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First of its Kind Program Management Curriculum Launched

ESI Meets Growing Needs of Market… Aligns to New PMI PgMPSM Certification

Arlington, VA – October 25, 2007

ESI International announced today the launch of it Program Management Professional Development Program, the first of its kind in the industry. It is designed to enable program managers in business and government to meet the increasing demands on program management as a tool to implement business strategies through an integrated portfolio of projects. Professionals completing the curriculum will have the skills and knowledge to ensure the successful delivery of multifaceted initiatives that produce major business outcomes and drive organizational change. It will also help them prepare for the Project Management Institute’s new PgMP certification.

While a successful project manager often focuses on completing individual projects on time, on budget and to specifications, successful program managers need to think strategically about the impact of multiple projects in relation to one another as well as how suites of projects align to the organization’s strategic initiatives. This requires a broad range of skills in project management, business and leadership.

The ESI curriculum includes a demanding mix of courses in program management; business skills; advanced project management; contract/sourcing management; and the PgMP Exam Preparation class (to be released in 2008). In addition to earning a Master’s Certificate in Program Management from ESI and The George Washington University, Washington, participants will learn to:

  • Increase organizational effectiveness through effective use of program management;
  • Initiate and organize large-scale programs to implement, support and drive business strategy;
  • Manage stakeholder relationships;
  • Establish and implement program governance; and
  • Ensure the realization of program goals and benefits.

“This curriculum will ensure our clients continue to stay on the cutting-edge of program management skills,” said J. LeRoy Ward, PgMP, PMP, executive vice president, ESI, “by enhancing their program managers’ skills and knowledge through a focus on the business skills that make the difference between a competent program manager and one that is ready to tackle real business problems from a strategic vantage point.” Ward, one of 32 people worldwide holding the PgMP certification, led the design of the curriculum architecture for ESI.

To find out more about the curriculum, register for a course or download ESI’s free white paper “The Hard Work Behind Soft Skills: Closing the Gap Between Technical and Business Experts” please view