August 2020 Project Management Update from Argentina


Government Project Management Challenges in a complex context



By Adriana Cibelli

International Correspondent

Buenos Aires, Argentina



It is sometimes hard to find successful stories within government institutions when it comes to project management, at least, this is what happens in my country; although these types of organizations are the ones that need the most of best management of their portfolios in order to fulfil their commitments to citizens, they do not always understand that the way to achieve this is through professional project management instead of a rudimentary project management approach.

However, I had a happy moment, even in the midst of the social drama of this COVID 19 pandemic that is compromising the health and prosperity of the entire world in a way that we had never experienced in modern times.

This joy is due to the fact that the government of the city where I live, the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, has been implementing a wide range of actions since the first case of COVID 19 appeared in our country, with practices that are proving to be effective enough to respond to this emergency, that is still growing in number of cases and in full development of the pandemic throughout the Argentine Republic.

The context in which these actions were to be deployed was highly complex, with extreme uncertainty, information that changed every minute, where the fight was and still is against an unknown enemy, with no history of how to face it, with a high demand for difficult decision-making, with few and not very credible lessons learned that were rising all around the world. It is in these borderline situations that we truly test the effectiveness of management practices.

Of course, Government Projects were highly impacted. New projects arose to be carried out due to the crisis, others that were in process before the crisis started had to be put on hold, others cancelled and the entire portfolio went through a redefinition process since resources had to be reassigned to respond to the new situation that could not be foreseen, considering also an emerging factor that constitutes an important pressure element such as the strong citizen demand for suitable solutions to the issues posed by the new context.


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How to cite this report:  Cibelli, A. (2020). Project Management Update from Argentina, PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue VIII, August. Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/pmwj96-Aug2020-Cibelli-Argentina-Report.pdf



About the Author

Adriana Cibelli

Buenos Aires, Argentina


Adriana Cibelli, PMP is Director of activePMO, a Project Management and Leadership consulting services and training firm in Argentina.

Adriana has a degree in Electronic Engineering from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a post degree in Design of Intelligent Buildings, from the same university and has managed projects for more than 20 years. She is a professor and director of Project Management and Leadership programs in some important Universities of Argentina and an International speaker. Adriana holds the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential, is certified as Scrum Master (CSM) from Scrum Alliance, PMO-CP from PMO Global Alliance, and an SDI Certified Facilitator from Personal Strengths©.

Mrs. Cibelli is member and volunteer of PMI, has been Professional Development VP of the Board of Directors of PMI Buenos Aires and is the former Governance & Policies VP in the same chapter. Elected President in 2019, Adriana will become President of the PMI Buenos Aires Chapter on January 1st, 2021. She is currently working as a coordinator for the C.A.P.A. committee with the goal of integrating efforts and sharing resources between Argentinian PMI Chapters.

Adriana serves as an international correspondent for the PM World Journal in Argentina since February 2020. She can be contacted at adriana@activepmo.com and www.activepmo.com.

To view other works by Adriana Cibelli, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/adriana-cibelli/