|Wednesday, August 23 | 12-1pm ET (Online)
GW alumni all over the world can connect to share experiences, exchange career tips, and build their professional networks over a series of eight minute text-based chats. Online networking enables you to speed-network from wherever you are: home, office, library, even on the road. You’ll be able to pick an industry cluster (from our current Alumni Industry Networks) that you’d like to network with throughout the hour (you can choose more than one!).
Top 3 for 15 August
1- Review summer grades, academic policies and requirements. Students should review their grades for courses taken in summer 2017 semester. Contact your instructor for any missing grades. Now is also a good time to go over the academic policies. GW’s general requirements, including information on grades appears under University Regulations in the Bulletin. Details on academic probation, grades of F, suspension, and incompletes are available under the GWSB Graduate Programs website. Each student is required to know these requirements and regulations. If you have questions about your academic standing, schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm
2- Fall 2017 Textbooks. List of fall 2017 textbooks is now available on the blog. Please check list via this link. Email your course instructor with any questions regarding textbooks. Note that the GW bookstore has moved all course materials, including ALL required and recommended textbooks, to only be available online at GWShops.com. Therefore, students will NOT be able to purchase books on campus, the day of classes as it was done before. Please consider this change as you plan to purchase your books for the fall 2017 semester.
3- Registering for DNSC 6254 Risk Management (1.5) or DNSC 6257 Cost Estimation and Control (1.5) in the fall semester? Some of you are unable to self-register for DNSC 6254 and DNSC 6257 even though you have completed the prerequisites for these courses. If you are one of these students, you must register via a Registration Transaction Form (RTF), not via GWeb. Submit a completed RTF to Agnes Socrates by email (email@example.com). Details for the form, such as the course CRN and section are found on the Schedule of Classes under Decision Sciences.
|Course Title||Required Textbook||Author(s)||ISBN|
|DNSC 6258 Executive Decision Making||Decision by Objectives, 2001; Download via: http://professorforman.com/default.html Predictably Irrational, 2010 or any edition||Forman and Selly Ariely||9810241429 9780061353246|
|DNSC 6259 Project Portfolio Mgt||Project Portfolio Mgt: A Practical Guide to Selecting Projects, Managing Portfolio, and Maximizing Benefits, 2005, 1st edition Mastering Project Portfolio Mgt: A Systems Approach to Achieving Strategic Objectives, 2011||Levine Bible and Bivins||9780787977542 9781604270662|
|DNSC 6254 Risk Management||Identifying Project Risk, 2015, 3rd edition||Kendrick||9780814436080|
|DNSC 6236: Project Quality Management||Project Quality Management: Why, What and How Second Edition Managing for Quality and Performance Excellence 10th Edition||Kenneth H. Rose James R. Evans and William M. Lindsay||9781604271027 9781305662544|
|DNSC 6262 Directed Computational Proj Mgt||No Required Textbook|
|DNSC 6257 Cost Estimation and Control||Total Cost Mgt Framework: An Integrated Approach to Portfolio, Program, and Project Mgt, 2015, 2nd edition||Stephenson||9781508804765|
|DNSC 6202 Statistics for Managers||Essentials of Modern Business Statistics (with Microsoft Excel), 2016, 6th edition||Anderson, Sweeney and Williams||9781285867045|
|DNSC 6261 Introduction to Project Mgt||Project Mgt: A Managerial Approach, 2014, 9th edition, binder ready version or Project Mgt: A Managerial Approach, 2014, 9th edition, e-text version||Meredith, Mantel, and Shafer||9781118947029 or 9781119031970|
|DNSC 6269: PM Application (Capstone)||None|
|DNSC 6247 Organization, Management, and Leadership||Developing Management Skills, 2016, 9th edition (for Dr. Keleher’s class, distance section)
For Dr. Gaardner’s course (campus section, no required textbook but there will be Harvard Business Review packet of materials required)
|Cameron and Whetten||9780133254228|
Top 3 for 8 August
1- Congratulations Yuxin Hu! Yuxin is now the new MSPM delegate for the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) for School Year 2017-2018. Students on the ISAB serve as advisors to Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) regarding orientation, programming and issues of significance to the graduate international student experience. We are fortunate to have Yuxin represent the MSPM program. Congratulations Yuxin!
2- Taking Capstone in Fall 2017? Reminder, the DNSC 6269 PM Application (Capstone) course is taken in the final semester of the program. All core courses must be completed prior to enrollment in capstone. An exception is made for fulltime students who may be required to enroll in Capstone and outstanding core courses simultaneously or for students with extenuating circumstances. Approved Policy Exception is required if you are not on your final term in the program and you are planning to take Capstone. Please submit your completed Policy Exception request to Agnes Socrates, firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 23 August 2017 for consideration.
3- The US-Philippines Society and the GWU-MSPM are pleased to invite you to a Forum with Development Academy President, Dr. Elba S. Cruz. Event is free and lunch will be provided. Details are as follows:
Monday, 14 August 12-2pm | GW School of Business 2201 G Street NW Washington DC 20052 | Register Here
About the Speaker: Dr. Cruz, President and CEO of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), will discuss issues of Philippine governance focusing on the reform agenda of the Duterte Administration. She will highlight the role of the DAP in capacity building and its Center of Excellence for Public Sector Productivity, and describe how effective project management can be a catalyst for improved public sector productivity, good governance, and national development.
MS in Project Management are pleased to invite you to a
Top 3 for 1 August:
1- Fall 2017 Registration. Reminder, Fall 2017 registration is ongoing. All students are required to be continuously enrolled each fall and spring semester from the point of matriculation through completion of the degree. Students are expected to self-register for courses. To view available course offerings, go to the registrar’s website and register via GWeb when ready.
If unable to register due to personal or medical reasons, students may consider Leave of Absence (LOA). Consult with your advisor, Agnes Socrates (email@example.com) prior to filing for LOA to fully understand impact on your degree completion.
2- Graders needed for Decision Sciences Courses for Fall 2017. The job is ideal for campus students who are interested in working part-time with flexible hours. Grader duties include assisting Decision Sciences faculty with grading assignments and posting grades on blackboard. Grader will not hold recitation sessions or office hours. Grader interaction with students will only pertain to assignments and/or grading. Time is quite flexible. No special training or preparation required to do the job, other than the approval/recommendation of the faculty member and/or department. Current students in good standing who had already taken the following courses are eligible to apply:
DNSC 6254 Risk Management (1.5)
DNSC 6258 Executive Decision Making (1.5)
DNSC 6262 Directed Computational Project Management (3)
Submit your resume to Jade Abrams (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested.
3- 2017 PM Symposium. The PM Symposium provides a forum focused on developing project managers of all skill levels through professional development opportunities (7 PDUs will be available throughout the day). The symposium is also an opportunity for companies to meet project managers seeking career transition and matching interests, skills, and experience to their needs. If you are active in the project management community, don’t miss the premiere Symposium for the DC Metro Area. Check out the Agenda to see this year’s speakers and topics. All sessions will be worth PDU credits for PMPs with up to 7 PDUs available throughout the day. Read more.
Date: Tuesday, 12 September, 2017 – 8:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Sheraton Tysons Hotel 8661 Leesburg Pike Vienna, Virginia 22182
Student Rate: $195 (in order to receive the student rate please contact us at email@example.com)
Top 3 for 25 July
1- Fall 2017 Blackboard Collaborate Session Now Available. The Blackboard collaborate session schedule for the Fall 2017 semester is now available on the blog. Collaborate sessions are 60-minute live sessions that are designed for the online and campus students to engage with their professors on a weekly basis. It is highly recommended for all MSPM students. It offers opportunity to look at the week’s lecture in more detail and students may ask any questions to the professor regarding lecture materials or assignments. Check out schedule via this link.
2- Still needing an elective for Fall 2017? The MSPM program is offering one 3-credit elective in the Fall semester:
DNSC 6236 Project Quality Management, 3 credits (Dr. Griffith)
This course is focused on the quality management of projects. It explores current theories and practices regarding quality management as applied to manufacturing and the service industry, the application to project systems, and the application to individual projects. In addition, students in this course will explore the application of project management techniques in implementing a quality improvement initiative within an organization. Read more.
Students may consider alternative elective courses by reviewing course offerings listed on the schedule of classes. All students need to schedule an advisement session prior to registering for elective courses to ensure those courses would count toward MSPM. E-mail Agnes Socrates (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or schedule an advisement session via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).
3- Free event on campus tomorrow, 26 July!
Military Generals, Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence featuring Susan Schwartz, PMP
**This session takes a practical look at successful, and not so successful, U.S. military general behaviors from WWII to the present. The discussion centers around four key leadership attributes as take-away lessons and how they can be used by project managers today to lead their teams to success.
Event Date: Wednesday, 26 July 2017 – 11:30am – 1:00pm
Location: The George Washington University School of Business
2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 453
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
|Course Number||Title||Professor||On Campus Class Day of Week||Collaborate Day and Time||Attendance|
|DNSC 6254||Risk Management||Forman, Ernest||Wednesday||Monday, 9 PM Eastern||Highly Encouraged|
|DNSC 6258||Executive Decision Making||Forman, Ernest||Thursday||Monday, 10 PM Eastern||Highly Encouraged|
|DNSC 6259||Project Portfolio Management||Forman, Ernest||Thursday||Monday, 9 PM Eastern||Highly Encouraged|
|DNSC 6202||Statistics for Management||Khamooshi, Homayoun||Tuesday||Friday, 8 PM Eastern||Highly Encouraged|
|DNSC 6257||Cost Estimation & Control||Khamooshi, Homayoun||Wednesday||Friday, 9 PM Eastern||Highly Encouraged|
|DNSC 6261||Intro to Project & Program Mgt||Kwak, Young||Thursday||Wednesday, 8 PM||Highly Encouraged|
|DNSC 6269||Project Management Application (Capstone)||Kwak, Young||Tuesday||Wednesday, 9 PM||Highly Encouraged|
|DNSC 6247||Organization,Mgt, &Leadership||Hoffman, Edward||Monday||TBA||Highly Encouraged|
|DNSC 6262||Directed Computational Proj Mgt||Jain, Sanjay||Tuesday||Thursday, 9 PM Eastern||Highly Encouraged|
|DNSC 6236||Project Quality Management||Griffith, Andrew||Monday||Thursday 8 PM Eastern||Highly Encouraged|
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
Networking 11:30 – 12:00
Presentation 12:00 – 1:00
About the Event
For many years, business schools have looked toward the military and its long leadership legacy to understand successful leadership methods. Senior level officers have always needed to be adept at managing shifting trends. In fact, a current military leadership program promises to foster agile and adaptive officers who can think critically and creatively. How have our military leaders leveraged these to be able leverage non-tangible attributes? This session takes a practical look at successful, and not so successful, U.S. military general behaviors from WWII to the present. The discussion centers around four key leadership attributes as take-away lessons and how they can be used by project managers today to lead their teams to success.
- Closest metro stop: Foggy Bottom
- Garage Parking at Marvin Center (H & 21st St, NW): $18.00
- Metered parking is available
- Photo ID is required
- Use 22nd Street entrance
About the Speaker
Susan Schwartz, PMP
Susan Schwartz creates collaborative project environments with a strong focus on team communications and milestone achievement. In full-time and consulting roles, she has managed technical systems implementations and documentation projects for public and private sector organizations. She is an adjunct instructor at George Mason University Office of Continuing Professional Education where she facilitates Project Management and Enterprise Leadership courses including an interactive, scenario-based program: Emotional Intelligence for Leaders. Schwartz is certified to facilitate and provide feedback for the EQ-i 2.0 emotional intelligence assessment tool. In her spare time, Schwartz is an active PMIWDC board member.
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.
Top 3 for 19 July
1- Summer 2017 PMP Prep Course. We have selected the two students who are awarded the free seats to the Summer 2017 PMP Prep Course. For those who did not receive free registration this time, keep an eye for announcement on the blog for the next opportunity. Your student organization is also doing PMP Review study sessions. If interested, contact Phebean Williams at email@example.com.
2- International Student Advisory Board (ISAB). The MSPM Program is in need of a new delegate for the ISAB for FY17-18. This is a volunteer position ideal for an international student on campus. Students on the ISAB serve as advisors to Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) regarding orientation, programming and issues of significance to the graduate international student experience. Board members would meet once a month and help guide G&EE with programming and topics of discussion for international students. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume by 21 July.
3- GW Fowler Career Center Update and opportunities with the United Nations. GW has transitioned from GWorkSB to a new online career platform called Handshake. The new platform allows you to access over 160,000 companies which is much more than GWorkSB offered. You will be able to customize your profile to receive relevant information based on your interest, experience and education. Review the quick start quide via this link to set-up your profile. Contact email@example.com with any questions.
Interested in Career Opportunities with the United Nations? Check out the UN 360 and Young Professionals Programme:
UN 360. The program includes a semester-long series of site visits, roundtables, and workshops in Washington DC and New York City. Through this experience, students will deepen their understanding of the work of the UN and its partners, connect with professionals and alumni in the field, and explore career possibilities within these organizations. Deadline: 1 August. More info here.
United Nations Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is an annual recruitment initiative aimed at attracting highly qualified young professionals who are willing to start a career in the United Nations as international civil servants. Applications are now open!