Monica Sacco, PMP, program
What does your role as manager of the Skills
manager, Project Management
Skills Acceleration program, IBM,
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Acceleration program entail?
I help IBM practitioners increase their skills and
move forward in their project management career.
I’m responsible for planning, executing, monitoring
and controlling the program, as well as promoting the development of project management skills
across all of IBM’s business lines and geographies. I
help facilitate the communication and relationships
among our stakeholders—the participants, mentors and more than 60 study-group facilitators—to
ensure that participants are making progress.
What are the challenges of overseeing this
Because of the different time zones, my day might
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start at 6 a.m. and end at midnight. But the biggest
challenge I face is ensuring the program fulfills all
the different development and experience require-
ments and professional goals. Different cultures
Since then, the center’s Project Management
Skills Acceleration program has helped advance
practitioners’ abilities and careers, becoming a
driver of project success at IBM in an era of grow-
ing complexity. Last year, it was recognized with
the PMI Continuing Professional Education Pro-
vider of the Year Award. Monica Sacco took the
helm of the worldwide program in early 2014, after
working in a series of increasingly senior roles at
IBM during the previous nine years.