ESI International Launches Agile Project Management Course

New Course Builds Skills that Let Projects Bend not Break

Arlington, VA - June 08, 2009 

With the launch of ESI International’s Agile Project Management course, project management professionals have an added resource for incorporating agile project management into their traditional organizational methods.

Particularly relevant in the current, volatile economic environment, agile project management is a must-have skill set for organizations seeking added flexibility for projects with elusive requirements, as in the IT industry. Those looking to quickly address such unanticipated variants as customer change requests and expedite products to market will also benefit from the technique. In fact, according to a 2008 VersionOne survey of more than 3,000 executives across 80 countries, agile delivered improved project visibility, improved alignment between IT projects and business, and even improved morale.

ESI’s comprehensive two-day course builds such planning skills as risk management, estimating and cost minimization, while honing the participants’ ability to appropriately select a traditional versus agile project management approach. Coursework also focuses on facilitating and leading co-located teams, enhancing processes to manage and adapt to change, and other essential elements of the agile discipline.

“Successful project delivery depends upon the agile readiness of an organization,” said Nancy Y. Nee, PMP, Executive Director, Business Analysis & Project Management Programs for ESI. “Our Agile Project Management course was created to overcome business challenges by equipping project managers and team members with the leadership and collaboration skills they need to navigate projects efficiently using this non-linear approach.”

The new course also includes an integrated case study, which allows participants to work through the life cycle of an agile project. Participants will experience an agile life cycle, and upon completing the simulation, they will have developed the skills to implement agile-based projects, as well as the capability to seamlessly incorporate the associated techniques into traditional project management solutions.

“What makes ESI’s course different than others,” said Nee, “is that it syncs decades of ESI project management expertise to agile concepts, focusing students on managing agile projects with agile readiness – and lending a tremendous degree of critical flexibility and leverage to their organizations once they engage these skills on the job.”

As the global leader in project management learning programs, ESI is committed to providing relevant courses to help clients build talent and drive their results. To learn more about ESI’s Agile Project Management course, visit our web site.

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About ESI International

ESI International is a global project-focused training company, helping people around the world improve the way they manage projects, contracts, requirements and vendors through innovative training in project management, business analysis and contract management. In addition to ESI’s more than 100 courses delivered in more than a dozen languages at hundreds of locations worldwide, ESI offers several certificate programs through our educational partner, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1981, ESI’s worldwide headquarters are in Arlington, Va., USA. To date, ESI’s programs have benefited more than 1.35 million professionals worldwide. For more information visit www.esi-intl.com.