Monthly Archives: February 2013

Business Gives Back 3rd Annual Gala

Title: Business Gives Back 3rd Annual Gala
Location: National Press Club
Link out: Click here

What is Business Gives Back?

· Business Give Back often referred to as BGB is a student-led organization.

· The goal of the organization is to provide community service opportunities to current business students; as well as promote socially responsible business practices that give back to the community.

· Employers will be in attendance and sponsoring BGB. There will be alumni, students, and faculty from a variety of backgrounds, industries and departments.

One way that we promote socially acceptable business practices is through our Gala…

· The 3rd annual BGB Gala will take place on April 20th at the press club

· At the event we will be honoring one esteemed alumni and one student-led initiative that promotes the three pillars of GW business school “Act Responsibly, Lead Passionately, Think Globally.”

· This event is cocktail attire, so bring a date or go stag if you prefer; there will be music, dancing, and beverages – it’s a great place to celebrate the end of the semester in fun classy way.

· In order to buy tickets you must go to our website and select RSVP to event. Advanced tickets are $50, however on April 1st ticket prices will go up to $65.

Lastly we need Student-led Initiative Nominations!

· As mentioned before a student Led Initiative will be honored at the Gala.

· If you or someone you know is a part of a project, club, or business that exemplifies the three pillars of the business school, nominate them to win prize money and be showcased through a video presentation at the Gala!

· To nominate go to our website and click the box on the right side “Nomination Form-student”
Start Date: 2013-04-20
Start Time: 20:30
End Date: 2013-04-21
End Time: 00:00

Lecture Capture Unavailable via Blackboard March 13-15, 2013

Notice to all MSPM students:

The ColonialCast (Echo360) media streaming service (lecture capture) is currently under maintenance. The service will be offline from March 13, 2013 at 7am until March 15, 2013 at 7am. During this time, streaming links from Blackboard will not work, however all content will be accessible via iTunes U.  This outage has been scheduled to occur during spring break to reduce interruption of service to the students and professors.

Save the Date – April 11 – PMA and PMAA Speed Networking Event


Dear MSPM Students,

As your board of the GW Project Management Association (PMA), we are reaching out to update you on the latest PMA plans for the spring.  The PMA aims to help MSPM students connect with fellow students, program alumni, and the University through innovative programming and events.

Save the Date

This semester we are exploring opportunities for alumni to support current students in the MSPM program.  On April 11, 2013, from 5:30-7:30pm, the PMA and the Project Management Alumni Association (PMAA) will host a student and alumni networking event in Washington, DC.  If you are interested in participating, please save the date and send an e-mail to no later than March 15, 2013.  We hope to see many of you at the event.  Additional details will be provided as the event date approaches.

Connect with Us

If you are not in the DC area and have ideas on how the PMA can better engage with distance students, please do not hesitate to reach out to the PMA with your ideas and recommendations.

Thank you for your continued support of GW and the PMA!


PMA Board

Anna Matsiras, President
Fiona Saunders, Vice President
Kent Nye, Assistant Vice President

The First Sunday Speaker Series, March 3, 8pm Eastern

Please join us for the launch of our First Sunday Speaker Series on March 3 at 8:00pm. The objective of First Sundays is to provide students, particularly our distance and/or professional graduate students — an opportunity to experience “outside the classroom” learning.  First Sundays will also provide our alumni with a chance to continue their learning and a connection to their alma mater.  Our first presentation is entitled “Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz — A Book Discussion” with Dr. James Bailey followed by Q & A session.

Please register early as there are a limited amount of openings for the event.  To register for the First Sunday event in March, please click here.



8:00pm Introduction by Associate Dean Riddle

8:10pm Presentation by Dr. James Bailey


Dr. Liesl Riddle, Associate Dean for MBA Programs, is also associate professor of international business and international affairs in the Department of International Business. Dr. Riddle oversees the School’s five MBA programs – the Global MBA, Professional MBA, Accelerated MBA, Online MBA and Healthcare MBA.

Riddle’s areas of expertise include international entrepreneurship and national trade and investment promotion, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. She has written extensively about the roles that diasporas – migrants and their descendants – play in the economic development of emerging markets and is considered a leading expert on the topic.

Riddle played a pivotal role in the establishment and development of two nationally recognized research centers at GW: the Center for International Business Education and Research and the Institute for Middle East Studies. She also co-founded GW’s renowned Diaspora Research Program in the Elliott School for International Affairs. She currently serves as vice president for communications of the American Marketing Association’s Global Special Interest Group. Riddle holds a BA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies, a MBA in Marketing/International Business, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

“Our students inspire me daily. Together with our faculty and alumni, our students are leading the way in the dynamic, international world of business. As they master essential business principles, they are also seeking to make the world a better place, through ethical business practices, corporate social responsibility and fiscal and environmental sustainability,” said Riddle. “I look forward to continuing to guide the School’s mission to teach students to think globally, lead passionately, and act responsibly.”



Dr. James R. Bailey is the Stacy and Jonathan Hochberg Professor of Leadership Development and Director of the World Executive MBA at the George Washington University School of Business, and a Fellow in the Centre for Management Development, London Business School.  He has been the recipient of many teaching distinctions, including three GWSB Outstanding Educator Awards.  In 2006 was named one of the world’s top ten executive educators by the International Council for Executive Leadership Development.  He has published over 50 academic papers and case studies, and is the author of five books, including the award-winning, best-selling Organizational and Managerial Wisdom and the forthcoming Meditations on Management.  He has designed and delivered hundreds of executive programs for firms like Nestle, UBS, Morgan Stanley, as well as several major law firms and US Congressmen.  Dr. Bailey is a frequent keynote speaker who has appeared on broadcast programs for the BBC, NPR, and Fox News Channel, and whose work has been cited in such outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, and Business 2.0.  He is a frequent contributor to The Hill, Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and Harvard Business Review.  He is the past Editor-in-Chief of the Academy of Management Learning and Education.  Professor Bailey has served as a dean, department chair, and program director during his 20 year academic career.

Areas of expertise include:

Effective leadership

Leadership Development

Organizational and individual change

Strategy formulation and execution

Employee motivation, competence, satisfaction, and performance

Managerial decision making

Business ethics



Industries with experience include:

Law firms

Congressional Offices


Food and beverage

Higher Education

Senior Operations Research Analyst Position with GAO Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering

Job Title: Senior Operations Research Analyst

Job Announcement Number: GAO-13-ARM-1515-3b

Salary Range: $79,110-$117,416/year

Application Period: February 11-26, 2013

USA Jobs:

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities to legislate, appropriate, and oversee the Federal government for the benefit of the American people. The GAO, commonly referred to as the investigative arm of Congress, or the congressional watchdog, is independent and nonpartisan. The GAO assists Congress in making informed decisions by providing information on policy and program issues, as well as by providing recommendations to make government more effective and responsive.

This a Senior Operations Research Analyst position, located in GAO’s Applied Research and Methods (ARM) Team, Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering (CSTE). ARM’s primary mission is to provide technical and specialist expertise that supports and extends the work of other GAO teams and thus contributes to the overall quality of the information GAO supplies to Congress and federal agencies. ARM operations research analyst staff  serve as consultants to other GAO teams, provide technical analyses where required, in the areas of cost estimation, earned value management, and schedule and schedule risk analysis.


  • Conducts cost estimating, earned value management (EVM), and schedule and schedule risk  analyses of large systems and acquisitions in the federal government including, but not limited to, major weapons systems, IT modernization, aircraft, and satellite systems.
  • Performs assessments of a program’s life cycle cost estimate (LCCE), EVM, and schedule data to determine to what extent each is meeting best practices called for in GAO’s Cost Estimating and Schedule Assessment Guides (cf., GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide – Best Practices for Developing and Managing Capital Program Costs, GAO-09-3SP, Mar 2, 2009 and GAO Schedule Assessment Guide – Best Practices for Project Schedules—Exposure Draft, GAO-12-120G, May 30, 2012), and interviews agency officials to discuss audit findings related to best practices.
  • Prepares written assessments of cost, EVM, and schedule analyses that contain sufficient support and rationale for conclusions.  Works with experts outside GAO to conduct cost risk analyses when necessary.  Provides related oral presentations to both internal GAO customers and external clients such as Congressional staff.
  • Reviews products for adequate coverage and supportable conclusions regarding sound cost estimating, EVM, and scheduling.
  • Identifies key deficiencies in LCCEs and analyzes and interprets earned value management data including evaluation of formats I through V.
  • Provides training to staff as required on cost estimation, EVM, and schedule analysis.


Degree in operations research or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, computer science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics.  At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must be in calculus.

Evaluation of Education: The primary requirement of operations research work is competence in the rigorous methods of scientific inquiry and analysis rather than in the subject matter of the problem.  Therefore, applicants should have sufficient knowledge of applied mathematics to understand and use fundamental concepts and techniques of operations research methods analysis.

Courses acceptable for qualifying for operations research positions may have been taken in departments other than Operations Research (e.g., Engineering-usually Industrial Engineering, Science, Mathematics, Statistics or Management Science).


1. Experience with Life Cycle Cost Estimates during all phases of the acquisition process; developing and evaluating unit costs and applying advanced theories, concepts, principles and processes for Life Cycle Cost Estimating such as conducting learning curve analysis, developing cost estimating relationships, and performing cost risk and uncertainty analysis.

2. Experience in earned value management analysis for various commodities (e.g., weapons, satellite, construction, transportation, IT systems).

In addition to the education requirements and the selective placement factors described, applicants must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower level/band, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as practical experience in developing, analyzing, and evaluating life cycle cost estimates for reasonableness.

PMP Study Group and Boot Camp Hosted by Northern Virginia Group

MSPM students, alumni, and their professional colleagues are invited to participate in a PMP study group organized by a local group planning to sit for the PMP exam in April 2013.  Details are below regarding the group’s activities in the Tysons Corner area of Virginia.

The group is also organizing a PMP boot camp with Project Weavers the week of March 18-22, 2013.  Contact the event organizer, Jennifer Brezovic, for details on the study group and the boot camp at 814-270-0079 or

PMP Study Group

The group will meet for the next study group session on Thursday, February 21, from 6-9pm in the Tysons Corner area, exact location TBD.  The sessions will feature various PMP-certified mentors:

Mentor –  Pritish Nawlakhe, PMP = will review the PMP Application process / Nirvana International Inc. / / O: 571-215-0072

Mentor – Wyatt M. Miedema, PMP = will begin the PMP-Book 4th Edition review process (every other week) / / C: 703-314-9249

PMP Boot Camp
Project Weavers will offer a custom PMP Boot Camp for the group the week of March 18-22, 2013.  Matthew Weaver, PMP, President and CEO of Project Weavers, will facilitate the boot camp, which also provides the 35 hours of PDUs required for the PMP application.  A second boot camp may be offered April 1-5, 2013 for those looking to sit for the exam before July.  15 registrants required for boot camp to run.

Fall 2013 Electives

The MSPM program will offer two electives in the fall 2013 semester.  These electives may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement of the program.  An executive summary of each elective is provided below.

Project Quality Management (3 credit hours) taught by Dr. Andrew Griffith

Classic project management theory includes the concept of the triple constraint – time, cost, and quality. However, quality can be a rather vague term that is hard to quantify, measure, or improve. Project quality can be divided into three separate concerns: (1) the features incorporated in the project deliverables, (2) the fitness of the deliverables for the intended application, and (3) the effectiveness or efficiency of the project development and execution. 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, we will explore the application of project management techniques in implementing a quality improvement initiative within an organization.



Course Objectives:
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
• Understand the origins and the theoretical basics of quality management as applied to manufacturing and service industries.
• Understand and apply quality management practices to project systems including Best Practices such as benchmarking, continuous improvement, six sigma, and statistical quality control.
• Understand and apply quality management practices to individual projects including the development of quality plans during project definition and quality assurance and quality control processes to monitor and control project quality in execution.
• Develop a comprehensive quality control / quality assurance plan for projects that support the project’s quality objectives during execution.


3 homework assignments, 2 exams, and one group project.

Project Management and Organizational Context (1.5 credit hours) taught by Dr. Julia Keleher

This course, offered during the first 7 weeks of the semester, 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..



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.


2 written assignments and 2 presentations

Project Manager Business Services Position with TMNG Global

TMNG Global is seeing an experienced Project Manager to support the Product Development Roadmap for Business Class Services, accountable for the on time, on budget quality delivery of product solutions.  TMNG Global is a leading provider of professional services to the converging communications, media and entertainment industries and the capital formation firms that support it. With a portfolio of offerings that include proprietary methodologies and toolsets, deep industry experience, and hands-on operational expertise, we tackle complex business problems and consistently propel our clients to profitable growth, optimal performance and sustainable competitive advantage.

TMNG Global’s companies: TMNG, CSMG, and Cartesian and our 400+ consultants, provide strategy, management, and technical consulting, as well as products and services, to more than 1,200 communications service providers, entertainment, media and technology companies and financial services firms worldwide. The company is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, with offices in Boston, Chicago, London, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Interested parties should direct their resume to Karla Weissenfluh at or

Project Manager Business Services

Category : Project ManagerLocation/City : PA – Philadelphia

Job Type : Contract

Id : 1267

Responsibilities:– Own and drive delivery of Product solutions across internal and external organizations and partners

–  Provide input on requirements and deliverables

– Project Management

o   Successfully manage project deliverables

  • Develop and own project plan
  • Develop and own resource plan
  • Develop and own budget model
  • Manage deliverables across multiple internal and external organizations/partners
  • Predict and mitigate risks
  • Manage meeting logistics (e.g. room, conference bridge, agenda, participants)
  • Hold team members accountable
  • Collaborate with key cross-functional program contributors

Required Skills:

  • Strong sense of ownership and desire to deliver solutions-
  • Understanding of National Ethernet and Cell Back Haul products
  • Awareness of the MEF
  • Strong collaboration and inclusion skills
  • Strong project management experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Project
  • Experience in a tech-related industry, preferably telecommunications
  • 5+ Years project management experience

Desired Skills:

  • Back office systems experience (order entry, management and provisioning)
  • Experience with OSS systems and Service Assurance
  • Product Development experience

Project Location:  Philadelphia or Mt. Laurel, NJ

Duration:  6 months with potential extension