Welcome to the September 2015 Edition of the PM World Journal

David Pells
Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the September 2015 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ). This 38th edition of the Journal contains 41 articles, papers, reports and book reviews by 60 different authors in 17 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 related to program and project management (P/PM), please share this month’s edition with others in your network.

Invitation to Share Knowledge

We invite you to share your knowledge and experience (and stories) related to program and project management. A wide variety of articles, papers, reports, book reviews and news stories are included in the PMWJ each month. Share knowledge and gain visibility for you and your organization; publish an article or paper in the PMWJ. See our Call 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’s edition with a Featured Interview with James R. Snyder, PMI Founder, Fellow, Former Executive Director and President, and one of the best known figures in project management professional world. The interview was conducted by Ms. Petek Kabakci at the PMI Turkey Chapter in Istanbul and originally published in the PMI Turkey bi-monthly newsletter. Republished here with our pleasure, the interview provides insights into the history and future of both PMI and project management profession. Don’t miss it.

5 Featured Papers are included this month, by 9 authors in five different countries. Dr. Francis Udoudoh and Dr. Michael Oladokun in Nigeria have authored a serious paper titled “An Application of Cost Benefit Appraisal Technique in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Provision in Nigeria.” Based on their research, the authors provide some insights into pre and post investments in infrastructure projects in their country.

Meeting Tomorrow’s Infrastructure Needs” is a new paper by Bob Prieto, senior vice president at Fluor and one of America’s leading P/PM experts from the engineering and construction industry. While Bob’s focus in the paper is on America’s need to invest billions of dollars to replace aging infrastructure, the issues and solutions outlined in the paper could apply globally. Countries need the political will to invest in programs and projects with long term economic and social payback.

Ashwani Kharola, Swarnima Kunwar and Gopa Choudhury, researchers at the Institute of Technology Management within the Defence Research & Development Organisation at the Ministry of Defence, Government of India, are the authors of “Students Performance Evaluation: A fuzzy logic reasoning approach”. Their paper describes “… a new fuzzy logic reasoning based approach for performance evaluation of students in school or college. The attributes considered for evaluation cover academic as well as personality traits of the students…” This highly technical but interesting paper could be of interest to those involved with P/PM education and learning around the world.

Raji Sivaramen, Principal of ASBA LLC, a consultancy working in Singapore and the USA, and Chris Wilson, a musician and academic with 20 years’ experience in higher education working with eight universities in the UK, have authored “Project Management and Music in Education and Related Fields.” According to the authors in their introduction, “Starting from the premise that PM expertise is a valuable professional attribute and life skill of relevance to many if not all educational disciplines, questions emerge both as to how relevant techniques can be most effectively applied in educational contexts, and how insights might potentially be drawn from the study of different disciplines to enrich the PM profession… This paper focuses initially on higher education (specifically university level study) within the United Kingdom (UK) and other countries, and provides a contextual analysis of the discourse and practice of PM in undergraduate degree subjects. Discussion then narrows in on the discipline of music, as a specific context for consideration of PM through the educational and professional continuum…” If you love or play music, don’t miss this fascinating introduction to a whole new application area for P/PM.

Javed Azam, Strategic Program Director at Development Group International in Dallas, Texas, USA, is the author of “Cultural Metacognition and Intelligence in Development Projects.” Mr. Azam shares some research, experience and lessons learned from development projects in Southeast Asia. According to Mr. Azam, “This paper explores the challenges of competencies and skills needed to successfully manage global projects. We argue that Cultural Metacognition and Intelligence in conjunction with Emotional Intelligence are vital in fostering relationships building and project success…”

We are happy that these authors have shared their research and serious papers with readers of the PMWJ this month.

7 Series Articles are included this month, by authors in five different countries. Alan Stretton, PhD (Hon) in Australia is back with the third article in his 7-part “Series on general management functions and activities, and their relevance to the management of projects.” His article this month is titled “Management organizing function and activities.” Don’t miss this article and series by one of the world’s leading project management experts.


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About the Author

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Managing Editor, PMWJ

Addison, TX, 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. 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 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].
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