Welcome to the February 2016 Edition of the PM World Journal

David L. Pells

Managing Editor
PM World Journal

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the February 2016 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ). This 43rd edition of the Journal contains 24 articles, papers, reports and book reviews by 26 different authors in 14 different countries. News articles about projects and project management around the world are also included. Since the primary mission of the journal is to support the sharing of knowledge, please share this month’s edition with others in your network.

Invitation to Share Knowledge

Speaking of knowledge sharing, we invite you to share your knowledge and experience related to program and project management. A wide variety of original works are included in the PMWJ each month. Share knowledge and gain visibility for yourself and your organization; publish an article or paper in the PMWJ. See our Calls for Papers and review the Author Guidelines for the journal. Then just email your original work to [email protected].

This month in the Journal

We begin this month with one Letter to the Editor, Sushil Sharma in Nepal commenting on David Hillson’s second edition paper last month. The Featured Interview of immediate past PMI board member Deena Gordon Parla was conducted by Sertug Yilmaz in Turkey. So we start with a very international flavor as these two contributors corner PM experts in the UK and US.

Four Featured Papers are included this month. Two interesting papers deal with “resilience”, the subject of our latest Call for Papers – two different aspects by very experienced authors in India and Italy. On the other side of that question, Adam Alami in Australia is back with another interesting paper on “why do projects fail?” Professors Pieter Steyn (South Africa) and Brane Semolic (Slovenia), both academic advisors to this journal, have authored an interesting research paper related to managing projects in today’s collaboration-based networked economy. Don’t miss these serious new works by authors in five countries.

Series authors Lynda Bourne (Australia), Marco Sampietro (Italy), and Darrel Hubbard and Dennis Bolles (USA) are back with the latest articles in their respective series on “Stakeholder Engagement”, “Project management for team members”, and “project business management and the PMO”. Regular series author Alan Stretton (Australia) offers the first article in a new series on “Increasing project management contributions to helping achieve broader ends”. Magda Stepanyan of Risk Society (Netherlands) has authored the Risk Doctor Briefing this month on “Risk Landscape and International Development.” And we launch a new series this month by Ann Pilkington (UK) on project communications titled simply “Communicating Projects”, the title of her book of the same title published by Gower.   Series articles are by global experts, so please consider reading these important new contributions to the P/PM body of knowledge.

Two Advisory articles are included this month on two very different topics. Jeff Furman, teacher of PMP prep courses around the USA, has authored a short article to provide last-minute guidance for PMI members preparing to sit the PMP exam. Wayne McPhee (Canada) proposes a new sustainability measure for construction and other projects in “Introducing the Social Incident Frequency Rate.”

The three Commentary articles are on fascinating topics, all worth debate in PM circles. Ron Look (USA) recommends “resiliency as a PM tool”, while Amela Torkić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) addresses the linkage between project management and entrepreneurism. Sharon De Mascia (UK) argues that women may be better suited to project leadership than men. Are these authors right? Send us your reactions.

A wonderful case study is included this month, by Raju and Subhashini Rao in Chennai, India – about their daughter’s wedding in December that was planned like a project. When a major rain storm with massive flooding hit on wedding weekend, however, project risk management had to kick in. The outcome was surprisingly positive. Read this interesting personal story this month.


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About the Author




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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