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Alfonso Bucero

Alfonso Bucero

Alfonso Bucero, DEA, PMP (Project Management Profesional), is the founder and Managing Partner of BUCERO PM Consulting. He managed IIL Spain for almost two years, and he was a Senior Project Manager at Hewlett-Packard Spain (Madrid Office) for thirteen years.

Alfonso is a PMI member, a member of ALI (Asociación de Licenciados, Ingenieros y Doctores en Informática), AEIPRO (IPMA member) and DINTEL's advisor. Alfonso was the founder, Sponsor, and President of PMI Barcelona, Spain Chapter until April 2005, and he is an IPMA Asessor. He was a member of the CoPAT (Congress Project Action Team) of PMI EMEA 2005 Congress in Edinburgh, 2006 PMI EMEA Congress in Madrid, and PMI EMEA Congress in Budapest. He graduated from The "Leadership Institute Master Class 2007" in October 2007 in Atlanta (PMI Global Congress). Now he is the President of PMI Madrid Spain Chapter.

Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from "Universidad Politécnica (Madrid)", and now he is finishing his Phd. in "Project Management" at the University of Zaragoza in Spain. He has 27 years of practical experience and twenty two of them in project management worldwide. He has managed and consulted on projects in several countries across Europe.

Since 1994, he has been a frequent speaker at International PM Congresses and Symposiums. Alfonso has delivered PM training and consulting services in Spain, Mexico, UK, Belgium, Germany, France, Denmark, Costa Rica, Brazil, USA, and Singapore. As a Project Management believer, he defends that Passion, Persistence and Patience are keys for project success.

Develop your curiosity as a project manager
By Alfonso Bucero
I always was curious from my infancy, and my curiosity developed my passion for reading since my early ages. I found several definitions of curiosity in the dictionary: the desire to learn or know more about something or someone; something that is interesting because it is unusual. Projects have a lot of uncertainty, and then I defend that every project manager needs to be curious in order to be more effective managing your projects. Are you curious? Curiosity is an important trait of a genius. I do not think you can find a successful project manager who is not a... Read More»

Are you recognizing your team member's contribution?
By Alfonso Bucero
Probably you will be familiar with the sentence “Thank you”. Are you aware of it is consuming only very few milligrams of saliva? But not all project managers are saying “thank you” to their team members and other project stakeholders. In fact I asked several project managers about that and their answer were not positive in all cases. Perhaps it is depending on the culture, or may be depending on the leadership maturity from the professional project manager. Recently I had the opportunity to speak in front of a big project management audience in Istanbul (Turkey) at a PMI Summit.... Read More»

Do you believe in your future as a project manager?
By Alfonso Bucero
Are you happy as a project manager? As a frequent traveller I asked that question to different project managers worldwide. I am blessed because as I am participating in one project and some PM consulting engagements, I have the opportunity to talk and be in relationship with many project managers from different locations and cultures. Curiously although global unemployment figures are rising by 5 million to 202 million in 2013, project managers are still required from many countries. Then you need to feel blessed as a project manager because you have and you will have many opportunities of managing projects,... Read More»

Tomorrow will be better!
By Alfonso Bucero
Are you familiar with my sentence: “Today is a good day”? Every day is a good day because we have a lot of blessings every day. The problem is that most of us are not conscious about that. We are going too fast, we are working a whole year and again, and again and again. We are traveling too much to get some business. We have a short time focus in many cases. I like very much my profession; I’m a project manager, consultant, trainer and speaker working worldwide, so I’m blessed. I have the opportunity to meet new people... Read More»

Understand your project stakeholders to influence them
By Alfonso Bucero
Every project manager will be measured by project results. Then, you will need to influence them. One of the key skills to be developed for being a good influencer is communication. Understanding people certainly impacts your ability to communicate with others. The biggest mistake I made in the past frequently was to put my highest priority on expressing my ideas and feelings. What most people really want is to be listened to, respected, and understood. The moment people see that they are being understood, they become more motivated to understand your points of view”. If you can learn to understand... Read More»

Your Influence skills as a Project Manager are key for project success
By Alfonso Bucero
Over the years I managed different projects and without being conscious of I influenced many people indirectly through my behaviors, actions and decisions. Persuading people to satisfy my requirements as a project manager was a difficult task for me when I started as a project management practitioner. Some years later I understood that everyone is an influencer of other people. It does not matter who you are or what your occupation is. Then you, as a project manager influence all your project stakeholders. In fact if you want to be successful as a project manager or to make a positive... Read More»

How to learn from failures
By Alfonso Bucero
Did you fail any time as a project manager? Are you able to recognize your failures? Most of times I see my failures as a gift because they often set me up for a breakthrough. What benefits can be derived in defeat or setbacks? I can think of some valuable lessons failure gives us: Failure is a great teacher It builds your character, projects are not easy, life is not easy It motivates you It helps you to appreciate when you are successful 1. Failure is a great teacher Defeat is a great teacher. In my case to be a... Read More»

Sustaining your hope as a Project Manager
By Alfonso Bucero
We all are conscious about the realities of today's economy and the not very clear forecasts for the days ahead. However you need to sustain hope as a project manager. Sustaining hope through such times will be a hard task, even for natural optimists, but believe me "sustaining hope is possible". What steps can we take to rise to challenge and to help those who lead to rise and hope, as well? 1. Do some exercise: Are you feeling depressed? please don't sit around moaning. The only thing that you may get is being further depressed. Do some physical exercise.... Read More»

How to obtain the best ideas
By Alfonso Bucero
In any organization everybody has a unique viewpoint. These viewpoints generate a tremendous opportunity. In my experience working for multinational firms as a project manager, employees have many ideas for improvement of the work that impacts them. And in many cases those ideas are not collected by the management team. Some of these may be raised in the form of questions to the manager or upper manager. Why do we do it this way? Some may occur over lunch, in hallway conversations, or while the employee is performing a routine task. Although there is clearly no shortage of ideas within... Read More»

The ridiculous project manager
By Alfonso Bucero
Did you feel ridiculous any time as a project manager? My answer is yes I did. My commitment is to do something ridiculous at least once a day, whether it is risking looking ridiculous to pursue a dream or simply having ridiculous fun. In my opinion it is better as a project manager to be ridiculous than to be boring for your team and the rest of project stakeholders. Do not forget to laugh at yourself and kick up your heels now and then so that you enjoy the journey. I’m feeling as guilty as anyone of falling into an... Read More»

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