Welcome to the July 2023 PMWJ



By David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the July 2023 edition of the PM World Journal, the 131st monthly edition of this practitioner-oriented publication. This month’s PMWJ is another diverse and interesting edition, with 33 new works by 41 different authors representing 16 different countries. The new editions this month bring the totals to 4,722 works by 1,859 different authors representing 90+ countries published in the PMWJ to date and archived in the PM World Library.

Two Letters to the Editor are included in this edition. It seems that we now have a running commentary on AI, as Federico Minelle and Franco Stolfi (Italy) respond this month to last month’s letter to the editor by Martin Hopkinson (UK) regarding their May paper describing their ChatGPT assessment. We’ll be happy to hear from more of you on this topic, especially since we publish several AI-related papers again this month.  Also, Kik Piney in France has offered some comments in reaction to Dr. Ken Smith’s (Philippines) article last month about project life cycle terminology. Letters to the editor can share new knowledge, so please share your thoughts on anything we publish.

Two Interviews are included this month, by PMWJ correspondents Yasmina Khelifi (France) and Angelica Larios (Mexico).  Yasmina’s interview with Heidi Musser is excellent, as Dr. Musser shares experiences and insights from her decades in agile, IT, board and advisory leadership.  Angelica’s interview with PMI regional leader Dr. Angela Mendez is an excerpt from the recent book titled “Perspectives of Women in Project Management Latin America”, created by Angelica and Ipek Sahra Ozguler (Turkey).  For fresh and powerful perspectives, read these interviews.

Five Featured Papers are included this month, by authors in four different countries.  “Navigating Challenges: Infrastructure Project Delivery in Conflict Zones” is a wonderful ground-breaking paper by Yamanta Raj Niroula (Nepal) who has experience working in such conditions in many countries. I’m honored that he is sharing his valuable insights through the PMWJ.  Professors David Murphy and Andrew Gale (UK) are the authors of “Projects as Partnerships: Project Management and cross-sector partnering approaches to stakeholder engagement”, an update of a paper originally presented at the April 2023 University of Maryland PM Symposium.  This too moves the envelope forward on multiple topics, as knowledge about stakeholders and organizational approaches often do.  This is a fully researched and referenced academic paper by heads of their respective university project management programs in the UK.

Dr. Larry Icard, Johan Botha and Dr. Darelle Van Greunan (South Africa) have authored “The Use of Project Management Technology Tools for Managing Digital Solutions Projects: A case example”, which is a rather traditional topic applied to the new digital landscape.  “Calculating Completion” by Patrick Weaver (Australia) also addresses a traditional topic with new depth and breadth, providing another exclamation point to this schedule management issue. Mark Reeson (UK) is the author of “The Importance of Change Management within Business Management”, also reinforcing good practices that should already be widespread but may not be.

Seven Series Articles are included by eight authors in seven countries, all of whom are well known experts in the PM field.  Dr. Deepa Bhide (India) has introduced a new co-author, Sunanda Gundavajhala (India), for her important new “Healthcare and Project Management” series article, this month titled “Project Management Approaches in Health Care.” Dr. Stanislaw Gasik (Poland) has authored “Parliaments and projects” in his ground-breaking series titled “Let’s Talk About Public Projects.”  Oliver Lehmann (Germany) has contributed another new project business management article, continuing his new series incorporating ancient Chinese military philosophy, this one titled “Project Business and Chinese Stratagems, Pt. 2: Deceptive Stratagems.”  These are powerful new articles that should be of interest to thousands of PM professionals.


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How to cite this paper: Pells, D.L. (2023). Welcome to the June 2023 PMWJ; PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue VII, July. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/pmwj131-Jul2023-Pells-welcome-to-the-July-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/