How to be more complete as a project manager



By Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PfMP, PMI_RMP, PMI Fellow

Madrid, Spain



Based on our practical experience (Randall L. Englund and Alfonso Bucero), success in any environment largely depends upon completing successful projects, and successful projects are done by skilled project managers and teams, supported by effective sponsors. The integration of a broad set of skills can help us, as project managers to make a difference and achieve more optimized outcomes.

The complete project manager extends fundamental knowledge of project management to integrate key people, team, business, organizational, and technical skills, drawing upon multiple disciplines for knowledge, practices and insights. The right set of skills to achieve completeness depends on individual starting points, aptitude, attitude, desires, and the supporting context. For instance, in my case I tried to be open minded and learn from all the projects I was assigned as a project manager, and I did. Obviously, I made some mistakes but I learned from them.

A good practice is to establish your brand – brand YOU. That way people appreciate consistency in what to expect from your involvement and efforts. Getting results on every assignment and using social media appropriately, including blog postings, are ways to do this. Integrating skills from multiple disciplines and applying them effectively are the means that contribute to the uniqueness that is you. Being adapted to our social era is indispensable to move forward. We need to work together with five different generations and work successfully with all of them.

An organic approach       

An organic approach to project management is appropriate: adopt, adapt, and apply effective concepts from nature to make organizations more project (and people) friendly, leading to greater value-added outcomes and better economic results (Englund & Bucero, 2019). Embrace a mindset that your actions help to create the right environment to “grow” people to produce their best work. My coauthor Randall L. Englund and I believe that all leaders need to create healthy environments for people to constantly and sustainably achieve project success.


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How to cite this paper: Bucero, A. (2020). How to be more complete as a project manager; PM World Journal, Volume IX, Issue IX, September. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/pmwj97-Sep2020-Bucero-how-to-be-more-complete-as-project-manager.pdf



About the Author

Alfonso Bucero

Madrid, Spain


Alfonso Bucero, MSc, CPS, 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 then nominated as a PMI EMEA Region 8 Component Mentor. Now he is a member of the PMIEF Engagement Committee. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 32 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, the PMI Fellow Award on October 22nd 2011 and the PMI Eric Jenett Excellence Award on October 28th, 2017.

Mr. Bucero can be contacted at alfonso.bucero@abucero.com.

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