Project Management Update from Chile


Jaime Videla

International Correspondent

Santiago, Chile

3 key points to successful project management

Project management is promptly becoming a standard way of doing business in many organizations. The key to productivity is often found in how we manage projects. Lot of theory has been written about processes, skills, tools and techniques most suitable for carrying out successful projects. On the other hand, there are also a lot of managers with lack of theoretical knowledge but experience, managing projects successfully.

While enjoying a pleasant lunch with participants of the project management course that I was teaching in Mexico DF last September, I heard someone at the table asking about the key factors that could assure fulfill project targets. Someone said “resources”, another person answered “team” and someone replied “leadership”.

Back to the classroom, I put the enquiry over image for all people´s view, asking for answers from whole course. Nevertheless all answers were right, there are three key points that I believe are determinants for project success. Three concepts whether ignored, can make a difference between success and failure, between enjoying or suffering during time project and after.


Every project should support company strategic plan.


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About the Author

jaime-videlaJAIME VIDELAflag-chile

Santiago, Chile

Jaime Videla, PMP, is the Managing Director for Videla Montero Consultores a project management consultant firm based in Santiago, Chile. He is also senior partner of AccuFast! Cubicaciones, a company provides material takeoff estimating services and engineering projects in Chile. Mr. Videla has 20+ 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, Mexico and Germany. 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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