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Summer 2014 Textbook List

The summer 2014 textbook list is now available for MSPM courses. The book selections have also been shared with the GW Bookstore.

MSPM: In the Know, April 9, 2014

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Positions with Consigli Construction
Upcoming ITMPI Webinars
How Do You Like to Receive Information?

Dear MSPM students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Positions with Consigli Construction

Consigli Construction is opening a new office in Washington, DC and they are looking to hire project engineers and project management interns. To learn more about the positions and to apply, contact Thomas Kellogg at thomas.e.kellogg@gmail.com. Additional information is also available on the George Washington University MSPM Student and Alumni Networking Group on LinkedIn.

Upcoming ITMPI Webinars

Have you opted in to your free subscription to ITMPI’s webinars? If so, you are invited to attend the following webinars:

10 Apr: Intelligent Disobedience with Raj Kapur

16 Apr: Top 20 Project Management Best Practices, Tips and Techniques by Tony Crawford

17 Apr: High-Leverage Actions to Dramatically Boost Intact Team Performance by Tom Devane

22 Apr: Leadership Skills for Project Managers by Susanne Madsen

How Do You Like to Receive Information?

The MSPM program routinely likes to check in with the students to understand how you prefer to receive information. It also allows you to tell us what is working and what could be improved upon. Please take 5 minutes to complete this short survey. The results of which will help us improve our communication with you, as students.

Consigli Construction – Project Engineer and Project Management Intership

Consigli Construction, based in Milford, MA, is a construction management firm and general contractor with geographic reach throughout the Northeast and New England. Consigli was recently awarded a restoration project at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery across the street from the White House. As such, Consigli will be opening a DC office and will be looking dedicated interns and employees in the industry to fill these positions.

To be considered, a candidate MUST have former experience working/interning for a general contractor or engineering office. If you are interested in applying, email your resume to Thomas Kellogg at thomas.e.kellogg@gmail.com. Accepted candidates should expect employment within a few months. Full job descriptions are provided below:

Consigli Construction Project Engineer

Consigli Construction Project Management Internship

MSPM: In the Know, April 2, 2014

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Vote for the 2014 Outstanding MSPM Faculty Award
Summer 2014 Registration – Distance Sections Almost Full
National Fellowship Databases

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Vote for the 2014 Outstanding MSPM Faculty Award

Submit your vote before 12pm EDT on Friday, April 4, for the 2014 Outstanding MSPM Faculty Award. This is your opportunity to recognize your favorite professor for their contributions and dedication to MSPM students and the program.

Summer 2014 Registration – Distance Sections Almost Full

The distance sections of our summer course offerings are almost full. If your plan in DegreeMAP included attendance in the summer semester and you are limited to only distance courses, register immediately to claim your seat. If you are in the DC metro area and are able to attend the on campus sections, register accordingly.

If you have a financial hold on your account, you must resolve the outstanding balance with GW before you are able to register. The MSPM program office is not authorized to remove or bypass financial holds. If, however, you have an academic hold on your account, schedule an advisement session with me to discuss.

National Fellowship Databases

GW’s Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships provides access to national fellowship databases. MSPM students are encouraged to utilize databases, such as Grant Forward and Pivot, to seek out funding for your graduate education. Many scholarships and fellowships are not issued annually because students simply do not apply.

Need help with your scholarship or fellowship application essay? Book an appointment with the GW Writing Center to present the best you in your application essay.

Project Manager, REI Systems (Sterling, VA)

REI Systems, based in Herndon, VA, is looking for a candidate with 8-10 years of professional and proven team building experience leading and managing a project portfolio focused on IT systems development. Fully responsible for project from planning to closeout.

FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
• Assumes accountability for finances, solutions, team building, processes, quality, employee and customer satisfaction for multiple projects within a project portfolio (Goal – $2M or 20 people).
• Fully understands and executes projects using Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC). Provides hands-on contribution to project delivery in at least ONE area of SDLC (solution development/requirements, design/development, or quality control/assurance).
• Fully understands and executes projects using Enterprise Project Life Cycle (EPLC).

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

• A bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, physics, communications, engineering, math or related field is required.
• An advanced degree in communications, computer science, or related discipline may be substituted for two years of experience.

Apply online via https://www.reisystems.com/Careers/Pages/jobdetail.aspx?s=true&jobID=1195.

MSPM: In the Know, March 26, 2014

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Summer & Fall 2014 Registration
MSPM Alum Seeking to Hire MSPM Students
Scholarships

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Summer & Fall 2014 Registration

Registration for summer and fall 2014 courses is in full swing. Register as soon as possible to guarantee your seat in the a course. To confirm that you are tracking against your plan in DegreeMAP, schedule an advisement session with me via www.meetme.so/gwmpsm. Be sure to register as soon as possible as I will begin releasing open seats to non-MSPM students on the wait list in May.

MSPM Alum Seeking to Hire MSPM Students

REI Systems is seeking to fill two positions through the MSPM program. REI Systems in based in the DC metro area and has two open project management positions. US citizenship is not required. Contact Shweta Gupta regarding your interest at shwetagupta309@gmail.com.

Scholarships

Now is the time to start applying for scholarships for the fall semester. Review the list of external scholarships from organizations such as PMI, NDIA, and other professional societies. Apply early and for as many scholarships that you are eligible for. Don’t leave money sitting on the table!

Associate PMO Manager, REI Systems (Sterling, VA)

Type: Full Time

Location: Sterling, VA

US Citizenship Required: No

Contact: Shweta Gupta at shwetagupta309@gmail.com to apply

Job Description Associate PMO Manager

As the Associate PMO manager you will be responsible for the development of the policies and procedures necessary to ensure efficient and effective execution of a portfolio of both small and large, complex projects. You should have proven track record in successful implementation of large scale IT projects, strong understanding of Project Management discipline and industry best practices, and ability to solve complex problems with simple, user-friendly and scalable solutions.

Minimum Qualifications and Education

  • Demonstrated ability to lead IT solutions and services project. Experience with Federal IT projects is a plus
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in handling IT projects greater than 2 million dollars.
  • A bachelor’s degree in project management computer science, information systems, physics, communications, engineering, math or related field is required. An advanced degree in Project Management or related discipline may be substituted for two years of experience
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certified or ability to complete PMP certification within next 6 months
  • Proficient in MS Project. Previous experience in customizing MS Project Server solutions is a plus

MSPM: In the Know, March 19, 2014

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Fall 2014 Registration Opens Tomorrow, 20 Mar
Fall 2014 Electives and Last Chance for a Spring 2014 Elective
Events Roundup

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Fall 2014 Registration Opens Tomorrow, 20 Mar

Registration for the fall 2014 semester opens tomorrow at 7am EDT via the GWeb Info Systems site. If you have confirmed your course registrations for the fall 2014 semester with me, register accordingly. If you need to confirm your course registrations or update your plan in DegreeMAP, schedule an advisement session with me via www.meetme.so/gwmspm. Register early to ensure a seat before we begin processing names on our wait list.

If you plan to register for DNSC 6269 PM Application (capstone) in the fall semester, you must register via a Registration Transaction Form (RTF), not via GWeb. Submit a completed RTF to my attention via email or fax for review and processing. Details for the form, such as the course CRN and section, may be found on the Schedule of Classes.

Fall 2014 Electives and Last Chance for a Spring 2014 Elective

The MSPM program will offer two 1.5 credit electives in the fall 2014 semester – DNSC 6290 International Project Management (Dr. Sam Ghosh) and DNSC 6290 Project Management & Organizational Context (Dr. Julia Keleher). Dr. Ghosh’s course will be offered during the first half of the semester, August 25-October 18, 2014. Dr. Keleher’s course will be offered during the second half of the semester, October 20-December 6, 2014. These electives are project management-specific, available both on campus and via distance, and may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the program. An executive summary of each elective is available at www.gwprojectmanagement.org.

GWSB is also offering a unique on-campus course during the week of May 12-15, 2014. Earn 1.5 credits of general electives this spring through the MBAD 6290.12 Business & Society course by Rafael Lucea, Professor of International Business & International Affairs. The course offers an overview of the broad arena in which business operates with particular attention to its political, social and economic environments. The course is in DC and includes visits to the Fed, US Capitol, IMF, and USAID. To register, submit an RTF to my attention immediately via email or fax (CRN 97110). Only 6 seats remain!

Events Roundup

Tuesday, 25 Mar, 11am-12pm EDT – Understanding the Scaled Agile Framework webinar from ITMPI.

Wednesday, 26 Mar, 11:30am-1pm EDT – Practical Answers to Business Questions About Post-Award Bid Protests featuring Don Carney in Duques 453 in DC. Event is organized by PMIWDC and is free of charge.

Saturday, 29 Mar, 8pm-12am EDT – Fourth Annual Business Gives Back Gala at Long View Gallery in DC.

Wednesday, 2 Apr, 6-7pm EDT – Career Development Speaker Series: A Day as a Solutions Architect featuring Suneel Grover from SAS at Duques 353 in DC. This event is sponsored by the GW Business Analytics Association and counts toward the seminar requirement for the Certificate in Business Analytics.

Fall 2014 Electives

The MSPM program will offer two 1.5 credit electives in the fall 2014 semester – DNSC 6290 International Project Management and DNSC 6290 Project Management & Organizational Context.  These electives are project management-specific, available both on campus and via distance, and may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the program.  An executive summary of each elective is provided below.

DNSC 6290 International Project Management (1.5 credit hours) taught by Dr. Sam Ghosh

August 25-October 18, 2014

The course is designed to augment the basics of project management theory with theory, practices and methodologies pertinent to the global project environment.  The course begins with a practical look at investigating the cultural environment in order to understand the context of managing global projects.

Prerequisites

None

Course Objectives

1)      To understand the 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 different modules involved in international project management

Assignments
Assignments will include an individual homework assignment, an individual short paper, and a team research paper. Professor will confirm final assignments/deliverables on the first day of class.
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DNSC 6290 Project Management & Organizational Context (1.5 credit hours) taught by Dr. Julia Keleher
October 20-December 6, 2014

This course explores how the organizational context in which project management takes place interacts with project management practices.  Readings focus on three areas: 1) the characteristics that define and differentiate organizational contexts and organizational culture, 2) the role and function of a Project Management Office and 3) the interaction of organizational context and culture on project management processes. Assignments and learning activities involve applying course concepts to real-world situations and case studies. Students will analyze the influence of organizational context on project management decisions taking place during initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and closing processes.

Prerequisites
None
Course Objectives

  1. Understand the key terms and concepts used to define, classify and describe organizations, organizational context and organizational culture
  2. Identify the implications of organizational context and culture for project management and learning
  3. Recognize the benefits and challenges associated with centralized project management practices and Project Management Offices (PMO) across organizational contexts
  4. Apply course concepts to  your professional experiences and real world cases
  5. Identify the skills and competencies a Project Manager needs to be successful in different organizational contexts.

Assignments

2 written assignments and 2 presentations. Professor will confirm final assignments/deliverables on the first day of class.

MSPM: In the Know, March 12, 2014

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New Summer 2014 DNSC Elective Added
Summer 2014 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule
AY14-15 Tuition Rates

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

New Summer 2014 DNSC Elective Added

An additional distance course will be offered this summer. Dr. Jain is teaching DNSC 6290 Business Process Analytics for the MS in Business Analytics program, but has graciously added a distance section to the course. The course is now open to MSPM students who have completed DNSC 6202 Statistics for Managers. The 1.5 credit course is scheduled for summer session I (May 19-June 28). A sample syllabus is available online (see p 61). Should you have any questions, please schedule an advisement session with me to discuss.

Summer 2014 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule

The Blackboard Collaborate schedule for the summer 2014 distance courses has been posted to www.gwprojectmanagement.org. The faculty will review the schedule during the first class session, along with their expectations for the Collaborate sessions. To confirm the class dates, visit the Schedule of Classes on the Office of the Registrar website.

AY14-15 Tuition Rates

The GW Board of Trustees approved the AY14-15 tuition rates. The per credit hour rate during the summer 2014 semester is now $1,475. The fall 2014 and spring 2015 rates are $1,490 per credit hour. The student association fee will be $2.00 per credit hour, to a maximum of $30 per semester in the fall 2014 and spring 2015. Registration fees will hold steady at $35.