PMI Palmetto Chapter September 2018 Meeting


Reflections on the History of Project Management and the Project Management Institute

James H. Billington former Librarian of the US Library of Congress said – “Unless you know about yesterday, you can’t create a new tomorrow”


To understand the project management professional of 2018 and beyond, requires an understanding of how we have matured and changed from the project schedulers and planners of the 1960's. Where did we come from and how did PMI play a role in building a new profession? A look back at the people, places, and environment will not only tell us about our history but will help us to understand where project management may be headed and how you can influence that direction.

This presentation aims to put you back in the 1960's, to help you understand the motivation for the founding of PMI and to give you a look at the time and people. With this bit of history as a backdrop, we will then take a look at what the future may hold for the project management profession and PMI. Please be prepared to ask questions and add your thoughts to the discussion.


James R Snyder

Mr. Snyder is retired from SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, (now GlaxoSmithKline – GSK) where he was Director, international Planning & Business Management, Strategic Product Development. Jim has 37 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical Industry in computer sciences, operations research, international marketing, marketing administration and finance. He holds a BSIM form Georgia Institute of Technology and a MBA from Drexel University. He served as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers in the US and Germany.

He is a Founder of Project Management Institute, Fellow of the Institute, Volunteer Executive Director for 15 years, President, Chairman of the Board, and active participant in the activities of the Institute. He has been awarded the PMI Man of the Year Award and is an Honorary Life Member of the Institute. He received the 2010 James J O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award from the PMI College of Scheduling. Jim is a founding member of the Delaware Valley Chapter, the Pharmaceuticals Special Interest Group, and the College of Scheduling. As a member of the PMI Global Project Action Team (1999 - 2000) he work to help structure the Institute to meet the challenges of 2000 and beyond. He was also a member of the Publications Board of the Institute. The James R. Snyder Knowledge and Wisdom Center at PMI Headquarters was named in his honor. He has served as both a member and Chair of the Educational Foundation. The PMIEF Student Paper Award is named in his honor. He is also serving as advisor and administrator to the PMI Delaware Valley Chapter.

Event Properties

Event Date 09-20-2018
Event End Date 09-20-2018
Cut off date 09-20-2018
Individual Price $30.00
Location Embassy Suites
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