Marlboro College Graduate School offers courses in Agile project management

Saturday July 28, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Today’s rapidly changing business environment demands a more adaptable approach to project management. In response, Marlboro College Graduate School announces its innovative courses in Agile project management.

By incorporating Agile methods, students will learn practical techniques for making projects successful. The focus is on empowering teams to collaborate and make decisions quickly and effectively.

Jason Mark, CEO of Gravity Switch in Northampton, Mass., says "Using Agile project management reduces traditional website development processes significantly. What could have taken four to eight months under a traditional process, we reduced to one month."

This year’s courses will be facilitated by Phil Ailes and Lisa Sieverts, who, between them, have decades of industry and teaching experience.

Ailes is the owner of Ailes Consulting LLC, providing project management and training solutions for his clients. Prior to Ailes Consulting, he worked at Fidelity Investments as a Senior Project Manager/Instructional Designer designing, developing, delivering and managing company-wide training programs. He is currently the Vice President of Professional Development for the local chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a member of several Agile Project Management groups. He holds a master’s degree of Management from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Mass.

Sieverts runs Facilitated Change, an independent project management consulting company. She is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a global leader in the development of standards for the practice of project management. She is also a board member of the local PMI chapter. Previously, she worked for Hewlett-Packard in California and Idaho from 1990-2002. She has taught at Marlboro College Graduate School since 2004. Sieverts holds a master’s degree of Business Administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA.

Marlboro College Graduate School offers courses in project management as part of its master’s degrees in Information Technology, Health Care Administration, and Management of Mission-Driven Organizations. The school also offers a one-year Certificate in Project Management.

Classes meet in weekly or monthly formats with an online component to make it convenient for working adults.

For more information, contact Joe Heslin, Graduate Admissions Director, at 802-258-9209 or

Since 1997, graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults have been offered at Marlboro College Graduate School, located at 28 Vernon St. in downtown Brattleboro.


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