Before I arrived at Quito, Ecuador I thought it was a typo when I saw the elevation is 9300′ (2835 meters) above sea level. But shortly after I arrived the headache of altitude sickness began and it wasn’t so hard to believe.
It’s very exciting for me to be teaching BPMN here in Ecuador. This is my first experience working with a professional translator. I speak some Spanish, but not enough to conduct a process modeling class. Sometimes it’s hard enough to teach in my native English language, so translation to Spanish I left to a professional.
In two weeks I trained 24 people from Ecuador on process modeling. It was divided by into three classes, ranging from basic to advanced levels. I’m very proud of students in the advanced classes. The students have learned well, and have made the paradigm shift from flowcharts to process modeling. It gives me a wonderful feeling to see people discover a newer, more efficient way to view business processes.
The photo below was taken from an altitud of 4100 meters (about 13,500 feet) above sea level. The city in the background is Quito.
On the left: Me. ( I ate too much that week) Right - Raul Rivis from Latinis, a consulting firm in Ecuador. Bottom: Paula, Raul's cute little 3 year old daughter.
Muchos Gracias to Raul Rivis of Latinis for having me come to Ecuador to train his customers. It was a wonderful experience, a ‘highlight’ in my career, and the beginning of a new friendship.