What’s your work-life philosophy?
Keep it simple, don’t overthink it. Have a plan. Things happen for a reason. Work through it. Don’t forget to smile and laugh once in a while. Take what you experienced from the past and improve from it. This quote from Marcus Aurelius has always resonated with me: “Accept the things to which fate binds you and love the people with whom fate brings you together but do so with all your heart.”
What do you like best about working at UDT?
The UDT community is a tight knit family. Everyone looks out for each other. I miss Cafecito time in the office, pre-COVID.
What would you consider as the biggest win in your career?
Spending my time working directly for our clients has introduced me to SAFe Agile. The introduction to this framework has allowed me to improve my skillset as a project manager and obtain certifications in various Agile frameworks. I love learning new things all the time and it is something I want to instill in my children. I continue to push myself to achieve more knowledge every day.
What do you like most about being part of the project management team?
I work with a great PMO team. Each one of my teammates brings something different to the table. We all work hard and make each other laugh. The team chemistry is at an all-time high. We support one another. I know they have my back and I have theirs.
As an organization, how have you seen UDT transition to an Agile approach? I am a big fan of Agile from using frameworks such as SCRUM, KANBAN and SAFe. In my opinion, UDT is still in the adoption phase of this transition to Agile. Bringing in UDT CIO Fernando Mejia was the first step as he will help drive the transition. It is a culture change for UDT as we have always followed a traditional waterfall (phased approach) with our services delivery. Using Agile, there are better ways of working and delivering a higher quality product for our customers from our growing portfolio of services. Agile has so many great ways to work and I truly believe it will help us showcase UDT as the partner of choice for current and new clients.
What is the best professional advice you would give? When working with such a diversified team, I have always followed a quote taken from The Art of War by Sun Tzu – “Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.” Respect and show care for one another. You will earn the team’s respect and they will follow your lead.
What do you enjoy doing in your time off? I enjoy spending every moment with my family; my wife Alexis, and our three sons Christopher (8), Ignacio (6) and Lucas (1). I have a passion for cooking, and I love to grill, smoke and slow cook. I tend to specialize in smoked guava pork shoulder that I have improved year after year. I have passed on the recipe to several UDT team members to enjoy with their friends and family. Cooking for my family and friends is my therapy. I enjoy creating dishes from scratch and it gives me pleasure to see everyone happy and having a great time. The other night I taught our sons how to make pizza from scratch. I learned to cook from my parents at an early age and I want to pass on that love to our children. To me, cooking represents coming together and sharing a meal. Every dinner we sit down with our sons and we go around the table talking about how each of our days went. Sharing meals brings family unity and that time with my kids is something I treasure.
People would be surprised if they knew you.. are good with voice impersonations. When I was younger, I would try to copy the voices from various television shows and cartoons. I would practice it with the family and now have fun with it performing for our boys.