MSPM: In the KNOW, September 27, 2016

Top 3 for 27 September:

1- AACSB Survey. You all received an email last week asking for your participation in a brief online survey to help us better understand the process you went through when selecting which business school to attend. Please complete the survey by Friday,  30 September. Click this link to begin survey now! The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and all responses are confidential. Your insights and feedback are greatly appreciated.

2-Congratulations Moyaid Aseel and Angela Knight! Both MSPM students were awarded free registrations for the GW DIT PM Symposium held on Monday, 26 September at the GWU Marvin Center. Angela and Moyaid joined our GWPMA President, Krishna Tummala at the symposium and represented the MSPM program. The PM Symposium was  a one-day event created for the exchanging and sharing of knowledge of project management practices in higher education.

3-PMIWDC Volunteer Fair 2016. Looking for an opportunity to network with some of our 10,000 PMI members and showcase your leadership and project management skills? Join the biggest PMIWDC Volunteer Fair! It will be a fun evening with games, exciting prizes, and a chance to learn how you can get engaged with some of the most meaningful projects in the DC area. More information on this link.

 

2016 PMIWDC Volunteer Fair

Looking for an opportunity to network with some of our 10,000 PMI members and showcase your leadership and project management skills? Join us at our biggest Volunteer Fair yet!

It will be a fun evening with games, exciting prizes, and a chance to learn how you can get engaged with some of the most meaningful projects in the DC area.

You will meet like-minded leaders that will help you explore new interests and obtain fresh insights that will serve you whether you chose to volunteer for our chapter, local community partners, or non-profit organizations.

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding ways to earn PDUs, contribute/develop your skills, and give back to the community. All of this and a cash bar! How can you resist?

Questions? Contact Uma Hiremagalur, VP of Programs, PMIWDC

Event Date:
Monday, 17 October  2016 – 7:00pm9:00pm
Agenda and Cost:
Individual Cost

Chapter Members – $20.00
Non-members – $30.00
Walk-ins – $35.00

Event Location: Fairview Park Marriott  3111 Fairview Park Drive |  Falls Church, Virginia 22042

Immediate Hiring for Project Manager at AARP!

One of our MSPM Alumni, Raj Iyer contacted our program for an immediate need to fill a Project Management position at his company. Raj is currently working as Information Technology Project Manager at Ciber at AARP in Washington, DC.

The Project Manager position is a full-time, 8-month contract with extension potential with the same client. The current position is based in Washington DC with AARP as Client. Working at Ciber also provides opportunity to be placed at other projects in the Northern VA area or anywhere in the US.  If interested, email your resume to Raj Iyer who will do the initial screening, riyer@aarp.org.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives. AARP is doing amazing things to make life better for today’s 50-plus population and generations that follow. In the face of constantly changing realities, AARP is a champion for social change.

Requirements include:

  • Experience managing the implementation and/or migration of a variety of Security, Infrastructure and Operations projects in accordance with business and application requirements, security policies, and guidelines.
  • Working within the team to manage the integration vendors, ensuring the requirements are met accurately and completed within scope, budget and time.
  • Report the progress of the project to the program team as required.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams in execution of project tasks.
  • Degree: In Computer Science, Information Security, Information System, or Engineering preferred.
  • Experience: 7+ years
  • Certification Required : PMP certification and good communication skills

Responsibilities:

  • Build tactical client relationships, specifically with client stakeholders.
  • Establish close relationship with designated client management peers.
  • Foster close relationships between Ciber team members and their peers/liaisons in the client organization.
  • Identify and communicate potential opportunities surfacing with client.  Assist Sales with engaging with client early in the procurement cycle.
  • Evaluate and approve the resources required for the project.
  • Meet regularly with management, project teams, and functional team leaders to review status, make recommendations, and resolve problems.
  • Motivate the team to implement a cohesive solution within the established scope, cost, and schedule.
  • Mentor team members, both client facing and non-client facing.
  • Create contractual documents such as Statements of Work that commit CIBER to delivery of products or services.
  • Work with team to perform cost/benefit analysis and determine impact of proposed changes.
  • Comply with the requirements of the Ciber Project Management Methodology (CPMM) as tailored to meet the requirements of the client.
  • Manage/monitor deliverables and milestones as defined in the WBS/project schedule.
  • Identify and communicate potential risks and mitigation plans
  • Prioritize and assign tasks to team members
  • Report hours worked and other costs incurred to provide data necessary for billing the client
  • Manage actual costs to the planned costs.
  • Address variances.
  • Forecast resource usage on a weekly basis to help ensure accurate availability.
  • Participate in discovery sessions with clients to determine and/or verify initial solution requirements.
  • Understand the System Development Life Cycle(s) of the solution being provided to the client on the project.
  • Ensure engagement quality goals are satisfied by understanding the quality goals and processes applicable to the solution being delivered.
  • Plan tasks, steps, deliverables, and assign project resources to complete the work.

 

 

MSPM: In the KNOW, September 20, 2016

1-Reminder, application deadline for the upcoming Winter Short Term Study Away Programs is 25 September. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, 25 September. This experience would count toward your elective requirement for MSPM degree. Check out available programs here.

2- Join us at the PMI Global Congress North America 2016! GWU MSPM will join the largest gathering of project, program and portfolio professionals at the PMI Global Congress in North America in San Diego, CA. If you are in the area or if you are attending the PMI Global Congress North America, visit our exhibit booth (#402) at the San Diego Convention Center from 25-27 September. Exhibit schedule is below:

Sunday, 25 September 2016  Exhibit hall open  10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
 Exhibit hall reception    5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  
Monday, 26 September 2016  Exhibit hall open  7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 27 September 2016   Exhibit hall open  7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Interested in volunteering for the exhibit? E-mail aesocrates@gwu.edu no later than Thursday, 22 September.

Professors Young Kwak and Julia Keleher, and MSPM Alumnus, William Davis (’14) are presenting at the event! Show your support by coming to their presentations. Read more about William’s presentation. See Drs. Kwak and Keleher’s presentation here.

3-Immediate Hiring for Project Manager at AARP! The Project Manager position is a full-time, 8-month contract with extension potential with the same client. The current position is based in Washington DC with AARP as Client. If interested, email your resume to Raj Iyer (MSPM alum) who will do the initial screening, riyer@aarp.org.

WGL holdings, Inc. is hiring!  WGL Holdings, Inc. is a public utility holding company and the parent company of WGL, a diversified energy business that provides natural gas, electricity, green power, carbon reduction and energy services.  The company is hiring Sr. Enterprise Category Manager to work in Springfield, VA. Check out the blog for more details.

 

WGL Holdings, Inc. is Hiring Sr. Enterprise Category Manager!

MSPM: In the KNOW, September 13, 2016

1-Space available for Discounted PMP Review Course (two weekends, October/November). As announced earlier, PMI Washington DC chapter, in conjunction with the GWPMA is offering PMP Exam prep course in October and November. Deep discount is given due to our relationship with PMI. GWU student price is $625 (regularly $995). Email your GWPMA President now to sign up, Krishna Tummala (tkchaitanya@gwmail.gwu.edu).

2- Application Deadline: Winter 2016 Short Term Study Away Programs, 25 September. Applications for the Winter 2017 Short Term Study Away Programs must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, 25 September. As earlier announced on the blog, Short-term Study Away Information Session is today, 13 September from 5:30 – 6:30pm in Funger 108. Hear about several exciting opportunities to study abroad. Destinations include:

3- GW Project Management Symposium, 26 September
The MSPM program is pleased to offer two free registrations for the GW DIT Project and Portfolio Management Office’s Project Management Symposium on Monday, 26 September. If interested, please email aesocrates@gwu.edu by 5pm on Thursday, 15 September with a one-paragraph statement for why you think you should receive a free registration to the PM symposium. The one-day event was created for exchanging and sharing knowledge of project management practices in higher education. Attendees with Project Management Certification through the Project Management Institute will be able to claim up to 5.25 PDUs for this event. This event will be held in the Marvin Center at 800 21st St, NW, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., see agenda for more details.

PenFed Credit Union is Hiring Project Coordinator!

PenFed Credit Union is hiring for a Project Coordinator position.  The primary purpose of this full-time job is to orchestrate and produce all project documentation and coordination. This includes project coordination and documentation through all phases of the system development lifecycle – initiation, design, development, implementation and operations. This position will also administer, develop and implement a SharePoint based Document Management for the IT division and its application, engineering and project teams.

Requirements

-Fundamental understanding of the following programs

  • MS Project
  • SharePoint
  • Visio
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Contact Bryan Lima, Talent Acquisition Specialist, if interested:

O: 703-838-1586 | 2930 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, VA 22314 | Bryan.Lima@PenFed.org

Long-term Study Abroad

Interested in taking classes for a semester or module at a GWSB partner university abroad? GWSB has partnered with top business schools around the world, providing students access to hundreds of additional electives, full immersion in another culture, and exposure to another business perspective. Join the Global Exchange and Experiential Education at the information session on Monday 19th September!


Long-term Study Abroad – Take classes for a semester or module at a GWSB partner university abroad
Monday, September 19th
5:00 – 6:00pm
Duques 520

MSPM: In the Know, September 6, 2016

Top 3 for 6 September

1- Lecture Capture Service. A new lecture capture system is installed in Duques rooms where MSPM lectures are taught (254, 255 and 258). The new system is being managed by our local GWSB IT team. Problems downloading or viewing lectures online? E-mail oitshelp@gwu.edu.

2-Fall Registration. As a reminder, the last day to add a course via GWeb is Sunday, 11 September at 10pm. If you plan to add a course, make the decision early to avoid missed lectures and/or assignments. Sunday, 25 September at 10pm is the last day to drop classes online for the fall semester. After this date students will receive a notation of ‘W’ on their transcripts. Review withdrawals and refund information via the registrar’s website prior to dropping.

3-Short Term Study Away Programs (STAP). The GWSB Global & Experiential Education team has announced the winter/spring break program offerings. The courses qualify as general electives for the MSPM degree. Hear from faculty who will be leading programs, and meet students who have previously participated in these programs at this session.  Come to the Short-term Study Away Information Session hosted by the GWUSB Global and Experiential Education team:

Tuesday, 13 September
5:30 – 6:30pm, Funger 108
Reception to follow

Please email sbintl@gwu.edu with any questions.

 

Lecture Capture Service

Effective Fall 2016, a new lecture capture system is installed in Duques rooms where MSPM lectures are taught (254, 255 and 258). GWSB IT is addressing any issues that may come up.  Email oitshelp@gwu.edu if you encounter any problems with downloading or viewing lectures online.