Welcome to the December 2023 PMWJ



By David L. Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the December 2023 edition of the PM World Journal, the 136th monthly edition of this practitioner-oriented publication. This month’s PMWJ is another diverse and interesting edition, with 28 new works by authors in 14 different countries. The new editions this month bring our totals to 4,884 works by 1,912 different authors representing 90+ countries published in the PMWJ to date and archived in the PM World Library.

One Letter to the Editor is included in this edition by Dr. Ken Smith in The Philippines, a “Follow up Report on Project ‘Ilaw’ (Light)”, the subject of his May 2023 project story titled “Back to Barangay”. According to Ken, they’ve made good progress but can still use some help.

One Interview is included this month, courtesy of PMWJ correspondent Yasmina Khelifi in Paris, a short Q&A with Sam Simbley, PMI’s global head of Emerging Products and Innovation.  Even with a few questions, this is another interesting look inside one of PMI’s key operating units focused on the future. Please check out this good work by Yasmina again this month.

Four Featured Papers are included by authors in four different and far distant countries.  The contribution by Alan Stretton in Australia this month is so important that it not only belongs in the featured papers category but leads the list.  His paper has the following long but significant title: “Questioning “project success’ as a realistic descriptor for outcomes successfully achieved by other participants at various stages of organizational strategic management processes.”  If Alan is right, he may be singlehandedly solving the dilemma of perceived high project failure rates while the PM profession should be maturing.  The paper also largely overturns the widely held position of professional bodies that have emphasized benefits and outcomes as project management responsibilities in recent years. Alan offers strong and logical arguments against such views. The debate is now open; please weigh in.

The other three papers are less controversial, making significant contributions related to other important topics for project organizations and professionals.  “New Zero: A project management perspective” is by Raju Rao in India.  “How Adequate is Your Delivery Platform” is by Pascal Bohulu Mabelo in South Africa.  “A Methodological Guideline for Project Supply Chain Management” is by Prof. M. F. Harake in France. Please review the titles and summaries and read one or two. If you like what you read, let the author know or send us a letter to the editor (email).

Five Series Articles are included by authors in six countries, all of whom are well known experts in the PM field.  Dr. Deepa Bhide in India has teamed up with Thomas Walenta in Germany to author another powerful article related to “Healthcare and Project Management” titled “The Human Side of Healthcare Project Management.” Dr. Stanislaw Gasik in Poland has authored the next in his series on “Let’s Talk About Public Projects”, this month’s article titled “OECD Principles of Public Administration and projects”. Stan rightly questions government bodies that issue principles and policies that ignore projects and the need to properly plan and manage public investments.

Oliver Lehmann in Germany has authored the final article in his very interesting series on “Project Business and Chinese Stratagems”.  This is ‘Part 6: Stratagems in the Moment of Defeat” and very interesting indeed. Oliver argues that the ancient 36 Chinese Stratagems (sānshíliù jì) can be usefully applied to projects and project management. Let’s see if you agree.


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How to cite this paper: Pells, D.L. (2023). Welcome to the August 2023 PMWJ; PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue XII, December. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/pmwj136-Dec2023-Pells-welcome-to-the-December-2023-pmwj.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/