Thursday, November 29, 2012

Conclusions of the survey performed in Latin America about the knowledge of ISO 21500 Regulation and the interest that might arouse the development of a Guide for its implementation.

The summary of the conclusions obtained through the survey, performed till 15.09.2012, is as follows:

- Of all Latin American countries invited to complete the survey, Bolivia has set itself up as the most participative country, with 22%, followed by Colombia with 19% and Argentina in third place, with 13.5%.
- A 35% of survey respondents are Project Managers and the second majority are members of project team with 24%. Sponsors and Portfolio Managers have been the less prone to respond to the survey, with 4.6% y 3.4% respectively. 
- 80% of survey respondents have more than 3 years of experience in Project Management, though 45% of those have no degree or certification in PM.
- 77% of survey respondents work for private enterprises. It might be interesting to develop strategies to reach more nonprofit organizations and public enterprises.
- Around 20% of survey respondents work for IT sector. 
- 30% of survey respondents work in companies with 1000 or more employees.
- Although 47% of survey respondents base their project management on PMBOK, the second majority has no formal process to carry it out.
- There is no formal interest in developing PMOs in the majority of companies where the survey respondents work. However, at least the 25% of them can count with a PMO of less than 3 years of running.
- The maturity level regarding Project management in the majority of companies where the survey respondents work is low (60%). There are several processes of Project management in the organizations, but they are not considered as models or organizational standards.
- The percentage of organizations where the survey respondents work that has any ISO regulation already implemented in them is close to 50%. Of this 50%, half of the organizations have had ISO 9001 Regulation implemented for the last 3 years, considering as a key driving force for the success in the implementation the collaboration of the whole organization and its managers.
- More than 50% of survey respondents declare that continuous improvement has been the key factor in the decision to implement an ISO regulation.
- Though ISO 21500 was not a published regulation at the moment of the survey development, a  30% of the survey respondents knew it already and considered that the most important improvement of the new regulation was that it articulates and consolidates different standards topics, frameworks or best practices, as well as it standardizes language.
- 55% ignores if the regulation is certifiable, but consider it should be so.  
- 50% of survey respondents consider that, if ISO 21500 regulation was certifiable, it should be so for companies and organizations.
- The answers suggest that our guide should be oriented towards those responsible and that it should include templates and examples of how to use them.
- Although 73% believes that being certified in ISO 9001 might help to implement ISO 21500, only 30% of the survey respondents knew already the regulation, which reveals that the expectations generated by the regulation are quite high. 
- A 50% is unaware of the existence of our Blogs, so it might be necessary to put into practice corrective actions to improve such spreading of information.
- Finally, 95% of survey respondents were willing to participate in a presentation oriented to help them know in detail the objectives of the ISO 21500 regulation analysis group.
For further information, please press here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Callitrans Traducciones is sponsoring our ISO 21500 Analysis Group initiative

Callitrans Traducciones is sponsoring  ISO 21500 Regulation Analysis Group by performing the translation to English of every new post in our blog:

Callitrans Traducciones is specialized in Spanish-English and English-Spanish translations of: 

- Curriculum Vitae

- Presentations for courses and conferences 

- Web Pages 

- Plans and Projects of Architecture and Engineering  

- Business Correspondence

For more information, please select the following link 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Presentation at PMI Madrid Spain Chapter´s 9th Congress

Last 22.11.2012, Mario Coquillat and María del Acebo Sánchez-Macián, coordinators of the development of the Helping Guide for implementing ISO 21500 Regulation, presented the initiative at the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter´s 9th Congress, organized under the name of "9th Project Manager Meeting. Project Management´s Double Dimension: Public and Private.”

The presentation, "Publishing of ISO 21500 Regulation, Guidelines for directing and managing projects and the impact on the profession” stressed as most relevant points:

- The impact that the publishing of the Regulation is expected to have on the professionalizing of Project Management.

- PMI as key driving force in the development, spreading and implementation of the regulation.

- The story of the group of volunteers that are working on the Project for the development of the Helping Guide.

The presentation can be reviewed at the following link.
We remind you to attend the Webinar Mario Coquillat will offer on the next 28.11.2012, regarding ISO 21500 regulation and the above mentioned project. For more information please select the following link.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Next Webminar “Publishing of new ISO 21500 regulation and its impact on the profession”.

Next 28th November 2012 at 20.00 (Madrid-Spain Time GMT+1) Mario Coquillat de Travesedo will perform a Webminar in which the following points of interest will be tackled:

First part of Webminar:

- Publishing of the new ISO 21500 regulation: Guidelines for directing and managing projects and its impact on the Project Manager profession. 

Second Part of Webminar:
-  PMI as key performer in the developing, spreading and implementing of the regulation. 

To see a teaser of the presentation to be performed on November 28th, please select the following link.

To attend Webminar online, please click here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Regional Leadership Meeting presentation

On Saturday 3rd of November 2012 our coordinator in Latin America, Cristian Soto, presented at the Regional Leadership Meeting (ReM), which gathers together the leaders of the 13th PMI region chapters (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay), an introduction to ISO 21500 standard and to how our group is working on the analysis of that regulation and also in the developing of a practical guide for its implementation.
The presentation generated a space for conversation and discussion relating the future of this regulation and the benefits that it might bring to the community. Differences between the regulation and PMBOK Guide and also the relation that the regulation currently has with the certifiable ISO 9001:2008 were stressed. 
The possibility of ISO 21500 to be certifiable generated many expectations.
To conclude the session, every country mentioned the current state of the regulation in it and how each of them have participated in some stage of it, including translation to Spanish, that is currently being carried out by a team of several countries leaded by Argentina.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mario Coquillat de Travesedo, PMP Finalist at Volunteer of the Year Prize 2012

(…) Mario Coquillat, PMP, as the leader of the PMI-MSC Library Service Project, has appeared as the driving force of such Service, from the suggestion of the initiative to the leading of its implementation and operation, getting himself involved in every stage of the project, motivating the volunteer team and promoting the benefits of that Service among Chapter associates and non-associates.
Mario has shown a high level of professionalism, putting into practice the PMBOK Guide concepts for initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing the implementation of Service Project. This Library Service has been really welcome among the Chapter associates, for it has generated new opportunities for associates to get PDUs to keep their certifications, through book reading or through the writing of book reviews, and therefore improving the value of their Chapter membership. 
Moreover, Mario is the Coordinator of the ISO 21500 Work Group, created with the aim of predetermining the necessary steps to implement the ISO 21500 new regulation in organizations and to create a helping guide containing the  main factors to have on account in any entity willing to follow the new ISO regulation.
With this project, Mario has placed Madrid Chapter at the vanguard of Project Management, by associating the name of the Chapter to the efforts for spreading ISO 21500 regulation even before its publishing, and extending the initiative to other Chapters in Latin American countries, like Bolivia and México, and achieving their active participation in project activities. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

ISO 21500 Analysis Group: Conferences at PMI Congress in Puerto Rico and PMI Bolivia Southern Cone Tour

Mario Coquillat de Travesedo, coordinator, along with María del Acebo Sánchez-Macián of the ISO 21500 Analysis Group, is going to perform, as representative of this Group, two online conferences during the PMI Congress in Puerto Rico on November 9th and during PMI Bolivia Southern Cone Tour on November 23th.
The conferences will be entitled:
Publishing of new ISO 21500 regulation: "Guidelines for directing and managing projects and its impact on the project manager profession. PMI as a key performer in the developing, spreading and implementing of the regulation. “

A brief description of those conferences contents comes attached, and among the topics the following will be discussed:
·        The publishing of ISO 21500 regulation: "Guidelines for directing and managing projects" has created great expectations as a unifier element of the different methodologies and frameworks currently existing and as a driving force of the Project manager profession. Also, it will make easier for companies managers and Project sponsors the necessary understanding of the principles and good practices in Project management, necessary to give support to their Project managers.  

·        PMI has participated actively in its development by occupying the secretary of the Project Committee TC 236: Project Management, responsible of it, and having used, among other documents, chapter 3 and glossary of PMBOK®. In the same way, as a globally referenced entity in Project management, it is assuming a relevant role in spreading and implementing of the regulation, trough initiatives as the one performed by an international team of volunteers, leaded by the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter.

·        The ISO 21500 Analysis Group ( has as an objective to facilitate and promote the use of good practices in Project management in any Project-oriented organization, through the development of a free guide for implementing the new regulation in organizations. In its first phase, the project will be focused in Spanish speaking countries, so to achieve this, a Latin American Committee has been created among PMI chapters in Latin American countries.     

The full program of Puerto Rico Congress can be downloaded from this link.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Online conference with members of PMI Puerto Rico Chapter

On Thursday, October 4th, an online conference was held with members of PMI Puerto Rico Chapter, to introduce to them the current state of the Guidance for Implementing ISO 21500 Regulation in Organizations, on the basis of its Project Charter. The following points were emphasized: 

- Introduction to Project Charter. 

- Guide´s double scope was stressed (a topic included in Project Charter). 
- The roles of Latin America coordinator for the Project and of the elected representatives of each chapter were explained.  
- The possibilities of support that might be given by the Puerto Rico Chapter, through its active participation in our Blog and also through getting us in contact with its regulating body, plus with the spreading of the Guide to develop, were reviewed.

There was a final time for questions, and during it arose the main query about the possibility of this regulation to be certifiable, to which the answer was that in the last draft of ISO 21500 the consideration that specifically mentioned that such regulation is not certifiable had been removed. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

ISO 21500 Analysis Group introduces its initiative at is a platform whose main propose is to get 100 ideas to overcome crisis. Taking the pessimistic environment that surrounds us, the launching of this initiative intends to drive us towards positive thinking and the search of solutions for our dramatic situation in Spain.
The most voted idea will be sent to media and government, with the purpose of creating pressure to get it started. (For further information, press here).

ISO 21500 Analysis Group has introduced its initiative: Transforming ideas into efficient projects Vote for us!!
It would be really positive to be able to transmit that good practices in project management and managing projects with openness and integrity are key factors to come out from the crisis, especially when PMI and its volunteers are following such direction.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Comparing PMBOK ® Guide 4th Edition, PMBOK ® Guide 5th Edition, and ISO 21500

STS, a Swiss company specialized in Project Management training, launches an interesting comparative study between PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition, PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition, and ISO 21500.

For further information, please press here.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Launching of conclusions of the Survey performed in Spain about the knowledge of ISO 21500 Regulation and the interest that might arouse the development of a Guide for its implementation.

The summary of the conclusions obtained through this survey, performed till 31.07.2012, is as follows:
1. The responses obtained have a significant weight, for most of them have been given by people who have a long experience (more than 10 years) and dedicate their daily work to project management, and, additionally, most of those people have a certification or degree in Project Management, which provides our work with a “critical” value.

2.  Responses come from personnel from prominent companies or organizations, most of them with more than 1000 employees, IT & Communication as the outstanding sector. This aspect provides the obtained responses with a “formal nature”, for most big companies work with established procedures or standards inside their different departments. Otherwise, the fact of not counting with a significant presence of small companies makes us a little blind in our intention of elaborating a really universal guide.
3. The trend is that companies will tend to professionalize Project management inside their organizations, for nowadays there is less resistance against that, and, in addition, we have a nice percentage of them working under a formal framework. The quantity of PMO is still low and interest in creating them is scarce, so a possible objective or contribution of a Guide oriented to PMOs could be steered towards this aspect.   
4. The ISO 9001 is the most popular of regulations, having also a prominent seniority, and it will make easier the comprehension of  ISO 21500 Guides. Taking on account that the first motivation seems to be the recognition of the company rather than the continual improvement, we might think of a factor to help the organizations that are developing a Project management based in ISO 21500 to stand out (attractive), and maybe that factor should be based in the main benefits obtained from ISO 9001: costumer´s satisfaction and standardization of processes.
5. ISO 21500 regulation is known by nearly half of the survey responders, a number that becomes important, taking on account it is still a not very well known regulation, and has not become effective yet.
6.  It might be considered important to highlight at a certain point of the Guide which is the main contribution of ISO 21500 to Project management, for, though many people think it is a consolidation of Frameworks, a good amount of other people do not see clearly the contribution.
7. Though many people confirm the Non-certifiable condition of ISO 21500, another majority group, unaware of this aspect, thinks it should be so.
8. The making of both guides, one for PMs and another for PMOs, is a very well valued thing by the survey responders, so our effort  in such direction will be welcome, similarly as having an ISO, or specifically the ISO 9001, is understood as a help for implementation of ISO 21500.

For further information, you can consult the whole summary document through this link (Document available in Spanish). 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Last Saturday, 21st of July 2012, an online meeting between the representatives of ISO 21500 Regulation Analysis Group and representatives of Central America PMI Chapters was held as part of the activities of media diffusion of ISO 21500 Regulation´s Guidance for Implementation in developing organizations.

Thanks to the invitation issued by Gerardo Sierra and Felipe Nuñez, a Conference Call between Spain, Bolivia and Mexico could be held, and during it, María del Acebo Sánchez-Macián, who is, along with Mario Coquillat, coordinator of the ISO 21500 Regulation Analysis Group, offered an introduction to the Project Charter of such initiative, and asked the audience to collaborate in their project´s media diffusion.

Also, Cristian Soto (Volunteer from Bolivia) was appointed as the responsible for direct supervision of every action to be taken along with the representatives appointed by each of the Latin American PMI Chapters. 

For further information, please press here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Combining the ISO 10006 and PMBOK (By Michael Stanleigh, CMC, CSP)

About the Author

Michael Stanleigh, CMC, CSP is the CEO of Business Improvement Architects. He works with executives and senior managers around the world to improve organizational performance by helping to define their strategic direction, increase leadership performance, create cultures that drive innovation and improve project and quality management. He has been instrumental in helping his clients increase productivity and profits with his innovative approaches and focus on quality.

For more information about this article, please contact Michael at


The International Organization for Standardization released a new standard in the autumn of 2003.  Referred to as the, “ISO 10006:2003, Guidelines for Quality Management in Projects”, it is creating the next wave in our understanding of the management of projects and is of benefit to consider when planning projects.  This article intends to compare the two guidelines as follows and provide an interpretation for successful planning of projects.  It will look at:

·         How does the content of the ISO 10006 guideline compare to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)?  

·         What is the importance of both guidelines to the on-going management of projects? 

·         What are the implications of these two guidelines on the management of all projects? 

·         What are the strategies required to implement the ISO 10006 and how is the ISO 10006 being applied in organizations?

Overview of the ISO 10006:2003 Standard

The IS0 10006 guideline outlines quality management principles and practices as they relate to the management of projects.  It provides the guidance on quality issues that impact projects.  It is applicable to projects of varying complexity, size and length.  The guidelines can be applied to projects managed by an individual or by a team or for a program (large project comprised of smaller but interrelated projects) or for a portfolio of projects.

Since the ISO 10006 is a guidance document, its intention is not for use in certification or registration purposes.   Its overall purpose is to create and maintain quality in projects through a systematic process that ensures:

§  Stated and implied needs of customers are understood and met.

§  Interested stakeholders needs are understood and evaluated.

§  The organization’s quality policy is incorporated into the management of projects.

What is the Project Management Institute (PMI)?

The Project Management Institute, or PMI as it is known, is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional association for project management dedicated to the advancement of the profession of project management. 

What is the PMBOK?

PMBOK is PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge.  It describes the sum of knowledge generally accepted within the profession of project management.  “Generally accepted” means that the knowledge and practices described are applicable to most projects, most of the time, and that there is widespread consensus about their value and usefulness.  The overall purpose of the PMBOK is to provide a common lexicon within the project management profession and practice for talking and writing about Project Management.  

Comparing the ISO 10006 Standard and the PMBOK

There is much discussion as to whether a project should follow the PMBOK or the ISO 10006 guidelines or both.  Through this comparison and interpretation of each of the major sections I will provide some answers to this question.

What is a Project?

The ISO 10006 definition of a project, although correct, is rather wordy.  The definition from PMBOK is more concise and to the point.  “Temporary,” according to PMBOK, means that there must be a start and finish date to the project.  As well, PMBOK includes the definition that “All projects deliver a product, service or other measurable end result.”  The ISO 10006 focuses on the process of getting to it.

ISO 10006 states…
PMBOK states…

What is a Project? -3.5

Unique process consisting of a set of co-ordinated and controlled activities with start and finish dates, undertaken to achieve an objective conforming to specific requirements, including constraints of time, cost and resources.

Section 1.2

A temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique product or service.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The ISO 21500 Analysis Group has launched the project survey for Latin America.

The ISO 21500 Analysis Group has launched the project survey for Latin America.

The objective of this survey is to get the impressions that professionals with responsibility in project management have about this new standard, to further analyze the results of this survey, which will later serve as input in the development of the "Guide Implementation of ISO 21500 in organizations ", Guide developed by the The ISO 21500 Analysis Group, integrated by volunteers from the Madrid (Spain), Peru and Bolivia Project Management Institute Chapters.

The deadline for answering this survey will be on Septembert 1st  2012. All Latin American countries are invited to join us and promote the spread among professionals in project management and business stakeholders, in order to obtain interesting results by country.

To complete the survey project, launched specifically for Latin America, please press here:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Analysis Group’s initiative Project Charter

The Analysis Group initiative, for the ISO 21500 implementation, has launched its Project Charter, which can be reviewed at the following link.

This project, developed by volunteers from PMI Madrid Spain Chapter, will try to create and promote, nationally and internationally, a Help Guide for the implementation of this standard in an organization.

Also, within the scope of the project, it has been developed a survey that will aim to get the impressions about ISO 21500, between professionals dedicated to Project Management. This survey will reveal the knowledge and interest that exists about this rule and how welcome could be this Help Guide in the future.

Please, do not hesitate to participate in this survey (available in Spanish), pressing the following link. This survey will be active until July 22 nd, 2012.

Thank you very much to all in advance.

Monday, June 11, 2012

A comment to PMI based on comparison of ISO 21500 and PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition Draft Versions

Answer from PMI is attached related to a comment from Mario Coquillat (from ISO 21500 analysis project) to version 5 of PMBOK (made during Exposure Draft process)

Your Recommendation"Lessons learned" term is increased from version 4 (54 times) to version 5 (61 times) so is getting more important every time. A new process ("Collect Lessons Learned") must be included to define methodology because more and more praticioners say that knowledge is the most important project resource and thus it deserves to be treated as separate subject in the discipline of project management. Because it´s about all knowledge areas it must be included in integration (4.7)

Your JustificationThis new process is considered in ISO 21500 draft so PMBOK v5 must include it to be according to new ISO project management standard. I worked in this topic for last three years and there are no tools & techniques defined,so for example I created a methodology based on PMI risk methodology which I want to share with PMI (through publish an article through PMI Virtual Library and Project Management Journal). Probably, same situation about other praticioners because of lack of guidance in this issue.

Our vote on your recommendation: Deferred
Our justification: Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on the exposure draft for the PMBOK® Guide—Fifth Edition. Recommendation DEFFERED – out of scope for current update committee project charter. Recommendation will be forwarded to next update committee for their consideration.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


ISO 21500 Group of Analysis will use GEDPRO application, thanks to the Jose Moro´s support, technology coach of the initiative. The application, intuitive and user friendly, allows a better organization of the project team members´ work, located in different places.

Jose Moro is industrial engineer and has a wide experience in different sectors (ICT, Aviation, Information Society, Industrial  Sector and Social Media) in important companies like Accenture and Ineco, leading projects across Europe. 

He has founded GEDPRO, global consultancy company, within its scope, it is remarkable the project management consulting service, technology advisor service, training and outsourcing.

Expert in Project Management, he has helped many organizations to improve their business results by incorporating and implementing project management´s methodologies and tools, agiles and predictives.

Joseph Moro  is involved in the current project as external advisor. Among his functions, he will review and improve all deliverables developed during the analysis, orientated to created a Help Guide to implement ISO 21500 Standard.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Comparison of ISO 21500 Draft Version and PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition

Stanisław Gasik holds an MSc in mathematics and a PhD in organization sciences (with a specialty in project management), both from the University of Warsaw, Poland.

Currently he works as a project management consultant and adjunct professor at Vistula University in Warsaw. He was engaged in PMI standardization projects (PMBOK® Guide, OPM3®, and other documents). He has lectured at global PMI and IPMA congresses and other conferences.

He has published papers in local and international journals, including PMI Project Management Journal.

Stanisław Gasik, PhD is involved in the current project as external advisor. Among his functions, he will review and improve all deliverables developed during the analysis, orientated to created a Help Guide to implement ISO 21500 Standard.

For further informatiom, press here.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Standard ISO 21500 “Guidance on project management”

By Ángel Isidro Mena, Ph. D.

Previously published:

Article Brief:

-      The reason for an international standard on project management.
-      Description of the process followed in its preparation.
-      Main contents in the ISO 21500, currently.
-      Predictable Impact on Project Management.

Angel Isidro Mena, Ph.D. is involved in the current project as external advisor. Among his functions, he will review and improve all deliverables developed during the analysis, orientated to created a Help Guide to implement ISO 21500 Standard.

For further information, please press here.

Monday, April 30, 2012


Last Tuesday 24th April 2012 a presentation and launching of our project was made in PMI Madrid Spain Chapter monthly meeting which analyzes ISO 21500 and elaborates a guide for implementation in organizations.

Extract published in PMI-MSC web page is attached:

"3.1 Presentation of the" Analysis Group for the implementation of ISO 21500 ", by  Mario Coquillat de Travesedo PMP.
Javier Rodríguez, PMP, PMI-MSC President and  project sponsor, introduced Mario Coquillat, who made the presentation of the group, which was received with great interest by the attendees "

Presentation is attached PDF: Proyecto análisis ISO 21500