Job: Principal Project Manager at Perfect Sense Digital

Our Project Managers are our project leaders responsible for the strategic, day-to-day planning and execution of our web-based systems and applications. You will work with our clients, internal and external product team members to guide the project from concept to launch through delivery and acceptance by the client. Projects range from short to long-term initiatives with the ultimate goal of delivering world-class web-based customer experiences.
This position requires an excellent understanding of cross-functional team management towards the successful completion and delivery of complex web solutions.  As a client-facing position, excellent written and oral communication skills are also required with an emphasis on managing and communicating stakeholder input, project status and issue management.
Responsibilities
Develops detailed project plans that are the blueprint for product development
– Delivery of high-quality project documentation including status reports, change management orders and meeting minutes  as well as working with the team to ensure excellence in all documentation deliveries
– Creates the visibility necessary to carry a product through launch by ensuring it is thoroughly vetted and acceptable to the client and that necessary work products are available to hand-off to the product development team members at each phase of the software product development lifecycle
– Coordinates activities of internal and external product team members to assist in gathering product requirements and identifying the impacts of these features and enhancements to the overall project plan
– Creates staffing plans and cost estimates to reflect desired delivery timelines and product requirement
– Instrumental in prioritizing and coordinating features for deployment while constantly assessing decisions against customer value, business impact, and technical tradeoffs
– Works closely with the product manager, design staff, content manager and technical lead to manage project issues lists, change requests,  client escalations, bug fixes, and setup of ongoing operational support, as necessary
– Works closely with the engineering teams to optimize plans to deliver above expectations in both product features and quality
– Reviews QA test cases and assists the product manager in providing subject matter expertise support to QA

Qualifications:
– Minimum 6-8 years experience in technical product or project management with demonstrated success in the delivery of web-based projects and initiatives
– Excellent project management & communication skills with the ability to influence decisions and decision-makers
– Thorough understanding of the software development lifecycle
– In depth understanding of technical and user experience issues typically encountered in web-based product development
– Ability to adjust to frequently changing priorities in a fast-paced environment
– Ability to keep credibility, customer relationships, and sound business judgment as their core focus
– BA/BS required (MBA is a plus)
– Ability to travel 25-50%
Please send resumes to Caroline Trudeau (caroline@perfectsensedigital.com).

Volunteers Needed – Video Project

We are still looking for students and alumni who are willing to create a short (2-3 minute) video about their experience in the program.  The videos will be posted on the GWSB website and used at MSPM and GWSB events.

If interested, please send an email to Candice Johnson at candicej@gwu.edu and cc Anne Koprince.

Congratulations to George Langbein, MSPM ’06

From Classnotes:
George L. Langbein, MSPM, ’06, received the honored selection of Professional Member of the Year in the field of Information Technology Program Management on behalf of Cambridge Who’s Who®. Each year, Cambridge recognizes members among executives, professionals and entrepreneurs who stand out amidst their peers. Langbein’s selection comes with outstanding leadership skills and dedication to service.

http://atthecenterofitall.business.gwu.edu/2011/05/04/classnotes-george-l-langbein/

Grade Confirmation Letters

To receive a grade confirmation letter from the MSPM program for tuition reimbursement, please email the following information to mspminfo@gwu.edu:
Name
GWID
Course Name (including course code)
Credit hours
Grade (as provided via the GWeb Info Systems site, not Blackboard)

If you need additional information on your letter, please explain in the email.

The turnaround time for grade confirmation letters is 1-3 business days.

GWSB Joint MSPM/MBA Degree Approved

We are pleased to announce that the George Washington University School of Business formally approved the first ever general Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) joint degree program!  This unique program allows students to earn both an MSPM and an MBA at the same time.

Beginning in fall 2011, students will be able to begin the joint degree program.  At this point, it is only available on campus.

Stay tuned for more information on admissions and dates/times for information sessions.

MSPM/MBA Joint Degree Program Curriculum Guide

Announcement: Fall 2011 Elective – DNSC 6290 with Dr. Andrew Griffith

UPDATED 5/5/2011 We are pleased to announce that the MSPM program will offer DNSC 6290 Project Quality Management,  a 3 credit-hour course, with Dr. Andrew Griffith.  DNSC 6290 will be held on campus on Thursdays and in the distance mode in the fall 2011 semester.

Course Description: This course explores quality management as applied to project management and individual projects.  It begins with an introduction to the fundamentals of quality management, history of quality management, and a summary of some of the leading thinkers on the topic. The course then turns toward application of quality management theory and practices in project management and project systems.  The last component of the course focuses on application of quality management to individual projects.

Quality is a component of PMI’s PMP examination.