MSPM in the KNOW: May 23, 2017

Top 3 for 23 May

1.  Congratulations 2017 graduates! This past Friday, 19 May was a momentous day for this year’s graduates of the MS in Project Management, who took the stage to be honored for their successful completion of the program. Celebration was held at the Charles E. Smith Center, forty-four MSPM students marched into the culmination of all the hard work they have put through. Congratulations to all of our graduates from the Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Summer 2017 semesters. Do you have photos or videos to share? Post your photos to our Facebook page.

2.  Summer Semester Began Monday, 22 May. Summer session 1 began on Monday, 22 May. If you have not yet registered but need to enroll in a class, you may still register via GWeb until 29 May. Late fees will be assessed. For more information, review the registration page.

3.  Events and resources.

Upcoming Events:

31 May 2017 | 11:30 AM to 1 PM | Duques 453 | Project Management Information Accountability Act (PMIAA): Impacts on Federal Acquisition | Free Event! Register here 

5 June 2017 | 5-7 PM | Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 | Networking event with Okta Identity. They are seeking to hire young professionals to grow their sales career. To RSVP, please click here.

Job opportunities:

Over 500 Opportunities! First Republic Bank is hiring now

  • When you apply: email with “First Republic Bank” as the subject.
  • In the email body, include the name(s) of position(s) to which you’ve submitted an application.
  • Include your resume as an attachment to the email.

Interested applicants can apply through GWorkSB for the following positions:

Business Development Director – Chinese Markets Position, job ID #866972

Business Solutions Analyst – Job ID #867059 French Speaking Sr. Project Manager /

USAID Haiti – Job ID #867057 Contracts Administrator – Job ID #867056

Technical Manager/Director, Education Practice – Job ID #867054

MSPM in the KNOW: May 16, 2017

Top 3 for 16 May  

  1. Capstone Residency Week and Commencement. The Spring 2017 DNSC 6269 Capstone Residency week begins today and will run through Thursday, 18 May. Commencement activities are also happening today through Sunday, 21 May. We welcome all the graduating MSPM students to GWU Foggy Bottom campus. All the best to each one of you as you make the final push for your Capstone presentations!


  1. Summer semester begins on Monday, 22 May. Time is running out for registration as the summer semester begins next week. Make sure you are signed up for classes listed on your DegreeMAP. Review course offerings through the schedule of classesRegister now to avoid penalty from late registration.


  1. Academic Policies. The George Washington University is committed to uphold academic integrity that our community values. Please review the University Code of Academic Integrity for your reference.  As a reminder, all students are responsible for adhering to all academic policies and procedures, including those published in the University Bulletin, and the School of Business Bulletin. The MPSM Administrative Director is your academic adviser. If you need clarification on the policies, please email or schedule an advisement session (include your GWid).


Spring 2017 Capstone Residency Week and Commencement

Residency Week and Commencement is this week!  The Spring 2017 DNSC 6269 Capstone Residency week begins today, 16 May and will run through Thursday, 18 May. Commencement activities are also happening today through Sunday, 21 May. Full schedule of commencement activities is found on this link.

We welcome the graduating MSPM class to GWU Foggy Bottom campus. All the best to each one of you as you make the final push for your Capstone presentations!

Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) Impacts on Federal Acquisition

About the Event

John Driessnack will discuss the potential impacts the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) law passed in Dec 2016 will have on the federal acquisition process. He will do this through the lens of his two PMI White Papers, “Using PMI Standards Framework to improve US Federal Government Capital Investment Outcomes” (2015), and “Update OMB Circular A-11 and Capital Programming Guide” (to be published in early 2017). The second white paper addresses specific recommendations for the new administration to implement PMIAA. The audience will be encouraged to note what they are observing within federal agencies. PDUs Available: 1 PDU for Certified PMs .Talent Triangle Category: Strategic and Business Management

About the Speaker

John Driessnack

Olde Stone Consulting
Portfolio Management Professional

John is a nationally known expert in Systems and Portfolio/Program management in the Federal/DoD/Intel acquisition environment. Background includes Global Broadcast System (GBS) Program Manager, other experiences as a military officer on major ACAT1D Aircraft, IT and Intel program(s), Managing Director of senior industry consulting groups, researcher in the economics of portfolio/program controls and industry structures, and instructor along with curriculum/program development and administration experience at several universities and companies. John has worked with Intel Community, Federal Agencies including FAA, NASA, FRTIB, DHS, SBA, as well with numerous DoD services/agencies. He has been certified as a DoD Level III Program Manager, Financial Managers, and Acquisition Logistician, as well as Industry Cost Estimator and Project Management Professional certifications. He most recently earned the PMI Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) certificate. He holds BS in Industrial Engineering, MS in Economics, and advanced academic work in New Institutional Economics which he has published several journal articles. He is also published in defense acquisition journals, the PMI/INCOSE/MIT guide for Lean Enablers for Systems Engineering, a noted contributor on the GAO best practice guides for cost and schedule, and has authored parts of NDIA’s Earned Value guides. He currently owns his own consulting firm, Olde Stone Consulting, runs a 40-acre orchard, Olde Stone Orchard, and is an American University Professorial Lecturer and intermittent DAU Professor at Defense Systems Management College.

About the Washington Circle Luncheons

PMIWDC’s Washington Circle luncheons are a series of free brownbag luncheons hosted at 2201 G St, NW in Downtown DC. There are luncheons every fourth Wednesday of the month, unless posted otherwise.

This program series is made possible by the generous support of George Washington University School of Business, which offers a Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) degree. The MSPM program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve cost-effective results. With courses offered both on-campus and online, students have the flexibility to complete the degree from virtually anywhere.

Washington Circle luncheons are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. REGISTER HERE!

MSPM in the KNOW: May 9, 2017

Top 3 for 9 May

1.  GWU MSPM: # 10 in 2017 Eduniversal Masters Ranking for Engineering and Project Management, North America. Eduniversal MastersRanking included 4000 Best Masters and MBAs in 32 fields of study worldwide. We are thrilled to know our program ranked number 10 in North America for Engineering and Project Management field in 2017 (up from #13 in 2015-2016). Criteria include: reputation of the programs; Salary/Placement of graduates; and Student satisfaction. Check out the results here.

2.  Summer 2017 Registration. The following MSPM courses are now closed:

DNSC 6237 International Project Management (1.5), campus section

DNSC 6238 Project Management and Organizational Context (1.5), campus section

Consider alternative elective courses for Summer 2017 by reviewing course offerings via the registrar’s website. Students with no holds may register for classes on GWeb. If you’re having registration issues, email Agnes Socrates (

3.  Upcoming Events:

16 May 2017 | 6 PM | Duques 651                                                                                    Delivering Meaningful Project Insights through Data-Driven Analysis, sponsored by: AACE International National Capital Section | Register here

31 May 2017 | 11:30 AM to 1 PM | Duques 453 |  Project Management Information Accountability Act (PMIAA): Impacts on Federal Acquisition  | Free Event!   Register here



GWU MSPM: Number 10 in 2017 Eduniversal Masters Ranking Engineering and Project Management, North America

We have just been informed by Eduniversal Masters Ranking that the George Washington University Master of Science in Project Management program ranked #10 in Engineering and Project Management, North America.

Eduniversal Masters Ranking included 4000 Best Masters and MBAs in 32 fields of study worldwide. Check out the results here.

Ranking acknowledges the quality and success each institution has achieved over the past year. Criteria are based on the following:

  • The reputation of the programs: highly recognized by recruiting companies and have an active approach towards them.
  • The salary of first employment after graduation: placement of graduates in the best job positions on the market.
  • Student satisfaction: working to improve by taking into account feedback from students.

Delivering Meaningful Project Insights through Data-Driven Analysis

The National Capital Section of AACE International invites you to attend our program on May 16 at 6 pm entitled:

“Delivering Meaningful Project Insights through Data-Driven Analysis”

On May 16,  Ashok Iyengar, Chief Planner at Bechtel, will offer his expertise on the most common causes of project failure, as well as how data-driven analysis and smart applications can provide project professionals with more meaningful project insights and improve the overall likelihood of project success.

•    An overview of the common causes of project failure due to schedule non adherence, with special emphasis on the gap between “as committed” vs. “as delivered”
•    How Bechtel has employs data-driven analysis to provide more meaningful project insights
•    How Bechtel leverages historical data for predictive planning and improvement of project performance
•    Tips for using data analysis on existing projects to provide pro-active solutions to problems
•    The various ways smart applications, such as Deltek Acumen Fuse, can better “arm” planners by providing a more effective service to project management

Attendance will earn .25 Continuing Education Credits towards AACEI Recertification.


Ashok Iyengar, Chief Planner, Bechtel

Ashok Iyengar is a Project Management professional with expertise in Project Controls carrying over 26 years of working experience with Proposals, Engineering, Procurement, and Construction & Commissioning in the EPC industry worldwide. His portfolio of experience includes Fossil Power, Mining and Metals, Petrochemicals & Food Processing projects.  He is a strong team leader working in multi-national teams.  As a professional, he has a high degree of expertise in designing and management of Information systems related to Progress and Performance, manpower optimization analysis and tracking of all aspects of project execution including Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Start Up. He has been instrumental in identification and providing solutions to execution problems on project across all business lines Ashok is also a certified training instructor for Bechtel’s project management courses as well as a guest lecturer at George Washington University. He is also a published author and an active blogger. Ashok is currently the Bechtel Corporate Manager of Planning.

Company Overview

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies across the globe. Together with its customers, the company delivers landmark projects that create long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, Bechtel has completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. With such a diverse portfolio, Bechtel is no stranger to the complexities involved in planning and executing projects of all sizes.

Program Sponsor: 

Deltek’s Project & Portfolio Management suite helps businesses and organizations of all sizes drive project and portfolio management through informed project selection, realistic planning, reliable execution and, ultimately, consistent project success. Manage costs, forecasts and performance with Deltek cost and earned value solutions; build the most realistic project plans with Deltek schedule tools; and accurately evaluate and manage risk exposure with Deltek Risk. Learn more at


MSPM in the KNOW: May 2, 2017

Top 3 for 2 May  

  1. Summer 2017 Registration. Last day to register without penalty is Sunday, 21 May. Check out the registration schedule here. Register for classes on GWeb before courses close. Having issues with registration? Contact Agnes Socrates,


  1. Job Vacancies with the United Nations and Other International Organizations. Interested in international development projects? Check out new job postings from the United Nations and other international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on the blog. Immediate need for a Senior Program Manager with USAID project also announced.


  1. Local Project Management Institute community in Ashburn, VA hosts a series of brown bag luncheons. Through the Project Management Institute, the Division of GWU IT Project and Portfolio Management Office has established a local community in Ashburn, VA. The local community hosts a series of brown bag luncheons which will provide attendees with both networking and educational opportunities and earn Professional Development Units (PDUs). Check out upcoming events on the blog.


Project Management Institute Ashburn Local Community Upcoming Events

Through the Project Management Institute, the Division of IT Project and Portfolio Management Office has established a local community in Ashburn, VA. The local community hosts a series of brown bag luncheons which will provide attendees with both networking and educational opportunities (PDUs). Seasoned guest speakers with unique project management expertise will join us to deliver presentations related to improving the practice of managing projects and leading others.

Upcoming Events:

18 May:

BE HOME FOR DINNER” featuring Mike Hannan,
Principal Consultant and Founder
Fortezza Consulting, LLC

The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus
Enterprise Hall Room 176 | 11:30am – 1:00pm

27 July:  

Independent Consultant and Founder
Business Transformation Partners

The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus
Enterprise Hall Room 176 | 11:30am – 1:00pm




Immediate Need for a Senior Program Manager for a USAID Project

The GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences is trying to bid with a partner for a USAID project by May 4th and is in an immediate need for a Senior Program Manager. Any military background or experience with USAID or international missions would be a super bonus.

*This position is contingent on contract award*

Job Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Establishes contract management systems to track activity, quality and progress against specified tasks.
  • Coordinates and tracks all deliverables requests.
  • Ensures project deliverables are on time and budget while meeting customer satisfaction expectations.
  • Ensures full-time and part-time staffing needs are met in a timely fashion.
  • Develops and implements a recruitment and retention strategy to meet staffing requirements, as well as supervises recruitment and hiring.
  • Oversees staff training and development to ensure professionalism and skill enhancement.
  • Oversees contract performance monitoring and documentation.
  • Mitigates project risks and manages issues related to staffing, budget, and systems to ensure quality control.
  • Accurately forecasts, reports, and manages project costs (budget). Effectively establishes and uses budget tracking approach and metrics that accurately track team productivity, earned value, and ROI.
  • Works closely with USAID COR on project planning and setting timelines for meeting big picture program objectives.
  • Maintains effective communication with the USAID COR, with timely and accurate information on project changes as relates to staffing, systems, or budget.
  • Anticipates client needs and proposes appropriate solutions.
  • Responsible for formulating and enforcing work standards, assigning contractor schedules, supervising contractor personnel and communicating policies, purposes, and goals of the organization to subordinates.
  • Manages the overall business process and direction of the award.

The Senior Program Manager will be responsible for taking care of all the technical, administrative, and financial duties.

Experience and Skills:

Candidates must have the following requirements:

  • 8-10+ years related experience in personnel/performance management.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Management, Human Resources, or related field such as Public Administration, Organizational Development, or Industrial Psychology. Master’s preferred.
  • Must have previous experience in managing USAID programs operations.
  • Demonstrated successful management and supervision of staff.
  • Experience in setting up management, administrative, and financial systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact successfully with all levels of staff.
  • Well-versed in Microsoft Office products.
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have previously held a secret clearance (must obtain secret clearance)*

Apply through: