About Roberto Rodriguez Esteves:
Roberto Rodriguez, PMP, QMS-PR, PMC, P Eng.
Leadership based on principles, with a focus on people and quality
Roberto Rodriguez is a business management consultant with extensive experience in the oil and gas and EPC industries. He has an outstanding record of translating his business and financial acumen, global project management expertise, and superior people management skills into exceptional results with such companies as Quattro Exploration & Production, Toyo Engineering, SNC Lavalin, Husky Energy, and Canadian Natural Resources.
Roberto’s project and quality management consulting company, The Flying Kite Incorporated, is based on a project execution model Roberto designed, which combines PMI and ISO principles and best practices to improve project execution performance. Roberto views quality as the fundamental component of everything he does throughout the project management lifecycle.
In addition to his North American experience, Roberto has worked extensively in South America for Petrolera Ameriven (ChevronTexaco-ConocoPhillips-PDVSA Association), BDR Construction, and Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). Roberto’s greatest strengths are his ability to manage the lifecycle of complex projects with an unwavering focus on quality and safety, coupled with his ability to lead large teams to achieve industry-leading results.
Roberto brings vast cultural knowledge and sensitivity to his work. A native of Venezuela, Roberto has also resided in Canada, the US, and Italy, with short-term assignments in Guam, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. He is fluent in English and Spanish and proficient in Italian.
Roberto possesses a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland in the US. He has the designation of Specialist for Project Management of Engineering Projects from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Venezuela as is a Principal Auditor for Exemplar Global. In addition to the PMP designation from the Project Management Institute, Roberto has the Professional designation from the Association of Professional Engineers & Geologists of Alberta (APEGA).
Areas of expertise:
Process improvement | Change management | Contract negotiations | Quality Management Systems (QMS)
Engineering project management and execution | Risk management | Program execution | Resource management
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration comes from the thrill that I get from transferring knowledge to others, helping them reach their true potential, lead them to a brighter future and a successful career.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am quite artistic. Aside from being an engineer, a project professional, and a writer, I am able to paint, sing, and draw rather well. The process usually start with a vision, and that is soon brought to a sketch of some sort, which then leads to formulating the specific concepts and strategies that I will use to bring the idea to life in words. When I was writing “Why is it that my kite won’t fly?”, I spent several hours at a time in front of the computer writing away. Because this book is based on past experiences and research, data was usually gathered ahead of time. I like to keep the communication with the reader informal and casual, as if I was talking directly to him (her), yet the concepts are rather technical and formal, requiring the good use of terms, references, and best practices.
What advice would you give other writers?
Non-fiction writing relies on having domain over the subjects being analyzed or otherwise covered in the book. Research is vital to make sure that the information used is relevant and current.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After careful consideration of the two options, I decided to proceed with self-publishing because in my view it was the most suitable choice for a non-fiction, technical, first time author book. I could have potentially invested time and effort to try to convince a publisher that my book was worth publishing, but I thought that it would be much better time spent, if I went ahead and self-published, to then spend the time at marketing and promoting the book instead.
My advice is to perform your own research to make sure that you evaluate the publishers offering self-publishing packages, and that you select them based on quality of service and good reputation.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe that there is a brighter future ahead, since more and more people are nowadays willing to give it a try through self-publishing. Though no one can replace the abilities and skills of a good professional writer, there are many issues out there that require attention, and it is perhaps more appropriate that subject matter experts be the ones telling the stories.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Business, Project Management, Leadership, Change Management, Quality, Communication, Motivation
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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