MSPM in the KNOW: February 21, 2017

Top 3 for 21 February 2017

1-    Summer 2017 STAP Application Deadline on 26 Feb. Sunday, 26 February is the deadline to apply for one of the summer 2017 Short-Term Study Away Programs (STAP). The MSPM program may allow students to take STAP and apply it toward the general elective requirement. The course must first be approved by your adviser, Agnes Socrates (aesocrates@gwu.edu).  

2-    Student Responsibilities: Holds. Reminder as the Summer 2017 registration approaches, students are responsible for reviewing their record in GWeb to ensure they do not have any holds on their record. Holds can prevent students from registering, adding or dropping classes, receiving transcripts, obtaining grades, or graduating. Holds are placed on student accounts for various reasons, such as tuition fee due to GW, the need to meet with academic adviser, placement on probation or suspension, or unmet program requirements. Learn more about holds on the Office of the Registrar site.   

3-  Two free registrations to the Winter 2017 PMP Prep Course.  As posted on the blog last week, the MSPM program is pleased to offer two free registrations to the Winter 2017 PMP Prep course by PMI Washington DC chapter. The application has closed on Thursday, 16 February. We thank those who expressed interest in receiving free registration. Decision has been made today and those who applied should have received an email regarding status of their applications.

 

Short-term Study Abroad Programs (STAP) Summer 2017

STAP programs are taught by faculty from GW or one of GWSB’s international partner universities** and are open to graduate students enrolled at the University. MSPM Students may opt to take STAP program as a general elective. Permission by advisor is required.

Current available programs for Summer 2017 are below.


Application Deadline: Sunday, February 26, 2017

** The “short-term exchange” designation identifies programs run by a GWSB partner institution, and are only open to graduate students in the School of Business. These courses are a unique opportunity to enroll directly in a course at one of our partner universities and take classes with a diverse array of students, from our partner institutions across the globe.

MSPM in the KNOW: February 14, 2017

Top 3 for 14 February 2017

1-  Congratulations, Dr. Julia Keleher! MSPM faculty, Dr. Julia Keleher is the new Secretary of the Department of Education in Puerto Rico. Under the administration of Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, Dr. Keleher will be overseeing the management and usage of funds in the Department of Education, and using all available information to assess the actual performance of the education system in Puerto Rico. Dr. Keleher brings 20 years of professional career managing educational projects, overseeing the use of federal funds, and providing technical assistance to school districts and educational agencies. She also founded her own consulting firm, Keleher & Associates, in 2009. Dr. Keleher currently teaches DNSC 6235 Communication Strategies in Project Management at the George Washington University MS in Project Management Program. She will also be teaching DNSC 6238 Project Management Organizational Context in Summer 2017. The GWU MSPM family is proud of her recent success! View Dr. Keleher’s recent interview.

2-  Summer 2017 Registration. Registration for the 2017 Summer Sessions will open on Wednesday, 1 March. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. View list of course offerings via the registrar’s website. If you need help with what classes to sign up for, schedule an appointment with your adviser, Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm and include GWid.

3-  Free Seats in PMIWDC’s PMP Prep Course, two consecutive weekends beginning 25 February! The MSPM program is pleased to offer two free registrations to the Winter 2017 PMP Prep Course. The course dates are 25-26 February; 4-5 March, two consecutive weekends. You must be available for the two consecutive weekends to participate in the review classes. Sessions are from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Course valued at $995.

If interested, submit the following to aesocrates@gwu.edu by 5 p.m. EST on 16 February 2017:

  • Name, GWid, and Contact Info
  • PMI Membership Number and Chapter Affiliation
  • 300 Word Statement as to Why You Should Receive Free Registration

 

Dr. Julia Keleher, designated as the new Secretary of the Department of Education in Puerto Rico

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MSPM faculty, Dr. Julia Keleher is the new designated Secretary of the Department of Education in Puerto Rico. Her appointment came shortly after the Christmas holidays, on December 28, 2016.

Under the administration of Governor-elect Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, Dr. Keleher will be overseeing the management and usage of funds in the Department of Education, and using all available information to assess the actual performance of the education system in Puerto Rico. Dr. Keleher has spent a considerable part of her 20-year professional career managing educational projects, overseeing the use of federal funds, and providing technical assistance to school districts and educational agencies, so they could comply with the requirements established by the US Department of Education. She also founded her own educational consultancy firm, Keleher & Associates, in 2009. Dr. Keleher currently teaches DNSC 6235 Communication Strategies in Project Management at the George Washington University. The GWU MSPM family is proud of her recent success!

View Dr. Keleher’s recent interview: http://player.gfrvideo.com/elnuevodia/embed/juliakeleherhablasobrelanuevavisionquepretendeencaminareneducacion-225208.html

MSPM in the KNOW: February 7, 2017

Top 3 for 7 February 2017

1-  Congratulations, Rahul Rathod! Current MSPM student, Rahul Rathod obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP)® Credential. Rahul joined MSPM in Fall 2015. He took the PMP exam last month and subsequently passed it. Congratulations, Rahul on your recent success!

2-  Summer 2017 Registration. Registration for the 2017 Summer Sessions will open on Wednesday, 1 March. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. Summer semester is the best time to fulfill your Electives. No core MSPM courses are offered in the summer semester. The following MSPM courses are available in Summer 2017:

DNSC 6237: International Project Management, Prof. Ghosh (Campus and DE)

DNSC 6238: Project Management and Organizational Context, Prof. Keleher (DE)

The Department of Decision Sciences offers electives focused on business analytics, some of which are open to MSPM students. Any of the following electives will satisfy your Decision Science elective requirement:

  • DNSC 6290 Visualization for Analytics, Grover, campus only
  • DNSC 6290 Big Data, Vaisman, campus only
  • DNSC 6290 Social Network Analysis for Managers, Kanungo, distance/online only
  • DNSC 6225 Business Process Simulation, Jain, distance/online section open to MSPM students, campus section restricted to MSBA students (see MSBA program for permission to enter campus section)

3-  GW University PM Talk. Natalya H. Bah, MSPM alumni and owner of Natalya H. Bah Consulting, will be coming to campus to speak at the GW PM University Talk. Event is free to students with ID. MSPM students are highly encouraged to attend. The event is offered by the PMIWDC in coordination with the GW Project Management Association. Event details are as follows:

GW University PM Talk | 1 March 2017 | 6-8 PM

Marvin Center Room 309, 800 21st Street NW Washington, DC 20052

 

MSPM Alumni Natalya Bah, Guest Speaker at GW PM University Talks

Event Date:
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 – 6:00pm8:00pm
Event Location:

The George Washington University Marvin Center Room 309 

800 21st St NW

Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Agenda and Cost:

Free for students with ID – Register Here to receive the student rate.

$20 for members

$25 for Non-members

About the Event

“4 Ways to Shorten a Project Schedule,” by Alan Zucker, Director of Project Management, Fannie Mae

Presentation by Natalya H. Bah, PMP, MSPM, CEO of Natalya H. Bah Consulting

PDUs Available:
2 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category:
Strategic and Business Management

About the Speakers

Alan Zucker

Project Management Essentials

 

Alan Zucker has over 25-years of experience managing projects and leading project organizations in Fortune 100 companies. He has delivered thousands of successful projects and managed major strategic initiatives.

As a leader, Alan has transformed organizations. He simultaneously improved client satisfaction while reducing the cost of project execution. He led an Agile transformation that delivered significant, measurable benefits to the enterprise.

In 2016, he founded Project Management Essentials to provide training and consulting services. His areas of expertise are project management, Agile transformation, and leadership. He is a keynote speaker and provides customized training to his clients.

Alan publishes monthly articles LinkedIn, Planning Planet, and Project Connections. He is also a frequent contributor on Agile Alliance.

You may connect with Alan on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanizucker or contact him at www.pmessentials.us

Natalya H. Bah

Natalya H. Bah Consulting
CEO
Natalya H. Bah, owner of Natalya H. Bah Consulting, has over ten years of experience consulting in the public and private sectors. With a focus on project management, Natalya helps organizations achieve their strategic focus by providing dynamic project management leadership. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) with a Masters of Science in Project Management from the George Washington University, she combines her academic achievements with real-world project management experience. Her strong interpersonal skills enable her to quickly engage with existing teams, communicate effectively with project stakeholders and ensure smooth project delivery. In addition to Natalya’s experience and expertise, her team has a broad range of project management skills and knowledge, and shares her dedication to customer service.

About the University PM Talks

Project Management Institute Washington DC (PMIWDC) Chapter partners with local universities to bring our chapter events to university students, young professionals, and our members in Washington, DC on a quarterly basis. Both Members and Non-Members are welcome to join us for the best speakers and networking the Washington DC area has to offer!

The presentations are educational and informative, targeted towards project management professionals, corporate and government leaders, and students looking to step into the field of project management. In every event, three speakers present on topics related to a specific area of the PMI Talent Triangle – technical project management, leadership, and strategic/business management. This approach allows participants to enhance their skills in each of these areas in one night! Each University PM Talks Event also offers certified PMPs 2 Professional Development Units (PDUs).

As part of our commitment to furthering project management education, PMIWDC offers assistance in the form of educational scholarships, visit pmiwdc.org/scholarship to learn more about these programs.

DNSC 6238: Project Management Organizational Context (1.5), summer elective

The MSPM program will offer Project Management Organizational Context elective in 2017 summer I semester. The course will run from 22 May to 1 July. This elective is available online, and may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the program.  Below is a brief description of course offering:

DNSC 6238: Project Management Organizational Context (1.5)

This course explores how the context of an organization influences how it uses project management practices.  Context is understood as “the circumstances that form the setting for an event or idea that influence how it is understood and assessed”.  Readings focus on four areas: 1) the definition and classification of organizations, 2) organizational culture, 3) organizational strategy and 4) project management practices that take place during initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and closing processes.

Prerequisites: None

 Learning Objectives

To provide students with an ability to:

  1. Understand the key terms and concepts used to define and classify organizations
  2. Understand the key terms and concepts used to define organizational culture
  3. Explain how and why organizational context and culture influence project management processes
  4. Apply course concepts to real world situations and cases
  5. Identify strategies for customizing the practice of project management in different organizational contexts

For more information, please contact course instructor:                                                  Dr. Julia Keleher (jbkeleher@email.gwu.edu)

 

DNSC 6237 International Project Management (1.5), summer elective

Prof. Sam Ghosh will be teaching DNSC 6237 International Project Management (1.5) at GW this summer. This course will count toward your Decision Sciences Elective.  The course will begin  5 July through 12 August.

Course Description
An overview of global project management from initiation through planning, execution, closing, and with general emphasis on control will be provided. It is designed to augment the basics of domestic project management with information pertinent to the global project environment, working in multiple countries, cultures, time zones and working virtually.
Course Objectives

1)      To understand difference between project management and international project management

2)      To understand different cultures and how it impacts management for projects in a domestic and global environment

3)      To understand major aspects of international project management

4)      To provide fundamental information for the PM as a “what to expect” road map to international project governance

Congratulations Rahul Rathod!

Current MSPM student, Rahul Rathod obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP)® Credential. Rahul joined MSPM in Fall 2015. Since then he has actively participated in MSPM program activities and PMI events. He took the PMP exam last month and subsequently passed it. Congratulations, Rahul on your recent success!

MSPM in the KNOW: January 31, 2017

Top 3 for 31 January 2017 

1-  2017 GWPMA Board. The MSPM Program welcomes new GWPMA Board:

  • President: Angela Knight
  • Vice President, Communications and Marketing: Lisa Samuel Hamilton
  • Vice President, Events: Tara Turner
  • Budget Officer/Treasurer: Queeneth Odimegwu

2-  Student Resources for success. The MSPM director serves as the academic advisor and staff resource for all MSPM students. Please contact your advisor with any questions regarding the program, degree requirements or any other matters pertaining to your degree. Students are responsible for understanding and complying with University, School, and MSPM Program requirements. Below is a listing of resources to assist in your success at GW:

3-  Events:

GWSB Spring 2017 Career Expo | Thursday, 2 February 2017

Women in International Business Roundtable | Wednesday, 8 February 2017