Welcome to the December 2020 PMWJ



By David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA



Welcome to the December 2020 edition of the PM World Journal, the 100th monthly edition.  This is a milestone that we are proud of, but one that would have been impossible without the support of our authors, advisors, correspondents and readers.  Thank you to all who have contributed over the last eight plus years.

Thank you to Miles Shepherd in the UK and Alfonso Bucero in Spain for their congratulatory letters to the editor this month, and for their continuing contributions to the journal each month.  Also, thanks and recognition to Spring (Yu Yanjuan) at PM Review in Beijing for continuing to send her interesting interviews with global leaders in the PM world for republication in the PMWJ.  One of her recent interviewees happened to be with frequent journal contributor, Walt Lipke, so happy to include it this month.

We have seven featured papers again this month, including new ones from Bob Prieto in the USA and Dr. Lalamani Budeli in South Africa.  Bob important new paper is on the subject of correlation in programs and projects, a topic not well understood nor factored in many plans, dramatically increasing risks.  Lalamani’s paper is on the hot topic of data mining and machine learning as related to engineering, industrial systems and project management.  Martin Hopkinson in UK is also back with a new paper on a topic dear to many British citizens, the massive high speed rail project known as HS2.  Unsurprisingly and as Martin argues, the project’s business case is in crisis.

I am very excited to publish a paper this month co-authored by Massismo Pirozzi and Dr. Lidia Strigari in Italy titled “Project Management for Evidence Based Medicine: Some innovative approaches to support effective healthcare projects.”  This is a very timely topic as medical research and healthcare have risen to the top of the world’s agenda during the current Covid-19 pandemic. Massimo is an author, correspondent and longtime friend of the PMWJ who has focused on stakeholders in recent years.  Lidia is that rare medical doctor with a project management certification.  Their writing represents a critical teaming or PM with healthcare; also happy to say that they have agreed to authoring a new series on the subject for us in 2021.

The three other featured papers this month include a new paper by Armenian mathematician Dr. Pavel Barseghyan who lives in Plano, Texas.  Dr. Barseghyan, with whom I have met and who has extensive experience in the semiconductor industry, has developed over the last ten years some rather interesting (and somewhat complex) mathematical models of human behavior.  The title is too long to repeat here, but take a look at his writing, especially if you have an engineering or science background. Two papers are included by Dr. Adebayo Fashina (Nigeria/Somaliland) and co-authored by his research team of Funke Fakunle, Jama Sala, Sakariye Abdilahi and Mustafe Omar.  Their papers summarize research results related to project management in the construction sector in Somaliland. By the way, we’re happy to provide a publishing vehicle for sharing such research results, which may be of limited interest to many readers but may be extremely useful to those working in similar locations and conditions.  Frankly, I learn a lot from such papers so let’s not arrogantly discount serious research results from lesser-known African countries.


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How to cite this article: Pells, D.L. (2020). Welcome to the December 2020 PMWJ; PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue XII, December. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/pmwj100-Dec2020-Pells-welcome-to-this-edition.pdf



About the Author

David L. Pells

Managing Editor, PMWJ
Managing Director, PMWL


David L. Pells is Managing Editor 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 35 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 agencies, 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, 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); the Instituto Italiano di Project Management (ISIPM); and the Russian Project Management Association (SOVNET).  Since 2010 he is 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/