Welcome to the October 2021 PMWJ



By David Pells

Managing Editor

Addison, Texas, USA

Welcome to the November 2021 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ), the 111th monthly edition. This month’s PMWJ contains 27 new works by 27 different authors representing 15 different countries. This is another slim but powerful edition, with some great interviews, papers, articles and reports. I don’t think any readers will be disappointed. That includes those of you who are regular authors. It has been encouraging to see more authors referencing earlier works previously published in the PMWJ; this edition offers even more good food for thought.

Online traffic to the PMWJ website continues to grow, now at around 10,500 per month (350/day). The PMWJ Table of Contents is emailed to around 3,000 each month, including previous authors, book reviewers and other stakeholders. We don’t send other email blasts out, either directly or via social media. I personally dislike receiving unsolicited emails and don’t much care for social media notices either, most of which I find to be self-promotional and uninteresting. Obviously, we don’t do a great deal of marketing; it you find this edition useful or interesting, please forward the PMWJ URL to your friends, colleagues or students. Word-of-mouth is better advertising anyway.

That all said, distribution of the PMWJ is about to grow dramatically. In September we signed an MOU for cooperation and mutual support with Project Management South Africa that includes distribution of our table of contents to their members (I think several hundred, maybe a thousand). We are now about to announce a similar relationship with ISIPM in Rome whereby the PMWJ contents will be emailed to their 4,000+ members each month as well. We are looking for other PM organizations for similar opportunities to cooperate. For those without their own newsletters or publications, perhaps the PMWJ can provide a significant new member benefit.

Now this month in the journal. First, my apologies for posting this welcome article a day late. It seems that I am now the most frequent bottleneck to on-time publication (which also explains why I’ve not authored any editorials lately, although I have many topics I’d like to weigh in on!) But not to worry; we start this month with three tremendous interviews, one by Spring in Beijing and two by Yasmina Khelifi in Paris. Spring captured some momentum from Val Jonas in the UK on risk management; Yasmina cornered Frédéric Casagrande, winner of a Europe PMO Leader of the Year award and three top IPMA leaders, with all sharing useful and interesting experiences and insights.

Each of the four Featured Papers this month is a heavy lift. The first, “The Nexus between Organizational Climate, Collaboratist Leadership and Industry 4.0 Readiness within the Construction Industry”, is a research paper by newly-crowned PhD Dr. Daniel Farai Zhou along with professors Dr. Cecile Schultz and Dr. Pieter Steyn at Cranefield College in South Africa.  The second paper with a title almost too long to insert by Alan Stretton in Australia extends his strategic management model with a focus on organizational benefits, contexts and operations.  The third featured paper is by Dr. Paul Giammalvo in Jakarta and contains serious push-back against the many widely-promoted product-focused project management models and standards, including the new PMBOK7 from PMI. The 4th paper titled “Customer service and project performance at state-owned enterprises: Towards a sustainable mechanism”, also from South Africa and by Ashley Majika, addresses a seriously deficient sector that needs better PM. If you’ve got time, don’t miss these new contributions.


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How to cite this paper: Pells, D.L. (2021). Welcome to the November 2021 PMWJ; PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue XI, November. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/pmwj111-Nov2021-Pells-welcome-to-the-november-2021-pmwj.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/