How do projects begin?



PMWJ invites articles and papers focused on the project startup phase

18 December 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World is inviting authors around the world to submit new works for publication in the PM World Journal on the general question of “how do projects begin?” Articles and papers related to any aspect of project startup are sought for the first few journal editions of 2015. Some potential contributions might include:

  • 141218-pmwj30-how-IMAGEFeatured Papers – new knowledge or research related to project feasibility analysis, selection, planning, launch or other similar topics
  • Advisory Articles – how to get started, engage with stakeholders, accept or reject project proposals, form project teams, assess risks, establish valid baselines, ensure sponsorship, etc.
  • Personal Stories – Lessons learned about the right ways or wrong ways to plan, justify or launch projects of any kind – these can be serious or just entertaining
  • Case studies – stories about successful project startups, including feasibility studies, brainstorming, team formation, selecting resources and other aspects
  • Commentaries – personal opinions about what to do or what not to do during the conceptual and early planning phases of projects
  • Student Papers – research papers developed for graduate or undergraduate project management courses or programs
  • Second Editions – older works that were previously presented at conferences or published some years ago that bear seriously on the front end of projects

Submit an original work for publication or questions to [email protected].

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “It is becoming more evident that many projects fail due to lack of proper feasibility assessment or business case, poor planning, weak risk analysis, wrong resources involved, inadequate discipline and other factors at the very front end. What new knowledge can we document to help more projects and project managers succeed?”

Russ Archibald has advocated for a new project lifecycle model that adds emphasis on the project startup phase,” Pells adds. “Andy Cuthbert at Halliburton and many others have advocated for more project manager involvement during early project feasibility and selection stages. And now Alan Stretton in his new journal series is showing that many projects fail due to front end problems. We would welcome more articles on these and other aspects of the topic.”

Researchers, practitioners and experts are invited to submit an original article or paper for publication in the PM World Journal. Industry executives and managers are invited to share their knowledge and experience. For author guidelines, visit https://pmworldjournal.net/authors/author-guidelines/.

PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also operates the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To read the latest PMWJ, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

Editor’s note: We do not publish topic-specific issues of the PM World Journal.  Works submitted in response to this call for papers can be published at any time in the future, so please consider sending an original article now or in the future – to [email protected].