Aligning the main motivating factors for potential project managers and team members with the ultimate human resource development standards, the Macrosolutions is specialized in the professionalization of  the project management career in your organization.

Using the PMI® PathPro, free tool provided by PMI with more than 5,000 users, the Macrosolutions is able to support your organization in the best design career model, allocation of duties, abilities and desired skills. All this aimed at one goal: better results.

Key issues addressed

  1. Low talent retention
  2. Lack of qualified professionals for new projects
  3. High turnover of project teams
  4. Constant communication breaks due to exchange of contacts
  5. Low reliability on the performance reports
  6. Project managers informally trained and chosen

Scope of work

  • PMI® PathPro Implementation Consulting
  • Human, management and technical skills Mapping
  • Skills, tools and systems knowledge Diagnosis
  • How to acquire skills - Guide Development
  • Remuneration Studies
  • Assisted Operation

Fact sheet

Estimated duration of the consultancy work [?]
3 months
Work complexity [?]
Low to medium
Client's team (minimum required) [?]
1 Project Manager and 1 Project Analyst
Client's team allocation x Macrosolutions team allocation [?]
25% Client's Team
75% Macrosolutions' Team
Ricardo Vargas - (roles and responsibilities) [?]
Project Manager
Project estimated number of visits [?]
3 visits
Maturity Level (minimum required) [?]
Low to medium
Organizational level of coverage [?]
Corporate: ★★★★★
Departmental: ★★★★★
Project: ★★★
Language(s) [?]
Portuguese, English, Spanish

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I knew Ricardo in 2001. Few years later, I received his invitation to join his company. Since then, he became my reference of professionalism and dedication. More than that, he is my definition of “visionary”; he is always ahead of his time and tendencies! Ricardo is also an example generosity. Everything that I know about project management, mostly, I have learned from him some way through work experience, classes, books and advices. He uses to help and support his team and counsel them on their carreers.”

Ana Flávia Pimenta Braasch

A&C | Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Ricardo Vargas is an outstanding professional. I have a profound admiration for his career and I’m very proud to be invited to write this recommendation. He is a very well-prepared, skilled, high energy professional with a deep knowledge in Project Management. His interests include many different areas involved in his experiences as a project manager, leader and mentor. I was his student in many courses involving PMI knowledge and the best thing we have learned from Ricardo is his way of taking care of business keeping constantly attention in his partners, colleagues being a leader and a great person. Ricardo is one of the persons I have as reference.

Florence Magri

ACS Algar | São Paulo, Brazil

Ricardo is the ideal Project Manager. He is organized, disciplined, methodological, has a deep knowledge of Project, Portfolio and Program management theories and practices. He has also a great experience, not only as Project Manager but also on the Management of large and big companies. He is also a great strategist: He is able to produce, visualize and maintain a vision of the future and make it real through hard work and ability to communicate. Ricardo is a phenomenal leader. He feels at ease in multimillion dollar boards and he feels at ease with people that are still in the early stages in their professional carrier. And this is done with the same very high empathy, energy and enthusiasm that is even contagious and makes as much more optimists and much more self-confidents. Ricardo is an excellent communicator and a fantastic speaker. I have the privilege of having listened to several of his speeches especially in 2009, as he was the PMI Chair of the Board and they were always very interesting, illuminating and always very welcomed by the public. He was in Portugal as a Key Note Speaker in our conference in 2009 and this was one of the highest points of the event. Portuguese project managers really liked the way he explained what the future of the profession for him was and he truly communicated this vision. Ricardo is the ideal Project Manager, but he is so much more than that. He is a dedicated, result oriented, intelligent, emotional competent and, at the same time, he is an excellent person, with very high ethical and honesty standards and with a passion and love for the profession of Project Management and for the Project Managers. And he can communicate this passion and love to others, improving them and making them also better professionals. One special and necessary word for the 5 Minutes Project Management Podcasts that Ricardo produces every week since 2007. Ricardo can explain the concepts, the tools, the techniques, the methodology and even the environment and ambient that the Project Manager has to deal with in a way that everyone can understand and with a cost (5 minutes) benefit (having a concept, a technique, etcetera explained and understood) ratio for the listener that is really low. It is a privilege to know people like Ricardo.

José Ângelo da Costa Pinto

PMI | Lisboa, Portugal

  • Supported standards and methodologies

    Project Management Institute (PMI)
    PMBOK Guide
    PMI Practice Standard for Estimating
    PMI Practice Standard for Earned Value Management
    PMI Practice Standard for Configuration Management
    PMI Practice Standard for Risk Management
    PMI Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structure
    PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling
    PMI Standard for Portfolio Management
    PMI Standard for Program Management
    PMI Project Manager Development Competency Framework Yes
    Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3®) Yes
    UK Office of Government Commerce (OGC)
    PRINCE2 (Projects in Controlled Environments)
    MSP (Managing Successful Programmes)
    M_O_R (Management of Risks)
    P3M3 (Portfolio, Programme, and Project Management Maturity Model) Yes
    P3O (Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices)
    MoP (Management of Portfolios)
    MoV (Management of Value)
    Scrum Alliance
    Scrum Methodology Yes
    International Project Management Association (IPMA)
    ICB® IPMA Competence Baseline Yes
  • Areas: approach comprehensiveness

    Area Comprehensiveness Description
    Integration ★★★★★ Includes the processes required to ensure that the various elements of the project are properly coordinated.
    Scope Includes the processes required to ensure that the project includes all the work required, and only the work required, to complete the project successfully.
    Time Includes the processes required to ensure timely completion of the project.
    Cost Includes the processes required to ensure that the project is completed within the approved budget.
    Quality Includes the processes required to ensure that the project will satisfy the needs for which it was undertaken.
    Human Resource ★★★★★ Includes the processes required to make the most effective use of the people involved with the project.
    Communications ★★★★★ Includes the processes required to ensure timely and appropriate generation, collection, dissemination, storage, and ultimate disposition of project information.
    Risk Systematic process of identifying, analyzing, and responding to project risks. It includes maximizing the probability and consequences of positive events and minimizing the probability and consequences of adverse events to project objectives.
    Procurement Includes the processes required to acquire goods and services from outside the performing organization to attain project scope.
    EHS Involves processes related to work safety, health and environment, including specific regulations.
    Strategic Planning ★★★★ Involves the processes which link projects with corporate strategy through the indicators of the Balanced Scorecard's goals.

Additional Information Top ↑

For an effective project management it is required to domain the technical expertise, the human skills and the capacity do manage. The last ones are not commonly explicit in the descriptions of the careers. The reason lies in the fact that the project management profession is not, in most cases, officially recognized in the corporate world. Even worse, most organizations do not know the different skills that are needed to execute projects successfully.

Another fact is that organizations which provide a very well defined professional careers, have more and better chances to develop and retain their talent.

After conducting extensive research involving over 5,000 professionals of project, program and portfolio management, PMI® used the results to create the competency profiles on projects to help organizations to better define the careers of its projects professionals.

"Organizations that offer project managers a defined career ladder are often more successful at retaining their project management talent." - Project Management Institute

The PMI Career Framework is available without any costs to organizations and it has all the descriptions of the different functions in the project area and identifies the skills found in the successful professionals categorized by each level of expertise.

This ensures the proper development of skills that are necessary to successfully execute projects and adjust the profiles required to a guide development in order to have the competence improvement  of the organization’s projects professionals.