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in the beginning--

Many project professionals date the founding of their field back to the days when King Zoser ruled Ancient Egypt's Third Dynasty, when he and his minister Imhotep worked together in building the pyramid at Saqqara. This article discusses this past before telling the story of PMI's founding, beginning with the initial idea to form a project management organization, an idea generated by E. E. (Ned) Engman, James Synder, and Susan Gallagher while working together in the fall of 1967 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). It traces the activities that led to the official announcement of PMI's founding on 9 October 1969 during a two-day seminar in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).
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