advances in Project Management” article and provided an introductory article entitled “Professionalism, ethics and needing to ask”.  Gower author Michael Cavanagh in Ireland is the author of the advances series article entitled, “Ethics, engineering and project management”.  Michael is the author of the book “Second Order Project Management” published by Gower in 2012.

Another article is included in our series launched in January 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 book Enterprise Project Governance, published in the USA by AMACOM in 2012.  Their 4th article this month is “EPG Principles and Framework.”

Another article is also included by Keith Pickavance in UK on the subject of the new contract for complex construction projects from the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB). Under the series titled “A New Construction Contract for the 21st Century,” Keith’s article this month is on the subject of “Risk of Change” in which he discusses how change is addressed in the new contract.  Dr. David Hillson, aka The Risk Doctor, is back with another Risk Doctor Briefing titled “Opportunities are the Same as Risks.”  David is also based in the UK, but with a global reputation and readership.

Finally, we introduce a new series this month to be authored by representatives of the IPMA Education and Training Board.  This month’s article, Rationale, Motivation & Invitation to Contribute!”, by Prof John-Paris Pantouvakis in Athens, Greece discusses their organization, mission and plan for the new PMWJ column.  We look forward to publishing their articles on project management education, training, careers and related topics.  PMWJ series articles should all spur deep consideration; they are 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].   For more information, visit www.pmworldjournal.net and www.pmworldlibrary.net.