Welcome to the June 2021 PMWJ



By David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the June 2021 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ), the 106th monthly edition.  This is one of our slimmest issues in recent months, with only 23 works by 24 different authors included.  Nevertheless, it contains some deep and powerful new works.  This edition also reflects the continued diversity of our stakeholders, with 16 different countries represented among the authors.

As we go to press this month, the Covid-19 pandemic rages on in many countries, in both large countries (Brazil, India) and much smaller ones (Bolivia has one of the highest per capital infection rates in the world).  Here in the USA, the pandemic is receding, mask-wearing is no longer required in most places (for those who are vaccinated), and the economy is starting to bounce back.  Not so fast in Europe, as another new variant appears to be more contagious.  I read an article in the Seattle Times this morning about a study of covid infections in Washington state where the list of infected persons was cross referenced to the state’s vaccination database, showing that 97% of infections were of unvaccinated persons.  A similar study in rural Oregon showed a correction of 98% of infections to lack of vaccination.

This research is both heartening and unsettling.  It demonstrates the efficacy of current covid vaccinations.  It also highlights the continuing risks to those without vaccinations; here in the USA, those include anti-vaccers, anti-maskers and conspiracy theory believers, many in rural counties and southern states. It also highlights the dangers to so many people around the world in countries still without enough vaccines. If you haven’t received your vaccination shots yet, please do so as soon as possible.  Odds are it might save your life and those closest to you.

Meanwhile, this edition starts with two good interviews: Spring’s new interview with the ever-interesting Peter Taylor, partially based on his newest book on PMOs; and Aina Aliieva’s very interesting interview with World Cup winning South African Rugby player and coach Gurthrö Garth Steenkamp (Coach G). Scrum in Agile is one thing, in Rugby it’s much more – the analogy is very good.


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How to cite this article: Pells, D.L. (2021). Welcome to the June 2021 PMWJ; PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue VI, June. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/pmwj106-Jun2021-Pells-welcome-to-this-edition.pdf

About the Author

David L. Pells

Managing Editor, PMWJ
Managing Director, PMWL


David L. Pells, PMI Fellow, HonFAPM, ISIPM, PMA, SOVNET 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 – Italy); Project Management Associates (PMA – India); and the Russian Project Management Association (SOVNET).  In 2010 he was made 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/