Welcome to the July 2020 PMWJ



By David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA



Welcome to the July 2020 edition of the PM World Journal, the 95th monthly edition.  For many of those previous editions, a welcome article was included to briefly describe the articles, papers and other works included that month.  The welcome articles often also included an editorial on some current topic, or one that I felt compelled to discuss.  For example, the April 2019 welcome article discussed the recent crash and loss of the PMWJ website and database, which had to be rebuilt.  Since then, however, the volume of works received for publication grew so much that I found less and less time for either welcome articles or editorials.

A few readers actually complained about my silence.  So last month I included my first editorial in over a year, but no welcome article.  This month, here is a welcome article but without an editorial.  The editorial that I planned to publish this month is too important to rush and I ran out of time.  Maybe I can say something intelligent in this article, but… I’m going to keep it short, maybe a new model for welcome articles.

My Black Elephants editorial last month generated some interesting feedback and emails.  See the four letters to the editor this month for examples.  I will partially return to this topic next month, as there seem to be differing definitions of black swans and black elephants among our readers.  In the meantime, if anyone else wants to weigh in, please send an email to me at editor@pmworldjournal.com.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 Pandemic continues to ravage the world.  Here in the U.S. and in Texas in particular, it’s getting worse. We’ve had 1,100 new cases in Dallas, 8,000 in Texas and 50,000 nationwide just in the last 24 hours.  The number of cases is increasing now in 37 out of 50 U.S. states and in many other countries.  One affect of the lockdown seems to be more researchers and professionals authoring articles and papers.  That is reflected in this edition, which includes 34 works by 44 authors in 16 different countries.  It’s not a record, but enough to keep me very busy.

We’ve republished another Interview provided by Spring, our correspondent in Beijing and our connection to PM Review, an outstanding publication that burst onto the PM scene about two years ago.  We’re now a media partner for PMR; check out their website (English version as I must do).  The link is at the top of the PMWJ website at www.pmworldjournal.com.

The Featured Papers this month includes a translated paper authored in China by Prof Xiaojin Wang at Yunnan University in Southwest China.  We were honored in June to have Dr. Wang join our academic advisory team…


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How to cite this paper: Pells, D.L. (2020). Welcome to the July 2020 PMWJ; PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue VII, July.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/pmwj95-Jul2020-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.net) 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 Russian Project Management Association SOVNET, and the ISIPM.  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:2330-4480).  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 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/