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Elvis Urbina · UDT Elvis Urbina · UDT
  • Elvis Urbina

    Director of Project Management

    Miramar, FL

What’s your work-life philosophy?

Family. Work. Wellness. Those three components are the legs to my stool and without them, I cannot perform at my best. They each serve and support one-another, so they all must be present.

What do you like best about working at UDT?

I enjoy the culture and atmosphere at UDT. I think UDT’s core values as an organization align with my own. Additionally, in my role, I have the good fortune of engaging with a multitude of customers, customer environments and technologies. It is dynamic and challenging and I find it rewarding. And the afternoon “cafecito” is a major bonus!

How do you best motivate your project management team?

Fortunately for me, I’m surrounded by a great group of professionals that require very little motivation. I believe that our secret to success rests heavily on good and frequent communication about the vision and priorities of the PMO and UDT. This ensures that the team is always marching toward the same goal. I believe our project management team is highly talented and creative and is encouraged to exercise their own strengths, making the group highly motivated. Special thanks to the PMO team: Kristen, Diane, Tiffany, Jessica, Ellen and Chris!

How is the PMO transitioning to an Agile approach?

We are doing so, adequately. As an organization we leverage Waterfall and Agile frameworks to deliver project services. We take special consideration and have developed methodologies that align with the technologies and solutions that we implement to meet customer needs. I would call us a Hybrid-Agile organization. We staff traditional PMs and Product Owners.

What is the best professional advice you would give?

Say YES. Never turn down a challenge, especially when it requires you to step outside of your comfort zone. Find a way to make the best of any situation and learn how to solve problems. Most of the times opportunities come disguised as challenges or problems. Learn something new everyday and open your mind to thinking outside the box.

What do you enjoy doing in your time off?

Spending time with my 7-yr old son, Mason, minus the questions he asks that I don’t know the answers to. And there’s many…

People would be surprised if they knew you…

Roller skate…my best times and memories growing up were spent skating at “Hot Wheels” skating center. It only took me falling on my rear one time to realize I was hooked and wanted to skate all the time. Earlier this year, we celebrated Mason’s 7th birthday at the same place (yes, it’s still in business). He taught himself to skate by practicing daily at home, ahead of the big day. I was happy to introduce him to the hobby I enjoyed as a kid. Sometimes we go skating together on a Sunday afternoon!

Elvis Never turns down a challenge Enjoys spending time with his son, Mason Values the culture and atmosphere at UDT