History of PMI
Explore the growth of PMI alongside significant project history
After months of conversations between Jim Snyder and Gordon Davis, a 1969 dinner in Philadelphia resulted in the decision that a new organization should be formed to provide a means for project managers to associate, share information and discuss common problems. This lead to the first formal meeting at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on 9 October 1969. From this meeting came the birth of the Project Management Institute. Shortly thereafter, articles of incorporation were filed in Pennsylvania, signed by five persons, who are officially recognized as the founders of PMI - James Snyder, Eric Jenett, Gordon Davis, E.A. "Ned" Engman and Susan C. Gallagher.
1969-1979: One Giant Leap for Project Management
Apollo takes off, so does PMI
It may be that the most lasting legacy of Apollo was human: an improved understanding of how to plan, coordinate and monitor the myriad technical activities that were the building blocks of Apollo.
While Apollo was making project history, PMI was starting to build the foundations of project management. The first PMI leaders volunteered their time because they believed in the need to share project planning and scheduling practices. In fact, the organization was almost named The American Planning and Scheduling Society. But the founders realized it was bigger than that—it was about project management. PMI was founded and held its first Seminars & Symposium, “Advanced Project Management Concepts,” in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The First PMI Chapter is started in Houston, TX. PMI quickly became global, holding another Seminars & Symposium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. PMI also hired its first part-time employee, and leased office space.
1979-1989: Calling All Changemakers
Motorola invents the world’s first mobile phone, PMI calls on awards and certifications
It weighed 2.5 pounds (1.1 kilograms). It was 10 inches (25 centimeters) long. And it only lasted 20 minutes before the battery died. But Martin Cooper and his team at Motorola had done it: invented the world’s first working prototype of a mobile phone.