History and development of MTM

Essential impulses for the development of MTM came from F.W. Taylor (1856 – 1915) and
in particular of F.B. Gilbreth (1868 – 1924).
Gilbreth came to the insight that the execution time for a process at

  • equal experience (skill)
  • equal suitability (competence) and
  • equal performance (effort)

by people carrying out work within reasonable limits only depends on the method used.

In 1948 “Methods-Time Measurement” was published by Messrs Maynard, Schwab and Stegemerten. As a result, MTM-1 was released in the United States. This was followed by a rollout of the uniform standards all over the world.

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A message that Harold B. Maynard addresses to MTM course participants in Methods Engineering. Council te Pittsburgh. (ca. 1950). Actually, still very topical.

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but supplemented with general information on the applications of MTM to arrive at working methods and time standards. And the pros and cons for people and against using the stopwatch.