IPM101 - Reflection on the history and future of project management

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#1

Review this dynamic time line depicting the history of project management published by Project Smart.

Consider the following questions:

  1. What do you think is the most significant milestone for project management? Why?
  2. What do you think is the most important challenge for the future of project management? Why?

Log in and share your thoughts on these questions by clicking the “Reply” link and joining the discussion.


#2

What do you think is the most significant milestone for project management? Why?

Before this question is tackled, it is important to define the term “milestone” or “project milestone”. A milestone is a specific point in time within a project lifecycle used to measure the progress of a project toward its ultimate goal. Milestones are tools used in project management to mark specific points along a project timeline

A project milestone is a management tool that is used to describe a point in a project schedule. Milestones can be used to symbolize anything that has started or finished.

A Project milestone is a task of a zero duration that shows an important achievement in a project. A milestone is a reference point that marks a major event or decision point within a project.

Milestones provide us with a kind of yardstick, a kind of measurement that serves as tools to keep an eye on the progress of the project

Why is a milestone important?

A milestone is important because it helps with scheduling when starting a project or an activity. They help in estimating the accurate time the project will be completed. it also helps in indicating the deadlines of the deliverables that are needed to be done. Milestones help the project manager to know how the project is advancing.

Milestones works as markers of project progress and are used in project planning, scheduling, communication and reporting. They indicate the significant starting dates and completion dates.

References

Jason Westland (2018) what are milestone in project management?

https://www.projectmanager.com/blog/milestones-project-management

John, Spacey. 2016. 12 Examples of Project Milestones. Simplicable, January 28. https://simplicable.com/new/project-milestones.


#3

Hi @misheckmutuzana

Thanks for your contribution - that’s a good overview of what a project milestone is in project management. Thanks for sharing!

Apology for the confusion - the intended question for this forum is to reflect on what you think the most significant event was in the history of project management. The idea is to identify an event in the timeline you feel is significant and to share you reasons why you selected this event.

Good luck with the rest of your studies!


#4

What do you think is the most significant milestone for project management?

1987: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) Published by PMI.

The development of the PMBOK in 1987. Because it sought to bring practical knowledge from many different people and project activities not only into one document but create a point of reference for the experience and novice who were entering the field. It was a document that provided transformative energy.

What do you think is the most important challenge for the future of project management?

The Green revolution and Globalization, which encompass several elements but I would like to highlight speed, cost, culture, political policies. While globalization presents many great opportunities it also presents many great, let me not say problems, but complexities which I would mention again highlight speed, cost, culture, political policies, and environmental procurement.


#5

I think you’re right - promoting and ensuring sustainable business practices will become increasingly important in the future.

Thanks for sharing!