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First light of Project Management to the Digital Age

Individuals have been on this earth for 200,000 years and since the beginning of our humble beginnings from chasing and gathering, we have consistently loved to assemble things. This interest has permeated every facet of our culture and has continued to advance over time. This is a tale about how Project Management has evolved from 5,000 years to what exactly is presently the ‘Advanced Age’. Project Management is not some twentieth or 21st Century recent phenomenon to organize projects. You can see the evidence of strong project management from the time of Egypt where the primary pyramids were fabricated. The Step Pyramid, the first of its sort was worked at Saqqara, for King Zoster in 2750 B.C. This was a large-scale ‘technology’ project worked by an architect and Chancellor to the Pharaoh, who held numerous titles like Builder and Director of Works of Upper and Lower Egypt. His name was Imhotep.

Project Management to the Digital Age

The Giza pyramid, known as one of The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was assembled 150 years later (sometime between 2550 to 2490 B.C.) by Pharaoh Khufu, who was the second pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty. One of the longest documented projects for that time period, crossing 20 years.

Numerous developments have clearly occurred since ancient times B.C. yet, one thing remains the same, and we love constructing and creating devices to manage our progress and interests. In 1896, Karol Adamiecki, a Polish economist, engineer and management researcher created a system to outwardly follow creation and inter-dependencies. Then in 1910, an American mechanical engineer and management advisor by the name of Henry Laurence Gantt evolved crafted by Adamiecki and created what is presently known as the Gantt outline, which is widely used today to outwardly show the stage of a project is assignments, dependencies, predecessors, resources, through a timeline.

The vast majority of these Jasvant Modi processes were given birth and focused around problem addressing large scale engineering, military, assembling or creation based projects. The management of software or computerized technology was not the impetus of these processes. So let is change gears to the 1970’s and talk about the introduction of Waterfall and Agile as applies to software development in the Digital Age.