At a recent ISO meeting in Sweden the Korean delegate, Young Min Park, showing a video that compared the processes in ISO 21500 (Guidance on project management) and mapped them against the historical records of the construction of Hwaseong Fortress in Korea that was built from 1794 to 1796 by King Jeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty. Most of the processes described in ISO21500 were practiced in the management of the construction project and there is documentary evidence to support this.
However, typical of many historical records, time management is not documented. The costs, quality and other features are well recorded and the construction was finished early but no information on how!
Despite this, the brief video is a delight and shows that it is the practices that matter, not what we call them (although as we all know, having consistent words does help communication!). Enjoy the video; it’s only four minutes long, but is derived from the detailed project management records still held in the Royal archives in Korea.