1914: Gantt Chart developed for production scheduling at the Frankford Arsenal
1930’s: US Air Corp’s Materiel Division sets up a project office function to monitor the development and progress of aircraft manufacture
1951: Bechtel used the term ‘Project Manager’ as the assignment of responsibilities to one person (Transmountain Oil Pipeline in Canada)
1955: US Navy created a ‘Special Projects Office’ to develop the Fleet Ballistic Missile, Polaris
1957: The Special Projects Office developed PERT (Program Evaluation Review Technique) to manage the hundreds of contractors
1958: Civil & Civic (in Aust ) marketed itself as a project manager to external clients, taking full responsibility for executing all phases of projects, from inception to completion.
1959: CPM (Critical Path Method) developed by Integrated Engineering Control Group with a group at Remington Rand Univac. CPM cut turnaround times by 25%.
1959: Harvard Business Review recognises Project Management as a distinctive management discipline.
1964: PDM (Precedence Diagramming Method) developed by Stanford University’s Civil Engineering Department on behalf of the US Bureau of Yards and Docks.
Referenced from: Fundamentals of Project Management, Rory Burke, Chapter2
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