Welcome to the October 2021 PMWJ



By David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the October 2021 edition of the PM World Journal, the 110th monthly edition. This month’s PMWJ contains 24 new works by 24 different authors representing 14 different countries. Not so many new works again this month, but impactful as usual.  You won’t be disappointed.

The recent publication by PMI of their “Standard for Project Management” and PMBOK® Guide, 7th Edition, seems to have stirred up some emotional reactions among some readers.  Massimo Pirozzi in Italy weighed in last month with his reaction in a commentary article titled “The Everlasting importance of a Common Project Management Language.” Kik Piney in France responds this month with a letter to the editor “On the Subject of Language”, while Martin Smit in South Africa lays out the major changes in his commentary with a title too long to repeat but summarized as “Will the PMBOK Guide 7th Ed lead to more successful delivery of projects?”).  With their wholesale shift from a process to principles-based standard, PMI has moved the goal posts with some potentially disruptive impacts on many stakeholders.  It’s going to be interesting to see how it all works out.

Meanwhile, we start with three very interesting interviews again this month.  Spring in Beijing has interviewed Dr. Youcef J-T Zidane, senior PM researcher at CREAD in Algiers; Yasmina Khalifi in Paris has interviewed design thinking guru John Coyle; and Ipek Sahra Ozguler in Istanbul has interviewed Brantlee Underhill, Managing Director for North America at PMI in the USA.  Different topics, but all highly relevant for many!  Don’t overlook these outstanding new works.

Three Featured papers are included in the October PMWJ.  We welcome Dr. Al Zeitoun and Dr. Harold Kerzner, two highly sought-after thought leaders in the USA, who have co-authored a new work titled “Project Management Pain Points and a Path Forward.”  Bob Prieto is back with a thought-provoking new paper on the subject of “Sensemaking in Project Management”; Alan Stretton has continued his recent themes in his new paper titled “An exploration of assets and projects: Types of assets, and project deliverables as assets, in an organisational context.” These are significant contributions to the body of project management literature, so please read if you can, now or later.

Four advisory articles are included this month, including a new one by Dr. Ken Smith who continues to share his vast experience with our readers.,,


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How to cite this paper: Pells, D.L. (2021). Welcome to the August 2021 PMWJ; PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue X, October. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/pmwj110-Oct2021-Pells-welcome-to-this-edition.pdf

About the Author

David L. Pells

Managing Editor, PMWJ
Managing Director, PMWL


 David L. Pells, PMI Fellow, HonFAPM, ISIPM, PMA, SOVNET 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); Project Management Associates (PMA – India); and the Russian Project Management Association (SOVNET).  In 2010 he was made 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/