To better understand present and future project management a look at the past is instructive. Agile / The Guardian Podcast

This week during the interview segment we swing back to the world of Agile and Project Management.

To know where we are in terms of current project management methods and where we are headed there is no better way than to review where we have been with a brief review of the history project management? Did you know that project management dates all the way back to the pyramids and the Trans-Pacific Railroad? It’s true. What would have happened if the railroad ended up with the two ends coming together miles apart? To read more and see the links mentioned in the news segment, please visit the new section of the home page.

To better understand present and future project management a look at the past is instructive.

To better understand present and future project management a look at the past is instructive.

Historically there have been plenty of big projects like the construction of the pyramids, the trans continental railroad, the Manhattan Project, the Salk vaccine and even going to the moon.  It was in the 1950’s that ‘modern’ project management techniques began to evolve. Among these include Program Evaluation and Review Technique or PERT. The 1950’s also saw the advent of ‘the critical path forward’ or CPF. From the looks of it, this has some of the elements also found in Agile including timing for planned activities, working in parallel on related activities and analysis tools allow a user to select a logical end point in a project and quickly identify its longest series of dependent activities (its longest path).

There were several theories of project management that occurred in the early 2000s including waterfall, rapid prototyping, spiral, incremental or staged delivery and evolutionary delivery. Was the Agile manifesto the culmination or combination of these new theories? If you want to find out the answers to these and so many other questions about what history and heritage can teach about how Agile got where it is and how it might evolve, listen to the podcast.


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