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Have Project Management activities been affected by the situation in Venezuela?
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Have Project Management activities been affected by the situation in Venezuela?

Yes? No?

PLEASE - Answers straight to PM related activities / no political responses.
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YES,
Considering all the situation politics, economics, insecurity, food storage, etc., impact in all the areas in PM, you can not stimated the price for the services considering the high inflation, if you need some materials in this moment is high probably that you can not find (or your Sub contractor), So, delays impact in your Schedule, Quality, Time, Cost, etc., and some of the situation can not be handled like a Risk or not in the "normal way", in some case you can find all you need, RRHH, materials, etc., but the price will be very high, making the project not factible.
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Giammarco - thanks for your input..
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Yes,
Before this situation, we was a PDVSA´s subcontractor, and 3 years ago we decided to close the company. Right now, it is impossible to make plans at all. PDVSA which is the principal company of the country survives owing to all contractors. The actual conditions destroyed all productive companies, PDVSA included. In addition, exits group of people (called community people) who controls all jobs and positions into the projects. All projects have to be performed just like this bad people wants. There are a lot of risks involve in each project. A project in this kind of situation has to be extremely planned, with huge amount of money in reserve, and probably the project won´t has benefits. Simply you cannot apply any of the PM´s principles. This is a very special conditions in which is better do not invest, too many risk and non profit or benefit for the company at all.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Jul 06, 2016 4:19 PM
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Angelinca - I do understand... Some of us are trying to help in our own way...

Hope the best for all PMs in VE
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Jul 06, 2016 11:24 AM
Replying to Angelica Maria Barrios Areinamo
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Yes,
Before this situation, we was a PDVSA´s subcontractor, and 3 years ago we decided to close the company. Right now, it is impossible to make plans at all. PDVSA which is the principal company of the country survives owing to all contractors. The actual conditions destroyed all productive companies, PDVSA included. In addition, exits group of people (called community people) who controls all jobs and positions into the projects. All projects have to be performed just like this bad people wants. There are a lot of risks involve in each project. A project in this kind of situation has to be extremely planned, with huge amount of money in reserve, and probably the project won´t has benefits. Simply you cannot apply any of the PM´s principles. This is a very special conditions in which is better do not invest, too many risk and non profit or benefit for the company at all.
Angelinca - I do understand... Some of us are trying to help in our own way...

Hope the best for all PMs in VE
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I, too, want to extend my prayers and best wishes to all project management professionals in Venezuela.
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1 reply by Andres Paquin
Jul 08, 2016 11:52 PM
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Thank you Stephane, your best wishes are greatly appreciated.
Best regards fron Caracas, Venezuela,
Andrés Paquin
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Yes,to make projects in Venezuela right now is extremely difficult and complicated, due to lack of materials, equipment and even qualified staff, coupled with this we have high politicization of the country is a factor to be taken into account as a risk factor. Many companies have gone bankrupt because the main contractor is the state and a time now state enterprises, mainly PDVSA (Petroleos de Venezuela) do not pay contractors and that has contributed to the bankruptcy of the same and the brain drain highly qualified. It is a very interesting topic and often forgotten when planning projects is that in a country with high political conflict is not possible to apply many of the rules that teaches the PMI, since there is no reasonable scenario to plan.
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YES.

Although Venezuela was a pioneer in adopting a lot of technology and innovation, today it is not so. The economic, political situation has made many companies do not invest more in our country. Therefore, there is a decline in the amount of projects to undertake in the different industries and sectors. There is not enough job for project managers and wages are extremely low comparable to a professional with the same credentials and experience in another country. Venezuelan project managers prefer working somewhere else but not in Venezuela.

Additionally, for new generations it is very difficult to get prepared in the field of project management or get certified, as due to the currency devaluation, a PMP certification could represent half a year's salary. On the other hand, what does not kill you, make you stronger, so I think the project managers in Venezuela have a great experience managing risk and planning, since we must manage contingencies and constantly re schedule projects due issues of inflation, insecurity ,shortages, etc.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Jul 08, 2016 7:37 AM
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Lourdes - I got your point, I didn't think about education in general and specifically in Project Managment... This directly impacts the community especially with so many good resources that are in Venezuela.
George
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Working with different customers in Venezuela stresses the importance of the Risk Management part of PM. Yes, it's a harsh environment, and I believe that that is a prime reason to keep using PM principles. Also, there are still people involved in furthering knowledge of PM principles through public conferences.
However, as many of the other posters have mentioned, the current environment, both economical and political, is limiting the total number of projects in execution, and making it difficult to complete them as originally planned.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Jul 08, 2016 8:16 AM
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Jorge - Yes, Risk Management should be key in an environment like this right?

But I just think it is not enough. Hearing ideas.
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In Venezuela there is not planning for a project, why not? because:
.-There is not a cost estimation to get a budget, due to high inflation.
.-There is no materials in the market, due to many companies have closed and there is not free foreign exchange. Procurement activities is too hard.
.-Engineering suffer a lot of change adapting to the market (materials in stock or services in Venezuela).
.-Labour law is too much protective with workforce, than workers want a salary without work and the performance is very low.
.-Specialized human resource everyday emigrate to others countries.
.-Salaries of professionals are not equivalent to the purchasing power required to live. Many professionals prefer work as merchandiser.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Jul 08, 2016 8:15 AM
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Kenyi - So what's the advice for PM's in VE, just wait? I know some transnational companies are helping its employees, having then take on Jobs in branches in other countries, but this is surely not the only solution.

Comments? The only thing I can think of at the moment is to create awareness.
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Definitively, it is a hard situation. However, all who should manage projects in the first oil industry (PDVSA) of Venezuela and the fifth oil industry in the world have had to develop the creativity and innovation in the project management world. I think that is the best environment to face the difficulties daily. It's an appropiate place to apply the project management within the oil and gas exploration and production processes. In fact, by this situation the Project management must be applied strongly and could be a case of study to improve the methodology under these conditions. Obviously, the oil industry is the principal income for the Venezuelan State, the oil business must go on, PDVSA can´t stop and the wide Project Management experience for all the processes are essential.

Therefore, the planning, control and monitoring, dashboards, must be managed daily in order to take the best desicions. Manage the adquisitions because the assets and services must be available in the drilling process. Here you can find the weaknesses and threats. However, the imagination and creativity allow to create new strategies of purchasing and contracts according to the economic situation. As well as, evaluate scope, costs, time, human resources and all the risk associated to the oil production.

If you don't have an information system based in the principles of PMBOK's guide and the medular processes of the business the results will be even worst.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Jul 08, 2016 7:56 AM
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Leonel thanks for sharing, sensitive topic... We need to get together collaborate and speak up.
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