Welcome to the May 2023 PMWJ



By David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the May 2023 edition of the PM World Journal, the 129th monthly edition of this practitioner-oriented publication. This month’s PMWJ is another diverse and interesting edition, with 36 new works by 40 different authors representing 15 different countries. The new editions this month bring our totals to 4,654 works by 1,837 different authors representing 90+ countries published in the PMWJ to date and soon to be archived in the PM World Library.

We begin with two interesting Letters to the Editor this month. Manuel Ancizu in Pamplona, Spain has shared some lovely feedback he has received from his May 2022 PMWJ article titled “Everyone Smiles in the Same Language.”  Kik Piney in France has weighed in on some EVM examples cited by Dr. Paul Giammalvo in his April 2023 paper on the topic of earned value management.

One interesting Interview is included this month, a Q&A with former PMI CEO Mark Langley by Yasmina Khelifi, our correspondent in Paris. Mark reflects on his 17 years at PMI, some trends and the evolution of the PM field, and some thoughts on the current state of the profession. Don’t miss this interview, with someone with a very unique perspective.

Four stimulating Featured Papers are included this month, by seven authors in four different countries.  Alan Stretton has authored “The nature of ‘systems’, and some early systems contributions to modern project management.”  Based on Alan’s observations, perhaps these are not settled matters after all.  “Property development amidst global warming and climate change: A review” is by Christian Osita Ifediora, PhD and Henry Chinedu Halim in Nigeria; it’s a look into an important project-based sector in most economies. Weighing into the complex and unsettling issue of AI, Federico Minelle and Franco Stolfi have contributed “AI to support PM: a ChatGPT quality assessment (ß test)”.   This is really new stuff!  Glen Alleman has co-authored, with Annmarie Oien, PhD, a paper on a seemingly important topic, “Is There an Underlying Theory of Software Project Management?” This is a question and issue that I have never considered.  Have any of you? It’s pretty interesting reading!

Seven Series Articles are included by eight authors in seven different countries, all of whom are well known experts in the PM field.  Dr. Deepa Bhide in India has continued her series on “Healthcare and Project Management” with “Ethical Decision-Making in Healthcare.” This seems another critically important topic in the healthcare field, as it is in project management. Stanislaw Gasik, PhD in Poland has authored “On public projects’ values, the latest article in his “Let’s talk about public projects” series.

Dr. Al Zeitoun and Dr. Harold Kerzner in the USA have provided “Building Program and Project Management Muscles: The Thinking Muscle”, the latest in their future-oriented series titled ‘The Great Project Management Accelerator’. Henny Portman in The Netherlands has contributed “Culture makes or breaks your agile transition”, the latest in his series titled “Sensemaking in the Agile Forest”. Yasmina Khelifi in Paris has authored “Level up Your Intercultural Awareness (Part 1)”, the newest article in her “Making a Modern Project Manager” series. “Schedule Risk Analysis: a brief guide” is the latest by Martin Hopkinson in the UK, in his “Practical Project Risk Management” series.

The final series article this month is “Part 1 Series Introduction”, the introductory article in a new series on “The Road to Responsible Collaboration” by Robin Hornby in Canada.  Robin is the author of the recently published book “A Concise Guide to Project Collaboration: Building a Delivery Organization” (Routledge 2023). He’s authored other books, but this one really caught my eye; it’s a great topic for project management leaders and organizations.  I hope you agree.


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How to cite this paper: Pells, D.L. (2023). Welcome to the May 2023 PMWJ; PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue V, May. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/pmwj129-May2023-Pells-welcome-to-May-2023-PMWJ-2.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/