Welcome to the March 2016 Edition of the PM World Journal

David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA



Welcome to the March 2016 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ). This 44th edition of the Journal contains 26 original articles, papers, reports and book reviews 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 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 experience and research 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]. The PMWJ is not a refereed journal; however we can publish your work quickly for sharing with our thousands of readers around the world and for immediate reference.

This month in the Journal

Seven Featured Papers are included this month on a variety of interesting topics, including PM as a profession, project failure, constructability tools, PM in the public sector, and fuzzy logic-based leadership evaluation. Two papers are also included on topics of critical importance in developing economies, and perhaps to the world at large: the “PM Profession as a catalyst for economic development”, by Isaac Chaza in Zimbabwe and “PM for Peace” by Monica Gonzalez in Argentina. Please review these good contributions to the growing project management body of knowledge.

Series authors Alan Stretton (Australia), David Hillson (UK), Marco Sampietro (Italy), Ann Pilkington (UK), and Darrel Hubbard and Dennis Bolles (USA) are back with the latest articles in their respective series. Prof Darren Dalcher (Herfordshire, UK) has authored another interesting introductory article for Michel Thiry’s Advances in PM series article on “New Developments in Program Management.” These are all very interesting articles.   Series articles are by global experts, so please consider reading these important new contributions this month.

One Advisory article is included this month by Anil Seth and Prashant Sinha at Fluor India on the topic of “When the Executor turns Manager.” They offer some perspective and advice on an important transition that occurs in many technical organizations – when a technical expert is assigned PM responsibilities. We can all relate to this dilemma, either first or second hand.

Three Commentary articles are again included this month, on three interesting and important topics – bullying at work, practical risk management and innovation. Paul Pelletier in Vancouver (Canada) describes the serious problem of bullying at work and what the trends mean for project managers. Dr. Robert Chapman in UK discusses “the Commercial Imperative” with regards to risk management and the bottom line. Ivan Calamani in Italy describes an innovative graphical approach developed for managing hundreds of projects during the run-up to EXPO 2015 in Milan last year. Please give these articles a read and let the author know your reaction.


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About the Author


Managing Editor, PMWJ


David L. Pells is Managing Editor of the PM World Journal (https://www.pmworldjournal.net/) 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 energy, engineering, construction, defense, transit, 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. 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 for the globally acclaimed PMForum.org website and of the PM World Today eJournal. He occasionally provides high level advisory services for major programs and global organizations. 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 view other works by David Pells, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/david-l-pells/.

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