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PM ADVISORY

By Alfonso Bucero 

Madrid, Spain
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Perhaps you are happy as a project manager about the way you manage your project, your people or about the relationship you have with your project sponsor or your customer. Perhaps you are not. In many occasions in my professional life I was unhappy about one of those situations, but you know what, I did not do anything for changing it. Does it sound familiar to you?

To be a complete project manager is always a challenge for all of us. I mean developing the right skills to contribute for project success is not an easy task, but we can do much more that we can imagine. Working over the years, as a project manager,  I was a doer because I felt the obligation of doing everything under my management and organization umbrella without any doubt.

However I learnt over the years that organizations expect some added value from us, as project managers. I am not talking about disobedience in front of our top managers or not following the corporate procedures, rules and guidelines; I am talking about thinking differently and trying to figure out what would happen if we’d do it in other way. Please reflect upon the following questions:

Have you spent time thinking about what you would change in your organization regarding the way the support you in your projects?

Have you spent time thinking about the way you are dealing with your customer when delivering a project for them?

Have you spent time reflecting about how are you dealing with your team members and project stakeholders?

Are you happy about that, or would you change anything? If your answer is “I would change something”, I would say “WELCOME TO THE CLUB”. In my life as a project manager I wanted to change many things regarding every area I talked about, but I did not have the courage to do it. And I believe that I lost great opportunities with my behavior. Finally I was burnt out. Let me share with you the following story:

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About the Author

flag-spainalfonso-buceroAlfonso Bucero 

Madrid – Spain

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI Fellow, is an International Correspondent and Contributing Editor for the PM World Journal in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Bucero is also founder and Managing Partner of BUCERO PM Consulting.  Alfonso was the founder, sponsor and president of the PMI Barcelona Chapter until April 2005, and belongs to PMI’s LIAG (Leadership Institute Advisory Group).  He was the past President of the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter, and now nominated as a PMI EMEA Region 8 Component Mentor. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 29 years of practical experience and is actively engaged in advancing the PM profession in Spain and throughout Europe. He received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award on October 9th, 2010 and the PMI Fellow Award on October 22nd 2011.  Mr. Bucero can be contacted at [email protected].