A Brief History of Project Management (Infographic)

You will agree that project management plays a vital role in streamlining projects and delivering results that impact the bottom line. Without proper project management, teams and clients are exposed to chaotic scenarios, unclear objectives, high risk, poor quality deliverables, and cost overruns. Project management practices help you to effectively plan, execute and manage projects successfully.

But do you know that project management has a history of a thousand years since the Egyptian era?

Until 1950, projects were managed on an ad-hoc basis, using Gantt charts or informal tools and practices. The year 1950 marked the beginning of the modern project management era. And over the years, various project management methodologies such as Critical Path Method (CPM), Program Evaluation Review Technique (PERT), Waterfall, Scrum, Agile Project Management, etc. were developed, which are practiced extensively across the globe today.

We have compiled a brief history of project management in the form of an infographic that will help you understand how project management has evolved over time. You will know about the evolution of project management from ancient times until now by exploring the major landmarks in history.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why was project management created?

To improve project efficiency and workflow, project management was developed in the 1950s. The forefathers of project management, Henry Fayol and Henry Gantt, laid down the foundation and expanded its scope throughout the world. Project management has revolutionized the way projects are handled and managed.

When did project management start?

Project management began to take root thousands of years since the Egyptian era, however, it took nearly half a century for organizations to organize the projects and implement systematic project management methodologies to the project milestone.

Sathya Gajendran


Sathya Gajendran

Sathya is an Assistant Content Marketing Manager at Replicon. She is a tech enthusiast who loves to learn about new, emerging technologies. Replicon provides award-winning products that make it easy to manage your workforce. With complete solution sets for client billing, project costing, and time and attendance management, Replicon enables the capture, administration, and optimization of your most underutilized and important asset: time.


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