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Webinars and Podcasts

ESI offers Webinars on Demand, an extensive library of complimentary seminars. Project managers, business analysts, human resource professionals, contract managers and program managers will find these online presentations valuable to their professional development.

Available any time and as often as you choose; many offer valuable PDUs!*

Top 10 Project Management Trends 2014

ESI International’s top 10 trends in project management highlight the need for leadership within projects, whether Agile or Waterfall. They also discuss the challenges associated with finding qualified PMs, and finding the right balance of PM approaches in this evolving industry. ESI International’s top 10 trends in project management were identified by a global panel of ESI senior executives and subject matter experts.

A Discussion on the Agile Project Approach

During this event, Nancy Nee, an ESI expert on Agile project management and business analysis, lends her expertise on what’s current in Agile and how leaders in the project management industry are using this framework for building a successful project approach within their organizations. Agile allows you to be more creative and flexible in your project delivery while keeping focus on the business requirements and customer needs.

Agile or PMBOK®? Can you have both?

A common misconception exists among many practitioners who think an Agile approach means abandoning all of the knowledge areas and processes emphasized in the PMBOK® Guide. Nothing could be farther from the truth!

Agile Project Management in Government

The US CIO’s 25-point plan and section 804 of the National Defense Authorization Act require the adoption of the modular approach. Some federal project and program professionals have interpreted modular as Agile, and view it as the key to delivering better results at a faster rate.

Building an Effective Project Portfolio Management Framework

Organizations rely on project portfolio management (PPM) to evaluate, prioritize, approve, implement and manager projects to meet their strategic and financial goals.

Creating High-Performing Federal Integrated Program Teams

Real change in government program management must consider how new knowledge and skills can be applied by the learner prior to training. And many development initiatives focus more on compliance with existing mandates or the fulfillment of a training quota than on achieving necessary organizational change. Without management involvement, most training initiatives don’t meet expectations. Adoption of new skills must be supported by the agency, manager and project team members to truly make a difference.

Current State of Project Management: The Impact of an Economic Crisis

Join ESI's Mark Bashrum for a complimentary Webinar during which he will present valuable insight into the state of affairs of project management across varying industries and regions using results from a recent survey conducted by ESI. Download this webinar to understand how the economic crisis has impacted project management and expectations of what we'll be seeing in the result of an economic upswing.

Defending the PMO

Training budgets are under fire and if you are unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that efforts generate more value than they cost, sooner or later you are going to lose your program. This is the essence of ROI, and knowing how to calculate it is essential in today's environment.

Electronic Health Records (EHR) Project Implementation – Successful Diagnosis and Treatment

With all the buzz surrounding Electronic Health Records (EHR) and the pressure to get them implemented and delivering benefits, both financial and clinical, are you beginning to feel under the weather yourself? Did you know that 50% of all EHR implementations fail their first time? Have you considered the various approaches to implementing your EHR solution and the unintended and potential catastrophic consequences of not being successful the first time? Do you know what to do first and what not to do at all?

Establishing A PMO: Readiness, Risk and Retention

In order to ensure project value and financial responsibility, organizations are looking to improvement programs that involve the creation of a Project Management Office (PMO). But, before you embark on this mission there are many things to consider. Is your organization ready to manage a PMO? Does your organization have the infrastructure to support a PMO? What are the risks associated with the development of a PMO? And how do you ensure that the PMO becomes valued as the governing entity for projects within your organization?

Knowledge Assessment: FPM StartPoint

The process of identifying the right level of FAC-P/PM certification is often subjective, costly and time-consuming. Download this webinar presentation to learn more about a validated individual knowledge assessment tool that will help determine the starting point of a learning path to certification success.

Finding the Right Tools for the Agile Job

Adopting agile project management is more than a change in methods, it's a change in metrics and mindset. Is your organization ready and able to support a switch to agile PM? Are you using a different set of tools and metrics to report your progress?

Five Essential Tips for Effective Earned Value Management: A Universal Approach

During this Earned Value Management (EVM) webinar, Mr. Foreman and Mr. Falk will discuss how EVM will improve your project performance. Covering both project management and contract management principles, this EVM webinar will focus on the key information and the steps required to successfully implement EVM. Practical tips for determining cost and schedule status and assessing whether your project is in or out of control will be shared. Understand how to quickly pinpoint trouble spots and mitigate their effect on your project before they become major issues.

Five Ways to Reduce risk in Outsourcing

Outsourcing projects make up billions in costs and revenue for organizations. Yet, a recent ESI International global survey of project outsourcing notes some particularly disturbing findings regarding the state of practice in outsourcing.

Get to the Root of Project Troubles

A recent review of troubled IT projects government wide found that poor requirements development accounted for cost and schedule overruns and failure to deliver the intended benefits. At a time when government budgets are more constrained than ever before and projects are held to unprecedented levels of public scrutiny, agencies must improve their ability to achieve the desired outcomes of their projects through better requirements management and development, the heart of business analysis.

Getting to Point B

Our webinar “Getting to Point B: Addressing the Failure Points of Transportation Projects” will show you how to deal effectively with risk at all levels – project, program, portfolio and department; financing uncertainties; conflicts inside and outside the department; stakeholder communications; conflicting priorities; resource shortfalls; context creep; personnel retention; and lack of good progress data.

Global State of the PMO 2011: Its Value, Effectiveness and Role as the Hub of Training

Outsourcing projects make up billions in costs and revenue for organizations. Yet, a recent ESI International global survey of project outsourcing notes some particularly disturbing findings regarding the state of practice in outsourcing.

Hammer and Nails - The Tools of PPM

This informative Webinar will demonstrate how ESI's integrated, personalized approach to PPM addresses the knowledge and skills required to support even your most challenging PPM tool implementation from day one.

High Stakes Execution: Why a Good Strategy is Not Good Enough

Delivering on mission-critical business strategy is more difficult than ever. Why is the gap between strategy and execution so vast, and what can you do about it at your organization?

How to Successfully Manage Recovery Act Programs and Projects

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) will require unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency. It places substantial new demands and intense scrutiny on federal, state and local agency's programs and processes. What do you do now that you and your organization have applied for and received Recovery Act funding?

Leveraging Best Practices in Risk Management for Strategic Outcomes

Project risk management is really opportunity management. It is the ability to seize opportunities, minimize threats and achieve optimum results. In this risk management webinar, you’ll have the chance to examine risk management as it relates to strategic planning using ESI’s proven eight-step risk management process.

Maintaining the Center of Gravity: Establishing Balance Between PM and BA

As projects become more complex and demanding, it is critical that the roles and responsibilities of the project manager and business analyst become more clearly defined. Even more essential is a clear understanding of how these two roles interact on projects to ensure project delivery success.

More Funding, Less Time — The Need for Effective Integrated Project Teams

The challenges facing the acquisition workforce have never been greater. Agencies are receiving government stimulus funds which must be quickly and efficiently awarded. Yet, at the same time, stringent new policies are being enforced.

PMO in Hard Times – Adding Value or Adding Cost

In a global survey conducted by ESI, 50% of the respondents questioned the value of the Project Management Office (PMO) in their organization. Was yours one of them?

PgMP®—What You Need to Know!

In this informative presentation, J. LeRoy Ward - one of the first professionals ever to earn the PgMP® credential - describes today's program management environment and what it takes to earn the sought-after program management credential.

Podcast: Effectively Managing Part-Time Project Resources

If you are like most project managers around the world, many of your project resources are part-time. This podcast will give you insight into how to manage them effectively.

Podcast: Getting to Know "No"

Certainly, project managers don’t want to make saying “no” a habit. However, it is often exactly what we need to say in order to protect the project’s integrity, the sponsor’s reputation and the finances of the sponsoring business. So, how can we say “no” in an effective fashion? Often, it is not by saying “no” ourselves, but by helping our customers down the “no” path. For those cases where we need to “defend the project,” here are some effective ways we can “get to no.”

Podcast: How to Retain Your Project Managers

In this talent management podcast, learn how to motivate project managers with more than just money: Develop your project managers’ attitude and aptitude.

Preparing for the PMP® Exam—Some Tips to Get you Started

For many professionals looking to earn the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) coveted designation of Project Management Professional (PMP®), the application process is viewed as complex and, in particular, the PMP® exam is regarded with something akin to dread. The problem: many aspiring PMPs have been out of school for a number of years and are simply out of practice studying for, and taking, tests. For others, the hesitation is due to uncertainty about the exam content itself.

Podcast: Saving Troubled Projects: Five Steps to Rapid Recovery

Before the countless, money-wasting, reputation-busting projects of the world were failed projects, there were troubled projects. This project management podcast examines the complex, high-stress period of assessment and recovery of such projects and offers five crucial steps for their successful recovery. The steps are presented from the perspective of the Recovery Project Manager (RPM), assigned from outside to rein in a project, but they are applicable to project managers practicing "self recovery" as well.

Podcast: Why Are My Projects Struggling? Six Basics You Must Never Forget

Lately, I’ve noticed that my projects are getting more complicated and status review meetings are focusing mostly on issues and complaints. In fact, all projects on the dashboard are struggling, which makes me ask myself, “What is going wrong in an otherwise well-oiled project management machine?”

Podcast: Project-Friendly Skies

Even on the sunniest of days, there are delays. And, even when everything looks as if it should be flawless, there are hiccups in the process. In this project management podcast, Carl Pritchard, PMP®, examines four major concerns in projects and what we can learn from the airline industry about delays, customer relations, "flight control" and the post-project experience.

Program Management Complexity: A Competency Model

In this informative presentation, J. LeRoy Ward and Ginger Levin will describe the Levin-Ward competency model that you can apply immediately to help explore and reduce the complexity that is associated with your programs. Moreover, the model explains specific performance criteria that one should strive to meet and identifies the types of evidence to demonstrate success in each area. LeRoy and Ginger will discuss a five-step action plan for implementing the model based on numerous assessments conducted by ESI for organizations large and small.

Project Portfolio Management in a Time of Significant and Rapid Change

Using results from ESI's PPM survey , and considering the economic environment, this Webinar will address how PPM improvement can help tackle current portfolio management challenges – from the selection of appropriate projects to effective portfolio monitoring and ways to further mature your PPM.

Selling the PMO to the CFO

Selling the PMO to the CFO is like any sales proposition: it takes a good service and knowing how to close the deal. The two keys are a PMO structure that adds appropriate, measurable value to the organization, and the ability to effectively make a case for funding in a highly competitive arena.

The Evolution of the Project Manager: Moving from Tactical Projects to Strategic Programs

Are you looking to build value with your projects? Are your projects aligned to your organizational goals and strategies? Today, project managers need more than just project management skills and processes to be successful; they need to manage their projects from a program management approach.

Untangling the Web of Complex Projects

Complex projects can be a web of inter-connected yet separate projects and project leaders must know how to untangle that web. The failure of complex projects usually results when a leader loses sight of the big picture and is unable to manage all of the independent pieces and sub-projects. Successful leaders of complex projects know that you need to think and act differently in these situations than when you manage a single, simple project.

Use Cases and User Stories for Agile Requirements

Many Agile business analysts are hesitant to employ certain requirements elicitation and development techniques such as user stories and use case studies because they are traditionally considered aspects of the Waterfall or traditional method of Project Management. However, the overwhelming responsibility of the business analyst, no matter what method is being used, is to help stakeholders identify their needs and translate them into requirements. Both use cases and user stories should be leveraged to determine the most appropriate business solution to bring value to the customer. This webinar addresses the questions of how use cases and user stories can work in an Agile environment.

Discussion of the Changes in the PMBOK 4th and 5th Editions

Joe Czarnecki describes the differences and changes between the 4th edition of the PMBOK and the 5th edition. There are many changes that impact the exam and the practice of project management. Watch the videos today!

There's a Signpost Up Ahead - Recognizing and Dealing With Project Warning Signs

In this compelling and entertaining video presentation, J. LeRoy Ward, PMP, PgMP, Executive Vice President, Product Strategy & Management, explores the nature of project warning signs, how to identify them and, most importantly, what to do with them when discovered.

Top 10 Project Management Trends 2013

With leadership skills and Agile in the front of everyone’s minds how will you prepare yourself to be successful in the year ahead? Mark Bashrum, Vice President, ESI International, provides insight into what PMs can expect in 2013.

First Things First: 5 Steps to Achieving Successful PPM Outcomes

Root-causes of project failure are regularly discussed by both project management practitioners and academics. Yet surprisingly, the first critical step during which projects are put on track for success or failure often suffers the most neglect. Project initiation is commonly a victim of insufficient scope definition, missing stakeholder buy-in, and misalignment with strategic objectives; which are then tagged as reasons for distress.

Determining Value of Investment: The Pragmatic ROI for Measuring Learning Impact

Investing in your staff is one sure way to be prepared for economic and industry changes. Staying knowledgeable not only keeps your staff sharp when things are on the downturn, it also keeps them ready to handle the quick acceleration that occurs when momentum changes for the better. Where many organizations fall short is in aligning their learning programs to their organizational goals. Successful program planning, implementation, adoption and benefits planning are critical to realizing positive return and value from learning opportunities.

Measurement: Justify the Business and Project Impact of Your Learning Programs

Many organizations implement “learning engagements,” or training programs, to improve their employees’ skills. But how well are organizations demonstrating that these learning engagements have a tangible business impact? How do you justify to your “higher ups” that you need a measurement approach – one that is easy to use and scalable? What do you need to do to prove your business case? The challenge is understanding, measuring, proving and optimizing the impact your training has on the organization.

Virtual Classroom Real Learning Immediate Impact

Professional development has gone virtual, and the demand for virtual learning is higher than ever before. Organizations around the world are realizing the need for an alternative and cost-effective learning experience—one that incorporates expert content, interactive exercises and engaging team discussions, but without the need to bring global teams to one location. Virtual classrooms provide all of this, as well as a synchronous learning experience with real-time instruction.

Top 10 business analysis trends of 2014

The practice of business analysis is gaining recognition and attention. Business analysts (BAs) continue to show their value to their organizations, and we see career paths emerging for BAs, as the discipline matures. ESI International’s top 10 trends in business analysis were identified by a global panel of ESI senior executives and subject matter experts.

An Approach to Business Analysis: A Journey to Excellence

Unrealistic. Unwritten. Unapproved. Undelivered. For many organizations, these words describe too many of their major projects. Simply put, poorly written business requirements for projects are guaranteed to deliver poor results and is unacceptable. Now, more than ever, organizations need to implement a comprehensive approach to business analysis to ensure all projects are built on a foundation of solid, clear business requirements. There is no silver bullet to accomplish this, it is a journey that requires a clear understanding of it’s destination and the roads that must be navigated to reach that destination.

Five Monkeys, a Banana and a Flight of Stairs: Peeling Away the Fear That Complicates Change

When change unfolds, anxiety and resistance within an organization can indicate trouble on the way. It may surprise you to discover that the best change champion in your organization is the business analyst. It’s the business analyst’s unique perspective and expertise that makes them the perfect change agent and allows them to lead successful change initiatives.

Disarming the CBAP® Jitters: Expert Tips for Exam Preparation

If you’re feeling anxious about taking the CBAP® Exam and baffled by the daunting application process, join ESI’s Nancy Nee as she discusses what to expect when you begin the CBAP® Exam process. Nancy will share her personal experience and provide numerous study tips and valuable test-taking techniques.

Eight Competencies of a Successful Business Analyst

Business analysts must be able to accurately and completely define project requirements – but that’s not all. Business analysts also need to determine the testing criteria for success against which those requirements will be evaluated.

Managing Requirements in an Agile World: Avoiding the “Round Peg/Square Hole” Dilemma

Requirements are critical to any successful development activity. In a time when speed to market and agility are critical success factors, it is no surprise that the Agile framework and SCRUM process are urgently being sought out by organizations with the hopes of creating efficiencies, decreasing defects and time to market, while increasing overall productivity. Amidst cultural adaptation, role delineation, and a paradoxical shift from a Waterfall approach to an incremental approach, the fact remains, requirements are still the key drivers to success.

Managing Risk Using Business Analysis

Incomplete or inaccurate requirements are often cited as one of the main causes of project failure. Whether you work in the same building with your client or are an ocean away, it is imperative that you accurately gather and document requirements in order to mitigate your project risk.

Podcast: Eight Things Your Business Analysts Need to Know: A Practical Approach

Each year, organizations across the globe face astronomical project failure rates, often wasting millions of dollars per failed project. This business analysis podcast examines the roots of project failure and centers on the elusive, often undefined role of the business analyst.

Podcast: Establishing and Maturing a Business Analysis Center of Excellence

Many organizations are scratching their collective heads over how to build and mature a business analysis center of excellence (COE). Where do we start? What does a business analysis COE look like? Who owns it? How does it evolve?

Podcast: Five Tips for Infusing Business Analysis Into Your Projects

In business today, projects are ultimately measured on one critical thing: return on investment. There are dozens of metrics to be measured along the way—from budget and deadline to scope and stakeholder satisfaction—however, at the end of the day, ROI trumps all.

Scrutiny on the Bounty: Strategic Enterprise Analysis for the Protection of Your Investments

In this dynamic Webinar, Glenn Brule will present the six key elements of strategic enterprise analysis activities and how they can translate your business goals and objectives into solutions.

Supermodeling: The Value of Modeling Techniques

Can you find project success without using modeling techniques? Are you able to communicate to your stakeholders the current state and demonstrate possible improvements for a desired state through graphical representation? Modeling is a key component of defining requirements and the basis for improving efficiencies and the development of the solution.

Top 10 Business Analysis Trends for 2013

2013 is here and with it a changing organizational environment for Business Analysts. The emergence of Agile as a popular and modern method to manage projects as well as an expanding job scope for BAs means there is change to prepare for. The top 10 BA trends for 2013 include information on the importance of requirements, the new Agile landscape and the new ways in which Business Analysts will be expected to work.

Video: Top 10 BA Trends 2013

Watch ESI’s Top 10 trends for business analysts as outlined by Nancy Y. Nee. With a broader acceptance of Agile methods and a wider scope of job duties for BAs predicted for 2013, make sure you understand the trends that impact your work and your industry!

10 Key Business Analysis Trends for 2012

The world of business analysis is changing and changing fast. Are you and your organization prepared for those changes? Are you prepared to weather the upheaval and be as agile as the next competing organization?

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned: Better Requirements Metrics

As the practice of business analysis continues to mature in many organizations, the demand for quantifiable results also increases. Brûlé and Amy Nichols, will explore and share their insight on a hierarchical approach that will help you consider what practices might be most practical for measuring your requirements success.

Communication is Key: How to Achieve Contract Management Success

Contract managers, program managers and business analysts have a professional duty to communicate effectively in a way that informs, persuades when appropriate, and always protects the interests of the organization.

Improving Contractor Performance Through Measurement

You can’t manage what you can’t measure. Learn what the leading government contractors are doing to improve project performance.

Improving Sourcing Outcomes: The Three Cs of Vendor Management Success

Your outsourcing contract is terminated. A software development contract is over budget and behind schedule. The vendor fires the client.

Modular Contracting: Procuring the Agile Way

The biggest challenge to agile or modular development in government is contracting: How do you buy the services you’ll need to support the project?

Performance-Based Acquisitions: Acquiring the Right Outcomes

The growth in performance-based acquisitions (PBA) indicates that agencies are getting behind the initiative. But is PBA the best solution? While it often is the best solution, it is not the only one.

Podcast: Acquisition Reform: It's More Than the Contract

This podcast is an audio version of ESI Viewpoint - Acquisition Reform: It's More Than the Contract. How can you ensure that your government program will run on budget, deliver on time and meet expectations in this new environment? This ESI podcast looks at the call for acquisition reform and how to start with the integration of three critical points: people, processes and tools.

Podcast: The Acquisition Workforce: Certified or Qualified?

This podcast is an audio version of ESI Viewpoint - The Acquisition Workforce: Certified or Qualified?

Five Ways to Reduce risk in Outsourcing

Outsourcing projects make up billions in costs and revenue for organizations. Yet, a recent ESI International global survey of project outsourcing notes some particularly disturbing findings regarding the state of practice in outsourcing.

Podcast: Effective Earned Value Management - Part 1

In this two-part series ESI International’s Jim Foreman and Bruce Falk, Senior Instructor are interviewed about A Universal Approach to Effective Earned Value Management. During this series, Mr. Foreman and Mr. Falk will discuss how EVM will improve your project performance.

Podcast: Effective Earned Value Management Part 2

In this two-part series ESI International’s Jim Foreman, Vice President of Client Solutions, and Bruce Falk, Senior Instructor are interviewed about A Universal Approach to Effective Earned Value Management. During this series, Mr. Foreman and Mr. Falk will discuss how EVM will improve your project performance.

Podcast: Building and Managing Distributed Teams

Building and managing a project team when the team members all work under one roof is a big challenge. Getting staff invested in the same priorities, overcoming departmental silos, and overcoming the usual communication and decision making quagmires are just a few items on the long list of typical problems that can slow down and trip up business initiatives.

Leading Virtual Teams

The business world is operating in the absence of time zones in today’s 24/7 “always on” environment. Outsourcing is an increasing reality, and the availability of smart tools and collaboration technologies enable corporate mobility and flexible workforce arrangements. It’s no secret to global companies that a distributed workforce cuts cost (most notably in energy and real estate) but what does it cost organizations in physiological distance? How does remote team management relate to effective organizational communication?

The Method to the Madness of Effective Leadership

As you strive to drive performance throughout your organization, leadership training is a worthy investment. But simply recognizing skill gaps and seeking new learning opportunities may not be the most effective approach to building expertise.

Outside the Box: Business Skills for Technical Professionals

As technical professionals become increasingly central to their organization's overall success, it is vital that they begin to understand exactly how their businesses function. Consequently, training and development executives worldwide have been asked to create and deliver professional development programs aimed at giving today's technical professionals essential skills in business. These new training programs must be accepted by not only the technical teams themselves, but by enterprise heads organization wide.

The Sandwich Generation: The Emerging Role of Middle Managers in Organizational Change

Seventy-five percent of all change management programs fail because of their lack of employee support. To ensure the health of an organization, change processes must be embraced on all levels. The role of middle managers today has evolved into the linchpin between senior management and employees as never before. Incremental change, once episodic, is now endemic to every organization, and change now occurs continuously. Through technological advances and leaner organizational designs, employees are often expected to do more with less. The result is a new role for middle managers, who are charged with ensuring that the benefits of organizational change are communicated to those who implement it.

The Miscommunication Gap

As individuals and as organizations, we are constantly communicating — whether intentionally or unintentionally. The real question becomes whether we choose to effectively communicate or risk the high cost of miscommunication.

Taking Charge of Organizational Change

This webinar will cover a topic of particular relevance in today’s workplace: organizational change. Regardless of whether it is small and localized or spread across an entire enterprise, change can impact every level of an organization—and every project.

Winning the War For Talent - Developing And Maximizing Your Project Managers' Competencies

Increasingly, leadership skills, such as critical thinking, crucial communication and organizational change management, are becoming essential PM competencies to master. Focused and continuous training, action learning, coaching and longer term mentoring sends all the correct signals to employees about your organization. It is absolutely necessary to consider the ongoing development of the project managers. Instead of asking "What if we train them and they leave?" the more pertinent question is, "What if we don’t train them and they stay?"

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