All testimonials

José Ângelo da Costa Pinto

Lisboa, Portugal "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."

Lynn Smith, GWCPM

ESI International – Arlington, VA, USA Linkedin "When I think of Ricardo, I think “Wow”. How can one man accomplish so much? I have had the pleasure to know him since 2002, beginning with him sharing his passion and expertise for project management to ESI clients. Since then, I have watched him go on to grow and launch successful businesses, author books, create new products and services – the list of accomplishments is endless and continues to grow. Anyone who has the opportunity to work with him, should. Ricardo Vargas is an amazing individual."

Estevão Bela

São Paulo, Brazil Linkedin "Ricardo is an exemplary professional for all PMPs, sharing his abilities in relationships and knowledge in the multiple areas of project management."

Wagner Maxsen

Belo Horizonte, Brazil Linkedin "Ricardo Vargas is an extremely capable professional who combines a strong business acumen with the ability to conceive profitable and efficient solutions for corporate strategies. While he is definitely the most proficient professional I know in the field of project management, he is also a master in the techniques of lectures and a true believer of team building. He’s been my inspiration for quite a long time now."

Hannes Schollenberger

Henkel – São Paulo, Brazil Linkedin "Ricardo succeeded in teaching the complex matter of Risk Management in an excellent and comprehensive way."

Ernane Marques

Citibank – São Paulo, Brazil Linkedin "I have been following directly Ricardo Vargas’ works. He is an amazing professional, who has been cooperating for those who work with Project Management."

Saji Madapat

Chicago, USA Linkedin "I have the honor of learning from Ricardo as my Component Mentor colleague (from South American region – since the end of 2006) and now as our esteemed PMI BOD member. I have the privilege to closely work with him especially on collaboration between our regions which has many common characteristics. As a BOD member, he is the best friend & supporter of my region and I am truly excited about his efforts in building the bridges with my region (Asia). Ricardo is my role model not only in personal life but in professional life too – He is one of the most accomplished PM Professional I ever come across."

Brian Weiss

Newtown Square, USA Linkedin "Ricardo = Passion. Not only is he a passionate leader – he is passionate about the Project Management profession and this is obvious to anyone that meets or knows him. As the Director of our Board he had the vision and strength to lead one of the world’s largest trade associations. Through Ricardo’s strong leadership PMI’s Board of Directors fundamentally improved their capability to serve so many diverse stakeholders in all continents of the globe."

Aldo Mattos

São Paulo, Brazil Linkedin "Ricardo’s books reflects exactly what he is: practical, objective, dynamic and, what is more important, have the power to push us towards action and new discoveries. “Practical Guide to Project Plan” is one of these technical books that every professional who deals with management must own. Surpassing the several titles on PM theory and preparation manuals for exams, the Practical Guide portrays a REAL step-by-step project according to the proper methodology, with all the templates, recommendations and interferences. It delivers what promises and reminds me of an old quotation: “there is nothing more practical than a good theory”. I strongly recommend him as an author, consultant, speaker and counsellor."

Farhad Abdollahyan

São Paulo, Brazil Linkedin "Ricardo is not only one of the most popular and respected professors at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, where we both teach project management, but also is a gifted subject matter writer. I recommend his books to my students in several different disciplines that I teach. I hope that he keeps writing since he is a reference for us in Brazil."

Ana Flávia Pimenta Braasch

Belo Horizonte, Brazil Linkedin "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.”"

Juliano Reis

Porto Alegre, Brazil Linkedin "Ricardo is an outstanding person, with an amazing skill of motivating people wherever he is, and a superior delivery quality. He has done a great job at PMI in all the groups he participated or led. Before became PMI Chair, he has been responsible for the PMI strategic committee as a member of board of directors, and was able to deliver several great results bringing the PMI board to the next level. No matter the subject or his position in the team, Ricardo was able to contribute thinking outside of the box, bringing new trends and positioning the institute in a position to growth. In the Project Management Community Ricardo is one of the most self motivated and available professionals I know. He is always publishing documents and information, writing books, studying new techniques and being creative to support and help the professionals around the world. Through his efforts to the community, he has awarded the Project Management Person of the Year in Brazil, in 2010."