‘Agile’ Will be the Buzzword for Project Management in 2013—Cheetah Learning Says the Time to Prepare for Those Agile Opportunities is Now

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The Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning (http://www.CheetahLearning.com) have noted that the use of Agile methodologies in the Project Management community has tripled in the past few years—and that savvy industry observers see that trend continuing into 2013. For that reason, Cheetah is for a limited time offering a discount on its course “A Taste of Agile.”

The future looks bright for Project Management in general and Agile in particular. That’s why the Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning are offering an online course titled “A Taste of Agile” at a substantial discount, for a limited time only, to give professionals a chance to see if Agile is right for them.

And the timing could not be better.

Research by the Project Management Institute (PMI) reveals this trend: The use of Agile methodologies tripled from December 2008 to May 2011. The expectation is that, by the end of the year, Agile development methods will be used on up to 80 percent of projects involving software development.

Amanda White, writing for California-based IT Business Edge under the headline “Look to Agile Development to Stay Competitive in 2013,” had this to say:

“Global IT services provider Icreon Tech is seeing Agile on the radar again, with companies turning to ‘agile-ish’ development because it requires less support from the client. Cyrus Innovation echoes that notion and is already seeing software companies turning to agile development practices to stay competitive.”

How broad and wide is the opportunity?

Visitors who go to Dice.com—“The Career Hub for Tech”—and search for Agile using the “Find Jobs” function will get about 10,000 hits. Some are in big-time NFL sports towns like Philadelphia, Denver, Detroit, New York, Atlanta, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Minneapolis; others are in smaller, less well-known places, like Newton Square (PA), Rye (NY), Grapevine (TX) and Plantation (FL).

The take-away: Agile opportunities are popping up everywhere, in all shapes and sizes.

To get “A Taste of Agile,” Cheetah is offering an online course at a substantial discount for a limited time. The purpose of the course, which usually costs $150, is to demonstrate the values of agile principles and practices. It is, for a limited time only, available for $70, using the promotion code: TasteofAgile. Details are at http://www.CheetahLearning.com/Dave/Agile/.

“The activities in this course will prompt participants to identify how agile they may already be, and to determine if PMI's new Agile Certified Practitioner certification is right for them,” explains Michelle LaBrosse, Cheetah founder and CEO, adding that “Agile principles and practices are topics of growing interest and importance in the project management community.”

Cheetah Learning is a Registered Education Provider (REP) through the Project Management Institute (PMI) and was named Professional Development Provider of the Year in 2008 by PMI for its accelerated approach to teaching. In addition, PMI has selected Cheetah’s CEO and founder LaBrosse as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the World.

In looking for a way to help put the Agile opportunity and Cheetah Learning’s ability to leverage it into perspective, the PMPs at Cheetah discovered a video that exemplifies both.

Ron Dicker, writing in the Huffington Post, notes that, “Cheetahs enjoy the status as the world's fastest runners.” He illustrates that claim by sharing a slow-motion, high-definition video made by a National Geographic’s team at the Cincinnati Zoo. It can be viewed at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/26/cheetah-running-video-national-geographic-slow-motion_n_2193986.html. It’s well worth a look—both for enjoyment and as a meditative moment.

In doing so, consider this: CNN Money has identified the Project Management field as “One of the top five ways to increase your salary.” In addition, the outlook for project management looks positive: Computerworld, “The Voice of IT Management,” recently surveyed 334 executives, 40 percent of which indicated they plan to hire personnel with project management skills in the next 12 months.

For details about Agile, go to http://CheetahAgile.com. For information about the company’s other training offerings, visit http://www.CheetahLearning.com or call (888) 659-2013. Outside the U.S., call (602) 220-1263.

ABOUT: Cheetah Learning is a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider and is International Association of Continuing Education and Training Certified. Cheetah was awarded the Project Management Institute Professional Development Provider of the Year for 2008 for the significant contribution it made to the field of project management with its accelerated approach to teaching and doing project management. Cheetah Learning is a quality client of Print & Radio (http://www.PrintAndRadio.com).

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