July 2017 Report from Spain


Project Management during crisis times; The last Congress organized by the PMI Madrid Chapter in Madrid on June 20th, 2017

By Alfonso Bucero MSc, CPS, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow

International Correspondent & Editorial Advisor

Madrid, Spain


We had the opportunity to know the opinion from Luis Chirivella, Manager of Project management at IDOM in Catalunya (Spain). Luis was part of the PMI Barcelona Chapter when we started that Chapter on 2003.

Luis, what is your opinion about the Project management discipline being applied during crisis times?

I believe during crisis organizations and individuals are reinforced… ” Even when it is not exactly that the popular opinion, it’s serving me to give a challenging and optimistic opinion about the interesting stage that people and organizations are living in the South of Europe and other countries worldwide. All crisis generate challenges and opportunities we need to discover and manage and, the Project management sector is totally immerse in this reality; 2009 year was characterized by a decrease on Project Management services demand derived from the construction sector crisis and, especially in the real-state business, what has made necessary that project management services companies to redefine their objectives and change their strategies towards services diversification and look to other countries business.

The European economic situation, and specially the Spanish one, forced the Spanish Government to set up several austerity measures. These measures pointed out to a drastic investment reduction, that may complicate the situation very much. We have been seeing investments cuts, work penalization and, more recently, bidding processes eliminated, and in some cases even when proposals were presented. This panorama seems to be “interesting”, from an optimistic perspective.


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About the Author

Alfonso Bucero

Contributing Editor
International Correspondent – Spain



Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, 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]

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