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Brief History of Project Management Timeline

The development and history of project management is an interesting story.  With over 16.5 million project managers in the world today it is also one of the most in-demand job roles available.

But what are the milestones that have shaped it into the worldwide practice it is today? Our brief history of project management timeline illustrates just some of the key events that have played a role in its growth.

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Brief history of project management timeline


Gantt Chart

Invented by project management pioneer Henry Gantt, it provides a visual schedule that helps to plan, manage and track specific tasks in a project.




The Critical Path Method (CPM) is invented by the Dupont Corporation. It is an algorithm for scheduling a set of project activities.




Project Management Institute (PMI) is launched to promote the project management profession.




Scrum is named as a project management style. It is an agile software model that encourages close collaboration of team members.




PRINCE method derived from PROMPTII is published by the UK Government agency CCTA and becomes the UK standard for all government information projects.




The Total Cost Management Framework is released by AACE. It is the first integrated process or methodology for portfolio, program and project management.


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