Basis for the Development of a Project: Planning


By Germán Bernate

Bogota, Colombia

All private or State Enterprise works on a permanent basis with projects. Thanks to them develops products or services offered by the national or international market: conceivably that projects that leads must be of optimum quality. To achieve this Manager should focus its efforts in the key Trilogy: plan, direct and control. Successful companies incorporate among its employees to those who must exercise as managers and as seen with all the aforementioned trilogy zeal.

In all countries of the world the situation is identical, Eastern enterprises and Westerners, as Eliyahu Goldratt said, they have a common goal: to make money and provide optimal service to its customers. Similarly the State enterprises also have the same objectives: provide optimal care to the taxpayer and to the extent possible good results that are reflected in the good service to the people.

The above implies that employees and officials who work as managers must be know any methodology that supports them to develop this work. In Western culture it has a methodological guide of the Project Management Institute (PMI) the mentioned methodological guide based knowledge into five basic groups: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling and finally closing.

1. Initiating

In general to start a project you have a contract or a work order. To start the project you must develop a Project Charter. Therein it is stated: the work to be performed (scope), the available budget, the base schedule, communication system to be used between the stakeholders, agreed start and closing dates, and the schedule of milestones.


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About the Author

pmwj14-sep2013-Bernate image 150x226columbia-mapGermán Bernate

Bogota, Colombia

Germán Bernate is an Electronic Engineer (Universidad Distrital – 1962) and Master in Project Management (UCI University of Costa Rica 2009). He worked 31 years for IBM in Colombia in managerial and technical positions. He was work with NCR Colombia and served as Program Manager and Project Manager. Founder and CEO of Almagesto (2004), a company dedicated to consulting and training in the areas of strategic planning and project management. In 1992 he won the first prize in the fourth edition of Doctor Zumel Literary Contest in Madrid Spain. President of the Board of Teatro Colón for five years (2007-2011). Led the Project Management program at Universidad Piloto August 2008 to December 2009. Parquesoft Director during the period from August 2010 to March 2011. Professor at universities Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas, Nacional, Javeriana, Pamplona, Tecnológica de Bolívar, Andes, Externado, America and Piloto. Co-founder Colombia Chapter PMI (Project Management Institute) and its president for three terms. Co-founder of the Colombian Association ACGePro Project Management IPMA Member Association (International Project Management Association). He has published several books, including ‘El año 2000 al acecho. La crisis del Y2K afectará a su computador, aprenda a controlarla’on the issue of the change of the millennium. In February 2013, published as the book ‘Gerencia de Proyectos: aplicaciones en salud’. Computerworld Editorial Board Member since 1996 and international correspondent of PM World Today eJournal and PMForum.org from 2007-2011. Contact email: [email protected]