Monthly Archives: July 2016

MSPM in the KNOW: July 26, 2016

Top 3 for  26 Jul 2016

1- The Fall 2016 Blackboard Collaborate schedule is available on the blog. These are the live sessions designed for both distance and campus students to engage with their professors on a weekly basis. Participation is highly encouraged. Contact your professor if you have any questions regarding the blackboard collaborate schedule.

2- Discounted PMP Prep Course in the Fall: There is still time to sign up! The GWPMA is partnering with PMIWDC to offer a discounted PMP Prep Course to be held on 29-30 October; and 5-6 November.  The discounted rate is $625 (regularly $995) provided there is at least 20 participants enrolled in the course. The GWPMA has gotten some interested students but certainly needs more. Sign up now, email Krishna Tummala ( for more information.

3-Free Event: Six Sigma Green Belt Training featuring Dr. Abahy V. Trivedi

The Six Sigma Introductory training will help practitioners, consultants, business leaders, project managers and anyone working or living in a global environment to gain a thorough understanding of Lean as It applies to removing waste, increasing productivity and accelerating the flow of products through the system. Lean can be considered a sub set of Six Sigma in many cases as removing waste is an essential component of any process improvement. The course is well balanced with the concepts of Lean Management and Principles along with the DMAIC Methodology. A must for anyone consulting in the O&G, Manufacturing, Consulting or Service Industry.  Register here.

Date: Wednesday, 24 August 2016 | 11:30am – 1:00pm | Duques 453


Fall 2016 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule

Course Number Title Professor Collaborate Day and Time Attendance
DNSC 6258 Executive Decision Making Forman,    Ernest Monday, 9 PM Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6247 Organization,Mgt, &Leadership Hoffman, Edward Wednesday, 8 PM  Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6262 Directed Computational Proj Mgt Jain,          Sanjay Thursday, 9 PM  Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6202 Statistics for Management Khamooshi, Homayoun Friday, 9 PM  Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6259 Project Portfolio Management Khamooshi, Homayoun Monday, 9 PM  Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6257 Cost Estimation & Control Khamooshi, Homayoun Friday, 8 PM  Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6254 Risk Management Kwak,        Young Monday, 9 PM  Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6261 Intro to Project & Program Mgt Kwak,        Young Monday, 8 PM  Eastern Highly Encouraged

MSPM In the Know: July 19, 2016

Top 3 for 19 Jul 2016

1- Congratulations, Graham Sloan (MSPM ’16) for passing the PMP Certification Exam last week. Read more.

2- Fall 2016 registration is ongoing. Register now via  GWeb. View the Fall registration schedule here. Ensure you are on track for your target graduation, schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via and include your GWid.

3- Looking for a job? Willis Towers Watson is hiring Project Managers. Multiple Positions opened up at the US Department of Homeland Security. Check out resources page for more information.

Willis Towers Watson Hiring Project Managers

Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 39,000 employees in more than 120 territories. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance.

The company is currently hiring multiple Project Manager positions.  As a Project Manager you will play a key role for our pension administration software and service delivery business by serving as the central link between clients and internal team members in the delivery of client projects.  You will collaborate with other Willis  Towers Watson lines of business to develop, implement and maintain technology–based solutions and services that meet client requirements and Willis Towers Watson commitments. You will use your system development knowledge, defined benefit expertise and management experience to oversee new system implementations and the maintenance of existing systems and ongoing services.  You will play a key role in managing and expanding client relationships.  You will have the opportunity to grow your project, management, consulting, client management, leadership and defined benefit knowledge and business acumen.

Note that this role will involve some travel to client sites and other Willis Towers Watson offices. This position may be located in any US office, with a preference for Houston, Minneapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, or Arlington.

Unlock your potential at Willis Towers Watson. Apply now. Read More.

Opportunities to work with the US Department of Homeland Security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will host a DHS Cyber and Tech Job Fair in the Washington DC-Metro area on July 27-28, 2016. The Department is seeking qualified candidates to fulfill mission-critical job openings within Cyber, Information Technology, Acquisition and Human Resources. DHS plans to make hundreds of conditional, on the spot job offers to fill mission-critical roles. Our workforce is committed to assuring the security, resiliency and reliability of the Nation’s information technology and communications infrastructure.

The following announcements are open for this exciting event:

IT Specialist: GS 9/GS 11
IT Specialist: GS 12/GS 13/GS 14
IT Specialist: GS 15
Management & Program Analyst
Human Resources Specialist

Attendees of the DHS Cyber and Tech Job Fair are strongly encouraged to apply for vacancies (via links above) prior to attending the event. If you apply by July 20, 2016 and meet the requisite qualifications, you will receive an invitation from DHS for a specific interview slot at the job fair event on July 27-28.

To learn more about the job fair, please click here

Register Now for the 2016 PM Symposium

The 2016 PM Symposium is PMIWDC’s premiere annual event and will feature exciting speakers addressing important Project Management topics for all practitioners. You’ll have the opportunity to earn up to 7 PDUs over the course of the day, as well as network with your peers, potential employers, and industry professionals.

Friday, September 9, 2016: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sheraton Tysons Hotel
8661 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182


MSPM In the Know: July 12, 2016

Top 3 for 12 Jul 2016

1- Fall 2016 Courses Update: Both the on campus and distance sections of DNSC 6269, Project Management Application (Capstone), with Prof. Kwak  and the DNSC 6290 Project Management and Organizational Context (elective) with Dr. Keleher were cancelled for Fall 2016. Email with any questions or concerns if you are enrolled in these courses for Fall 2016.  You may also schedule an advisement session  via and include your GWid.

2- PMP Prep Course in the Fall: As previously announced, the GWPMA is partnering with PMIWDC to put together a PMP Prep Course. The boot camp will be held on 29-30 October; and 5-6 November.  The course is discounted at $625 (regularly $995) provided there is at least 20 participants enrolled. Sign up now! Email Krishna Tummala ( for more information.

3-Networking Event: Network and Meet PMI Board Members, Decision Makers, Hiring Managers and other Professionals in DC Metro Area. Join PM After Hours in Rosslyn this week! Special rate applies to students.

Date: Thursday, 14 July 20166:00pm – 8:00pm. Read more.