Project Management Report from Spain


PMI EMEA Congress 2016 in Barcelona; Interview with New PMI Madrid Chapter President Claudia Alcelay

By Alfonso Bucero

International Correspondent & Editorial Advisor

Madrid, Spain


PMI EMEA Congress 2016 in Barcelona

Last May 9th, 10th and 11th, the PMI EMEA Congress was celebrated in Barcelona. There were more than six hundred attendees coming from Europe, Africa and Middle East. Spain had several representatives and volunteers coming from PMI Madrid and Barcelona Chapters.


Alfonso Bucero, David Hillson, Mercedes Martinez and Carlos Pampliega


Alfonso Bucero with Elisabet Duocastella and a PMI Barcelona Chapter volunteer

During the Congress we had the opportunity to meet with some colleagues, volunteers, and friends from the PMI family.

Some pictures taken during the Congress in Barcelona. We can see at the pictures Dr. Thomas Juli, Congress presenter, with Alfonso Bucero and Randall L. Englund; Alfonso with Carlos Pampliega in the central picture and finally a picture from the PMI EMEA Congress Closing session where the city of Rome was announced as the new host city for the PMI EMEA Congress 2017.

Interview with new PMI Madrid Chapter President Claudia Alcelay

  • Claudia, what is your opinion about Project Management in Spain, regarding project management implementation, use and maturity?

During the last decades, Project Management had advanced in Spanish companies, incorporating project management to the daily basis and looking for excellence and quality parameters. At industries like Civil Engineering, Information technology, Chemistry, etc, the increase of demand of project managers is undeniable with the particularity, for example, that for civil work firms more than 80% is coming from abroad, what requires high level qualified professionals, with previous experience, who speaks several languages and with a master degree.

Together with this market requirement, during the last years, Project Management is penetrating transversally in Spanish organizations, beyond the technical areas, where project management has been applied traditionally in a natural way. A more and more frequent scenario is that professionals from sales, marketing, quality or logistics are understanding what is a project and they are supporting it in a daily basis. This integral concept about project management is permeating all organization profiles. Furthermore, we can say that beyond its traditional link with technical industries, Project Management is advancing in other areas like sports, public administration or NGOs.

On the other hand, smaller companies are starting to understand that Management efficiency and results maximization are reinforced through the application of project management processes. Then, smoothly, and with a different degree of implementation, they are starting to introduce project management procedures.

But, where I can see more evolution is at Management level and their awareness of having a great and difficult challenge, being strategic directors in a continuous changing environment. To be informed, knowing experiences, sharing it, learning, … I believe that we are being more and more collaborative, now we are not fear about incorporating new management and new methodologies. We make mistakes and learn from it and in the process we add value to our organizations. We are in a very interesting moment in the profession in Spain.


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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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