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A Fortuitous Snowtorm

Now it so happened that Jim, Susan and Ned had run late in their business discussions and Jim had offered to drop Ned off at the airport saying it wasn't much out of his way. As they were driving along through urban Philadelphia in the afternoon rush hour, a really heavy, wet and slippery classic Philadelphia snowstorm came rolling in. Being the smart people they were and recognizing that in weather conditions this bad Ned's plane would not be flying anyway, they stopped off at a typical small neighborhood restaurant for solace and some free exchange of ideas and flashes of insight. The name of the establishment was 333's at 333 Smedley Street, Philadelphia.

It was here, as the snow fell, the wine was enjoyed, the seafood digested and the conversation waxed philosophically, that the idea of an organization dedicated to the concept of managing projects was really born. In the past, others had talked about this need, but to no avail. Now it was decided that the three of them take the lead and work to bring about such an organization.

So in January, 1968, Ned Engman wrote inviting potential members to a meeting to form a National CPM Society. The meeting would be held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, on the 15th and 16th of February, 1968. Attended by Messrs. Engman, Jenett, King, Davis and Snyder, the minutes show that they agreed to form an organization to be known as the "American Project Management Institute" whose specific objectives would be to:

  1. Foster a recognition of the need for professionalism in project management.
  2. Provide a forum for the free exchange of project management problems, solutions, and applications.
  3. Coordinate industrial and educational research efforts with the objective of directing research efforts towards industrial problem areas.
  4. Develop and disseminate common terminology and techniques in an effort to improve communications between users of project management systems.
  5. Provide an interface between users and suppliers of both hardware and software systems.
  6. Provide guidelines for instruction and education leading to project management implementation and encourage the career opportunities in the field of project management.

The following May, an application for registration of the organization in the State of Pennsylvania was prepared by Jim Snyder in the name of Project Management Institute, Inc. The signatories were James R. Snyder, Edward A. Engman, Eric Jenett, Michael Homyak and Susan C. Gallagher. The registered office was at Jim's home address.


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