Alvaro Villena, Project Manager in Santiago, Chile
Alvaro Villena

Project Manager in Santiago, Chile

Member since October 16, 2019
Alvaro is a skilled project manager with experience as an entrepreneur, teacher, scrum master, and agile coach. He leverages agile values of product development to improve team performance while focusing on delivering business value. He has worked with companies in different industries and sectors with different technology adoption levels. He has led the E2E development of products, spanning discovery, execution, and delivery phases.
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Project Highlights




  • E-learning Consultant

    2020 - PRESENT
    • Standardized and captured best practices of the e-learning project lifecycle, from understanding customer needs, analyzing content availability, defining learning models and approaches, vendor selection and management, and delivery.
    • Guided educational organizations (i.e., universities) in the adoption of LMS platforms considering E2E projects from analysis and planning stages to QA and platform implementation.
    • Oversaw the instructional design process, facilitating the adaptation of traditional classrooms to digital-based ones. Managed vendors to achieve on-time delivery.
    • Evaluated existing proctor solutions for the implementation in the educational examination process.
  • Agile Coach and Project Manager

    2019 - 2019
    • Cultivated agile values on three teams during six months, focusing on transparency and continuous improvement mentality.
    • Managed ~15 customer-facing SaaS implementation projects, engaging client’s change and technology management teams.
    • Designed and implemented an internal innovation and continuous improvement program, raising and implementing 10+ opportunities for business unit performance enhancement.
    • Led an internal product development team of six members, achieving a new version release in two months.
    • Worked with clients in the banking, alimentary, governmental, and services industries.
    • Managed 10+ software development projects for customers in Google Cloud Platform, big data, and machine learning technologies.
    • Led change management process on customers; assessed knowledge gaps, defined a training strategy, designed materials, and implemented them with customers.
    • Transformed training processes to implement an e-learning self-paced platform. Worked with instructional designers along the process to enhance the training experience.
  • Scrum Master

    2018 - 2019
    Latam Airlines
    • Coached a nine-member development team in scrum implementation and into becoming a self-organized team.
    • Achieved minimum viable product release in four months (eight sprints), turning internal developments 3x faster than average.
    • Piloted new technologies for the organization, including Jira, Google Cloud Platform, continuous integration/continuous development models, Kubernetes Engine, Angular, and microservices architecture (Spring Boot).
    • Coached the product owner towards business value and minimum viable product mentality.
    • Trained other teams into adopting agile values and philosophy, helping our business unit become a more nimble team.
  • Commercial Systems Engineer

    2017 - 2018
    Latam Airlines
    • Designed and implemented technology migration and improvement roadmaps to meet migration goals and deadlines.
    • Coordinated revenue, digital, distribution, and pricing teams to 99% effective migration, achieving business continuity and zero customer impact within the merge of Lan (Chile) and Tam (Brazil) airlines.
    • Mobilized multidisciplinary tech team to improve availability accuracy from 85% to 99%.
    • Analyzed and tested data to ensure 0-impact on the company merge process.
    • Trained and guided Brazilian users (in Sao Paulo) in new technologies usage.
  • Teacher

    2015 - 2017
    Universidad de Concepción
    • Taught three courses on innovation, business, and well-being management to engineering students, involving external organizations for hands-on experience.
    • Designed and implemented a social innovation course for engineering students, engaging with external social non-governmental organizations.
  • Co-founder and Commercial Manager

    2015 - 2016
    • Designed and implemented a technical-commercial strategy to develop a new customer portfolio, achieving 30% quarterly growth.
    • Created and managed a customer portfolio of 30+ clients through the integration of traditional business channels with the creation of digital.
    • Raised USD $50,000 in private and public funding for new technologies development and implementation.
  • Strategy Consultant

    2014 - 2016
    FBL Consulting
    • Consulted small and medium businesses in improving process efficiency, business outcomes, and internal customer wellbeing through the implementation of management models.
    • Coached business to implement new internal development processes and management models aiming to create innovation in house capabilities.
    • Performed gap analysis on skills and knowledge of collaborators, defined a strategy to close those gaps and designed training materials that were later implemented by lecturers. Implemented some of the project workshops as a lecturer.
  • Research, Development and Innovation Engineer

    2012 - 2014
    Incuba Udec
    • Analyzed and improved go-to-market strategies for 15+ university research technologies.
    • Led innovation processes through a design thinking framework in 3+ small and medium businesses to enable value creation and business innovation.
    • Helped researchers in raising governmental funds (USD $1 million) to improve technology development.

Project History

  • E-learning Project Standarization
    Led the analysis and documentation of the workflow processes for e-learning projects. Captured and standardized best practices of the project lifecycle.

    Conducted an in-depth analysis of unstructured projects to determine and document processes workflows and best practices. As a result, a comprehensive framework of project management was delivered, including stages of the processes, roles, and artifacts.

  • Digital Implementation of Customer Training Processes
    Enabled faster implementation and escalation, increased customer reach, and learned knowledge validation.

    Managed the transformation of the customer training process, which was implemented through traditional approaches (20 people personal trainings in classrooms), into a digital e-learning self-paced platform.

    Led a multidisciplinary team of 5+ content creators, developers, and customer service representatives to design and implement courses.

  • Innovation Process Implementation
    Reduced process implementation time by 100%. Designed and implemented an innovation procedure at the organization level.

    Led 6+ team in the implementation of innovation methodologies, aiming to identify new business opportunities and develop operation solutions, achieving operational time improvements of 200%, enabling new customer acquisition and business models.

    Trained business and operation representatives in innovation processes and methodologies, which resulted in institutionalized standards of innovation. The implemented procedure consisted of a 4-stage innovation process based on the design thinking methodology. The stages were: business challenges exploration, solution ideation, prototyping and testing, and solution implementation.

  • Revenue System Development
    Minimum viable product release in four months, and monthly feature releases.

    Guided a newly formed team of nine developers, one business analyst, and a product owner into adopting the scrum development framework plus other practices from Kanban and extreme programming (XP) with E2E ownership of the product involving architecture and infrastructure design and implementation, software development, QA testing, deployment (continuous integration, continuous delivery) and operation.
    Technologies used included Jira, Google Cloud Platform, Bamboo, Kubernetes Engine, Angular, Selenium, and microservices architecture (Spring Boot). Implemented pilot technologies for the organization: cloud infrastructure, continuous integration pipelines, and microservices architecture.
    Coached team members into performance improvement through 1:1 sessions, continuous feedback, and goal management.

  • Availability System Improvement
    Increased availability accuracy levels from 85% to 99% for major digital distribution channels.

    Led a multidisciplinary team of 9+ people from business (revenue, pricing, distribution) and technology units (digital, development, IT business continuity, operation research) in identifying errors on availability system, adopting short-term fixes, and implementing long-term solutions to improve the system's overall efficiency.


  • Advanced Ontological Coach in Coaching
    2020 - 2022
    Newfield Network - Santiago, Chile
  • Master's Degree in Systems Engineering
    2013 - 2015
    University of Concepcion - Chile
  • Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering
    2009 - 2014
    University of Concepcion - Chile


  • Certified Scrum Master
    MAY 2020 - MAY 2023
  • Professional Scrum Master Level I (PSM I)
    JUNE 2019 - PRESENT

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