Welcome to the April 2023 PMWJ



By David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the April 2023 edition of the PM World Journal, the 128th monthly edition. This month’s PMWJ is another diverse and interesting edition, with 39 new works by 46 different authors representing 18 different countries. The new additions this month bring our totals to 4,618 works by 1,824 different authors representing 90+ countries published in the PMWJ to date and archived in the PM World Library.

Introductory comments

This is one of our largest issues in many months, with a lot of both new and previous authors contributing new works.  But wouldn’t you know it, this comes as our technical issues have continued.  As I reported last month, the PM World Library website crashed when we had to migrate it to a dedicated server with larger database capacity last month. The conversion problems have continued as we’ve lost some functionality on the library site including posting of breaking news. In addition, our registration process stopped working last Tuesday. I sincerely apologize to those of you who might have tried to register in the library recently.

In addition, I’ve had to again revert to producing the PMWJ using only the journal website. Normally I post the PDF’s of all new works each month in the PM World Library, then link the  summaries in the PMWJ to the files in the library.  This avoids having to post them on both the journal and library sites each month. This month I again had to post everything on the journal website; the effect will be transparent to you all but is more time consuming and a bit of a headache for me.

And to personalize this even more, my wife and I are leaving tomorrow for a four-day trip to visit family some 500 miles away. So I’ve had to burn the candles this week to both deal with technical issues and get this edition out the door. I hope there are not too many errors; if so, they will be corrected as soon as possible.  It may also be Tuesday before I can send the table of contents out to everyone as I try to do each month. In any case, thank you for your patience and continued support.

Now, this month in the journal

This is indeed a full issue, with some very interesting content and many new authors.

We begin with one Letter to the Editor from Dr. Ken Smith in Manila. Ken has become one of our most avid readers and contributors over the last year, with regular valuable articles and references to his decades in the PM field.  This month he reacts to Pat Weaver’s excellent paper last month on the history of Earned Schedule.

One new Interview is included this month.  Yasmina Khelifi in Paris has interviewed Carol Martinez, PMI’s Global Community Engagement Manager.   We have published a number of interesting interviews with PMI executives over the years, with something to learn each time.  This one is no exception, so please read this short but lively interview.

Six excellent Featured Papers are included this month, by authors in five different countries.  Professors Brane Semolic in Slovenia and Pieter Steyn in South Africa have co-authored another future-oriented technical paper titled “Management and Leadership of Complex Collaborative Digitalization Projects and Programs.” Dr. Ali Jaafari in Australia has authored “It is Time to Shift to Integrated Business and Project Management”, drawing on his two recently published textbooks on this big topic. Longtime global advisor and contributing author Alan Stretton in Sydney has authored another important paper with historical implications titled “An aggregation of some general management and associated antecedents of modern project management.” Marianna Spezie and Damiano Bragantini in Verona, Italy are the authors another somewhat technical paper titled “The Development of a Task Management Software (TMS): A bridge between Project Management sub-activities (especially in multi-project context) and ‘ordinary’ assignments to follow.” Pat Weaver in Melbourne has authored a very useful new paper titled “Assessing Delay – the SCL Options.”  And Dr. Paul Giammalvo in Jakarta has jumped back into the EVM fray with “Applied Earned Value Management Based on ‘Cost Engineering Principles’ with Practical Case Studies for Validation Purposes.” Please take the time to check out these serious new works.


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How to cite this paper: Pells, D.L. (2023). Welcome to the April 2023 PMWJ; PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue IV, April. Available online at https://pmworldjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/pmwj128-Apr2023-Pells-welcome-to-the-April-2023-pmwj-2.pdf

About the Author 

David L. Pells

Managing Editor, PMWJ
Managing Director, PMWL


 David L. Pells, PMI Fellow, HonFAPM, ISIPM, PMA, is Managing Editor and publisher of the PM World Journal (www.pmworldjournal.com) and Managing Director of the PM World Library (www.pmworldlibrary.net). David is an internationally recognized leader in the field of professional project management with more than 40 years of experience on a variety of programs and projects, including engineering, construction, energy, defense, transit, technology and nuclear security, and project sizes ranging from thousands to billions of dollars. He occasionally acts as project management advisor for U.S. national laboratories and international programs, and currently serves as an independent advisor for a major U.S. national security program.

David Pells has been an active professional leader in the United States since the 1980s, as founder and president of several PMI chapters, founder of PMI’s first SIG (Project Earth), and member of the PMI board of directors 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; the Instituto Italiano di Project Management (ISIMP) in Italy; and Project Management Associates (PMA) in India.

Former managing editor of PM World Today, he is the creator, editor and publisher of the PM World Journal (ISSN: 2330-4880).  David has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington and an MBA from Idaho State University in the USA.  He has published widely and spoken at conferences and events worldwide.  David lives near Dallas, Texas and can be contacted at editor@pmworldjournal.com.

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