July 2017 Update from Chile


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Project Management Report from Santiago

By Jaime Videla, PMP

International Correspondent

Santiago, Chile


PMI Santiago Chile Chapter

President of the PMI Santiago Chile Chapter resigns

Ms. Lorena Alegre Cordovez has resigned voluntarily and indeclinably, for strictly personal reasons, from the position of President of the PMI Santiago Chile Chapter.

In accordance with the bylaws, in its replacement and until the end of its mandate, the board has appointed Mr. Alfonso Barraza San Martín as President of the Chapter.

Mr. Barraza holds a degree in computer science engineering and has over 18 years of experience related to teaching as well as business services.

For more information, please visit http://www.pmi.cl/ ; contact by telephone at +56 2 24814060 or by email to [email protected]

PMI Santiago Chile Chapter Workshop

Workshop N°4: “High Performance Teams and Knowmads”

The workshop was led by Enrique Villarroel, a +25 year of professional experience in the Financial Systems.

To manage high performance teams is a critical success factor in order to achieve the goals of any project. Today, a new professional of the future has been identified: the “knowmads”, which imposes a challenge for those who have the responsibility of managing teams of people. The talk presented the different models and approaches that different authors have published in this matter, providing updated information to update their participants.

The workshop objectives were to understand the bases and factors for the management of high-performance project teams. Identify the different generations of workers to establish differentiated leadership and motivation mechanisms. To know the types of professionals that exist today for the project management: I, T and M shaped, and to know the future of work and the new profile of the worker: Knowmad.

Alfonso Barraza, president of the Santiago Chapter of PMI, commented “the workshop was interesting and entertaining. The classification of the professionals in specialists, generalists and person T was very illustrative and allows to take a new model when assigning roles within a project and to find ways to make equipment, as well as some suggestions to encourage motivation in Members of the project team “.

“What is exposed in the workshop is of direct application when it is necessary to form work teams in projects. It was clear that time can play against this purpose, but you can identify the profiles of team members, in this case: specialists, generalists and person T; and then identify and assign them a role in the team where they can exploit more their characteristics and enhance the skills as a team. In turn, the project leaders today face the need to be specialists and generalists in turn so that they can coordinate and maintain the appropriate level of communication between team members and others interested in the projects, “concluded Barraza.


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About the Author

Jaime Videla

Santiago, Chile



Jaime Videla, PMP
, is the Managing Director for PMOChile a project management consultant firm based in Santiago, Chile. He is also senior partner of Accufast, a company provides material takeoff estimating services and engineering projects in Chile. Mr. Videla has 25+ years of project management experience leading utilities, mining and industrial projects (totaling US$222 millions) for large multinational companies like Siemens and ABB, or as a consultant for BHP and Anglo American. Jaime is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) since 2007, has formal studies in Civil Engineering from Universidad de Chile. He has professional experience working/training in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Mexico and Peru. Since 2006 has been an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), assuming the role of director and vice president of communications and publicity of the PMI Santiago Chile Chapter in 2010. His areas of activity today include PMO development; contracting, claim, risk and project management services; project management training and coaching. Author of the e-book “Los 7 pasos para salvar un proyecto (The 7 steps to project recovery)”, he also writes about project management themes on PMOChile blog. In addition, he works as volunteer at Fundación Trascender, an innovative institution that manages a network of volunteer professionals through social projects. Jaime Videla is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, lives in Santiago and can be contacted at [email protected]

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