Welcome to the November 2020 PMWJ



By David L. Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA


Welcome to the November 2020 edition of the PM World Journal, the 99th monthly edition of this global publication.  This month we include 30 works by 30 different authors representing 14 countries.  This month’s edition is also late, for which I apologize.  Unfortunately, our website crashed again and it’s taken a few days to recover.  Fortunately, all works published in the PMWJ are archived in the PM World Library, where I’ve also been working on restoring tables of contents for all previously published journal editions, with links to all works archived in the library.  History not fully recovered but it will have to suffice.

Meanwhile, the presidential election in the United States has come and gone, and we have a new President-Elect, former VP Joseph Biden.  President Trump has vowed not to concede nor to support a peaceful transition to a new administration, and he has already mounting lawsuits to try to change the election results.  But his divisive, corrupt, incompetent and disastrous administration is coming to an end.  Biden was only named the winner on Saturday, 7 November; since then many world leaders have been contacting him with congratulations, while his supporters have been celebrating in the streets and parks around the country.  Whether President Trump wants to leave or not, as a Biden supporter stated this week, “The United States is perfectly capable of escorting intruders out of the White House.”

So now we will move on, with this country re-engaging with the world on such important issues as fighting the pandemic and climate change, advancing international security, promoting human rights, global trade and economic development and, most importantly, addressing the other global black elephants made more dire by Covid-19 such as health, education, nutrition and poverty. Based on the large percentage of the U.S. population supporting Donald Trump, it may be decades before the world can rely on U.S. leadership again.  Nevertheless, we at PM World will continue to advance modern program and project management around the world from our little perch in North Texas.  Over the last 8+ years, we have published 3,748 works by 1,600 different authors in dozens of countries; we have touched thousands of readers around the world. For me, it has been worthwhile and rewarding.  I hope you all agree.

It seems that my editorial on “Whatever Happened to Organizational PM Maturity” in the October PMWJ caught the attention of a few readers, as we had five letters to the editor on the topic this month.  All of them are substantive, so take a look.  We then start this edition with an excellent interview with Elizabeth Harrin in UK by Spring in China.  Elizabeth really is one of the world’s most thoughtful contributors on issues related to humans working on projects, and especially women.

Five featured papers are included this month, four by previous authors and one by a new contributor in California, Dr. Dale Deardorff.  The papers by Bob Prieto, Dr. Lalamani Budeli, Danilo Arba and Eduardo Miranda are serious new contributions to the PM body of knowledge.  Dr. Deardorff’s paper titled “Pracademic Project Management” is aimed at practicing project management professionals and is based on a teaching approach they are using at California State University Northridge.


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How to cite this paper: Pells, D.L. (2020). Welcome to the November 2020 PMWJ; PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue XI, November. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/pmwj99-Nov2020-Pells-welcome-to-this-edition.pdf



About the Author

David L. Pells

Managing Editor, PMWJ
Managing Director, PMWL


David L. Pells is Managing Editor 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 35 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 agencies, 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, serving on the board of directors of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) 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; Project Management Associates (PMA – India); the Instituto Italiano di Project Management (ISIPM); and the Russian Project Management Association (SOVNET).  Since 2010 he is 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/