ESI International Acquires Agile Project Management Training Portfolio

Seven New Courses to Expand ESI’s Product Content Portfolio

Arlington, VA - September 13, 2012

ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the acquisition of a comprehensive library of Agile project management/development content from Agile Transformation, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The content, one of the most comprehensive in the industry, will be offered to ESI’s global clients in the form of seven course modules, all of which are available immediately, including:

  • Delivering Agile Projects with Scrum
  • Developing Agile Requirements
  • Estimating and Planning Agile Projects
  • PMI-ACP® Preparation Exam
  • Agile Overview for Executives and Leaders
  • Agile Practices for Product Owners
  • Project Portfolio Management Using Agile 

“While Agile development and project management have been around over 10 years, the Agile approach, especially using the Scrum method, has gained momentum and is being recognized as a legitimate and sound way to manage certain projects that could otherwise struggle to be successful,” said ESI VP, Global Product Strategy, and Agile expert, Nancy Y. Nee. “We believe that the Agile framework holds great promise for organizations that need to get products to market more quickly, reduce quality defects and increase customer satisfaction. In fact, the Project Management Institute has reported that the PMI-ACP certification had the largest pilot participation of any of its certification offerings.”

“Scrum, a popular methodology to implement the tenets of Agile, is widely used within the IT community, specifically within software development projects,” said ESI Executive Vice President, J. LeRoy Ward. “However, Scrum techniques can also be utilized for non-IT projects as well, which makes it the most versatile of the Agile methods being used today.”

“Agile Transformations is proud to partner with and enable an industry leader like ESI International,” said Sally Elatta, President, Agile Transformation, Inc. “We believe that ESI’s new Agile offerings will enable corporations, government agencies and individuals around the world to successfully incorporate Agile methods into the fabric of their projects and cultures. This will transform how they work and how they deliver predictable value to their customers.”

In addition to the course modules, ESI will continue to offer its proprietary assessments, which help clients gauge their organizational readiness for change, and determine which projects are the best candidates for an Agile approach. ESI will also continue to offer its coaching services to accelerate the introduction of Agile into its clients’ practices.

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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.