During last month of June the European Union published the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) (link).
This report is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness.
This report includes European measurement of digital competitiveness using five indicators: Connectivity, Human Capital/Digital skills, Use of Internet Services by citizens, Integration of Digital Technology by businesses and Digital Public Services.
Spain ranks 11th out of 28 EU Member States, 3.6 points over EU average. You can Access to complete Spain Country Report in this link.
In order to maintain my PMI certification in a significant competitive advantage, I’ve completed a new cycle in the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program for my PMP certification and then my certification will be active in good standing until July of 2022. Also I’ve renewed my PMI membership to keep in touch with the leader project management organization around the world.
BOE nivel_meces_ingeniero_en_informaticaThe Spanish national official bulletin (BOE) number 112 published on 11th May (Sec I page 40803) indicate:
In accordance with the provisions of Article 24 of Royal Decree 967/2014, of November 21st, it is determined that the official university degree in Computer Engineering corresponds to level 3 of the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES for its Spanish acronyms).
It also indicates that MECES level 3 corresponds to level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), as indicated in Article 4 of Royal Decree 1027/2011, of 15th July, the Spanish frame set qualifications for Higher Education, as amended by Royal Decree 22/2015 of 23 January, establishing the conditions for issuing the European Supplement to the securities regulated by Royal Decree 1393/2007 sets of 29 October, whereby the planning of official university education and amending Royal Decree 1027/2011, of 15th July, the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education is established.
When the scope of work is not well known at the start and can change as the work progresses, or when the risk is high, then we must use a Cost Reimbursable contract. In this type of contract the organization agrees to pay the contractor for the cost of performing the service or providing the goods. The organization pays the contractor for allowable expenses related to performing the work. In this contract, since the buyers pays for all cost, he bears the risk, but he there is a better cost control when there is not a well-defined scope.
The PM should be considered as a facilitator of communication, but never as an obstacle preventing, replacing or hindering communications between the parties. Sometimes, wrongly I think, some teams try to communicate with the other side through the PM, which can cause misunderstandings or loss of information. Therefore, the best is that the members of the different teams involved in the project, whether technical, business or otherwise, can always connect directly, without there being any barrier that hinders. Obviously the PM should be informed of these communications to monitor the situation, to try to mediate solving potential conflicts, or to ensure that the information to other stakeholders is retransmitted.
Taking this summer season I finally obtained the PMP certification. PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP demonstrates that you have the experience, education and competency to lead and direct projects.
It is true that the ICT is a very young science, and perhaps for this reason sometimes some concepts are not clearly defined. In the workplace, there is a serious technological confusion between the role of “project manager” (Project Manager) and the “Technical Director” (Technical Manager). We must clarify that the Project Manager is the person designated by the organization to achieve the objectives of the project you want to perform. This will be the person responsible for developing the Project Management Plan, meeting the objectives of time, cost and functionality. You must identify and respond to risks that arise during the execution, and will be responsible for communication with all project stakeholders. Meanwhile Technical Director will be the person heading the project team responsible for the execution of it, counting them with specific knowledge about technical subjects that will develop the project, being responsible to use the tools in the more appropriate mode to optimize resource utilization and provide more suitable technical solutions for the project that is being developed. The problem arises when in the current market, highly competitive and ambitious, one wants to unify both requirements in one person, either because the project is small and requires hiring downsizing, or because they are aware of the needs of both. In some cases this may work, but most of the times it will be impossible, because they are opposing goals. For the role of Project Manager is required in addition to the expertise of project management, flexibility, good judgment, strong leadership and negotiation skills. And these qualities not always found in a Technical Director who has high knowledge in technology on which we develop our project. Sometimes we want to condense in one person the Engineer, the Construction Manager and the people running the work.
I present my new website!
With the invaluable collaboration of Yabatadesign I wanted to give a new look to my web. On this new site I want to explain my professional activity and my personal skills. Here you will find information about my work as a Project Manager, obtaining information on how I can work in project management using different methodologies to create an in-house Project Management Office. I wanted to show a portfolio which describe some of the latest projects I have developed, and a brief description of my professional profile for anyone who wants to know. Also through the blog I intend to publish those entries that I seem relevant in my activity. Finally, this meeting point will serve to give information on my contact and my social media details.
I hope you like it!