Welcome to the March 2022 PMWJ



By David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the March 2022 edition of the PM World Journal, the 115th monthly edition. This month’s PMWJ contains 33 new works by 30 different authors representing 14 different countries. This is a powerful edition, with four good interviews, three featured papers, nine series articles, an advisory, eight commentary articles, three reports, an advisory and a history of a project management program at a major U.S. university.

It sometimes seems that the PMWJ takes a little longer to produce each month, or perhaps I get started too late, but once again my welcome article was the bottleneck again.  My apologies! I usually wait until all other works are produced, approved by authors and posted before completing my welcome article, and, as is often the case, there were some late arrivals that had to be formatted and finalized this week.

In addition, I was again planning to use this welcome article to comment about another major issue impacting the project management world, in this case the War in Ukraine.  But alas, I ran out of time again and there is just too much to say, so you’re getting two separate articles from me this month – this welcome and a separate editorial on the war, its impact on our professional world and a new very related epiphany that I’ve had this month, an entirely new perspective on risk.

As I’ve been to Ukraine and have friends there, the war is personal.  But make no mistake, we’re already in World War Three, and a black elephant is in the room.  The air is also clearing for me on why so many project continue to flounder and fail.  Please see my thoughts on these matters in my editorial this month.  But please bear with me; I need another day or two to finish it.

This month in the Journal (so far)

Two of our prominent authors have sent Letters to the Editor this month. Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez in Belgium has shared his thoughts on the war in Ukraine and “the undesirable power of projects”, originally shared with thousands via LinkedIn.  Martin Hopkinson in the UK has provided some rationale, background and introduction for his new PMWJ series on “Practical Project Risk Management” in the form of a letter to the editor.  Please read their pieces.

A Tribute to the late Dr. Martin Barnes, APM founder, is prominently included this month. Dr. Barnes passed away a month ago; this tribute is an update of our breaking news article posted on 21 February and includes a link to his life story and obituary published in The Times of London last weekend. The tribute also includes two new photos of Martin, courtesy of Jouko Vaskimo in Finland.


To read entire welcome article, click here

How to cite this paper: Pells, D.L. (2022). Welcome to the March 2022 PMWJ; PM World Journal, Vol. XI, Issue III, March. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/pmwj115-Mar2022-Pells-welcome-to-the-march-2022-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 – Italy); and Project Management Associates (PMA – 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/