Thursday, February 28, 2013

Launching of the @grupo_iso21500 web page ( and the first chapter of the guide (risk management)

As we announced at the end of last year at the PMI congresses,  in which we participated using a new and original Prezi presentation  (which also helped us to learn how to use this amazing communication tool), our next milestone was to “move” from the blog towards a web page where we could develop all the ideas we already had in mind  (fortunately, we were plenty of them).

Other reason for the change in our communication plan was to be able to interact more often with our target public: all the people that, like us, are enthusiasts of Project management, well as future professionals, or well as already true experts on it, and who, like us, work to promote the development of the Project Manager profession.  

So it is great for us to give to you such awesome news, that we are now able to communicate that our dream has come true and we are launching our new web setting to share our Project with you all.  

For us, a team entirely composed by PMI international volunteers, it acquires a special value, for if managing a Project is always complex, managing a volunteer Project really needs the feeding of thrill and motivation for all the people who participates in it on a daily base. And this guides us towards the second part of this article…

In our Project Charter we planned to publish our guide´s first part (corresponding to scope 1: focused on projects) by the end of last year, making it coincide in time with the publishing of ISO 21500 Spanish version.

The delays on the publishing of that version (publishing that was necessary to align our guide´s language with regulation´s), joined to the impact economic crisis has had on the group @grupo_iso21500, (yes, it has reached us, and affected us in many different ways…) have slowed down the issue of our deliverable.

And it is right at this moment that we have given it a turn, analyzing once more the business case that used to supported it, and re-planning our deliverable to align its objectives with our new strategy. Project management in its purest state.

Following Ash Mayura´s inspiration in his highly recommendable “Running Lean”, a book that was written in an iterative way, with the participation of all its future readers (whom he called early adopters), we want to write our guide with the help and support of you all, so that we will capture all your requirements and expectations and will allow the final product to have a little bit of every person that has interacted with it during its development.

Following what was explained in the above mentioned book, we “pivot” from the initial solution towards this new proposal which, we think, fits better with @grupo_iso21500´s philosophy of sharing knowledge. In order to achieve such thing, we are going to start by publishing the chapter related to the knowledge group of risk management.

The chapter will include:  

ü  Basics, processes and metrics of risk management
ü  Templates for risk management
ü  A study case of risk management, courtesy from our collaborator and friend José Barato, Director of PMPeople and Member of the Direction Board of PMI Madrid.

To make easier the learning and comprehension of the concepts of project management included in the guide, we have used the technique of visual thinkingwith a system of icons and images that we hope will make the reading more attractive and whose meaning we will explain in a brief user´s handbook.

Periodically (about every two weeks) we will publish a new chapter, till completing the guide. The order, as you have possibly appreciated already, might not be logical, but the structure of ISO 21500 regulation itself allows such “disorder”. At the end of the deliveries, there will be some surprise about the way of presenting the information, so that it will be possible to access to it according to the user´s needs (per process, per process group, per knowledge area).

So we expect your participation in the Project, by offering your feedback in every published chapter. That will be highly appreciated, for adapting the guide according to such feedback, as well as your “feeding” us with your support, will make us able to complete the product with the necessary quality.

The web page will also include other sections, like information about the implementing of ISO 21500 in Latin America, forums, articles, courses and other news we will communicate at the right time.

If you have read this article and share our point of view, thrill and dreams, we welcome you to our Project team, for we sure need you to guarantee its success. We so invite you to register in the page to include you in the section “About us”.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Launch of the first certification specialized in sustainability, integrating ISO 21500 (GPM-b Certification).

Green Project Management Certification is presented as a commitment to maximize the sustainability throughout the project life cycle.

The objective is to improve the generation and delivery of goods and services as well as the project management by itself considering environment protection of their impacts using measurable standards.

This certification is given to Project Managers who have met established standards of project execution, including technical competence in sustainability and also in professional project management.

Sustainable Project Management is an initiative that promotes the reduction of environmental degradation from the hand of economic growth of the company. This is a discipline that combines the principles of P5 and PRISM (Projects Integrating Sustainable Methods).

GPM-b is presented as the first certification to leverage the new Project Management ISO 21500.

Certification process

Candidates will have to achieve a minimum score of 76% to pass the exam that is divided in two primary sections as listed below.

1. Project Management
1.1.  Project Management Standards based on ISO 21500
1.2.  Project Management Competencies
1.3.  Project management Knowledge Areas
1.4.  Key Terms and Concepts

2. Sustainability Integration
2.1. Why Sustainability
2.2. PRiSM™
2.2.1. P5™
2.2.2. Sustainability Management Planning
2.2.3. Phases, inputs and outputs
2.3.1. The Energy Management Standards ISO 50001
2.3.2. The Environmental Management Standards ISO 14001
2.3.3. The Guidance on Social Responsibility ISO 26000

Click here to know next trainning dates.

Lorena is Director of Avanza Project and Business Coaching in Spain, a consulting firm specialized in project management, coaching and team building (REP®).
She is Master Professional and Personal Coach. She is a trainer of soft skills in Project Management Competency Development and also is formed in the Harvard Manage Mentor “program”. She is an Associate Professor in the teaching of the Master in Project Management at the Catholic University of San Antonio in Murcia Spain and at the Murcia University in Spain as well.
As co-founder of AECOFAM (Spanish Association of Family Coaching) designs programs for personal growth and talent development.

She has been language trainer and consultant at the European Centre for Disease prevention and Control in Stockholm, Sweden and consultant on implementation of assessments and diagnoses of maturity in Project Management in Mexico.
Has more than 15 years experience in sales negotiation in multinational companies i.e.   has worked 10 years in the banking sector in companies such as BBVA and Citi as sales manager of financial products.

Monday, January 21, 2013


José María Núñez Araque, ICCyP, PMP®
Member of the Direction Board of the Project Management Institute Madrid Chapter (PMI-MSC) 
CEO at AGIPCI Consultores, 

José María Núñez Araque is a Civil Engineer by the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Master in Company Management by Instituto de Empresa (Ie) Business School and Project Manager Professional (PMP®) certified by  PMI®.

He has developed his professional career in firms such as Hidroscivil, Obrum and Acciona, assuming responsibilities as Area Director and Construction Manager, managing a wide portfolio of public and private clients, and thus achieving a global vision of business and getting oriented towards results and team leading. 

His experience of more than 20 years in construction industry, in large infrastructure construction projects (concession granted Viñedos Highway, San Chinarro Urban Action Program in joint venture…) and building projects (Barajas Airport Terminal T-4 in joint venture,…) has given to him a global and managerial vision of managing contracts as projects, optimizing resources efficiency and maximizing results effectiveness.

Currently he is developing G/DP Consultancy and Training in Project Management/Direction as a managerial ability for professionals and as a strategic ability for companies, to allow all of them to align project results with company business objectives, and therefore, to help them become more competitive in the new international markets, through using a common language of internationally acknowledged standards such as PMBOK and ISO 21500.

Also, he is CEO of AGIPCI Consultores and a member of the Direction Board of Project Management Institute Madrid Chapter (PMI-MSC), and a founding member of the Construction Management Association of Spain (CMAS).

For further information, press here (article available in Spanish).

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Conclusions of the survey performed in Argentina about the knowledge of ISO 21500 Regulation and the interest that might arouse the development of a Guide for its implementation.

Mónica González, our ISO 21500 initiative´s representative in PMI Nuevo Cuyo (Argentina) presents an interesting brief about the specific conclusions of the survey performed in her country.

For further information, please press here.

Monica is an Industrial Engineer, Master in Business Administration and have two International Certifications, Project Management Professional (PMP) del Project Management Institute y Green Project Manager (GPM) del Green Project Management Organnization, with over 25 years of experience in Electrical Companies, in both public and private sectors, specifically in Electric Power Transmission in High and Medium Voltage.

In the past 13 years, her work as a Project Manager has involved developing, establishing, implementation and maintenance of Organizational (and Integrated) Management Systems according to the International Management Standards, like ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems - Requirements), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems -- Requirements), ISO 26000 (Guidance on Social Responsibility), OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Standard) and the Argentinean Resolution ENRE 057/2003 Public Safety for Electric Power Transmission in High and Medium Voltage.

Her first experience as a Project Manager was in 1991 during the Software Customization and Implementation Project for three Telecontrol Centers of the Cuyo Region´s electrical grid after one year and a half specialization training course in Houston, Texas, USA. From 2002 to 2004, she was part of Communication Committee and Environmental and Sustainable Development Committee of Electricité de France (EDF) Branch America along with colleagues from France, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.

Currently, she is a Senior Project Manager and works as an independent contractor. As PMI member Monica is a founder of PMI Nuevo Cuyo Argentina Chapter, as a volunteer she serve as Marketing and Communications leader, issuing a monthly newsletter between others.

She had got her Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) of PMI in 2010.

In addition to integrate the PMI Global Sustainability Community of Practice Council (may´2010-dec´2012) and support PMI Educational Foundation as a Liaison in Nuevo Cuyo Chapter, She serves as a committee member for the PC/ISO 236 Project Committee: Project Management; and for the ISO/TC 258 – Technical Committee: Project, Program,
Portfolio Management.

From October 2012, Mónica is member of the Green Project Management Executive Consortium.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Conclusions of the survey performed in Latin America about the knowledge of ISO 21500 Regulation and the interest that might arouse the development of a Guide for its implementation.

The summary of the conclusions obtained through the survey, performed till 15.09.2012, is as follows:

- Of all Latin American countries invited to complete the survey, Bolivia has set itself up as the most participative country, with 22%, followed by Colombia with 19% and Argentina in third place, with 13.5%.
- A 35% of survey respondents are Project Managers and the second majority are members of project team with 24%. Sponsors and Portfolio Managers have been the less prone to respond to the survey, with 4.6% y 3.4% respectively. 
- 80% of survey respondents have more than 3 years of experience in Project Management, though 45% of those have no degree or certification in PM.
- 77% of survey respondents work for private enterprises. It might be interesting to develop strategies to reach more nonprofit organizations and public enterprises.
- Around 20% of survey respondents work for IT sector. 
- 30% of survey respondents work in companies with 1000 or more employees.
- Although 47% of survey respondents base their project management on PMBOK, the second majority has no formal process to carry it out.
- There is no formal interest in developing PMOs in the majority of companies where the survey respondents work. However, at least the 25% of them can count with a PMO of less than 3 years of running.
- The maturity level regarding Project management in the majority of companies where the survey respondents work is low (60%). There are several processes of Project management in the organizations, but they are not considered as models or organizational standards.
- The percentage of organizations where the survey respondents work that has any ISO regulation already implemented in them is close to 50%. Of this 50%, half of the organizations have had ISO 9001 Regulation implemented for the last 3 years, considering as a key driving force for the success in the implementation the collaboration of the whole organization and its managers.
- More than 50% of survey respondents declare that continuous improvement has been the key factor in the decision to implement an ISO regulation.
- Though ISO 21500 was not a published regulation at the moment of the survey development, a  30% of the survey respondents knew it already and considered that the most important improvement of the new regulation was that it articulates and consolidates different standards topics, frameworks or best practices, as well as it standardizes language.
- 55% ignores if the regulation is certifiable, but consider it should be so.  
- 50% of survey respondents consider that, if ISO 21500 regulation was certifiable, it should be so for companies and organizations.
- The answers suggest that our guide should be oriented towards those responsible and that it should include templates and examples of how to use them.
- Although 73% believes that being certified in ISO 9001 might help to implement ISO 21500, only 30% of the survey respondents knew already the regulation, which reveals that the expectations generated by the regulation are quite high. 
- A 50% is unaware of the existence of our Blogs, so it might be necessary to put into practice corrective actions to improve such spreading of information.
- Finally, 95% of survey respondents were willing to participate in a presentation oriented to help them know in detail the objectives of the ISO 21500 regulation analysis group.
For further information, please press here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Callitrans Traducciones is sponsoring our ISO 21500 Analysis Group initiative

Callitrans Traducciones is sponsoring  ISO 21500 Regulation Analysis Group by performing the translation to English of every new post in our blog:

Callitrans Traducciones is specialized in Spanish-English and English-Spanish translations of: 

- Curriculum Vitae

- Presentations for courses and conferences 

- Web Pages 

- Plans and Projects of Architecture and Engineering  

- Business Correspondence

For more information, please select the following link