1- Registration for Summer 2017 begins tomorrow!Reminder, registration for the 2017 Summer Sessions will open tomorrow, Wednesday, 1 March. Continuing students with no holds on their recordmay register for classes on GWeb. The following MSPM courses are offered:
Courses offered by the Department of Decision Sciences that will count toward your elective requirement are posted on the blog. You may also view full list of course offerings via the registrar’s website.
3- GW University PM Talks organized by the GWPMA (MSPM student association) in coordination with the PMIWDC, sold out! Thank you to those who registered. Event is tomorrow, 1 March 2017, featuring MSPM alumna Natalya Bah, CEO (Natalya Bah Consulting); Alan Zucker, PM Director (Fannie Mae); and Dr. Alan Zeitoun, President (PM Solutions).
Launched in November 2016, the University PM Talks is an expansion of PMIWDC programming and is supported by both the GWMSPM and GWPMA. The goal is to bring chapter events to the students and young professionals in the DC area on a quarterly basis. Event is free to MSPM students and offers “PM TED talks” style: short, thought provoking topics in all areas of the new talent triangle (Leadership, Technical Project Management and Strategic and Business Management). GWU is the first to host this type of event.
1-Summer 2017 STAP Application Deadline on 26 Feb. Sunday, 26 February is the deadline to apply for one of the summer 2017 Short-Term Study Away Programs (STAP). The MSPM program may allow students to take STAP and apply it toward the general elective requirement. The course must first be approved by your adviser, Agnes Socrates (email@example.com).
2-Student Responsibilities: Holds. Reminder as the Summer 2017 registration approaches, students are responsible for reviewing their record in GWeb to ensure they do not have any holds on their record. Holds can prevent students from registering, adding or dropping classes, receiving transcripts, obtaining grades, or graduating. Holds are placed on student accounts for various reasons, such as tuition fee due to GW, the need to meet with academic adviser, placement on probation or suspension, or unmet program requirements. Learn more about holds on the Office of the Registrar site.
3- Two free registrations to theWinter 2017 PMP Prep Course. As posted on the blog last week, the MSPM program is pleased to offer two free registrations to the Winter 2017 PMP Prep course by PMI Washington DC chapter. The application has closed on Thursday, 16 February. We thank those who expressed interest in receiving free registration. Decision has been made today and those who applied should have received an email regarding status of their applications.
STAP programs are taught by faculty from GW or one of GWSB’s international partner universities** and are open to graduate students enrolled at the University. MSPM Students may opt to take STAP program as a general elective. Permission by advisor is required.
Current available programs for Summer 2017 are below.
** The “short-term exchange” designation identifies programs run by a GWSB partner institution, and are only open to graduate students in the School of Business. These courses are a unique opportunity to enroll directly in a course at one of our partner universities and take classes with a diverse array of students, from our partner institutions across the globe.
1- Congratulations, Dr. Julia Keleher! MSPM faculty, Dr. Julia Keleher is the new Secretary of the Department of Education in Puerto Rico. Under the administration of Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, Dr. Keleher will be overseeing the management and usage of funds in the Department of Education, and using all available information to assess the actual performance of the education system in Puerto Rico. Dr. Keleher brings 20 years of professional career managing educational projects, overseeing the use of federal funds, and providing technical assistance to school districts and educational agencies. She also founded her own consulting firm, Keleher & Associates, in 2009. Dr. Keleher currently teaches DNSC 6235 Communication Strategies in Project Management at the George Washington University MS in Project Management Program. She will also be teaching DNSC 6238 Project Management Organizational Context in Summer 2017. The GWU MSPM family is proud of her recent success! View Dr. Keleher’s recent interview.
2- Summer 2017 Registration. Registration for the 2017 Summer Sessions will open on Wednesday, 1 March. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. View list of course offerings via the registrar’s website. If you need help with what classes to sign up for, schedule an appointment with your adviser, Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm and include GWid.
3- Free Seats in PMIWDC’s PMP Prep Course, two consecutive weekends beginning 25 February! The MSPM program is pleased to offer two free registrations to the Winter 2017 PMP Prep Course. The course dates are 25-26 February; 4-5 March, two consecutive weekends. You must be available for the two consecutive weekends to participate in the review classes. Sessions are from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Course valued at $995.
If interested, submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. EST on 16 February 2017:
Name, GWid, and Contact Info
PMI Membership Number and Chapter Affiliation
300 Word Statement as to Why You Should Receive Free Registration
MSPM faculty, Dr. Julia Keleher is the new designated Secretary of the Department of Education in Puerto Rico. Her appointment came shortly after the Christmas holidays, on December 28, 2016.
Under the administration of Governor-elect Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, Dr. Keleher will be overseeing the management and usage of funds in the Department of Education, and using all available information to assess the actual performance of the education system in Puerto Rico. Dr. Keleher has spent a considerable part of her 20-year professional career managing educational projects, overseeing the use of federal funds, and providing technical assistance to school districts and educational agencies, so they could comply with the requirements established by the US Department of Education. She also founded her own educational consultancy firm, Keleher & Associates, in 2009. Dr. Keleher currently teaches DNSC 6235 Communication Strategies in Project Management at the George Washington University. The GWU MSPM family is proud of her recent success!
View Dr. Keleher’s recent interview: http://player.gfrvideo.com/elnuevodia/embed/juliakeleherhablasobrelanuevavisionquepretendeencaminareneducacion-225208.html
1- Congratulations, Rahul Rathod! Current MSPM student, Rahul Rathod obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP)® Credential. Rahul joined MSPM in Fall 2015. He took the PMP exam last month and subsequently passed it. Congratulations, Rahul on your recent success!
2- Summer 2017 Registration. Registration for the 2017 Summer Sessions will open on Wednesday, 1 March. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. Summer semester is the best time to fulfill your Electives. No core MSPM courses are offered in the summer semester. The following MSPM courses are available in Summer 2017:
The Department of Decision Sciences offers electives focused on business analytics, some of which are open to MSPM students. Any of the following electives will satisfy your Decision Science elective requirement:
DNSC 6290 Visualization for Analytics, Grover, campus only
DNSC 6290 Big Data, Vaisman, campus only
DNSC 6290 Social Network Analysis for Managers, Kanungo, distance/online only
DNSC 6225 Business Process Simulation, Jain, distance/online section open to MSPM students, campus section restricted to MSBA students (see MSBA program for permission to enter campus section)
3- GW University PM Talk. Natalya H. Bah, MSPM alumni and owner of Natalya H. Bah Consulting, will be coming to campus to speak at the GW PM University Talk. Event is free to students with ID. MSPM students are highly encouraged to attend. The event is offered by the PMIWDC in coordination with the GW Project Management Association. Event details are as follows:
Free for students with ID – Register Here to receive the student rate.
$20 for members
$25 for Non-members
About the Event
“4 Ways to Shorten a Project Schedule,” by Alan Zucker, Director of Project Management, Fannie Mae
Presentation by Natalya H. Bah, PMP, MSPM, CEO of Natalya H. Bah Consulting
2 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category:
Strategic and Business Management
About the Speakers
Project Management Essentials
Alan Zucker has over 25-years of experience managing projects and leading project organizations in Fortune 100 companies. He has delivered thousands of successful projects and managed major strategic initiatives.
As a leader, Alan has transformed organizations. He simultaneously improved client satisfaction while reducing the cost of project execution. He led an Agile transformation that delivered significant, measurable benefits to the enterprise.
In 2016, he founded Project Management Essentials to provide training and consulting services. His areas of expertise are project management, Agile transformation, and leadership. He is a keynote speaker and provides customized training to his clients.
Alan publishes monthly articles LinkedIn, Planning Planet, and Project Connections. He is also a frequent contributor on Agile Alliance.
Natalya H. Bah, owner of Natalya H. Bah Consulting, has over ten years of experience consulting in the public and private sectors. With a focus on project management, Natalya helps organizations achieve their strategic focus by providing dynamic project management leadership. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) with a Masters of Science in Project Management from the George Washington University, she combines her academic achievements with real-world project management experience. Her strong interpersonal skills enable her to quickly engage with existing teams, communicate effectively with project stakeholders and ensure smooth project delivery. In addition to Natalya’s experience and expertise, her team has a broad range of project management skills and knowledge, and shares her dedication to customer service.
Project Management Institute Washington DC (PMIWDC) Chapter partners with local universities to bring our chapter events to university students, young professionals, and our members in Washington, DC on a quarterly basis. Both Members and Non-Members are welcome to join us for the best speakers and networking the Washington DC area has to offer!
The presentations are educational and informative, targeted towards project management professionals, corporate and government leaders, and students looking to step into the field of project management. In every event, three speakers present on topics related to a specific area of the PMI Talent Triangle – technical project management, leadership, and strategic/business management. This approach allows participants to enhance their skills in each of these areas in one night! Each University PM Talks Event also offers certified PMPs 2 Professional Development Units (PDUs).
As part of our commitment to furthering project management education, PMIWDC offers assistance in the form of educational scholarships, visit pmiwdc.org/scholarship to learn more about these programs.
The MSPM program will offer Project Management Organizational Context elective in 2017 summer I semester. The course will run from 22 May to 1 July. This elective is available online, and may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the program. Below is a brief description of course offering:
This course explores how the context of an organization influences how it uses project management practices. Context is understood as “the circumstances that form the setting for an event or idea that influence how it is understood and assessed”. Readings focus on four areas: 1) the definition and classification of organizations, 2) organizational culture, 3) organizational strategy and 4) project management practices that take place during initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and closing processes.
To provide students with an ability to:
Understand the key terms and concepts used to define and classify organizations
Understand the key terms and concepts used to define organizational culture
Explain how and why organizational context and culture influence project management processes
Apply course concepts to real world situations and cases
Identify strategies for customizing the practice of project management in different organizational contexts
For more information, please contact course instructor: Dr. Julia Keleher (email@example.com)