MSPM in the KNOW: December 27, 2016

Top 3 for 27 December 2016

1- Spring 2017 semester is right around the corner. Review the Academic Calendar to plan your semester. Important dates are below:

Classes start Tuesday, January 17
Inauguration Day (no classes) Friday, January 20
President’s Day (no classes) Monday, February 20
Spring Break (no classes) Monday, March 13 – Saturday, March 18
Last Day of Classes Monday, May 1
Designated Friday Tuesday, May 2
Designated Monday Wednesday, May 3
Make-Up/Reading Day Thursday, May 4 – Friday, May 5
Final Examinations Monday, May 8 – Tuesday May 16
Commencement Weekend Thursday, May 18 – Sunday, May 21
Spring Degree Conferral Sunday, May 21

2-  The PMIWDC chapter is excited to announce a new military veteran opportunity for 2017 co-created by Professional Development and Professional Alliances! PMIWDC will begin accepting protégé applications in early January 2017. Application information will be made available soon on the Chapter News Page. If you have questions specific to the 2017 Mentor/Protégé program, please contact mentoring@pmiwdc.org.

3-  The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is hiring Information Technology Specialist Applications Software (Test Team Member). The incumbent serves as an Information Technology Specialist (Test Team Member) within the Application Design and Development Branch (ADDB) and is responsible for developing, coordinating, and conducting software testing in support of Agency mission requirements.  The FSIS is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged. See job announcement here

Spring Semester 2017 Academic Calendar

Spring Semester 2017

Classes Begin Tuesday, January 17
Inauguration Day (no classes) Friday, January 20
President’s Day (no classes) Monday, February 20
Spring Break (no classes) Monday, March 13 – Saturday, March 18
Last Day of Classes Monday, May 1
Designated Friday Tuesday, May 2
Designated Monday Wednesday, May 3
Make-Up/Reading Day Thursday, May 4 – Friday, May 5
Final Examinations Monday, May 8 – Tuesday May 16
Commencement Weekend Thursday, May 18 – Sunday, May 21
Spring Degree Conferral Sunday, May 21

New Opportunities in 2017 – Military Mentoring Program

The PMIWDC chapter is excited to announce a new military veteran opportunity for 2017 co-created by Professional Development and Professional Alliances! PMIWDC will begin accepting protégé applications in early January 2017. Application information will be made available soon on the Chapter News Page. If you have questions specific to the 2017 Mentor/Protégé program, please contact mentoring@pmiwdc.org.

Additionally, PMIWDC is  in need of mentors to help ensure the success of this program. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please email mentoring@pmiwdc.org.

MSPM in the KNOW: December 20, 2016

Top 3 for 20 December 2016

1-  Spring 2017 semester begins on Tuesday, 17 January. Students should be registered for classes by 16 January to avoid penalty. Review schedule of classes and register now to secure your seat!

2-  Looking to volunteer for the MSPM program? We are actively seeking volunteers to assist with the bridge game at orientation. Volunteers needed on Saturday, 7 January 2017. If you are interested, contact aesocrates@gwu.edu.

3-  Legislation to improve program management practices and bolster workforce development becomes law on Wednesday, 14 December. President Barack Obama has signed into law S.1550, the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA), which will enhance accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the US federal government. Read more.

MSPM in the KNOW: December 14, 2016

Top 3 for 14 December 2016

1- Thank you to those who attended the MSPM’s 20th Year Celebration on 9 December. It was great to see current students and alumni. We are pleased to hear a congratulatory note from Dr. Vivek Choudhury, GWSB Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. Special thanks go out to those who gave their reflections of the program’s early beginnings: Dr. Bill Wells (first Program Director); Natalya Bah (alumni and CEO, Natalya Bah Consulting); Dr. Ed Hoffman (MSPM Faculty and CEO, Knowledge Engagement, LLC). Lastly, thank you Krishna Tummala and Nathan Agent for volunteering to help with the event!

2- Reminder, campus section of DNSC 6235 Communication Strategies in Project Management, was cancelled and DE section is full. If you have been placed on a waitlist and there has not been any movement in the past two weeks, please plan on a  back-up. Options for DNSC elective are as follows:

DNSC 6290 Digital Analytics (1.5) CRN 57499

DNSC 6214 Pricing and Revenue Management (1.5) CRN 58057

DNSC 6401 Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5) CRN 57852

3- Spring 2017 Orientation has been moved to 7 January 2017. More information to follow as new arrangement details are confirmed. Stay tuned!

 

MSPM in the KNOW: December 6, 2016

Top 3 for 6 December:

1-    Spring 2017 Blackboard Collaborate Session Schedule now available on the blog. The Collaborate Sessions provide a weekly one-hour live interface with your professor during the semester. It is open to both distance and online sections of each course. Students are highly encourage to utilize the Collaborate Sessions for asking follow-up questions about lectures or case studies discussed in class. Confirm with each professor when the first session will occur.  

2-    As posted on the blog last month, those in the distance section of Spring 2017 DNSC 6269 Capstone course, are required to participate in the residency week to complete the course requirements with Dr. Khamooshi. Residency week will begin on Monday, 15 May through Friday, 19 May 2017. The class will meet each day for a full day beginning 8am in the School of Business (2201 G St, NW). Students registered for the campus section of the Capstone are not required to attend the residency week.  

3-    The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) was passed 30 November by the U.S. Senate. The bill will now go to President Barack Obama for signature and enactment. This legislation will make improvements to program and project management policy across the U.S. government. It is a landmark achievement for our profession. Read more.

 

Spring 2017 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule

Course Number Course Title Professor On Campus Class Day of Week Blackboard Collaborate Day of Week Time Notes
6250 PM Finance Kwak Monday Wednesday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
6251 Opt Models for Dec. Making Novoa Tuesday Thursday 7pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
6252 Risk Analysis for Dec. Making Kettunen Tuesday Monday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
6235 Comm Strat for PM Keleher This is a distance course Wednesday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
6202 Stats for Mgmnt Khamooshi Wednesday Thursday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
6267 Planning & Scheduling Jain Wednesday Monday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
6261 Intro to PM Kettunen Thursday Monday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
6269 PM Applications Khamooshi Tuesday Thursday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged

Cost Analysis Positions with Department of Homeland Security

The Cost Analysis Division at DHS is responsible for providing objective cost estimates and analyses that enable DHS acquisition and resource decision making.  We report to the Department’s Chief Financial Officer and regularly interact and advise the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Component Acquisition Executives and Component Financial Officers.

Selected candidates will be responsible for developing Independent Cost Estimates and Assessments for DHS’s major acquisitions, reviewing program office LCCEs, conducting affordability analysis, establishing and implementing policy and tool sets to further cost estimating and advising the Homeland Security Acquisition Institute (HSAI) on career field certification, training, and education for the cost estimating and analysis community.  This is a unique opportunity to join a team that is actively building the DHS cost analysis function of the future.   Basic qualifications are provided below.  If you would like to learn more, we are hosting a webinar tomorrow 6 December from 12-1PM.

Webinar:  Tuesday, 6 December 201612PM-1PM

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6334928981535203588

Webinar ID: 807-174-507

GS14 Opening for Current or Former Fed with Status: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/446134700/

GS14 Opening for all others:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/445189000/

To qualify for the GS-14 you must be a US Citizen and:

  1. Have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in operations research or a related which included at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours were in calculus.
  2. Possess one of the following certifications: Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst or; DAWIA Level III Business – Cost Estimating (BCE) or; DAWIA Level III Business, Cost Estimating and Financial Management (BCEFM) or; DHS Level III Cost Estimating.
  3. Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-13 level in the Federal services as described in the vacancy announcement serving as the principal consultant to senior management on complex cost estimating and analysis policies and procedures for systems and programs.