Project - Term Overview


A project could be defined as the set of activities carried out by a person or an entity to achieve a certain objective. These activities are interrelated and developed in a coordinated manner.

Starting from this meaning, we would have to emphasize that one of the most important projects, to the extent that it influences an entire country, is what is called a bill. A term with which it comes to define any initiative that tries to carry out the government of a nation and that requires it to be referred to Parliament for it to approve it.

The usual thing is that the objective pursued by the project must be fulfilled in a certain time period defined in advance and within a budget: otherwise, it will be said that the project has failed.

For example: "My project for this year is to improve my level of English", "At this moment I'm fully involved in a new work project", "I have a life project with Victoria that I'm going to defend tooth and nail".

A project can simply be a plan or an idea, at least in everyday life or in colloquial language. When talking about projects in a more formal framework, it's usual that various stages in their development can be distinguished: first an idea arises that recognizes an opportunity, then the project itself is designed with the evaluation of strategies and options and finally execute the plan. After the completion of the project, it's time to evaluate the results according to the fulfillment, or not, of the objectives set.

In this sense, two of the most frequent types of projects would be the following. On the one hand, there would be those that are carried out in a specific company pursuing the achievement of very defined purposes and as a general rule an improvement in the financial returns of the same. And, on the other hand, there are those carried out by students of certain university careers to obtain their relevant qualification, thus demonstrating that they have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary for the performance of their profession.

While there are multiple classifications of projects, it's possible to identify two broad categories. On the one hand, there are productive projects (associated with companies, seeking to generate economic benefits) and, on the other, social or public projects (aimed at improving people's quality of life).

Regarding this last established type, that of a social nature, various examples could be pointed out that are working in societies around the world and that seek to help a specific group. This would be the case, for example, of Proyecto Hombre, which is a non-governmental organization dedicated to the treatment and prevention of various drug addictions.

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