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December 2007

Complex Budget Politics behind London Olympics Spending Overshoot
With estimated costs already more than three times the level of the winning bid in 2005, London's Olympic
organisers are under pressure to rein in their more ambitious infrastructure ambitions. But critics also accuse them
of swinging from tactical underestimation when bidding for the project to inflated claims designed to win a bigger

Published in , December 2007

November 2007

Setting up and running a business analyst centre
Many organisations are finding success by creating business analysis centres of excellence to support their Business Analysts and build both the work environment and stakeholder awareness and representation across business units, customer relationships and vendor relationships.
Published in Project Manager Today, November 2007

Setting your business analysis career on course
Understanding business analysis methodologies and best practices ensures effectiveness on any project, regardless of industry.
Published in Project Manager Today, November 2007

Do the Right Thing
When confronted with a sticky ethical situation, most project managers know what they should do. But with deadlines looming and budget pressures increasing, it can be tempting to bend the rules. And while massive affairs such as the Enron accounting scandal get most of the ink, it's usually not the grandiose ethical questions involving significant safety or corruption issues that cause most project professionals to stumble.
Published in PM Network, November 2007

Cost Risk Analysis for Managing Large Projects - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
A three part series published in FinanceWeek. Every large project, from building a new plant to replacing a legacy system, will experience unexpected complications and interruptions. But that doesn't mean it has to run over budget and fall behind schedule. Most projects to do because project managers treat initial cost estimates as firm predictions, forgetting that they're just a central case, with scope for positive or negative variation around them. Understanding the risks around cost estimates, and planning for possible departures from them, can significantly reduce the risk of cost overruns. In the first of a three-part series, George Sifri of ESI International looks at the use of probability to analyse cost risk.

Published in , November 2007

Capitalize on Your Human Capital
J. LeRoy Ward, Executive Vice President of ESI International discusses how an effective learning program can help employees work more efficiently and effectively. He writes, "If executed correctly, a quality learning programme will provide your employees with the requisite skills they need to do their jobs well, thus increasing their motivation to work more efficiently, effectively and successfully. People don?t come to work to fail ? they come to succeed, and we need to help them do that.
Published in CLO-Media, November 2007

Leading Expert to Give Tips and Advice on Finding and Retaining Project Managers
Strategic and tactical tips on how companies can recruit and retain technical and engineering professionals in the increasingly competitive Middle East market will be outlined by a leading expert, Mr. Raed S. Haddad, Vice President of Corporate Programmes for ESI International, next month. Mr. Haddad will be speaking on the topic at the Middle East HR Summit that takes place from 4 to 8 November 2007 at the National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

October 2007

Earned Value Management
It does'nt seem all that complicated. Earned Value Management (EVM) basically comes down to analyzing the differences between planned and actual value. And there you have it, a guage of true project performance. Yet even with all of EVM's potential benefits - and rest assured, there are plenty-organisations can quickly become lost in the landslide of data.
Published in PM Network, October 2007

ESI Announces the Launch of a New Programme Management Curriculum
ESI International announced today the launch of it Programme Management Professional Development Program, the first of its kind in the industry. It is designed to enable programme managers in business and government to meet the increasing demands on programme management as a tool to implement business strategies through an integrated portfolio of projects.

September 2007

ESI International Launches PM360
ESI International, the leading provider of performance improvement programmes in project management and business analysis today announced the launch of PM360: A PM Competency Assessment tool.

Establishing Clear Project Management Guidelines
Michael S. Zambruski, PMP, talks about the importance of addressing the uncertainity and confusion over key concepts and tools in an organization that has never used formal business analysis or project management processes.
Published in Gulf Project Management Magazine: September Edition, 2007

Role of the Project Manager in Pharma
Geoffrey Saunders explores the role of the project manager in Pharma and gives some tips for success in this complex discipline.
Published in Scrip, September Edition 2007

July 2007

Using Project Management to Help Disabled Children in Bulgaria
John F. Pelham, PMP, went to Bulgaria as part of a U.K. based volunteer group and introduced project management basics to help disabled children there.
Published in PM Network, July Edition 2007

Going for Gold
George Sifri of ESI International, gives his views on ways in which Olympic of?cials can project manage for success and a lasting legacy.
Published in Project, July 2007

ESI to Develop Project Management Best Practice at Nakheel
ESI has won the much coveted contract to provide project management training for Dubai-based Nakheel, the name behind The Palm islands, The World and numerous other high profile projects in Dubai.

June 2007

ESI Engaged by QTEL for Best Practice in Project Management
Qatar Telecom calls in leading international provider of project management & business analysis training to deliver best practice business model.

May 2007

ESI International, the official sponsor of the Project Management Institute, UK Chapter
ESI believe that sponsoring the PMI? UK chapter reinforces their commitment to project management professionalism and will continue to support the growth and expansion of this chapter.

April 2007

ESI opens regional office in Dubai to serve the Middle East region
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. The new Dubai headquarters also underscores ESI's regional commitment.

Complementary Project Management Medicine
Derek Bell, an instructor with ESI International, writes about the complementary aspects of PRINCE2 and the Project Management Institute's Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge.
Published in British Computer Society: 50th Anniversary Edition, 2007

January 2007

ESI International Announces Availability of Business Analyst Professional Development Programme in United Kingdom
ESI announces launch of Business Analysis Curriculum in the United Kingdom