Project Management Institute

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Comparing project management in the years 2000 and 2008

Although project management is a young discipline when compared to other established management disciplines, it has achieved much and evolved in many new directions since its 1950s inception. This article examines how project management has evolved during the first decade of the 21st century, between 2000 and 2008. In doing so, it overviews the differences between the discipline's progression in achieving higher levels of project success and its progression in developing the tools, processes, techniques, and theories informing actual project management performance. It describes the current study's challenge: Developing an approach to determine whether and how project management is improving; it develops a holistic description of project work, identifying descriptions used by the International Project Management Association (IPMA) and various models, including the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) excellence model.
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