Project Management in Spain – monthly report


By Alfonso Bucero

International Correspondent & Editorial Advisor 

Madrid, Spain

PMP Preparation programs become more and more requested by Spanish industry, and the number of PMI EMEA Congress attendees from Spain decreases

If anybody had asked me about the reasons I would not be able to answer, but it is a fact that PMP Preparation Programs are more and more requested by Spanish people since a couple of years ago. For instance, we observed 30% growth regarding PMP Preparation training demands. Construction Management industry has been the industry with the highest level of unemployment in Spain. It may be one of the reasons; I mean people want to be better and better prepared to try new opportunities in the near future abroad. 

Most of the recently graduated Architects want to be prepared to find new opportunities abroad as project managers. One of the most affected Communities in Spain is the “Andalusia Community” where we may find the biggest index of unemployment. It is hard for our society to need going through difficult moments just to be aware of the project management and professional certification value.

In Spain Professional Associations like Engineering ones, are more and more interested in PMP preparation programs. In fact, we already have more than 4500 PMI members in Spain. On the other hand, it is very curious to observe that the level of Spanish attendees in the last PMI EMEA Congress in Istanbul decreased to only “1”. I mean, I was the only Spanish guy attending to that Congress this year. I cannot believe to be the only PMI Spanish member interested in learning, sharing and expanding our Project, program and portfolio management experiences; on the other hand the number of registrations in PM Masters increased during the last three years in Spain.

Perhaps it may be one of the causes because Spain is in crisis, lack of leadership from our government, from our enterprises and finally from our project managers. During May 2013 the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter will launch a survey to find out the main reasons because the enterprises are not sending their project managers to International Congresses. Let’s wait for the results.


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About the Author 

flag-spainalfonso-buceroAlfonso Bucero 

International Correspondent – 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].