Welcome to the January 2024 PMWJ



By David Pells

Managing Editor
Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the January 2024 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ), the 137th monthly edition of this practitioner-oriented publication. This month’s PMWJ is another diverse and interesting edition, with 26 new works by 30 different authors representing 17 different countries. The new editions this month bring our totals to 4,914 works by 1,914 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 in response to Alan Stretton’s December paper on the subject of project success.  Hugo Minney in the UK argues that project managers do indeed have some responsibility for achieving benefits and outcomes. Please read this opinion, reread Alan’s December paper, then weigh in with your own email to me.

One Interview is included this month, courtesy of PMWJ correspondent Yasmina Khelifi in Paris.  This month Yasmina has interviewed incoming IPMA president Dr. Mladen Vukomanović in Zagreb, Croatia. Mladen answers questions about how he ascended to IPMA leadership, his expectations for IPMA in the years ahead, and his view on the broader role of project management in society.  Check out this interesting interview.

Six very good Featured Papers are included this month, by authors in seven different countries.  Silvia Mari in Switzerland and Massimo Pirozzi in Italy have authored “Managing stakeholder engagement: A critical success factor” in which they reinforce the importance of stakeholders in determining the eventual success of projects and programs. Alan Stretton in Australia is back with another powerful and important paper titled “Increasing project management (PM) contributions to “front ends”: Possibilities for PM to add early value to strategic outcomes by more direct involvement in organisational strategic initiation processes”. As Alan inherently illustrates, the best way to reduce risks might be to simply involve project experts in the selection and definition of strategic projects and programs “up front”? Raju Rao in India has contributed another good paper titled “The “Fixit” Economy: What does it mean for project & product professionals?”  Read this paper if you care about the environment or sustainability.

Professor Dr. M.F. Harake in France has authored another good paper titled “From Crisis to Crisis Management: How to be well prepared in today’s unstable world?”  New author Dr. Vijaya Kumar Umasekar, who is currently working in the UAE, has contributed “Stakeholder-Centric Lean Strategies: Improving Project Outcomes through Active Engagement and Value Creation”. Finally, capping the featured papers category, is a monumental new work by PMWJ Honorary Global Advisor Bob Prieto, titled “Quantum Project Management.” Drawing from his background in nuclear engineering and particle physics, Bob has proposed an entirely new model for understanding and corralling large complex programs and projects.  This paper deserves serious consideration, but don’t try to read it quickly.  It’s thick, heavy and slow going – but absolutely fascinating.

Five Series Articles are included by nine authors in seven countries, all of whom are well known experts in the PM field…


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How to cite this paper: Pells, D.L. (2024). Welcome to the January 2024 PMWJ; PM World Journal, Vol. XIII, Issue I, January. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/pmwj137-Jan2024-Pells-welcome-to-the-January-2024-pmwj.pdf

About the Author

David L. Pells

Managing Editor, PMWJ
Managing Director, PMWL
Addison, Texas, USA


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/