Project Management Update from Bolivia


By Rocio Zelada, PMP

International Correspondent

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia


PMI Santa Cruz Bolivia Chapter

New emerging community: “Business Analysis Bolivia”

Text extracted from (Business Analysis for Practitioners – A Practical Guide by PMI)

It is expected that the number of jobs in business analysis will increase by 19% by the year 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This study shows a growing need for qualified professionals. Analysis of business projects and programs allows organizations to implement changes and achieve their strategic objectives.

PMI – PBA ® certification highlights the capacities of professionals in the area of business analysis. Shows his skills to work effectively with stakeholders and to define the business requirements, give shape to the results of the project and promote successful business results.

For many organizations the effective business analysis it is not an integral part of the project. As a result projects do not end up delivering the expected business value. In 2014 PMI reported the following data:

  • In the past 12 months, 64% of complete projects achieved their business objectives
  • In the past 12 months, 16% of projects that started had serious failures of conceptualization
  • 37 percent of organizations reported that a primary cause of failure of their projects was the inappropriate identification of requirements.

Poor requirements management is the second cause of failure in projects

In Bolivia, the situation is not different to that in other parts of the world; the competences of business analysis as an integral part of the triangle of talent is an imminent need for Bolivian project leaders, if we want projects that are really aligned to corporate strategy and deliver real value to the business results.


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About the Author


pmwj34-May2015-Zelada-PHOTORocio Zelada, PMP

Santa Cruz, Bolivia



Rocio Zelada
, MBA, PMP, SDI L1 is the Executive Director of Bolivia – Practical Thinking Group and current president of the PMI Santa Cruz Chapter (2014-2016).  She is also a consultant, instructor and facilitator of various courses, workshops and seminars on leadership, project management, business analysis, personal relationship and related topics.  Her previous experience includes operations manager with Axxon Consulting Bolivia; systems developer, project manager and specialist in business development for YPFBTransporte; technical advisor for Microsoft Bolivia; and project manager in the energy to market sector.

Rocio holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with specialization in project management.  In addition to her PMP® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI®), she is a Certified Facilitator (SDI L1-Personal Strengths) and a Microsoft Certified .NET Professional (ASP.NET).  She has experience and solid knowledge in project management; business analysis and process reengineering; design, programming, implementation, testing and management of information systems and technology, including ITIL, COBIT and ERP systems; software architecture; object oriented programming; processes for management of transport of hydrocarbons; education and knowledge transfer; human talent, interpersonal relationships and conflict management; and corporate change management.

For information about Practical Thinking, visit www.practical-thinking.com  

Rocio can be contacted at [email protected]practical-thinking.com or bo.linkedin.com/pub/Rocio-zelada-pmp/22/b12/a33/

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