Welcome to the March 2023 PMWJ



By David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the March 2023 edition of the PM World Journal, the 127th monthly edition. This month’s PMWJ is another diverse and interesting edition, with 33 new works by 34 different authors representing 17 different countries. The new editions this month bring our totals to 4,578 works by 1,811 different authors representing 90+ different countries published in the PMWJ to date and archived in the PM World Library.

Eggs in baskets: The importance of backups!

One of my favorite egg proverbs is “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket!” I’m afraid we’ve put that old adage to good use again this month, as the PM World Library suffered a crash a week ago.  We’ve been trying to fully recover ever since, without complete success (there seems to be an uncooperative database table).  We have the library database backed up (saved) multiple times per week, so we don’t think we’ve lost many files.  But the ‘restore’ has not been successful yet; not all features and functionality have yet been recovered.  So if you have visited the library lately or tried to reregister, please try again in a few days.

Fortunately, the PMWJ website was not affected.  Although I normally first post all articles and papers in the PMWL during monthly production, this month I posted everything on the PMWJ site so that the March edition could go ahead.  So if you click on a title to read the full article or paper this month, you will notice a PMWJ url in the file name.  When the library is fully restored, we will post the March contents in the library as we normally do, along with new author profiles.

Once again I have been reminded of the importance of redundancy, backups and data security. I’ve also been reminded of the pain in the ass that managing a website can be. My wife says, “you need to retire”.  “Maybe soon,” I respond. “When I get older losing my hair, many years from now… when I’m sixty-four…”

Now, this month in the Journal

Two Interviews are included this month, by PMWJ correspondents Ipek Sahra Ozguler in Istanbul and Yasmina Khelifi in Paris.  Ipek’s interview is with Gary Scarf, Leader of North American Client Engagement at PMI.  Yasmina has interviewed Brigitte Schaden, the one and only former female president and Chair of IPMA and one of the best known women leaders in the project management professional world. Both interviews are interesting, so please take a look.

Three Featured Papers are included this month, all by frequent PMWJ contributors.  Pat Weaver in Brisbane is back with another look at PM from a historical perspective, this one titled “Earned Schedule – the First 20 Years”. Earned Schedule, an extension to Earned Value Management (EVM), has proven more useful and resilient than many expected.  Alan Stretton has authored another important paper titled “Some notes on roles of internal and external project management customers in the “back end” of projects”. Alan continues to consider mostly overlooked or ignored topics related to program and project management. Dr. Paul Giammalvo in Jakarta is back with the latest report on his ongoing study of PM credentials around the world with “Project Management Certification Benchmarking Research: 2023 Update”. Please consider downloading and studying these papers.


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How to cite this work: Pells, D.L. (2023). Welcome to the March 2023 PMWJ; PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue III, March. Available online at https://pmworldjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/pmwj127-Mar2023-Pells-welcome-to-this-edition-3.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 Journalwww.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/