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December 2009

Mastering the Quick Change
Putting people at the core of quality and change initiative success.
This article first appeared in "Quality Digest Daily," an electronic publication from Quality Digest magazine (www.qualitydigest.com), 21 December 2009

Beyond the Classroom
A learning programme without a framework is unlikely to offer any long-term benefits. Instead companies should work hard to identify problem areas and have a clear end-goal in sight.
Published in Project Magazine, 2 December 2009

November 2009

Leadership for changing times
Jonathan Gilbert discusses leadership techniques to empower people during change initiatives.
Published in TrainingZone.co.uk, 18 November 2009

ESI International Expands Canadian Operations
ESI International announced on 26 October 2009 that it 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.
Published in PM World Today, 6 November 2009

October 2009

ESI International Expands Canadian Market Operations
ESI International will now deliver its world-class learning programmes 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.

Building Championship Teams
An effective Integrated Product Team model can help teams be more cohesive, achieve greater efficiencies in product delivery, and lead to better results in project and program management.
Published in Contract Management Magazine, October 2009

September 2009

Project Management in hard times
J. LeRoy Ward takes a look at how organisations are coping with running projects during the downturn.
Published in The Guardian, 1 September 2009

How to Choose the Best E-Learning Vendor
For five consecutive years, we have seen a significant upswing in online classroom enrollment as companies shift from inperson to online instruction to save on travel costs, reach geographically dispersed workforces and ensure consistent content delivery.
Published in Penn Energy, 8 September 2009

The Cream of the Crop: Cultivating CBAP Competencies for Your Rise to the Top
Certified Business Analyst Professionals™ (CBAPs) are similarly sought after as the best at what they do. And, in a highly competitive field, in highly competitive times, CBAPs need to demonstrate that they too can "rise to the top."
Published in Modern Analyst, 8 September 2009

Global Survey Gives Insight Into PPM Challenges from Project and Program Management Level
Results of ESI's global Project Portfolio Management Survey reveal project portfolio management (PPM) challenges from a "bottom-up" project and program management perspective.
Published in Penn Energy, 4 September 2009

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

Launch of free training for the unemployed Project Manager
ESI's Stand Out Scholarship has been launched today, £250,000 in career development learning funds are available for out of work project managers, business analysts and general business professionals.
Published in Project Centric, 1 September 2009

August 2009

Face-to-face: Top tips for construction job seekers
Craig Jordan, Business Development Manager for ESI International, answers questions from job seekers within the construction industry.
Published in Construction Week Online, 15 August 2009

Real-Time Source Project Resource Launches
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.

Free Webinar From ESI Targets Business Analysis Education
I received an email the other day from one of my colleagues at ESI International. ESI will be hosting a free webinar event that could hold great lessons for those trying to break into project management or that are simply trying to strengthen their project management / business analysis knowledge.
Published in Project Centric, 3 August 2009

July 2009

Nothing Stays the Same: Leadership Techniques to Empower People During Change Initiatives
ESI's Jonathan Gilbert is a guest blogger on the project management and recruitment blog from Arras People.
Published in Project Centric, 30 July 2009

Book review: Dictionary of Project ManagementTerms
It is the most comprehensive dictionary of project management terms I have seen, and LeRoy Ward has done a good job in this 3rd edition of pulling together general management terminology as well.
Published in PM4Girls.co.uk, 29 July 2009

Getting Back on the Career Track Just Got Easier
ESI International's Stand Out Scholarship is making a half million dollars in career development learning funds available for out of work project managers, business analysts and general business professionals.
Published in Business Analyst Time, 28 July 2009

Project management scholarships
It's nice to see that someone is doing something to help out of work project managers. ESI International have announced a $500,000 scholarship programme for out-of-work technical professionals – if you are a US resident.
Published in PM4Girls.co.uk, 24 July 2009

How to Choose the Best E-Learning Vendor
Despite the economic crisis, or perhaps because of it, chief learning officers are looking for a better cost-savings approach to learning. The virtual classroom and other e-learning opportunities provide just the solution.
Published in Facility Safety Management, 20 July 2009

Bottom-up view on challenges to project management
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.
Published in Reliable Plant, 15 July 2009

Making an impact at work in uncertain times
Hunkering down is one natural reaction to economic stress. Some people withdraw, fearing new fall-out, such as salary and benefits cuts, terminations and increasing workloads. According to opinion-poller Gregory Harris, president of Quantum Workplace Inc., in Omaha, Neb., this is the best time to lead up.
Published in Business Journal, 14 July 2009

Survey Identifies 'Bottom-Up' PPM Challenges
Project and program managers are facing an abundance of "bottom-up"challenges when it comes to project portfolio management, according to results of a new study conducted by ESI International. Major concerns include a 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.
Published in Projects @ Work, 14 July 2009

Global study gives insight into PPM maturity and process gaps
ESI's global Project Portfolio Management Survey provides senior management with insights to guide them in charting a path to increased ROI from their project portfolios.
Published in CRM Xchange, 14 July 2009

Free, High-Quality Training?
I'm always skeptical about training scholarships. So when the folks at ESI brought their program to my attention, I was thinking "here we go again...". After closer examination however, I think this program is pretty cool - and very generous...
Copyright © 1999-2009 gantthead.com, Inc. Reproduced by permission of gantthead.com, Inc., Published 13 July 2009

Scholarships for Unemployed PM Professionals
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.
Published in Projects @ Work, 13 July 2009

ESI announces $500,000 Scholarship Program for Project Management Training to Help Unemployed in USA
ESI International has 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.
Published in PM Forum, 11 July 2009

ESI offering $500K in scholarships to out-of-work tech pros
On July 8, 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.
Published in Reliable Plant, 8 July 2009

Recovering Troubled Programmes (Part 2)
Here's the 5 step ESI process for getting out of trouble. The whole approach assumes you have been parachuted in to fix someone else’s flailing programme, which I suppose is what ESI do. You can adapt the steps if you are trying to turn your own programme around, or make the steps smaller to turn around a project instead of a whole programme.
Published in PM4Girls.co.uk, 6 July 2009

June 2009

Global Study Gives Insight Into PPM Maturity and Process Gaps
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.

Where is Project Management Certification Taking the Profession?
I've seen many, many postings about how the PMP test has changed, but not much on how the certification is changing what it means to be a project management professional (lower case). We recently spoke with Joseph R. Czarnecki, PMP, Senior Advisor, ESI International, on this topic.
Published in Gantthead, 22 June 2009

New generation of Project Managers steps out
A few months ago British Petroleum (BP), on behalf of its oil and gas project co-venturers, initiated and funded the establishment of the Project Management College (PMC), in partnership with the Free University.
Published in The Messenger Online, 19 June 2009

Making a Case for Agile Project Management
If ever there were an ideal time to make the leap from a traditional to an agile project management approach, it’s now. In this tense, uncertain, cost-cutting environment where CIOs are watching their bottom lines like hawks, the concept unfailingly proves successful. It not only delivers consistent, excellent results on time, but often under budget.
Published in Gantthead, 15 June 2009

ESI International Launches Agile Project Management Course
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.

ESI International Offers Free PMBOK® Guide Update Webinar
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.
Published in PM Forum, 5 June 2009

ESI International Offers Free PMBOK® Guide Update Webinar
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.
Published in IT Managers Inbox, 4 June 2009

The difference between projects and programmes
Many of us would class ourselves as project managers, and some of us aspire to be programme managers. But is programme management just about managing bigger projects?
Published in Tabuleiro de Projetos, 4 June 2009

Beijing Oriental Conseil Partners with World’s Leading PM Learning Firm
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.

May 2009

Branching Out
Launching projects in new markets can mean new revenue, but it also opens a potential minefield of cultural missteps.
Published in PM Network Magazine, May 2009
Project Management Institute, PM Network®, Project Management Institute, Inc., (2009). Copyright and all rights reserved. Material from this publication has been reproduced with the permission of PMI

Bottom-up view on challenges to project management
Amid the hubbub and chatter about timelines, budgets, metrics and stage gates, it’s easy to lose sight of a basic fact: Project management is more than the sum of the tasks that drive an initiative.
Published in PM Network Magazine, May 2009
Project Management Institute, PM Network®, Project Management Institute, Inc., (2009). Copyright and all rights reserved. Material from this publication has been reproduced with the permission of PMI

ESI International Offers Free PMBOK® Guide Update Webinar
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.

The Elephant In the Room
It is said the only thing constant is change, but it could also be said that change is constantly avoided, denied and feared. Like it or not, when it comes to change, project managers are usually right in the middle of it. Here is a three-step approach to help you lead in tumultuous times.
Published in Projects @ Work, 28 May 2009

Keep the Change
An international IT project management veteran (and poet) shares some thoughts on the importance of change management, including why so many companies do it poorly and how it can enhance instead of stifle creative thinking. Indeed, embracing projects in flux is the only way to move your agenda forward in turbulent times.
Published in Projects @ Work, 27 May 2009

April 2009

Nothing stays the same: Leadership techniques to empower people during change initiatives
Every organization is affected by change, especially during times of economic volatility. However, project managers tasked with leading change initiatives are all too aware of the alarming failure rates that can occur.
Published in Material Handling Wholesaler, 30 April 2009

The Experts: Training and Development - How to evaluate e-learning opportunities in 8 easy steps
While professional development remains an essential part of organizational health, it can be costly, too. Despite the economic crisis, or perhaps because of it, chief learning officers are looking for a better cost-savings approach to learning. The virtual classroom and other e-learning opportunities provide just the solution.
Published in Inside Business, 3 April 2009

How is the health of your programme or project office?
The results of a European survey show that the value of the programme or project office still needs to be "sold" within many organisations. Is a PMO destined to fail without organisational support?
Published in Project Manager Today, April 2009

The difference between projects and programmes
Many of us would class ourselves as project managers, and some of us aspire to be programme managers. But is programme management just about managing bigger projects? PMTips spoke to J. LeRoy Ward, author of Dictionary of Project Management Terms and Executive Vice President at ESI International, a global learning company.
Published in PMTips.net, 2 April 2009

New Study Guide for CBAP® Certification Exam Provides Comprehensive Preparation
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®).
Published in ModernAnalyst.com, 2 April 2009

The Untapped Potentials of Project/Programme Management
PMOs are widely adopted in organisations' Centres of Excellence. In fact, 96 percent of executives surveyed said they either have a PMO or are planning to build one in the next 18 months. Yet time and again respondents reported a lack of support and resource allocation to make their PMO a success.
Published in PM Hut, 1 April 2009

March 2009

Complexity Considered
When project portfolio decisions are made in isolation, redundancy and conflicts are inevitable. One solution, according to a Global 500 advisor, is to manage cascading portfolios at multiple levels within the organization. In this interview, Mario Arlt shares some thoughts on managing complex project portfolios.
Published in Projects @ Work, 23 March 2009

The Lay of the Land: Enterprise Analysis
With spring right around the corner, you are no doubt anxious to begin getting at your garden that has been dormant during the winter months. Not unlike gardening, Enterprise Analysis takes very careful stock and consideration of the current state of your environment.
First published in ModernAnalyst.com, 12 March 2009

ESI Study Reveals Project Management Offices' Potential For Cost Savings and Performance Improvement Remains Untapped
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 realizing their full potential for cost savings and performance improvement.
Published in IT Manager's Inbox, 9 March 2009

TetraPak Partners Achieves World Class Project Management
Acknowledging that effective project management underpins leadership, quality and customer understanding, Tetra Pak partnered with ESI International to build and deliver aglobally consistent, instructor-led project management learning and development program. The two companies have been working together on project management learning programs since 2001.
Published in PM World Today, 9 March 2009

Free breakfast Seminars in Qatar and Kuwait to Provide Project Management 'Success Kit' for the Financial Crisis
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.

Seven strategies for staying on top of your career
According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, 600,000 workers in the UK will face redundancy through 2009. Amidst such gloomy forecasts, project managers are not only confronting their own fears, but also the distinct possibility of a shift in their careers.
Published in PMtoday Magazine, March 2009

Ten Essential Steps to Delivering Successful Programs
Recently, there has been much discussion in the business world about program management. A good bit of this has been in the form of arguments about the definition of program. Some categorize programs as little more than big projects, while others refer to them as otherwise unrelated projects bound together by a business cycle, like distant cousins at a family reunion.
Published on MaxWideman.com, March 2009

February 2009

New ESI Study Guide for CBAP® Certification Exam Provides Comprehensive Preparation
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®).

Project Management College: Supporting Georgian Economy through Capacity Building in Project Management
Both private and public sectors in Georgia will have access to an integrated, comprehensive project management programme focusing on the simultaneous goals of improving immediate project management performance and establishing long term project management capability in the country. To ensure high quality training, BP has contracted the world's leading project management training and solutions company, ESI International.

Tips on Managing Change
President Barack Obama entered the Oval Office on the platform of change. It is a desirable, if not always easy, state for organizations of all sizes. Change means growth. And it can also mean anxiety for the people involved.
Published in Business Xpansion Journal, February 2009

Change management Life Cycle - Phase I - Identify Stage
Change management Life Cycle - Phase II - Engage People
Change management Life Cycle - Phase III - Implement the Change
3-part series on Change Management.
Published in PM Hut, February 2009

PTC Improves Customer Satisfaction Through Global Project Management
One of the world’s largest, independent software companies, Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) needed to address project management on several fronts...
Published in PM World Today, February 2009

Three Strategies for Successful Change Leadership
Managing change without employee engagement is like building a roof without the walls underneath. You have a strong top, but the rest of the structure collapses under the strain.
Published in LeadZine, February 2009

January 2009

Top 10 Project Management Trends in 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.
Published in Business Xpansion Journal, January 2009

Top 10 Management and Development Trends for 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 on January 6. 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.
Published in Business Xpansion Journal, January 2009

Top 10 project management trends for 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.
Published in Reliable Plant, January 2009

ESI lists top 10 business analysis trends for 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 on January 6. 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.
Published in Reliable Plant, January 2009

Seetoh Hon Chew Appointed ESI International Managing Director Asia
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
ESI International revealed the 2009 Top 10 project management trends that will impact both private and public sector organizations this year.

 

 

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