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There are many styles of Project Management, and many Project Management philosophies to choose from. Some emphasise a plan-based approach, some try to tackle emerging objectives in a dynamic or adaptive way, some emphasise structure and documentation, and others emphasise people. There is Lean management, PMBOK, critical path, the process approach, and so on – but where did the different styles and directions of Project Management originate and how has the discipline evolved until today?

Answers should

  • summarise the historical origins of Project Management,
  • provide references and links for further information,
  • highlight the most important characteristics of each approach to Project Management,
  • show who, where and in what context the approach was created (explain how people came to that approach and what problems they were trying to solve with it), and
  • give some indication of the role of each approach in today's Project Management activities.

Since multiple historical lines of development exist, a valuable answer should give some categorisation that allows comparison of differences and similarities in different Project Management approaches.

closed as not a real question by Robert Cartaino Apr 26 '11 at 2:05

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    Is it a question or you want the members of this forum to write some parts of an elaborate for you ;-)? – Marcin Niebudek Apr 25 '11 at 16:22
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I would say that Wikipedia article on project management along with other interlinked articles (if you need more detail) answer your question very well.

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