Project Management Skills to survive in Pandemic Times



Alfonso Bucero, MSc, CPS, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow

Senior PM Consultant

Madrid, Spain



Nobody could imagine some months ago the current pandemic worldwide situation. We, as project managers, that need to dream, reflect upon, plan and take action, now are constrained by the current challenging and difficult environment finding ourselves living in pandemic times. It’s apparent that this extreme experience is new for everyone, everywhere. It is hard to see how this tragedy is little by little getting worst. Risk and uncertainty are surrounding us day by day.

I don’t know how many people prepared themselves for these times. In fact, as a PM consultant I have experienced a lack of training and consulting business demand since February this year. Even when all of us should be aware of our current situation and need to move forward for business and personal survival. I had the misfortune of losing my sister-in-law because of the pandemic. It was an unexpected event that happened. It was a shock for the whole family, she was still young and healthy, but she passed away. How to be prepared for challenging and hard times is also a need for any complete project manager. We need to develop better and better skills, that for sure will not avoid events like what I mentioned, but at least they will be enduring us for the future.

During these times I had some time to reflect about our pandemic situation and want to share my thoughts with you:

1. Develop project manager immunity: I believe we need to cultivate physical and mental health. The physical immune system needs to handle the infection and invasion of the COVID-19 virus. The second kind of immunity we need is the emotional immune system to deal with the rapid infection and spread of fear, anxiety, negative attitude and worry.

2. Learning to deal with continuous adversity: Some people called resilience, flexibility or endurance. We now need to deal with 360-degree adversity arriving all day long.  It’s a situation in which we attempt to solve a problem but it is resulting only in temporary or minor improvement. One part of me barely gets upright before getting knocked down by the COVID-19 mallet, then another part pops up and gets whacked, and then another part gets whacked; you know the feeling. Be persistent by learning from previous experiences and you will improve.


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How to cite this article: Bucero, A. (2020).  Project Management Skills to survive in Pandemic Times, PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue X, October. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/pmwj98-Oct2020-Bucero-PM-skills-for-pandemic-times.pdf



About the Author

Alfonso Bucero

Madrid, Spain


Alfonso Bucero, MSc, CPS, ACE, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, SFC, IPMO-E, 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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