Welcome to the May 2016 Edition of the PM World Journal

David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA


Welcome to the May 2016 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ). This 46th edition of the Journal contains 34 original articles, papers and other works by 44 different authors representing 20 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. Since the primary mission of the journal is to support the global sharing of knowledge, please share this month’s edition with others in your network, wherever they may be.

This month in the Journal

This is another full edition with some excellent contributions from around the world. We start with a featured Interview with Professor Semih Bilgen, Yeditepe University in Istanbul, the 2016 Program Committee Chair for the Turkish Natonal Software Engineering Symposium (UYMS) being held in Çanakkale on October 24-26. The interview was conducted by İpek Sahra Özgüler, PM World’s international correspondent in Istanbul. The interview includes discussion of the importance of software engineering for project managers. Read this interesting interview.

Four Featured Papers are included this month on some interesting topics. Dr. Lev Virine, Michael Trumper and Eugenia Virine in Canada have authored another highly interesting (and entertaining) paper titled “How to Process Project Information.” Isaac Abuya in Kenya has contributed another important paper for project professionals and political leaders in his country titled “Development Projects as Mechanism for Delivery of Public Services in Kenya.” Essam Lotffy in UAE has authored a new paper titled “Progressive Elaboration of Project Management Processes” in which he discusses some basic principles. Finally, “Supply Chain Management and Construction Project Delivery: Constraints to its Application” is a research paper by Benedict Amade, Prof Edem Akpan, Dr. Emmanuel Ubani and Prof Uzoma Amaeshi at the Federal University of Technology in Uwerri, Nigeria. Featured papers are serious works that contribute to the P/PM 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 good new articles in their respective series. Prof Darren Dalcher (UK) has authored another interesting introductory article for Peter Taylor’s Advances in Project Management series article, both offering new perspectives on the “social project manager”. Alan wraps up his series on “increasing project management contributions to helping achieve broader ends.” Dr. Hillson provides another Risk Doctor Briefing on “Effective Risk Facilitation”. Prof Sampietro offers more good advice for project team members, this month related to “Project Team Members and Project Meetings.” Dennis and Darrel discuss the important role of “the Enterprise PMO in Operations Business Management.” Ann reflects on “communicating in crisis”, something all project managers should be prepared for. Series articles are by global experts so please read these important new contributions this month.

Four Advisory articles are included this month by authors in Egypt, India and the USA. All provide useful information, solutions to common problems facing project managers. If you don’t have time to read all of these, assign someone on your team to do so. Perhaps one person can read each article and report back to the team if there is anything useful. Hopefully all four articles this month will help someone.

Four Commentary articles are also included. The first is another article by Paul Pelletier in Canada on project management and bullying in the workplace. Paul is both a PMP and an attorney; read his articles. He’s an expert on this topic. The second commentary is by Lisa Hodges in Ohio who reflects on some of the issues she sees among companies trying to implement project management processes. It seems that PMBOK-based systems are not always successful; she recommends combining PMBOK with PRINCE2. What do you think? The third commentary is from Monica Gonzalez in Argentina, responding to Paul Pelletier’s recent paper on bullying; Monica suggests using “sustainability principles” to help create a bully-free workplace. The fourth article in this category is by PMI Fellow Rebecca Winston in Idaho titled “Check Your Stress for Your Health and Your Career.” The title makes the important point; read the article and send us your reaction.

Another interesting Case Study is included this month. “The Complexities of Programme Management: Case Study of Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline” is by Anton Setiawan, Alya Shahroom, Ting Huang and Noor Zahidah. The co-authors are recent graduate students at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, United Kingdom and originally hail from Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia. It’s a good paper, especially worth reading by anyone interested in the ASEAN region.


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About the Author


Managing Editor, PMWJ
Texas, USA


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 and global organizations. 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/.