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December 2008

The Softer Side of Training
As IT departments grow more and more aligned with the business, it’s critical for IT employees and leaders to be able to communicate with their peers across departments. Technical trainers must effectively teach the skills necessary to be successful in this type of environment.
Published in Certification Magazine, December 2008

November 2008

Human Capital
In the face of global business challenges, training current and future program managers is more critical than ever.
Published in HR Professionals, November 2008

Dictionary of Project Management Terms by ESI International's J. LeRoy Ward Reveals Growing Trends
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.
Published in PM World Today, November 2008

10 Project Management Trends
In our on-going effort to help our clients, ESI International, a worldwide performance improvement leader, pays particular attention to what's making the biggest waves in project management each year. Here's a look at the 10 most significant trends that we've identified for the remainder of 2008 and into 2009.
Published in Aerospace Manufacturing and Design, a property of GIE Media Inc., November 2008

Project Speak
From the ABBA chart to zero variance and more than 3,400 entries in between, the third edition of the Dictionary of Project Management Terms (ESI International) offers one of the profession's most comprehensive and widely praised reference guides for key terms, words and phases used by project and program managers.
Published in Projects@Work, November 2008

ESI Expands Middle East Presence with Bahrain Office
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.

Key Challenges: Hot Topics Survey
A survey of project managers in the USA, including those in the health and pharmaceutical sector, has identified a number of challenges.
Published in The Source, November 2008

October 2008

Decision Making in a Complex Environment
Most health care professionals did not go to school to be IT managers. Yet, increasingly, most health care organizations' projects and operations are IT-dependent, or have an IT component. This fact, combined with the inherently complex nature of health care in general, rapidly emerging treatments and medications, myriad stakeholders and partners, high-risk situations, federal regulations, etc. ? creates one of the most complex environments in which to make, and implement, decisions.
Published in Chief Learning Officer Magazine, October 2008

Estimates at fault on government projects
As long as politicians 'estimate to please' there will be over-running government jobs believes George Sifri,PMP.
Published in Project Manager Today, October 2008

Managing complex projects just got harder
With massive multi-billion dollar regional developments underway such as Abu Dhabi's Yas Island and Dubai World Central airport, project managers must learn to become programme managers, according to a leading industry expert.

The seven deadly sins of project management
An organisation's performance is contingent on the quality of the projects it undertakes and how well they are managed, yet the frequency of project failure is high. In asking what is project failure, what causes it and how can it be prevented, George Sifri focuses on seven key areas that are critical to managing projects successfully.
Published in BCS Twenty: 09, October 2008

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

Not to Be Missed Breakfast Seminar Featuring World Leaders in Project and Programme Management
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 Caf Royal, Regent Street, W1B 5EL, London.

September 2008

New Data Identifies Key Challenges
Managing complex projects is the most pressing issue for project managers in the information technology industry, with 56 per cent of participants choosing this response, according to new data from ESI International.
Originally distributed via the M2 PressWIRE network (http://www.m2.com), September 2008

Skills shortage threatens sustainability of GCC engineering projects
Salaries soar for in-demand project & technical professionals as developers & consultancies endeavour to complete 3,400 GCC projects worth US$2.4 trillion on time.

Why Do So Many Projects Run into Trouble and Does Anyone Care?
It has become the norm for organizations to experience projects with higher costs than originally expected, slipped schedules and unfulfilled requirements. Numerous studies detail dismal project results. Also, government reports and company case studies provide countless specifics of projects with unsatisfied stakeholders. While the studies, reports and case studies outline causes of project failure, they do not show the relationship between properly applied project management practices and project outcomes. Unfortunately, this type of research has yet to come to fruition in the project management world - until now.
Published in Project Times, September 2008

The art of Project Management
Although large-scale projects have taken place throughout history, only recently have project management methods been codified. While such methodologies primarily reflect the Western experience, George Sifri of ESI International says that his company can still drive change in competencies, behaviours and skills across Africa.
Published in eStrategies, September 2008

August 2008

Troubled projects costing billions worldwide
According to research conducted jointly by ESI International and the project benchmarking company Independent Project Analysis (IPA), troubled projects are costing taxpayers millions..
Published in Project Manager Today, August 2008

An Olympian decision that sets deadlines against costs
The costs of constructing London's 2012 Olympic venues have risen since the city won the right to host the games. How can a project manager balance the need to push ahead - potentially with incomplete information - with the increased costs of late changes?
Published in Financial Times, August 2008

Programmed For Success
Many organizations, while accustomed to the demands of managing individual projects, are ill-equipped to handle the complexity of larger-scale programs. Here are 10 essential elements of program management.
Published in Projects@Work, August 2008

Teaching Project Management Skills
Information technology is no longer just about creating a product; its also about managing the process of development.
Published in Certification Magazine, August 2008

E-Training: The Cost-Effective Way to Train in Tough Economic Times
In difficult economic times, when an organization is fighting harder than ever to maintain market share, it?s absolutely essential to maximize employee knowledge and skills.
Published in Employee Benefit Review Plan, August 2008

Power Programs: 10 Vital Imperatives to Successful Delivery
Successful program delivery doesn't have to be hit or miss?if you know the key steps to pulling it off.
By Julie Zinn.
Reprinted from www.trainingmag.com, August 2008

Is Project and Portfolio Management Software Failing You?
There is a larger need for a more holistic approach to project and portfolio management (PPM) than putting some software on some servers and making workers use it.
Published on Bottomline (Baseline), August 2008

Satisfaction among Project Management Software Buyers Falls Short
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.
Published in PM Forum, August 2008

Joint Research Study Reveals Troubled Projects Costing Billions Worldwide
According to research conducted jointly by ESI International and the project benchmarking company Independent Project Analysis (IPA), troubled projects are costing taxpayers millions.
Published in PM Forum, August 2008

Satisfaction among project management software buyers falls short
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.
Published in IT Reseller, August 2008

Lackluster Project Management Leads to Lost Productivity, Time, and Money
The management of a project has a significant impact on the outcome. If the management is incompetent, the project is likely to suffer. If it is managed effectively, money will be used appropriately, the project will be finished according to specifications and possibly even on time.
Published on TMC Net, August 2008

Getting Back to Basics-Fifth Fundamental: Choosing the Best Modeling Technique for Success
They claim a picture says a thousand words, but, in business analysis, it's the opposite. The thousands of words you elicit from your stakeholders make up one picture representing a summation of disparate information. Modeling is essential for drawing a clear, accurate picture of a given project's true business needs.
Published in BA Times, August 2008

Project Managers Urged to Analyze Past Performance
Agencies need to keep better track of past performance to develop more accurate initial cost estimates for information technology ,'','_blank'event costs overruns and delays, according to a new report on troubled IT investments.
Published in Nextgov, August 2008

The Cost of Troubled Projects
According to research conducted jointly by ESI International and the project benchmarking company Independent Project Analysis (IPA), troubled projects are costing taxpayers millions.
Published in Communication News, August 2008

Satisfaction Among Project Management Software Buyers Falls Short
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.

July 2008

Joint Research Study Reveals Troubled Projects Costing Billions Worldwide
According to research conducted jointly by ESI International and the project benchmarking company Independent Project Analysis (IPA), troubled projects are costing taxpayers millions.

Eight Competencies a Business Analyst Needs to Know
A list of eight key competencies that every business analyst and every professional performing the duties of a business analyst?should possess. If performed effectively, the items on this list could save organizations millions.
Published on ModernAnalyst.com, July 2008

June 2008

Avoid Troubled Waters
Staying out of trouble overseas involves using project management for successful oil and gas extraction projects.
Published in Exploration and Processing magazine, May/June 2008

10 Trends in Project Management
Here are the top 10 trends in project management for 2008, compiled by the senior management and practitioners of ESI.
Published in Baseline, June 2008

Top 3 Reasons Singapore-Managed Projects Fail
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.

Project Management in the News: ESI's Quarterly Newsletter
A summary of our Public Relations activities which took place in quarter two of this year in the EMEA region.
 

GlaxoSmithKline: Improving Global Project Management Capability
Because of its operations and organizational structure, global project management is crucial for GlaxoSmithKline. The company has implemented an extensive project management training program to ensure employees around the world have this competency.

Published in Chief Learning Officer, June 2008

May 2008

Wanted: managers and leaders
Free breakfast seminar in Doha to explore balancing the different skills needed in keeping multi-billion dollar projects on track.

Survey Identifies Key Challenges to Successful Project Management
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.

Achieving Business Goals through Effective Programme Management
Thoughtful programme management is applicable to designing and implementing weapons systems or revamping wealth management companies. J. LeRoy Ward explains how it works and what competencies a manager should develop.

Published in , May 2008

April 2008

Make Way for Programme Management
Are programme managers just glorified project managers with a higher salary, or is there much more to the discipline than meets the cynical eye? Programme management company ESI vice president J LeRoy Ward PMP, PgMP argues the case for opening the door to project management's younger brother.
Published in Project, April 2008

All Guns Blazing
To many professionals worldwide, programme management is a start-up - it's the new recruit that no one's sure about yet. But to many others it is a proven discipline with a distinct skills set that dates back more than five decades from its routes in the US military. J LeRoy Ward of US firm ESI International explains programmes.
Published in Project, April 2008

Schedule Risk Analysis - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
There is no ?right? duration estimate. Each duration estimate comes with an inherent probability that the actual duration will be longer or shorter than the estimate. How many project activities do you know about that were completed exactly as planned? A duration estimate is a forecast in which inherent uncertainties (lack of information or improper knowledge) arise from changes in requirements, technology, productivity, availability of resources, weather conditions and a number of other factors. Schedule risk analysis is about evaluating and quantifying the uncertainty in a duration estimate.

Published in , April 2008

ESI International Launches PgMPSM Exam Preparation Course
ESI International today announced the launch of its PgMPSM Exam Preparation course. The course, which is part of ESI's new Programme Management Professional Development Programme, is designed to help professionals prepare for the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Programme Management Professional (PgMPSM) certification exam.

ESI Launches India Office to Address Project Management Skills Gap
ESI International (ESI), the recognised 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.

March 2008

Return on Training Investment
In proposing and implementing performance improvement initiatives, senior management asks one question most frequently: "What will the return on investment be for our training dollars?" While the question seems relatively simple to ask, answering it is a little more complicated than one would expect.
Published in Gulf Project Management Magazine, March 2008

February 2008

Reducing project risks and managing programmes
Strong risk management processes can substantially reduce costly problems arising on the multi-billion dollar major projects taking place across the Middle East, according to an industry expert. With rising costs and ever-tighter budgets, good risk management processes are essential for project managers to cut down on the unexpected surprises which could put projects at risk. Programme managers are also generally responsible for managing large, multiple project initiatives within a single customer site that carry a high risk factor.
Published in Maktoob Business, February 2008

Solving the recruitment conundrum
Experienced project managers are in great demand in the Middle East. But how can
organisations recruit and retain staff they have trained for a highly specialised role? Craig Jordan of ESI International, the project management specialists, analyses the issue.
Published in BritishPublishers.com, February 2008

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

 

 

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