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ESI International Acquires Agile Project Management Training Portfolio

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ESI International Acquires Agile Project Management Training Portfolio

13 September 2012 – Arlington, Virginia, USA –ESI International, a US-based project management training company, has announced the acquisition of a comprehensive library of Agile project management/development content from Agile Transformation, Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

According to ESI, the content of the library is one of the most comprehensive in the industry and will be offered to ESI’s global clients in the form of seven course modules.  Those courses, all of which are available immediately, include:

  1. Delivering Agile Projects with Scrum
  2. Developing Agile Requirements
  3. Estimating and Planning Agile Projects
  4. PMI-ACP® Preparation Exam
  5. Agile Overview for Executives and Leaders
  6. Agile Practices for Product Owners
  7. Project Portfolio Management Using Agile

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

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

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

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

ESI, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE:INF), helps people around the world improve the way they manage projects, contracts, requirements and vendors through innovative project management training, business analysis training and contract management training. In addition to ESI’s more than 100 courses delivered in more than a dozen languages at hundreds of locations worldwide, ESI offers several certificate programs through our educational partner, The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1981, ESI’s worldwide headquarters are in Arlington, Virginia, USA. To date, ESI’s programs have benefited more than 1.35 million professionals worldwide. For more information visit www.esi-intl.com.

Agile Transformation Inc. is a company passionate about transforming teams and organizations to succeeding with Agile methods through comprehensive offerings. Their clients range from Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 to several midsize companies and government institutions within the US and internationally. The president Sally Elatta is the Agile Expert for PMI’s Learning and Education Community of Practice, thought leader and practitioner within the Agile space.

Source: ESI International