Monthly Archives: October 2015

GWSB Alumni Roundtables

Title: GWSB Alumni Roundtables
Location: City View Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St, NW, Washington, DC 20052
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Description: Alumni Roundtables will be held on Monday, November 9th, from 6:00-8:30 pm at the City View Room at the Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street, NW. Open to all GW MBA, MSPM, and MSGC programs, this event offers students the chance to network with prominent GW alumni. Below you will find a link to RSVP for this event. The RSVP will include information about the industries of alumni who will attend. At present, not all alumni are confirmed so keep an eye out for more information to come next week. 20151109 Alumni Roundtable Summary of Special Guests

The event begins with a cocktail reception where students and alumni will have the opportunity to network, followed by 2 roundtable discussions. Attire is business formal, strict dress code and fully enforced.

Registration limited, register early.
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2015-11-09
End Time: 20:30

GW PMA: Shutting Down a Project – Keeping the Team Motivated and Meeting Expectations

Title: GW PMA: Shutting Down a Project – Keeping the Team Motivated and Meeting Expectations
Location: The GW School of Business, 2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 451, Washington, DC 20052
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Description: Existing Project: NASA Headquarters Help Desk Transformation.
Summary: Shutting down a local technical help desk and setting up a remote help desk.
The Problem: Keeping the help desk Staff motivated while shutting down the help desk. Additional issues to be resolved include program closeout logistics, achieving service level agreements and continuity of service.
The Solution: This is what will be discussed.

Lenny Holland, Senior Vice President IT Operations and Capture Management
Lenny Holland started at VMD in January of 2015 and is our Senior Vice President IT Operations and Capture Management. He provides broad based leadership for the company with a particular emphasis on delivering flawless program performance that fosters positive customer relationships setting the stage for long term company growth. Lenny brings over 20 years of federal government program management and business development experience where he has worked with NASA, DHS, HHS, DOD, and DOJ customers.
Prior to joining VMD he served as Executive Capture Manager with AT&T Government Services where he was charged with winning strategic opportunities. Lenny was also Sr. Program Manager with Lockheed Martin and ran Programs valued up to $500M. Lenny holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Maryland University College and a Master of Science from The Johns Hopkins University.
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2015-10-29
End Time: 19:00

MSPM: In the Know, October 27, 2015

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Spring 2016 Schedule of Classes Available
The spring 2016 schedule of classes is now available. Review the schedule and confirm your courses for spring 2016 using your plan in DegreeMAP. Questions? Schedule an advisement session with Cambria Happ via Registration begins Monday, 9 Nov, via GWeb.
Registration in DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (capstone) is not available via GWeb. To register, complete and submit a Registration Transaction Form to my attention via email, fax, or in person (Duques 550). The professor’s signature is not required, but you will need to enter all details for the course per the Schedule of Classes. Incomplete forms will be returned. Remember, registration in the DE section requires you to participate in the 5-day residency in DC (May 9-13). If you are local, register in section 10.
Blackboard Collaborate schedule for spring 2016 online/distance classes available on the blog. The Collaborate sessions are designed for the online students to provide real-time interaction with the professor.

Spring Short-Term Study Away Programs, Apply by 1 Nov
Six elective courses available during spring break 2016 through Global & Experiential Education. Interested in studying in Florida, Denmark, or Mexico during spring break? 1.5 and 3 credit hour courses available. Applications due Sunday, 1 Nov. For more information or to apply online visit or

Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library Now Open 24/7
Do you live in the Ashburn, VA area? If so, take advantage of the new VSTC Library hours. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Use your GWorld card to tap into the library located in Enterprise Hall.

PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon presents Some Successful Keys to Stakeholder Management

Title: PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon presents Some Successful Keys to Stakeholder Management
Location: The GW School of Business, 2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 453, Washington, DC 20052
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Description: Agenda and Cost:
12 – 1pm – Presentation
This luncheon is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to attend.

About the Event:
Project Managers become more successful by learning to manage stakeholder relationships in a productive and collaborative way. This interactive presentation highlights several important keys that will help transform stakeholder relationships.

Learning Objectives for Some Successful Keys to Stakeholder Management:

Make the decision to be proactive in your approach
Be aware of your surroundings
Know the scope of your responsibilities
Build your team both virtually & in-person

Participants will gain valuable insights on:

The roles stakeholders and team member splay in the larger organizational dynamic
How to apply principles of effective leadership and team-building
Applying negotiation skills to requirements

PDUs Available:
1 PDU for Certified PMs

About the Speaker:
David Offenkrantz, MBA, PMP
Project Manager, HP
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2015-10-28
End Time: 13:00

AFCEA Washington, DC 40th Annual Winter Gala

Title: AFCEA Washington, DC 40th Annual Winter Gala
Location: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20240
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Description: Join Us for the 40th Annual Winter Gala

What better way to brighten spirits than by spreading holiday cheer? AFCEA Washington, DC’s Annual Winter Gala is not only a night to celebrate the season, it is also a night that brings the community of government and IT leaders together to help those in need.

Please bring your unwrapped toys and your holiday spirit to the 40th Annual Winter Gala for philanthropy, merriment and festivities.

Register to attend this memorable event by December 1.

QUESTIONS? Contact Erika Stein at
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2015-12-10
End Time: 22:30

MSPM: In the Know, October 20, 2015

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Message from Cambria Happ
Effective Monday, 19 Oct, I assumed a new position at the GW School of Business. I will now serve as Executive Director, GWSB Masters Programs. In this new role I am responsible for the management of the administrative and academic advising aspects of graduate-level programs to include MBA programs and specialized masters programs. I will continue to fulfill the Director, MS in Project Management role until a replacement is identified. With that said, rest assured that you may continue to contact me to discuss your program plan, to request official letters, or to discuss any other aspect of the MSPM program. You may schedule advisement sessions with me at
Once a new program director is hired, we will work together to provide a seamless transition for the program. Students are our first priority and we will work to ensure you have full access to the variety of resources and information at GWSB.

Business Analytics Speaker Series: Deriving Value from Agile Project Management, 23 Oct
MSPM students and alumni are invited to attend the upcoming Business Analytics Speaker Series event on Friday, 23 Oct, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Joshua Seckel, Chief of Applied Technology Division at DHS USCIS, will present “Deriving Value from Agile Project Management.” Event location is Duques Hall, room 258. Seminar will apply towards the business analytics certificate seminar requirement.

PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon, 28 Oct
David Offenkrantz presents “Some Successful Keys to Stakeholder Management” at the next PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon. Make plans to attend the lunchtime event on Wednesday, 28 Oct, 12-1 p.m. in Duques Hall, room 453. Register online, event is free.

Business Analytics Speaker Series presents Deriving Value from Agile Project Management

Title: Business Analytics Speaker Series presents Deriving Value from Agile Project Management
Location: The GW School of Business, 2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 258, Washington, DC 20052
Description: Abstract:
The discussion will start with an overview of agile development practices, then focus on the transformation of a federal agency from waterfall to agile approaches across the entire portfolio. It will look at the enablers and inhibitors in executing the transformation. The continuation of the evolution into devops and the changes that are continuing to get a federal agency into truly modern development practices, including CI/CD, hackathons, and chat ops. Additional discussion around how FITARA and contracting have played roles in delivery of agile to the government will conclude the discussion.

Joshua Seckel is Chief of the Applied Technology Division (ATD) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). ATD has a prominent role in the ongoing USCIS transformation to Agile and Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) DevOps. His goal is to continue to evolve ATD, in collaboration with the rest of the Office of Information Technology (OIT), to help USCIS deliver greater business value faster to the stakeholders and customers of USCIS information technology systems.

Prior to joining USCIS, Mr. Seckel worked as a contractor for IBM, Stanley and Associates, and ManTech to implement and execute Agile programs within various government agencies including the State of Washington, Air Force, Marine Corps and several DHS components. He developed the first Program Accountability and Risk Management (PARM) approved tailoring plan within DHS. Mr. Seckel joined USCIS in 2013 to lead the Processes and Practices group, first under the Systems Engineering Division (SED) and later in ATD. Mr. Seckel is an active participant in the Agile practitioner community and often speaks to government agencies, business groups, and at conferences about the benefits of implementing Agile practices to their bottom lines. Mr. Seckel has a BS in Computer Science, an MBA with a Technology Innovation Management concentration, and is an ICAgile Certified Expert Agile Coach.
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2015-10-23
End Time: 19:30

MSPM: In the Know, October 13, 2015

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Fall 2015 techKNOW Magazine
The Fall 2015 edition of the GW Division of IT’s techKNOW magazine is now available. The magazine provides updates on key technology information, IT services from across campus and security tips to help you stay safe online. In the latest issue, learn about new online technology guides, Office 365 and WebEx.

Business Analytics Speaker Series, 16 Oct
MSPM students and alumni are invited to attend the upcoming Business Analytics Speaker Series event on Friday, 16 Oct, 6-8 p.m. Vishal Kapur and Bill Roberts will present “Delivering Data-driven Insights: Deloitte’s Business Analytics Practice.” Event location is Duques Hall, room 651.

GW Career Quest – NYC, 14-15 Mar
The GW Career Quest – NYC Spring 2016 program offers GW students an exclusive opportunity to gain an up-close and personal experience with leading organizations in New York City during Spring Break. To learn more, attend an information session or review FAQs online. Open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students only. Apply in GWorkSB to Job #830217 by Monday, 2 Nov.