Welcome to the July PMWJ

Welcome to the July 2016 Edition of the PM World Journal

David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the July 2016 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ). With this 48th edition, we celebrate the 4th year anniversary of the Journal with 30 original articles, papers and other works by 36 different authors in 17 different countries.  News articles about projects and project management around the world are also included. We think the international content of the PMWJ sets it apart; we hope you agree.  The primary mission of the journal is to support the global sharing of knowledge, so please share this month’s edition with others in your network, wherever they may be.

The above is my standard introductory paragraph each month.  But lately I have been wondering if I should return to editorials in which I take on some global or professional issue as I once did when editing the PM World Today publication.  Or should I write something simpler, a one page summary of the current edition without trying to mention each author and new work?  I’m somewhat torn.  I want to recognize contributors; some of their articles and papers are important new additions to the overall body of project management literature. What do you think?  Is this welcome article worthwhile or useful?  Should I shorten and summarize it?  Meanwhile, I will continue this month as I have over the last 4 years, briefly mentioning the new contents by category.  So here is…

This month in the Journal

We start with another Featured Interview conducted by our correspondent in Istanbul, Ms. İpek Sahra Özguler.  Ipek has conducted an interesting interview with Olfa Hamdi, founder of the Advanced Work Package Institute in the United State.  Who knew such an organization existed?  What’s it for?  How does it related to project management? Read the interview this month.

5 Featured Papers by authors in four countries are included in the July edition. Frank Parth in California has authored another paper titled “Successful Program Delivery Starts Long Before the Program Does – Part 1.”  Frank will be following up soon with part 2 on managing mega programs. Paul Giammalvo in Indonesia has authored an interesting research paper titled “Cost Estimatore/Quantity Surveyor Defined – A Key Word Analysis of Current Job Descriptions as the Basis for Exam and Competency Assessment Scoring Models.” This is a follow on to his paper last month on “Project Planner/Scheduler Defined…” as Paul examines some important project management support roles around the world.

Bilal Khan, Saif ul Amin, Muhammad Shakil Ahmad and Abdul Wahid in Pakistan have contributed a paper titled “Effects of Project Manager Leadership Style on Employees’ Job Satisfaction in Construction Projects in Pakistan KP Region.” Ali Haider Khan, Junaid Aftab, Uxma Anjum and Saif ul Amin are co-authors of “Impact of Organizational Justice Perceptions on Employees’ Performance Behaviour in Project Oriented Organizations in Pakistan.”  Badri N. Srinivasan and Chandan Lal Patary have authored “Exhibiting Rebus Leadership in the Complex Domain.”  These are striking papers exploring core organizational issues underlying leadership challenges.  Featured papers are serious works, generally of conference quality; please take some time to read them, now or later.

Series authors David Hillson (UK), Ann Pilkington (UK), and Darrel Hubbard and Dennis Bolles (USA) are back with good new articles in their respective series – risk, communications and enterprise PMOs. Ann comments on the recent Brexit vote in UK, suggesting some communication lessons learned for project managers. David wraps up his Risk Doctor Briefings on “Effective Risk Facilitation”, this month dealing with “handling difficult people.” Darrel and Dennis continue their sharing of lessons learned and good practices related to the “enterprise project business management office (PBMO).”

Prof Darren Dalcher (UK) has authored another interesting introductory article for Louise Hart’s Advances in Project Management series article; both authors offer new perspectives on project contracting.  Prof Marco Sampietro at SDA Bocconi in Milan has provided a 6th instalment in his series on “Project Management for Team Members” with “Project Team Members and Change Requests.” And we launch a new three-part series by Alan Stretton this month on “Project Integration, Interfaces and Context Management.” His first article tackles “Project Integration”. Series articles are by global experts so please read these important new contributions this month.  The articles are also very interesting!

One Commentary article is included, “Brexit: Threat or Opportunity,” by Dr. David Hillson in UK, in which the author relates the Brexit vote and aftermath to basic risk management concepts.  This certainly seems appropriate now, continuing…


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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. 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.

David has more than 35 years of project management related experience on a 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.  His experience has been in both government and private sectors.  He occasionally provides high level advisory support for major programs, global organizations and the U.S. federal government.  David has published widely, spoken at conferences and events worldwide, and can be contacted at [email protected].

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