Germán Bernate 

Bogotá, Colombia

Whether you think you can

or you think you cannot,

you’re right – Henry Ford

The English writer Horace Walpole in his Serendipity (1754) tells the story of a Persian prince who made many discoveries unintentionally: working hard on a major issue and found another result, completely different from that intended, but it was very useful. With all his achievements he brought progress to the island of the same name, Serendipity in Spanish and prosperity flourished in those distant lands.

In this world the vast majority of companies have procedures that are based on a methodological guidance. They implement training of several employees and executives in such proceedings. In a process they cannot provide for the management of ‘projects in crisis’ and leave a large void that leads to the failure of many of initiatives.

Serendipity is a great partner for managing projects in crisis. Its base is to develop a contingency plan with two ways of thinking: the convergent and divergent. Convergent thinking comprehensively studies the proper application of force and establishes what has been done and what is omitted. But the creative solution is generated from divergent thinking.


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About the Author 

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Bogotá, 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 for PM World Today eJournal and PMForum.org from 2007-2011. Contact email: [email protected]