Alumni Virtual Networking Hour

Alumni Industry Networks: Virtual Networking Hour

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!).

MSPM in the KNOW: August 15, 2017

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 (aesocrates@gwu.edu). Details for the form, such as the course CRN and section are found on the Schedule of Classes under Decision Sciences.

Fall 2017 Textbooks

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

MSPM in the KNOW: August 8, 2017

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, aesocrates@gwu.edu 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.

 

Forum with DAP President Dr. Elba S. Cruz, August 14

 

The US-Philippines Society and the George Washington University

MS in Project Management are pleased to invite you to a

Forum with DAP President Dr. Elba S. Cruz
Monday, August 14, 12-2pm
GW School of Business
 
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.
About the Speaker
ATTY. ELBA S. CRUZ, PhD, is the 8th President and CEO of the Development Academy of the Philippines.
A multi-disciplinary professional in project development, human and asset resource management and development, as well as in legal education and practice, she brings over 36 years of progressive experience in different fields of project development and business consultancy, senior corporate office, legal profession, resource administration, environmental advocacy, and reserve force development. She holds various degrees in Marketing, Economics and Law as well as Masteral Studies in Business Administration and National Security Administration.  She earned highest distinction for her PhD dissertation in Management and Political Economy.  Prior to her assignment to DAP under the Duterte Administration, she held various senior management positions in the private sector and in academe.  She has assisted in the development of major public-private partnership (PPP) projects. She is a reserve officer of the Armed Forced of the Philippines Philippine Army and is currently the Commanding Officer of the 2202nd Ready Reserve Infantry Brigade. Check out the

 

 

MSPM in the KNOW: August 1, 2017

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 (aesocrates@gwu.edu) 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 (jadej@gwu.edu) 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 info@pmiwdc.org)

 

MSPM in the KNOW: July 25, 2017

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 (aesocrates@gwu.edu) 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

REGISTER HERE!

 

 

Fall 2017 Blackboard Collaborate Session Schedule

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

Military Generals, Mindfulness, and Emotional Intelligence, July 26, 2017

Event Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – 11:30am1:00pm
Event Location: The George Washington University School of Business

2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 453

Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Agenda and Cost: This luncheon is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to attend. REGISTER HERE.

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.

Special Instructions:
  • 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
PDUs Available:
1 PDU for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category:
Leadership

About the Speaker

Susan Schwartz, PMP

The River Birch Group
Professional Coach and Management Consultant

 

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.

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.

MSPM in the KNOW: July 19, 2017

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 phebeanw@gwu.edu.

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 aesocrates@gwu.edu 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 gwsboci@gwu.edu 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!