Welcome to the August 2021 PMWJ



By David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the August 2021 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ), the 108th monthly edition. This month’s PMWJ contains 33 new works by 39 different authors representing an astounding 19 different countries. I am proud of the diversity of voices, locations and perspectives represented in the PMWJ each month.  This edition is particularly rich, with a variety of interesting and significant contributions.

First, I apologize for the late publication of the journal this month.  As Oliver Lehmann once reminded me, sometimes real life interferes with work, as it has for me lately.  That said, I was gratified to hear from several readers after this welcome article was not included when the August edition went live this weekend.  Better late than never, hopefully, so here it is.

Entertaining? Shocking? Irreverent? What is your reaction to the letter to the editor this month from SARS-CoV-2? And what is a “Pandemic Magnification Institute”?  Let’s see who responds next month.

Reflecting the wide range and impact of projects across industries and places, three great interviews are included this month.  Spring (Yu Yanjuan) in China has reached across the globe to interview American PMO guru Rich Malzman.  Adriana Cibelli in Buenos Aires has interviewed a brilliant young Argentinian entrepreneur and founder/CEO of a very successful corporate gaming company. Aina Aliieva in Toronto has reached out across the Pond to interview British agilest, author and influencer Duena Blomstrom.  Check out these very interesting interviews.

Four of the eight featured papers this month are from academic researchers in Nigeria.  I am proud to be providing a publishing vehicle for researchers and teachers at some of Nigeria’s leading technical universities, where project management seems very well positioned. Don’t be put off by the local nature of their research; the topics, findings and results are applicable in many other locations.  Meanwhile, Alan Stretton has contributed another paper this month, expanding on his recursive strategic management model to more fully encompass operations – where project outcomes and benefits are actually realized. The papers by Lola Saliba in Lebanon and Brane and Luka Semolič in Slovenia are entirely new topis – Lola’s proposed Airplane Model and the Virtual Open Innovation System from the Semolič team. Danilo Arba’s sixth PMWJ paper is one of his most important, on the topic of “Future Directions of Cost and Productivity Estimating with Artificial Intelligence (AI)”. If you have time, please read these; then send the authors a comment or reaction.


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How to cite this article: Pells, D.L. (2021). Welcome to the August 2021 PMWJ; PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue VIII, August. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/pmwj108-Aug2021-Pells-welcome-to-this-edition.pdf

About the Author

David L. Pells

Managing Editor, PMWJ
Managing Director, PMWL


David L. Pells, PMI Fellow, HonFAPM, ISIPM, PMA, SOVNET 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 – Italy); Project Management Associates (PMA – India); and the Russian Project Management Association (SOVNET).  In 2010 he was made an honorary member of the Project Management Association of Nepal.

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/