Timeline of project management

Timeline of project management - there is a general understanding that the history of modern project management started around 1950. Until 1900, projects were generally managed by creative architects and engineers themselves, among those, for example, Christopher Wren, Thomas Telford and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.[1]

Early civilizations

  • 2570 BC Great pyramid of Giza completed. Some records remain of how the work was managed: e.g. there were managers of each of the four faces of the pyramid, responsible for their completion (subproject managers).
  • 208 BC The first major construction of the Great Wall of China.

15th - 19th century

20th century

  • 1984 The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt published
  • 1986 Scrum was named as a project management style in the article The New New Product Development Game by Takeuchi and Nonaka
  • 1987 First Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide published as a white paper by PMI
  • 1989 PRINCE method derived from PROMPTII is published by the UK Government agency CCTA and becomes the UK standard for all government information projects

21st century

  • 2001 AgileAlliance formed to promote "lightweight" software development projects
  • 2006 Total Cost Management Framework release by AACE
  • 2009 PRINCE2 2009 edition, compatible with other methods and more flexible in approach

See also


  1. Dennis Lock (2007) Project management (9e ed.) Gower Publishing, Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0-566-08772-3
  2. Young-Hoon Kwak (2005). "A brief history of Project Management". In: The story of managing projects. Elias G. Carayannis et al. 9eds, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005. ISBN 1-56720-506-2
  3. "PROMPT | Simpact Systems 1975". projectmanagementhistory.com. Retrieved 2016-03-04.