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APG Leads Industry in Project Management Best Practices

EPF/OpenUP Project Management Leadership and
Rational Portfolio Manager Training

New Richmond, WI, June 26, 2006 — Armstrong Process Group (APG) announced today two initiatives that put APG on the leading edge of modern project management best practices. First, APG has agreed to provide leadership in the Eclipse Process Framework (EPF) as the team lead for the Project Management discipline in the Open Unified Process (OpenUP). Second, APG announces the exclusive availability of the first instructor-led course ware for IBM Portfolio Manager.

The EPF project is an open-source initiative to create a tool for process authoring (EPF Composer) and a minimally sufficient development process (OpenUP/Basic). OpenUP/Basic is a core of common roles, activities, and work products for small software development projects. Specifically, APG is providing leadership to deliver a practical project management approach borrowing from agile methods such as Scrum and Extreme Programming (XP). More information about the EPF can be found at the Eclipse Foundation’s website at www.eclipse.org/epf.

“Armstrong Process Group is very excited about being a co-submitter and contributor to the Eclipse Process Framework (EPF). The EPF provides an open source, community-based platform on which to share and evolve best practices in software development. The opportunity to contribute to EPF is very well aligned with APG’s strategy in evolving industry standards such as the Unified Modeling Language® (UML®), Model-Driven Architecture® (MDA®), the Software Process Engineering Metamodel (SPEM), and The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF),” said Chris Armstrong, President of APG.

IBM Portfolio Manager is a web-based application for planning and managing projects and rolling up project metrics to a portfolio management dashboard. “Until APG’s announcement of formal, instructor-led training, companies only training option was computer-based tutorials (CBTs) from IBM Rational,” said Chris Armstrong. “APG believes that hands-on tool training facilitated by instructors who are experienced practitioners is the beginning effective knowledge transfer.” APG provides professional services for coaching projects and their teams so new practices introduced in the classroom can be effectively tailored to the needs of the project’s environment. “When students get an opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real projects in their own environment, the integration and sustainability of new practices is much more successful,” said Armstrong.

About APG
Armstrong Process Group, Inc., (APG) focuses on helping organizations adopt more effective business management and software engineering practices through strategic planning, classroom training, and project coaching. APG is an Influencing member of the Object Management Group (OMG), is currently contributing to the UML and SPEM specifications, and is an OMG MDA FastStart Qualified Service Provider. APG is a member of The Open Group Architecture Forum and is co-leading the MDA-TOGAF Synergy project. APG is an IBM Business Partner and an IBM Independent Software Vendor (ISV). Armstrong Process Group is a privately held corporation located in New Richmond, Wisconsin (near Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota).

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