September 2017 Report from Spain

Summer in Spain, Looking towards Chicago


By Alfonso Bucero

International Correspondent & Editorial Advisor

Madrid, Spain

It is unbelievable, due to the huge number of projects to be managed worldwide, to see how Project management business in Spain is slow or even stopped from the middle of July to September. Most Spanish organizations, even some multinational firms stop or are business slow on project, program and portfolio management during summer time.

As a managing director of a Project management consulting and training firm in Spain, that is my observation during the last fifteen years. The truth is that I am very worried about Spanish business is being stopped or slow during summer time, even in this century of continuous changes where organizations survive if they make a difference. I am not only talking about productivity during summer time, I am talking about future plans, about preparation, reflecting upon today’s world and looking at the future. This situation gets me CRAZY.

Interviewing several Spanish professionals about that subject during this summer I obtained comments like: “we still have very low maturity level in Project management”, “many third parties stop their activities during August to take some vacations, perhaps that fact influences”, “economy is improving, or communications media says so, perhaps some organizations have preferred to take a break”, “all of us need to have more agile managing projects but, on the other hand our organization is not very agile when operating” “we are still looking at our stomach and waiting for a miracle…”.


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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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