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ESI International Awarded FAI FAC-P/PM Training Contract

Arlington, VA –- March 20, 2014 -– ESI International, the world’s leading project management training company, today announced that it has been awarded contract GS-00-H-14-AA-C-0078 by the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI). FAI’s multiple-award ID/IQ contract is available to, and may be used by, all federal civilian agencies to competitively source FAC-P/PM training and instructional support services.

ESI International Releases Top 10 Trends in Business Analysis

Arlington, VA -- January, 13, 2014 -- ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the release of its top 10 trends in business analysis for 2014. This year’s trends discuss the evolving roles that business analysts take on and underscore the need for varied skill sets to ensure that they are prepared for what’s coming next.

ESI International Releases Top 10 Trends in Project Management

Arlington, VA -- January 6, 2014 -- ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the release of its top 10 trends in project management for 2014. The 2014 trends reveal that project managers are in increasingly high demand, and are being asked to lead rather than simply manage their teams. Further, the trends highlight the changing nature of project management, as organizations strive for competitive advantage.

The Real Cost of Buying Versus Building Talent

Arlington, VA -- March 13, 2014 -- According to a new study released by ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, the staffing challenges facing many organizations are best addressed by developing talent internally rather than hiring from the outside. Training new graduates, for instance, showed a 500+ percent return on training investment.

J. LeRoy Ward wins 2013 PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award

New Orleans, LA -- Oct. 27, 2013 -- Project Management Institute (PMI®), the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession, announced that ESI International Executive VP, J. LeRoy Ward, PMP®, PgMP®, CSM, is the winner of the 2013 PMI® Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award.

Organizational Performance at Risk as Project Managers Are Being Shortchanged By Lack of Professional Development

Arlington, VA -- August 15, 2013 –- According to a new study released by ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, project managers are being trained in fewer skills compared to 2012—by as much as 20%. It was found, however, that organizations committed to applying training on the job and measuring its impact on job performance deliver projects on-time and to-budget more often than organizations without training adoption in place.

User Stories and Use Cases Should be Combined in Agile Requirements Gathering, says ESI International

Arlington, VA -- Feb. 05, 2013 -- ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the release of a new paper titled, “Developing Effective Agile Requirements Relies on Both User Stories and Use Cases.” ESI’s continued focus is on meeting the needs of agile practitioners worldwide, and the paper outlines how to leverage use cases with user stories to develop effective Agile requirements.

ESI International Releases Top 10 Trends in Business Analysis

Arlington, VA -- Jan. 8, 2013 -- ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the release of its top 10 trends in business analysis for 2013. This year’s trends highlight the importance of business analysts, as they are asked to take on broader roles within projects.

ESI International Releases Top 10 Trends in Project Management

Arlington, VA -- Jan. 3, 2013 -- ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the release of its top 10 trends in project management for 2013. The 2013 trends reveal that expert leadership is lacking in all areas of project management, portfolio management and program management.

ESI International Expands Curriculum with New Course, Communicating Up: Winning Strategies for Successful Executive Conversations

Arlington, VA -- Nov. 01, 2012 -- ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the introduction of its newest course, titled “Communicating Up: Winning Strategies for Successful Executive Conversations.” The new course offers hands-on practice and scenario-based role play exercises to allow students to practice communication techniques in a risk-free environment.

ESI International Releases New Agile Knowledge and Practice Assessment

Arlington, VA -- Oct. 18, 2012 -- ESI International, the world’s leading project management training company, today announced the release of a new Agile-specific assessment designed to allow organizations to benchmark their current Agile knowledge and behaviors against the capabilities that enable successful execution of Agile projects.

ESI International Speakers to Present at PMI Global Congress 2012

Arlington, VA -- Oct. 04, 2012 -- ESI International, the world’s leading project management training company, today announced that the Project Management Institute (PMI)® has invited four members of ESI International’s team to speak at the PMI® Global Congress 2012 – North American in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

ESI International Report Addresses Problem Plaguing Organizations: The Inability to Execute

Arlington, VA -- Sept. 18, 2012 -- ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the release of a report titled, “Powerless: Why Businesses Can’t Execute.” The report explains how the gap between strategy and execution continues to widen due to constrained resources, demographic shifts and regulatory expansion, as well as offers guidance on how to best focus resources for maximized business performance.

ESI International acquires Agile project management training portfolio

Arlington, VA -- Sept. 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.

ESI International Enters the Collaborative Learning Space with Web-Based Community for Learning and Sharing Project Management Know How

Arlington, VA -- Sept. 11, 2012 -– ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the launch of a project-focused, Web-based, collaborative learning community – Skillsharks™. Skillsharks utilizes familiar social mechanisms to provide an environment that includes ESI project management content, access to ESI experts, and the ability to ask and answer questions within a forum where users can share knowledge and know-how. The community is designed to be an engaging, business-focused environment to help project professionals quickly find information, learn on the fly and get results.

ESI International Report Warns Government Agencies That Weak Requirements Lead to Failed Projects

Arlington, VA -- Aug. 07, 2012 -- ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the release of a new research report titled “Strengthening Government’s Weakest Link: 5 Steps to Better Requirements Management.” The report explains the importance of identifying, agreeing upon and validating project requirements with stakeholders to eliminate over spending, wasted time and overall project failure.

ESI International Launches Agile Project Management Course

Arlington, VA -– Jun 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.

New Survey Reveals Emergence of the Next-Generation Project Management Office, Finds ESI International

London -- July 11, 2012 -- ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today unveiled the findings of its latest annual benchmarking survey, “The State of the Project Management Office: On the Road to the Next Generation.” The survey, which investigates the current role of the Project/Program Management Office (PMO), its development to full-blown maturity and value for the overall business, reveals the emergence of a new kind of PMO that ESI has identified as the “Next-Gen PMO.”

ESI International Study Alerts Organizations to Take Return on Investment (ROI) Approach to Training Programs or Risk Losing Them

Arlington, VA -- June 14, 2012 -- ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the release of a new research study titled “Training ROI: If Someone Asks You’ve Already Lost Your Budget.” The study explains how those responsible for organizational development can prove the value of their training programs through a practical and straightforward approach to ROI.

ESI International Report Alerts Organizations to Protect Project-Focused Training Investment with Learning Adoption

Arlington, VA -- June 12, 2012 -- ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the release of a new research report titled “The Most Effective, Least Expensive Way to Protect Your Training Investment.” Based on ESI research and best practices gleaned from over 17,000 government learners, the report describes how focusing on learning adoption can greatly help agencies get the most out of their training investment and succeed in lean times.

ESI International Releases Information Assurance Content Series

Arlington, VA -- March 22, 2012 -- ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the release of a series of courses focused on information assurance, with emphasis on the needs of an integrated, cross-functional project team. Comprised of two instructor led courses and three online learning modules, the collection is designed to teach the competencies needed to put proper security measures into place.

ESI International Appoints New Vice President of Business Operations

Arlington, VA -- Feb. 16, 2012 -- ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the appointment of Jennifer Koide to Vice President of Business Operations.

ESI Announces Top 10 Business Analysis Trends for 2012

Arlington, VA -- Jan. 18, 2012 -- To achieve organizational goals in the challenging economic environment of 2012, effective requirements management and development (RMD) – also known as business analysis – will demand a broader perspective in order to drive full business impact. Business analysts will need to take a three-dimensional approach to fully capture requirements, which organizations recognize as the foundation of successful project and contract delivery. This theme underlies the 2012 Top 10 trends for RMD, which were determined by a global panel of ESI International senior executives and subject matter experts.

ESI Announces Top 10 Project Management Trends for 2012

Arlington, VA -- Jan. 05, 2012 -- As the project environment grows in complexity, project management will require team, stakeholder and executive collaboration in 2012 like never before. On-the-job application of training, custom-made project approaches, innovative project tools and smarter resource management will be essential for driving the greatest business impact. Not only project management, but also the definition of “project success” has changed to encompass more than the triple constraint. Collaboration is a common theme throughout many of the 2012 Top 10 Trends for project management, which were determined by a global panel of ESI International senior executives and subject matter experts.

ESI Study Reveals Disconnect Between Organizational Objectives and Those Responsible for Execution

Arlington, VA -- Dec. 19, 2011 -- ESI International, the world's leading project management training company, today announced the findings of a new global study conducted to examine the state of business analysis (BA), a core discipline for translating project objectives into actionable project requirements and deliverables. The study was conducted among both public and private organizations worldwide in September.

CLO Recognizes ESI International for Excellence in Content in Learning in Practice Awards

Arlington, VA -- Oct. 13, 2011 -- ESI International has been awarded a Silver Learning in Practice Award by Chief Learning Officer Magazine in the category of Excellence in Content for a customized program designed in collaboration with the General Service Administration’s (GSA) Public Buildings Service (PBS).

ESI International Announces Internal Organizational Restructuring for the Americas

Arlington, VA -- Sept. 28, 2011 -- ESI International, the world’s leading project management learning company, today announced a transformative internal organizational restructuring in the Americas, moving from a centralized operating structure to a decentralized, cross functional team-focused structure in the Canada, U.S. and South America offices. In addition, ESI will be launching several new initiatives to take advantage of market developments and is creating a number of new leadership positions across the business.

Overcome hurdles to realize full potential of PM, urges ESI International

Beijing -- Sept. 19, 2011 -- While project management has a bright future in China, companies are not yet making the most of the possibilities it offers. That was the message of Ravi Sahi, Regional Director, Client Solutions (Asia) of ESI International, the world's leading project management learning company and a PMI Global Registered Education Provider.

Global Study Shows Innovation in Learning Drives Workforce Productivity

Arlington, VA -- Sept. 07, 2011 -- ESI International, the world’s leading project management learning company, today announced the findings of a new global learning study conducted to assess the direction of training and performance improvement programs for 2011 and beyond. The survey was conducted among industry professionals from the commercial and government sectors, worldwide.

Global Study Shows Shortfall in Applying Training in Workplace

Arlington, VA -- June 27, 2011 -- Results of a just released global study show that organizations must become more fully committed and engaged in the transfer of learning to the workplace. Survey findings highlight several weak areas in the on-the-job application of learning, including manager support, trainee preparation, incentives and an overall formal design and measurement process.

ESI Expands Consulting Services

Arlington, VA -- June 20, 2011 -- ESI International today announced the expansion of its worldwide consulting services, including the appointment of Practice Managers’ for each of the company’s global regions. ESI also announced it is one of the first participants in the Project Management Institute’s Registered Consultant Program.

ESI Announces CBAP Exam Prep Suite

Arlington, VA -- June 13, 2011 -- A comprehensive suite of preparation tools for Business Analysts planning to take the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) exam is now available from ESI International. It includes the e-learning course: “CBAP® Exam Preparation”; a webinar: “Disarming the CBAP® Jitters - Expert Tips for Exam Preparation”; “CBAP® Conversations Podcast”: a discussion of the application process and tips on studying; Business Analysis Terms: A Working Glossary, 1st Edition”: a reference resource of business analysis language; and “The CBAP® Exam: Practice Test and Study Guide, Second Edition”: an essential study guide.

New Global Study Reveals the Value of the PMO

Arlington, VA -- May 26, 2011 -- Results of a new global study reveal that many organizations do not operate their Project/Program Management Office (PMO) as effectively as they could. Of the 82 percent of organizations worldwide that reported having a PMO, more than half do not even measure PMO effectiveness. Additionally, the survey results show that as PMOs have matured, organizations are increasingly questioning their value, ability to measure effectiveness and their role in growing PM capabilities through effective training.

Arcadia University Offers Fully Online Graduate Certificate in Project Management

Arlington, VA -- May 16, 2011 -- Through a relationship with ESI International, Arcadia University is offering a fully online Graduate Certificate in Project Management. All classes are provided as self-paced, online courses with instructors. Classes start with the University’s Summer II, 2011 semester, which begins July 11.

ESI Launches Commercial Contracting for European Project Managers

London -- Jan. 31, 2011 -- Today ESI International announced the launch of a new commercial procurement contract management curriculum designed specifically for project management and other technical business professionals to better manage contracts. The courses focus on providing the skills and knowledge business professionals need to develop, negotiate and manage the non-legal aspects of contracts to reduce risk and improve outcomes for their organizations.

Faster Business Pace Demands Better BA Skill Balance

Arlington, VA -- Jan. 17, 2011 -- To achieve organizational goals within the fast paced, highly demanding business environment of 2011, requirements management and development (RMD) – also known as business analysis – a better balance between technical and soft skills will separate the leaders from the rest of the pack. This theme is reflected throughout the 2011 Top 10 trends for RMD, which were determined by a global panel of ESI International senior executives and consultants, and were announced today.

ESI International Releases Top 10 Project Management Trends

Arlington, VA -- Jan. 04, 2011 -- Today ESI International, the world’s leading project management learning company, revealed their Top 10 Global Project Management Trends for 2011. Key themes include building the project manager’s (PM) influence, accelerating new leadership and communication skills, and increased use of informal learning approaches such as social media and experiential training. A global panel of consultants and senior executives assembled by ESI identified the trends.

Organizations Fail to Tie Learning to Business Impact

ARLINGTON, VA -- Dec. 1, 2010 -– Results of a new global survey reveal that more than half of organizations (50.7 percent) do not measure the business impact of their learning programs, citing both a lack of resources and people qualified to track impact, as well as the need for a better understanding of measurement methodologies. Also revealing is that up to one-half of survey respondents in charge of learning program initiatives still do not believe measurement is a priority or a requirement.

ESI Offers 15 New FAC-P/PM Courses through GSA

Arlington, VA –- Sept. 30, 2010 –- ESI International’s 15 new FAC-P/PM courses offer federal program and project managers comprehensive training at each of three levels: entry, journeyman and expert. The new courses, which received FAI’s approval rating of five, ensure professionals responsible for major acquisitions have the knowledge and skills they need to fulfill their responsibilities and work effectively with other acquisition professionals, such as contracting officers, contracting officer’s technical representatives and requirements managers to improve the outcomes of acquisitions.

Global Study Reveals the Key Pitfalls of Outsourcing

Arlington, Va. -- July 12, 2010 -– Results of a new global study reveal the concerns, effectiveness and best practices in risk management by organizations that outsource projects. Of the 95 percent of organizations that buy, provide or both buy and provide outsourced services and functions, fewer than half are able to effectively manage risk of outsourced projects.

ESI International Expands Australia & New Zealand Market Operations

Arlington, VA -– July 1, 2010 -– It was announced today that ESI International will now deliver its world-class learning programs and services direct to the Australian and New Zealand markets. While the region’s businesses have benefited from ESI’s curricula for more than nine years, they will now have easier access to ESI’s global infrastructure and an expanded range of learning services.

ESI Expands to Meet Client Demand in Asia

Singapore -– May, 25 2010 –- For the past several years, ESI International has consistently added resources to support and promote the professions of project management and business analysis throughout Southeast Asia and China. As strong growth returns to the region, ESI has again strengthened its commitment and today announced the promotion of Alan Garvey as ESI’s Managing Director of Asia and EMEA.

Learning Evaluations Enhance Ability to Measure Impact & Value of Learning Programs

Arlington, VA -- May 4, 2010 –- A new partnership between ESI International and KnowledgeAdvisors to provide KnowledgeAdvisors Metrics that Matter® learning assessments to all corporate, government, non-profit and individual ESI clients worldwide will greatly enhance their ability to measure the impact and value of learning programs. Metrics that Matter provides easy, online access to actionable evaluation data through advanced analytics, intuitive reports and benchmarks.

PMI UK Expands Partnership With ESI International

London -- April, 27 2010 –- The Project Management Institute PMI® UK Chapter and ESI International announced today an expanded 2010 agreement that will offer an extensive range of new and expanded benefits to its members.

PMO Perspectives Blog Launches

London -– April 20, 2010 –- PMO Perspectives, a new blog for project management office directors and other senior PM professionals, has launched. The blog meets the need for more information resources dedicated to senior PM professionals.

ESI Reinforces Historical Government Focus

Arlington, VA -– Mar. 15, 2010 -– Since its founding in 1981, ESI International has had a strong commitment to helping U.S. federal, state and local government agencies fulfill their missions. Today, ESI announced several actions designed to enhance its support of government agencies as they continue to deal with the challenges of the economy and realign strategic initiatives to the new administration’s performance expectations.

New Exam Prep Guides for PMP® PgMP® Certification and BA Glossary Reference Tools Available for PM & BA Professionals

Arlington, VA -- Feb. 15, 2010 -– To meet the diverse and critical learning needs of project and program managers and business analysts, three new reference tools have been released by ESI International. Now available are the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification exam preparation audio CD set, an updated Program Management Professional (PgMP®) exam practice test and study guide and a new glossary of business analysis terms.

Business Analysis to Play Key Role In Meeting Enterprise Challenges in 2010

Arlington, VA -– Jan. 18, 2010 -– The 2009 Top 10 trends for requirements management and development (RMD) – also known as business analysis – that will impact business this year were announced by ESI International today. Determined by a global panel of ESI’s senior executives and consultants, these trends acknowledge the maturation of RMD in the enterprise as it enables organizations to meet the challenges brought on by unprecedented economic volatility.

ESI International Wins US Treasury Contract

Arlington, VA -– Jan. 11, 2010 -– A five-year contract was awarded by the U.S.Department of the Treasury to ESI International, the company announced today. The contract is for the implementation of the Treasury’s project and contract management learning program and will incorporate a broad scope of curricula and services. The contract represents one of ESI’s largest, single awards to date.

Organizations To Rely More on PM as Need to Perform Trumps Survival

Arlington, VA –- Jan. 8, 2010 -– Today ESI International revealed its 2010 Top 10 Global Project Management Trends. The key theme for 2010 is metrics, metrics and more metrics. As organizations switch their focus from surviving to demonstrating business value, metrics will play an increasingly important role in keeping management informed about project performance and its impact on the bottom line and customer service. A global panel of consultants and senior executives assembled by ESI in November identified the following trends.

ESI International Expands Canadian Market Operations

Arlington, VA -– Oct. 26, 2009 -– It was announced today that ESI International will now deliver its world-class learning programs and services direct to the Canadian market. While Canadian businesses have benefited from ESI’s curricula for more than a dozen years, they will now have easier access to ESI’s global infrastructure and an expanded range of learning services.

ESI International Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with 10 Year-Old Pricing

London -– Sept. 01, 2009 -– ESI International celebrates a decade of operations in the United Kingdom this month with 1999 pricing for all public course delegates that register in September for UK courses that complete by 31 Dec. 2009. During its ten years of operations, ESI’s London office has expanded to become one of the company’s three global regional offices covering the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa; managing offices in Stockholm, Frankfurt, Dubai, Madrid and Johannesburg.

$500,000 Scholarship Launched to Help Unemployed

Arlington, VA -– Jul. 01, 2009 -– Today ESI International announced the launch of a $500,000 scholarship program for out-of-work technical professionals. Scholarship funds will cover the majority of U.S. course fees for approved candidates, who may choose up to three courses from ESI’s project management or business analysis curriculum.

250,000 Euro Scholarship Launched to Help Unemployed ESI Programme to Benefit Technical

London –- Aug. 6, 2009 -– Today ESI International announced the launch of a £250,000 scholarship programme for out-of-work technical professionals beginning on 1 Sept. Scholarship funds will cover the majority of course fees for approved candidates, who may choose up to three courses from ESI’s project management, programme management, business skills and business analysis curricula.

Real-Time Source Project Resource Launches

Arlington, VA -– Aug. 5, 2009 -– A new online resource that offers easy access to a range of project and business analysis resources, including templates and knowledge reference materials, has been launched by ESI International. Specifically designed for project management and business analysis professionals, the subscription service is accessible anytime from any Internet connection.

S$200,000 Scholarship Launched to Help Unemployed ESI Programme to Benefit Technical

Singapore -– Aug. 10, 2009 –- Today ESI International announced the launch of its S$200,000 scholarship program for out-of-work technical professionals in Singapore. Scholarship funds will cover the majority of course fees for approved candidates, who may choose up to three courses from ESI’s project management or business analysis curriculum.

Global Study Gives Insight Into PPM Maturity and Process Gaps

Arlington, VA -– Jun. 30, 2009 -– Results of a new global study conducted by ESI International reveal project portfolio management (PPM) challenges from a “bottom-up,” project and program management perspective. Leading concerns noted by project and program managers polled in the study included: greater need for PPM improvement given the economic downturn; lack of PPM experience, tools or process in commercial and public organizations; redundancies and conflicts in project portfolios; and inconsistent project reviews with poor follow-up. Survey respondents were project and program management professionals representing government, as well as commercial industries in financial services, telecom, IT, energy, pharma & health, professional services, manufacturing and other sectors in the U.S., UK, Europe and Asia.

ESI International Launches Free FAC Programs Online Guide

Arlington, VA -– Jun. 15, 2009 -– A free, online resource was announced today to help U.S. federal government acquisition professionals and federal agencies easily determine a path to Federal Acquisition Certification.

Beijing Oriental Conseil Partners World’s Leading PM Learning Firm

Beijing –- Jun. 05, 2009 -– State owned enterprises (SOEs) throughout China now have access to project management expertise from the world’s leading project management learning services firm, ESI International, through an agreement with the Beijing Oriental Conseil Education and Training Center, an approved learning centre specializing in learning programs through collaboration with local and overseas institutes of higher education and learning institutions.

ESI International Offers Free PMBOK® Guide Update Webinar

Arlington, VA -– May 28, 2009 –- Keeping up with the differences between editions of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) just became much easier. ESI International now offers a free Webinar to direct project managers through the latest updates to the highly regarded guide to global best practices of project management.

ESI International Launches New Weekend Curriculum Program

Arlington, VA -– May 13, 2009 -– Staying career competitive just became more convenient for Washington-area project management, contract management and business analysis professionals. ESI International’s new Weekend Curriculum Program offers a range of learning options for professionals looking to grow their skills, pursue credentials or maintain certifications.

Free Online Glossary Launches

Arlington, VA -– May 11, 2009 -– For busy project managers and business analysts, quickly and easily looking up key terms, phrases and acronyms just became easier. ESI International announced today the launch of a free Online Glossary. Using the successful Dictionary of Project Management Terms by J. LeRoy Ward, PMP, PgMP, Executive Vice President at ESI International, as the base, this online reference tool makes the popular book’s definitions of more than 3,400 terms available from any web-enabled device.

Advice for Project: Expect the Unexpected

Dubai -– Mar. 12, 2009 -– The economic slowdown has provided an ideal opportunity for the Middle East to rebuild a previously overstretched and fragmented project management culture, according to a leading industry instructor.

Study Reveals Majority of Project/Programme Management Offices’ Potential For Cost Savings and Performance Improvement Remains Untapped

London -– Mar. 02, 2009 -– The survey results of a new study released by ESI International of Project and Programme Management Office (PMO) executives in the UK and Europe reveal that most PMOs are not realising their full potential for cost savings and performance improvement. The survey results represent government, education and not-for-profit organisations, as well as commercial industries in financial services, telecom, IT, energy, pharma & health, professional services, manufacturing and other sectors, which are contained in the study, “The Challenges to Success for Project/Programme Management Offices.”

New Study Guide for CBAP® Certification Exam Provides Comprehensive Preparation

Arlington, VA -– Feb. 26, 2009 -– Business Analysts preparing for the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) exam have a new study guide available to them that includes two 150-question practice tests that are representative of the exam administered by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®). ESI International Director of Client Solutions Glenn R. Brûlé is author of CBAP® Exam: Practice Test and Study Guide, First Edition, which also includes study hints, a list of exam topics and 40 multiple-choice questions from each of the six knowledge areas covered by the exam.

Managing projects in the downturn

Dubai -– Jan. 06, 2009 -- With the global slowdown now affecting the Middle East leading to even tighter budgets, free seminars on how to prioritize projects are to be held next month in the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

Seetoh Hon Chew Appointed ESI International Managing Director Asia

Singapore -– Jan. 08, 2009 -– ESI International has announced the hiring of Seetoh Hon Chew as its new Managing Director in Asia. He brings more than 20 years of international experience, with expertise in IT product development, consulting, sales and operational management to the position.

Top 10 Project Management Trends for 2009

Arlington, VA -– Jan. 06, 2009 –- ESI International revealed the 2009 Top 10 project management trends that will impact both private and public sector organizations this year. Identified by a global panel of ESI’s veteran consultants and senior management, these trends point to organizational need for expertise while coping with tighter budgets, fewer financial and human resources, and change. The forecast suggests where project management will focus in 2009 to drive project and organizational success.

Top 10 Requirements Management & Development Trends for 2009

Arlington, VA -- Jan. 5, 2009 -- The 2009 Top 10 requirements management and development (RMD)– also known as business analysis – trends that will impact business this year were announced by ESI International today. Determined by a global panel of ESI’s consultants, these trends acknowledge the growing importance of RMD as a strategic, cross-enterprise discipline essential to the success of systems development, process improvement and change, especially in today’s volatile economic environment.

ESI Expands Middle East Presence with Bahrain Office

London -– Nov. 25, 2008 -– To better meet the growing needs of the Northern Gulf Region, ESI International announced today the opening of its second Middle East office in the Manama business district in Bahrain. The office will support ESI’s regional headquarters in Dubai, UAE and focus on serving the needs of ESI’s clients in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

ESI International Earns DAU Equivalency In the Full Suite of CON Training Courses For Federal Acquisition Certification

Arlington, VA -– Nov. 24, 2008 -– ESI International has earned Defense Acquisition University (DAU) equivalency for its CON 217 training course thus completing full availability from ESI of the entire suite of CON Level I, Level II and Level III training courses. The courses are offered by ESI for certification in the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting Program (FAC-C). Professional contracting personnel of the Department of Defense and civilian agencies are required to have certification in DAU equivalent courses in order to be warranted.

Not to Be Missed Breakfast Seminar Featuring World Leaders in Project and Programme Management

London -- Oct.03, 2008 -- A seminar featuring world renowned executives in project and programme management and entitled “The Evolution of the Project & Programme Manager – Strategies for Hard Times” will take place on Friday, 31 Oct. at the Café Royal, Regent Street, W1B 5EL, London.

ESI International Wins $1.4 Million Contract Award From Federal Acquisition Institute To Provide Federal Acquisition Certification Training

Arlington, VA -– Oct. 03, 2008 -– ESI International has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) as the sole provider of Competency Based Contracting Certification training of CON 215 and CON 218 for Level II FAC-C certification for FY 2009. The contract award is worth US$1.4 million with a contract option for an additional year at US$1.4 million. ESI is already a training provider to FAI of FAC-C Level I training for CON 100 and CON 120 courses, as well as, Performance Based Acquisition training programs.

Dictionary of Project Management Terms by ESI International’s J. LeRoy Ward Reveals Growing Trend

Arlington, VA -– Oct. 1, 2008 –- Project managers can now rely on a newly updated handbook, thanks to its author, J. LeRoy Ward, PMP, PgMP, Executive Vice President at ESI International. Dictionary of Project Management Terms, now in its third edition, shows how the field of project management has exploded in the last few years. With more than 3,400 terms, up from 1,800 in 2000, this book includes not only traditional project management terms, but also broader business terms to help seasoned managers as well as their successors navigate the ubiquitous language of project-speak more easily.

Skills Shortage Threatens Sustainability of GCC Engineering Projects

Dubai -- Sept. 23, 2008 -– The lack of skilled project and programme managers is not only driving industry salaries for technical professionals through the roof, it is also putting many projects in jeopardy according to ESI International.

Satisfaction Among Project Management Software Buyers Falls Short

Arlington, VA -– Aug. 12, 2008 –- The results of a new survey conducted by ESI International report that satisfaction with project management and business analysis software tools met or exceeded expectations for only 10.5 percent of respondents. Respondents were representative of federal, state and local government agencies as well as numerous commercial industries including aerospace/defense, financial services, IT, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and healthcare.

Joint Research Study Reveals Troubled Projects Costing Billions Worldwide

Arlington, VA -– Jul. 31, 2008 –- According to research conducted jointly by ESI International and the project benchmarking company Independent Project Analysis (IPA), troubled projects are costing taxpayers millions.

Top Three Reasons Singapore-Managed Projects Fail

Singapore -– Jun. 25 2008 -– The results of a new survey conducted by ESI International report the top three reasons projects fail are a result of knowledge gaps in essential project managements skills, including schedule and change management; risk management; budget and cost management; and lack of business analyst involvement on projects.

Survey Identifies Key Challenges to Successful Project Management

Arlington, VA -- May 21, 2008 -– The results of a new survey conducted by ESI International report some of the most pressing issues for executives and technical professionals include managing complex projects; responding to change both internally and externally; and prioritizing projects within a program or portfolio. Survey respondents were representative of federal, state and local government agencies as well as numerous industries including aerospace/defense, financial services, IT, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and healthcare. The responses indicate areas requiring greater attention in order to ensure the successful outcome of an organization’s projects.

Wanted: Managers and Leaders

Dubai -– May 01, 2008 -– Balancing the role of leader and manager in keeping the multi-billion dollar projects taking place in Qatar on track is to be examined next month at a free breakfast seminar.

ESI International Launches PgMP Exam Preparation Course

Arlington, VA -- Apr. 21, 2008 -– ESI International today announced the launch of its PgMP Exam Preparation course. The course, which is part of ESI’s new Program Management Professional Development Program, is designed to help professionals prepare for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Program Management Professional (PgMPSM) certification exam.

ESI Launches India Office to Address Project Management Skills Gap

Bangalore, India -- Apr. 14, 2008 -– ESI International (ESI), the recognized leader in innovative project management, contract management, business analysis, and business skills training, today announced the launch of its India operations. The opening of the office in Bangalore is in tandem with the appointment of Pankaj Kejriwal as its Country Manager for India, who brings more than ten years of experience in the IT corporate training industry to ESI.

Marcia Riley Appointed Vice President of Talent Management and Human Resources at ESI

Arlington,VA -– Feb. 14, 2008 –- ESI International has announced the hiring of Marcia Riley as its new Vice President of Talent Management and Human Resources. She brings more than 20 years of experience in talent management with a focus in the health care and financial services industries.

ESI International Launches Virtual Classroom Team Learning Delivered in Part-Day Modules

Arlington,VA -– Jan. 31, 2008 -– Today, ESI International announced the global launch of its virtual classroom which allows students to train together with an instructor in real time through an online environment. With microphones and instant messaging, students are able to hear the instructor’s explanations, ask questions, speak with one another, divide into virtual breakout rooms and benefit from instant instructor polling from anywhere in the world.

ESI International Launches Business Transformation Suite of Course

Arlington, VA -- Nov. 27, 2007 -- Today, ESI International announced the launch of its Business Transformation Suite, a set of courses designed to help government project and program management professionals and contractors use enterprise architecture (EA), capital planning and investment control (CPIC), and earned value management (EVM) to improve organizational planning, performance and results. This new suite of courses will provide individuals and teams with the knowledge and tools needed to develop EA best practices, including transition plans to ensure successful transition from the “as-is” to the “to-be” environment.

First of its Kind Program Management Curriculum Launched

Arlington, Va. -- Oct. 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.

ESI International Launches PM360

Arlington, VA -- Oct. 01, 2007 -- ESI International, the leading provider of performance improvement programs in project management, contract management, business analysis, business skills and sourcing management, today announced the launch of PM360: A PM Competency Assessment.

State of Florida and NASPO Cooperative Training for Public Purchasing Professionals Select

Arlington, VA -- May 16, 2007 -- ESI International, the leading provider of performance improvement programs in project management, contract management, business analysis and sourcing management, today announced that the company has been awarded two five-year contracts for project management and contract negotiation training by the State of Florida, Department of Management Services, in a multi-state purchasing agreement with the National Association of State Purchasing Officials (NASPO). ESI is the sole approved vendor for negotiation training and one of two preferred project management certification training providers.

ESI Opens Regional Office in Dubai to Serve the Middle East Region

Arlington, VA -- Apr. 24, 2007 -- ESI International, The new office is the first for ESI International in the Middle East and North Africa region and will serve as the company's regional headquarters.

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