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Business Requirements Analysis and Project Management Training Provider Watermark Learning Introduces Powerful New Methods For Uncovering Customer Expectations

Monday, October 8th, 2007

Debut of new presentation to attendees of PMI Global Congress destined to help business analysts and project managers worldwide achieve a new level of success Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 8, 2007 — Today, Watermark Learning, a globally recognized provider of business requirements analysis and project management training, will once again transform the way project professionals manage their projects with the debut of its presentation, “Oh No, You Gave Me What I Asked For! Common Pitfalls to Uncovering Expectations” at PMI Global Congress North America in Atlanta, GA.The presentation is based on the paper of the same name by Watermark Learning principals Elizabeth & Richard Larson, both registered project management professionals (PMPs) and certified business analysis professionals (CBAPs).Garnered from their decades of experience with both business analysis and project management training, the paper and presentation speak to the inescapable reality that any project ignoring the importance of uncovering customer expectations is susceptible to failure, despite otherwise outstanding execution.”Uncovering expectations, at its core level, is about the art of consultative questioning,” states Watermark Learning CEO Elizabeth Larson. “As we have trained students of our project management and business analysis training programs throughout the years, mastering this art will lead to more success in analyzing, documenting, and validating customer requirements. And, it is an essential skill in discovering customer expectations about the products our projects introduce.”Any project manager who hopes to achieve skillful mastery of this art, must first define a customer’s expectations by identifying their custom requirements.Powerful methods detailed for achieving this objective include:

Watermark Learning Celebrates its Fifteenth Birthday With An Open House

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Watermark Learning, a globally recognized provider of business requirements analysis and project management training, will be celebrating its fifteenth birthday on Thursday, May 24, with an open house and tour of its new headquarters. Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) May 10, 2007 — http://www.watermarklearning.com Thursday, May 24, Watermark Learning, a globally recognized business requirements analysis and project management skill development company, will be celebrating its fifteenth year birthday with an open house and tour of its new corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, MN.In 1992, Richard Larson, PMP, CBAP, founded Watermark Learning with the goal of guiding teams to produce enduring results through training focused on a practical approach, industry best practices, and engaging delivery. In the fifteen years since, Watermark Learning has proudly developed, delivered and perfected its own sought-after training based on firsthand, real world experience; and helped thousands along the way.”We are thrilled to offer an afternoon where we can invite friends and colleagues to tour our new offices and share their past successes,” states founder Richard Larson. “We also look forward to sharing details on exciting upcoming developments, such as our newest class focusing on Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP) Certification Preparation set to begin this September.”CBAP Certification Preparation is just one of the more advanced classes offered by Watermark Learning as it remains committed to offering the most up to date real world training geared towards all skill levels. Whether a class registrant requires the basic skill training of Project Management Fundamentals, or looks to advance to the next level through the aforementioned CBAP Certification Preparation, Watermark Learning looks forward to an afternoon where it may share more details directly with friends and colleagues.In addition to learning information on Watermark Learning’s upcoming classes and touring the new headquarters, visitors will also experience the newest, most exciting way yet to learn about business requirements analysis and project management training with Watermark Learning’s “Wheel of Training”.”Each visitor will get a chance to spin the wheel and test their PM or BA knowledge, and one lucky visitor will get the chance to learn even more by winning our grand prize of a free public training course,” states Larson. “While only one will enjoy our grand prize, all visitors will enjoy an afternoon of fun and learning.”RSVP’s for Watermark Learning’s open house may be sent to leads @ watermarklearning.com and are requested by Tuesday, May 22.About Watermark LearningWatermark Learning is a globally recognized business analysis and project management skill development company. Watermark Learning offers training and mentoring on Project Management, Business Requirements Analysis, Facilitation, and UML training. Clients include professionals from 3M, Riverside Health Systems, Cargill, Inc., Carlson Companies, Dell Computers, Honeywell, State of Minnesota and other Fortune 1000 organizations.###

Project Management Training Company – Watermark Learning – Reveals Top 5 Challenges Faced By Project Managers

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, October 16, 2006http://www.watermarklearning.com – Watermark Learning, a leading business analysis and project management training firm, is addressing the top 5 challenges faced by project managers.As the project management industry evolves, so do the challenges faced by project managers. Watermark Learning is coaching project managers on how to communicate effectively with their entire project team and improve their project success rate.“I think there are several major challenges in project management today,” said Elizabeth Larson, PMP, CEO and Principal of Watermark Learning, “one of the largest is gathering requirements from clients who believe they already have the solution.”Communication is a key element to effective project management and many of the challenges that project managers face are relationship-based. According to Larson, the top 5 challenges are:1. Gathering complete business requirements.2. Working with teams from different backgrounds and cultures.3. Working with geographically-dispersed team members.4. Establishing trust and getting buy-in from business customers.5. Having sponsors and business customers take responsibility for the project’s requirements.“Many clients do no understand why the project manager wants to spend time defining their needs,” said Larson. “This in turn makes the project manager reluctant to ask questions that are important in determining the real business need behind the client’s stated solution.”Elizabeth Larson and Co-Principal, Richard Larson, will be speaking at the upcoming PMI Global Congress in Seattle, October 21 – 23, 2006. In a presentation entitled “Influencing Without Authority,” they will address some of the challenges faced by project managers and how they can respectfully question key stakeholders about their real business needs.Listen to a podcast on the key challenges faced by project managers and register for the PMI Global Congress.About Watermark LearningWatermark Learning is a leading project management training, business analysis certification and requirements analysis skill development company. Watermark Learning is also a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Global Registered Education Provider, and an IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) Endorsed Education Provider. Watermark Learning is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN and provides business analysis and project management training courses for clients around the world. More information about the company can be found at www.watermarklearning.com.

Project Management Training Firm—Watermark Learning—Explains Why Companies Need Business Process Modeling

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, June 21, 2006http://www.watermarklearning.com/businessProcessLdg.html — Watermark Learning, a leader in project management, business analysis and business process modeling training, recently spoke about the necessity of Business Process Modeling (BPM) at the PMI Honolulu Chapter’s Professional Development Day.Richard Larson, PMP and Watermark Learning Principal, spoke to members of the PMI Honolulu chapter about how they could most efficiently use Business Process Modeling in their organization.“Watermark Learning is dedicated to providing organizations with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage themselves,” said Richard Larson. “Without these skills, organizations are simply unable to adapt to the rapid changes of the business world.”Watermark Learning believes there are five steps to implementing business process management within an organization:1. Identify2. Define3. Refine4. Implement5. ManageWatermark Learning insists that the secret to successful business process management lies in the development of mechanisms within an organization that enable easy replication of processes as they are developed.“Ad hoc process makes replication extremely difficult,” said Richard Larson. “When a process is not repeatable, it is out of control.”The replication and control mantras touted by business process modeling are helping organizations establish ongoing structured processes that are dedicated to achieving corporate efficiency.For more information on Business Process Modeling training, visit http://www.watermarklearning.com/businessProcessLdg.htmlRegister for a Watermark Learning Business Process Modeling training course at http://www.watermarklearning.com/courseDetail.html?NAME=BusProcModAbout Watermark LearningSince 1992, Watermark Learning has been a leader in the project management, business analysis and business requirement analysis industries. Consistently ranked among the top 25 customized training firms by the Business Journal Newspaper, Watermark Learning has also earned the distinction of being a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Global Registered Education Provider and an Outstanding Corporate Partner from PMI Minnesota. Watermark Learning is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN and provides business management courses for clients around the world. More information about the company can be found at www.watermarklearning.com.

Business Analysis&Project Management Training Firm—Watermark Learning—Recruits Sales and Marketing Veteran as New COO

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, June 8, 2006 http://www.watermarklearning.com — Watermark Learning, a leader in business analysis, project management training and skill development, welcomes Terri Swanson as its new Chief Operating Officer. Swanson comes to Watermark Learning with 20 plus years of experience in training, publishing and high tech sales and marketing.Swanson will continue Watermark Learning’s efforts to expand into other markets and to share the knowledge and expertise of its principals and instructors through project management and business analysis related:- Onsite Training- Public Classes- Masters Certificate Programs- Mentoring/Coaching”I am impressed with the quality and depth of the training that Watermark Learning provides,” Swanson said. “Watermark Learning’s genuine concern for helping clients solve their business needs, and our openness to customizing training and mentoring services to match these needs, is something that everyone in business should know about.”Swanson plans to update the eNewsletter, Website and to help principals Elizabeth Larson, PMP, and Richard Larson, PMP, publish and promote their first book, “Nail Requirements Flat.”“Nail Requirements Flat” will present the critical factors for quickly nailing requirements, and the techniques that will contribute to successful projects every time. It will focus on how effective business analysis can supply the missing ingredients to reduce or eliminate challenged projects, capture vital functionality, and delight clients.For more information on Watermark Learning, visit http://www.watermarklearning.com or call 1-800-646-9362.About Watermark LearningWatermark Learning is a leading project management and requirements analysis training and skill development company. Founded by industry veterans, Elizabeth Larson & Richard Larson, Watermark Learning also offers Masters Certificate Programs through Auburn University in Business Analysis and Project Management. Watermark Learning maintains training facilities in both Minnesota and Arizona.

ISO 11607 Revisions Webinar from DDL Describes Changing Requirements for Distribution of Medical Devices

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, April 28, 2006 http://www.testedandproven.com/webinars.html – DDL, a leading medical device package testing laboratory, is hosting the second of three free webinars on the upcoming revisions to the ISO 11607 standard – “Packaging for Terminally Sterilized Medical Devices.”The second ISO 11607 Revisions webinar from DDL, “Understanding Clause 6,” delves into clause 6 of the standard which focuses on a package’s ability to deliver a medical device to the patient without jeopardizing sterility or incurring defect.“Safe and sterile distribution of a medical device to the end-user is critical,” said Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL. “Changes to ISO 11607 Clause 6 are intended to improve this process, but industry pro’s that do not understand compliance changes may find that their package or product fails when it comes to the testing lab.”“Understanding Clause 6” presented by Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL Inc, will cover how revisions to ISO 11607 Clause 6 will change compliance requirements for the following:• Test methods• Sampling plans• Materials & performed sterile barrier systems• Storage & transport regulations• Closure/seal evaluation• Accelerated aging protocols“Clause 6 will be the most changed out of all the ISO 11607 revisions,” said Nolan, “for example, an entire section will be added on the requirements for sterile fluid pathways.”The “ISO 11607 Revisions – Understanding Clause 6” webinar will air on three different dates:• May 17, 2006, 12 PM CST (1 EST, 10 PST)• May 23, 2006, 1 PM CST (2 EST, 11 PST)• May 25, 2006, 2 PM CST (3 EST, 12 PST)Register for the “ISO 11607 Revisions – Understanding Clause 6” webinar athttp://www.testedandproven.com/webinars.htmlYou can also listen to the first webinar in this series on the ISO 11607 Revisions on-demand at http://www.testedandproven.com/webinars_ondemand.htmlAbout DDLDDL offers expert package testing, product testing and material testing services including shock testing, vibration testing, tensile testing, leak testing and validation. DDL package testing clients find value through its growing suite of PackServices: PackAdvice, a zero-cost package testing consulting service, and PackReview, a DDL approved certification to demonstrate compliance with ISO 11607 (clause 7). DDL Testing Services maintains full service testing labs in Minnesota and California. http://www.testedandproven.com

Package Testing Services Firm, DDL, Launches New Website As Educational Resource for Manufacturers&Packaging Professionals

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, April 21, 2006http://www.testedandproven.com/ – DDL, a leading package, product and material testing services firm, has launched a new website to offer manufacturers and packaging professionals an interactive educational resource.DDL recognizes that many manufacturers and packaging professionals are unable to keep up-to-date with changing compliance requirements and the implications for the testing of their package or product. DDL has re-designed its website to better serve the industry with educational information that will keep them on top of compliance.“The package testing industry is continually changing,” said Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL, “DDL will be able to keep industry professionals up-to-date on the latest industry standards and testing requirements via advanced features now available on its website.”The new DDL website includes the following features:•    On-demand webinars•    Industry standards search capability•    Articles download•    PackReview startup kitDDL is currently running a series of three webinars on the forthcoming ISO 11607 revisions. These revisions will impact compliance requirements for package validation and the distribution of medical devices.DDL also offers a free PackReview startup kit to manufacturers looking to validate their package in compliance with ISO 11607 (clause 7).“Manufacturers understand that they need to comply with industry standards, but the finer details can often be confusing,” said John Hart, CEO of DDL. “DDL’s PackReview startup kit is a concise, clear instruction manual on what manufacturers need to do to comply with ISO 11607 (clause 7).”You can visit the new DDL website at http://www.testedandproven.comRegister for the DDL on-demand “ISO 11607 Revisions” webinar at http://www.testedandproven.com/webinars_ondemand.html About DDL DDL offers expert package testing, product testing and material testing services including shock testing, vibration testing, tensile testing, leak testing and validation. DDL package testing clients find value through its growing suite of PackServices: PackAdvice, a zero-cost package testing consulting service, and PackReview, a DDL approved certification to demonstrate compliance with ISO 11607 (clause 7). DDL Testing Services maintains full service testing labs in Minnesota and California. http://www.testedandproven.com

Pacific Security Capital Explains Why the Investment Community Should Value “Green”

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Pacific Grove, CA, March 22, 2006 –- http://www.pacificsecuritycapital.com – Pacific Security Capital, a vertically integrated real estate services company, announced today its plans to educate business investors in the true value of “green” property development.Many investors are discouraged by the upfront costs of building green without taking into account the considerable return-on-investment. Recent studies show that green properties can hold and potentially increase their value much more than traditional buildings.“The problem is that the investment community lacks a formal framework for analyzing and valuing green property development from a business investment perspective,” said Theddi Wright Chappell, Pacific Security Capital’s Managing Director of Advisory Services. “Many investors use the terms cost and value interchangeably without realizing that they mean different things.”The value of developing properties that conserve water, generate better air quality and are more energy efficient far surpasses the upfront costs associated with building green.Investors, landlords, employers and occupants can all enjoy the benefits of a green building, such as:-    Significantly reduced utility bills-    Extended property lifecycle-    Increased employee productivity and less absenteeism due to better air quality that prevents airborne sickness-    Reduced maintenance costs-    Less tenant turnoverPacific Security Capital is currently working with Scott Muldavin, a respected investment consultant who created a commercial mortgage risk rating system for Standard & Poors back in the 1980s. Together, Pacific Security Capital and Muldavin are forming the Green Building Finance Consortium to develop evaluation and underwriting tools and practices necessary for the investment community to measure the true value of building green.“The Green Building Finance Consortium will pool together the expertise of organizations and individuals serving the business investment community to offer expert advice to investors interested in going green,” said Wright Chappell.Theddi Wright Chappell will be speaking at the 2006 Swinerton Green Building Summit, March 22 – 24, about why the investment community should value green and the industry’s need for a formal mechanism that enables investors to evaluate green development investments.“The Investment Community Values Green”Thursday, March 23, 20062 pm – 2:30 p.m.Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CaliforniaTo learn more about Pacific Security Capital’s commercial real estate advisory services, please visit www.PacificSecurityCapital.com or call 1-800-844-6085. About Pacific Security CapitalPacific Security Capital is a vertically integrated real estate services company providing advisory services, asset and property management, development services, commercial real estate loans, structured finance, landlord/tenant representation, and investment sales. Our mission is to add value to client initiatives at every level of the real estate cycle. PSC is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with offices in major markets in North America. More information about the company can be found at www.PacificSecurityCapital.com.

Pacific Security Capital Predicts Stronger Multi-Family Market – Why Rental Real Estate Is Thriving

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

San Diego, CA, March 8, 2006 –- http://www.pacificsecuritycapital.com – Pacific Security Capital, a leading commercial real estate services company, announced today that there is strength in the outlook for the multifamily sector, despite cap rate compression in most major markets.While many speculate over the single family home bubble, apartment owners and developers expect business to thrive during 2006.“The strong demand for ownership housing has pushed prices beyond the reach of a larger percentage of the nation’s population and above what some consider sustainable values,” said Simon Acheson, Director of Pacific Security Capital. “As the economy continues to strengthen and the workforce expands, the demand for housing remains strong but inventory is priced at levels that more and more people can‘t afford or won’t spend.”Pacific Security Capital believes that this growing trend is like to renew strength in the multi-family market.“The single family home bubble is deflating and the condo market is saturated,” said Acheson.Acheson will be presenting a session on Equity Financing for Multi-Family Projects at the upcoming Apartment Finance Today Developer Conference in San Diego, CA, March 8 – 10, 2006. Acheson will discuss the growth of rental real estate, including key questions, such as:-    How high rent will rise-    How developers can meet the increasing need for affordable housing-    How long before rent prices peakJoin Simon Acheson at Apartment Finance Today’s Developer Conference.Session Title: Equity Financing: Take an In-Depth Look at Equity Investor Trends and Deal terms in 2006.Date: Wednesday March 8, 2006Time: 4 – 5:30 p.m. PSTOmni San Diego Hotel, San Diego, CARegister at http://www.housingfinance.com/aftdc/03_register.htmlTo learn more about Pacific Security Capital’s commercial real estate advisory services, please visit www.PacificSecurityCapital.com or call 1-800-844-6085. About Pacific Security CapitalPacific Security Capital, an integrated real estate services company providing advisory services, asset management, development services, commercial real estate loans, structured finance, landlord/tenant representation, and investment sales. Our mission is to add value to client initiatives at every level of the real estate cycle. PSC is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with offices in major markets in North America. More information about the company can be found at www.PacificSecurityCapital.com.

Computech Resources, An IT Consulting Services Firm Is Hosting A Technology Innovation Center Grand Opening – Featuring IBM, IDC Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Computech Resources, a certified IBM Premier Business Partner opens Technology Innovation Center that allows customers to experience and evaluate technology solutions prior to purchase.DE PERE, WI – Feb. 14, 2006www.computechresources.com – Computech Resources, a leading IBM Premier Business Partner and IT Consulting Services firm, is hosting a grand opening event to launch their new IBM Business Partner Innovation Center on February 22, 2006 in De Pere, Wisconsin.The Grand Opening will feature Keynote Speeches from Robert E Vik – IBM. Mr. Vik is Program Director of the On Demand Sales Office. He is responsible for bringing IBM resources such as – research, technology, consulting, hardware, software, financing and sales – together to help IBM customers gain a competitive advantage.Jean S. Bozman – Vice President, Global Enterprise Server Solutions, IDC will also speak. Ms. Bozman has spent many years covering operating and server operating systems including Unix, Microsoft Windows NT Server, Novell NetWare and Linux. Prior to IDC, Ms. Bozman held positions at ComputerWorld, Information Week and News Day, a Pulitzer-Prize winning daily newspaper in New York.Break Out Sessions at the event will consist of highly interactive discussions about:-Intel® Server Virtualization with VMware®-Storage Virtualization with IBM SVC-IBM BladeCenter™-Portal TechnologyTours of the Computech Resources Technology Innovation Center will enable clients to touch, feel and experience the technology solutions that will support initiatives such as CRM, Server Consolidation and Virtualization, Storage Virtualization and Business Continuance prior to moving forward with the investment.“Allowing our customers the opportunity to experience and evaluate our technology solutions prior to purchase is essential to delivering our mission which is to provide enterprise solutions that reduce costs, increase revenues and minimize business risks,” said Mike Martin, Director of eServer Sales of Computech Resources.Computech offers the following services in order to help customers before, during and after an investment in technology solutions:-Technology Briefings-Demonstrations and Test Drives-Design Consultation-Proof of Concept-Implementation Assistance-Training-Customized WorkshopsJoin Computech Resources at the Grand Opening of their Technology Innovation Center.When: Wednesday, February 22, 20061 p.m. to 6 p.m.Where: Computech Resources, Inc.1375 West Main AvenueDe Pere, WI 54115 (located in the Ashwaubenon Business Centre)RSVP: Visit: www.computechresources.comEmail: npeters@compures.comCall: 877-500-3330About Computech Resources, Inc. Computech Resources, an IBM Premier Business Partner, is dedicated to providing high quality consulting services. With more than 70 professionals, they deliver enterprise solutions and services that reduce costs, increase revenues, and minimize business risk. By understanding customer’s needs, they can implement information technology strategies that align with business goals. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Computech extends its services with branch offices located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Chicago, Illinois. You can find out more about Computech Resources on their website at www.computechresources.com.

 
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