Welcome to the March 2024 PMWJ



By David L. Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the March 2024 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ), the 139th monthly edition of this practitioner-oriented publication. This month’s PMWJ is another diverse and interesting edition, with 33 new works by 38 different authors representing 19 different countries. The new editions this month bring our totals to 4,982 works by 1,947 different authors representing 90+ countries published in the PMWJ to date and now archived in the PM World Library.

One Letter to the Editor is included in this edition on the topic of customer-oriented project management in response to Alan Stretton’s February paper on that topic. The reaction was from Owen Podger in Bali who once worked with and for Alan many years ago.  Owen not only agrees with Alan’s premise but remembers well the references to Civic and Civic as a beacon of leadership in the Australian commercial building industry in the 1960s and 70s.

In Tribute this month, we pay homage to PMI Founder James Snyder who passed away at the age of 85 on 19 February 2024. Rather than trying to recreate Jim’s long and enormously influential career, we simply link to PMI’s tribute and to his official obituary. Starting out in Jim Snyder’s kitchen more than 55 years ago, PMI has grown to become the world’s largest and most influential project management organization in the world. He was respected and beloved by so many PMI leaders over the years, many of whom reacted to the news of his passing with heartfelt emails and messages.  We join those members of his extended professional family and offer our condolences to his immediate family and colleagues.

Two Interviews are included this month, courtesy of PMWJ correspondents Yasmina Khelifi in Paris and Ipek Sahra Ozguler in Istanbul. Yasmina has interviewed another influential PMI executive, Ms. Sierra Hampton-Simmons, PMI’s vice president for Certification. Sierra answered questions about PMI’s new CAPM certification, her personal story and more.  Ipek has provided an interesting interview with Rich Maltzman and Jim Stewart, authors of the book Great Meetings Build Great Teams: A Guide for Project Leaders and Agilists. As I did, you will learn something new from reading these two interviews. Please check them out.

A whopping nine Featured Papers are included this month, by authors in nine different countries.  These good papers are a mix of academic and professional research, by professors, graduate students and very senior project management practitioners.


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How to cite this paper: Pells, D.L. (2024). Welcome to the March 2024 PMWJ; PM World Journal, Vol. XIII, Issue III, March. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/pmwj139-Mar2024-Pells-welcome-to-the-March-2024-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/