University PM Talks – October 2017

Event Details:

12 October 2017 5:30-7:30 PM

George Washington University School of Business

2201 G Street NW Duques Hall 4th Floor

Washington, DC 20052

**networking on the 4th floor lobby. Presentations in room 451.

REGISTER HERE!  Students get free registration.

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 targeted towards project management professionals, corporate and government leaders, and students looking to step into the field of project management. Our speakers will discuss each element of the PMI Talent Triangle to help further professional development and enhance the following skills all in one night! Each University PM Talks Event also offers certified PMPs 2 Professional Development Units (PDUs). These elements include:

  • Technical Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Strategic and Business Management

MSPM in the KNOW: September 26, 2017

Top 3 for 26 September:

1- Fall 2017 Capstone Residency Week. Reminder, those in the distance section of DNSC 6269 PM Applications (capstone) are required to participate in a residency week to complete the course requirements. Capstone residency week will begin on Monday, December 11 and will run through Wednesday, December 13. The class will meet each day for a full day in the School of Business (2201 G St, NW). More details will be provided as we approach the residency week.

2- The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service is hiring! The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection is hiring an IT Specialist (Technology Operations Center Manager). The Technology Operations Center Manager role is to work collaboratively with infrastructure and application teams to ensure the stability, reliability, and security of information systems. This senior IT professional will work, with minimal supervision, closely with operations teams and will provide guidance and input into the strategic direction/development of datacenter and infrastructure monitoring and support. For more information, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/480118400

3- Free Events This Week:

Scaling Agile within the Federal Government                                                             Wednesday, 27 September 2017                                                                      Time: 11:30 networking; 12-1 presentation
Location: 2201 G Street NW Duques Room 652
Washington, DC 20052                                                                             REGISTER HERE

The Power of Communication Webinar                                                                   Friday, 29 September 2017
12:00 PM (Eastern)                                                                                                Duration: 1 hour and 15 Min.                                                                                         
REGISTER HERE

PMI Virtual Student Summit                                                                            Wednesday, 4 October 2017                                                                              10:00 AM to 2:30 PM (Eastern)                                                                                  REGISTER HERE     

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service is hiring an IT Specialist (Technology Operations Center Manager)

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service is hiring an IT Specialist (Technology Operations Center Manager).

Responsibilities

Major responsibilities of the incumbent include, but are not limited to:

Analyzes current procedures and conducts various studies such as; work flow measurements, identifying problems or issues encountered, analyzing findings, and making recommendations to the program; incorporates procedures in policy, which are efficient, effective, and relative to the document control process to deliver value-added IT support and services.

Prepares weekly action reports of critical suspense data, weekly reconciliation between internal/external program offices of pending/overdue actions, and identify discrepancies.

Analyzes information obtained from management to conceptualize and define administrative and correspondence inefficiencies and provide process improvement solutions and recommendations.

Manage and oversee implementation of innovative services, business solutions and programs, and collaborates with others on integrated solutions and initiatives across the enterprise.

Contributes to the development of strategies, operating plans, and performance measures/targets.

Manages the day to day delivery of contractor provided programs, services and activities.

Provides input to policy level direction regarding standards; Implements and ensures contractor adherence to procedures, methods, standards and controls to foster operational efficiency, monitor compliance, mitigate risks, and achieve unit results.

Manages onboarding of contractor IT staffing.

Monitors contractor recruitment, supervision, scheduling, development, evaluation and disciplinary actions to ensure contractor personnel perform and operate in compliance with performance objectives and goals identified in the active contract.

Promotes a focus of excellent customer service ensuring client requests are serviced promptly and courteously.

Facilitates a positive customer experience; oversee contractor provision of end-user services, including help desk, depot, and technical support services.

Manages Operations Center contractor resources that support infrastructure systems and applications on a 24x7x365 basis; manages staffing levels, on-going training and continual improvements. Actively engage escalated issues to resolution.

Documents contractor compliance with SLAs.

Performs Contractor Officer Representative (COR) responsibilities in accordance with FAR 90.602-4 and contracting officer guidance.

Manages relationships with infrastructure teams to engineer monitoring solutions. Designs automation services utilizing our monitoring tools and FootPrints to create tickets for issues and assign to the correct team for resolution.

Develops a system to track and correlate recurring problems in nightly batch process and other daily operations. Work with systems, applications, database, and network teams to find and implement permanent fixes.

Develop working relationships with internal/external stakeholders to support operations.

Establish and maintain regular written and in-person communications with the contractor PM for the IT O&M contract.

Manage vendor relationships and support contracts to facilitate escalation and resolution to support tickets for onsite and remote facilities.

Benchmark, analyze, report, and make recommendations to improve the performance of IT systems delivery and services to internal/external OCIO clients.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – As the program requires

More information via this link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/480118400

 

MSPM in the KNOW: September 19, 2017

Top 3 for 19 September:

1- GWU MSPM Student, Robert Estes, key member of a weather satellite team. Robert Estes will participate in the launch of a Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) on 10 November. The launch will be held at the Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The JPSS-1 is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather satellite that supports accurate numeral weather forecasts. A long-time NASA project manager, Mr. Estes is responsible for project costs, schedules, technical performance and management of the critical JPSS-1 CERES (Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System) component. He was instrumental in initiating the contract with aerospace/defense firm Northrop Grumman to build CERES. Read more.

2- The Power of Communication Webinar. There is still time to register for “The Power of Communication” featuring Alan Zucker, CEO of Project Management Essentials. This is a  webinar made possible by Angela Knight (GWPMA President) and Vugar Mammadov (GWPMA Distance Student Representative-International). Event is designed to find better ways to engage distance learners in the MSPM program and meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve the best results for their projects. Register now! Event details are below.

Friday September 29, 2017 12:00 PM EDT Duration: 1 hour and 15 Min.

3- Free campus event: Scaling Agile within the Federal Government. Join us for the next PMIWDC Circle Luncheon event on 27 September at GWU campus. Guest speaker, Efrain Velasquez, will discuss how changes in the Federal Government’s acquisition and contracting processes increase pressure to be “more Agile.” Mr. Velasquez will provide a high-level description of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) for Lean Enterprises, discuss its applicability to Federal technology projects, and identify the roles PMs can play within the framework. Learn more about the speaker and topic here. Event details are below:

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Time: 11:30 networking; 12-1 presentation

Event Location: 2201 G Street NW Duques Room 652 Washington, DC 20052

REGISTER HERE

 

Scaling Agile within the Federal Government, September 27

Scaling Agile within the Federal Government featuring Efrain Velazquez

*Wed September 27, 2017

Time: 11:30 networking; 12-1 presentation
Event Location: 2201 G Street NW Duques Room 652
Washington, DC 20052
*Hosted by the GW Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM)
program, the PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon is a series of free
brown bag luncheons featuring industry experts in project management. The
event is free, preregistration is preferred.* REGISTER HERE

 

*About the Event*

The Federal Government is increasingly mandating the application of Agile software development across its technical acquisition programs.  This trend comes from the realization that iterative and incremental development and delivery of software-intensive systems lowers costs, compresses schedules, improves quality, and delivers capabilities better aligned to the needs of system stakeholders and end users.  However, two factors typically cripple Federal Agile development projects: the application of traditional program management, IT governance, acquisition, and contracting practices incompatible with Agile; and difficulty scaling Agile practices to deliver large-scale, highly complex systems.  As the Federal Government changes its acquisition and contracting processes to foster agility, many government and industry project and program managers face increasing pressure to “be more Agile” while lacking appropriate training, implementation guidance, and clearly defined roles.  We need a coherent, systems-based, scaled Agile implementation approach that supports Agile team productivity while addressing government acquisitions and compliance concerns at program and portfolio levels.  The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) for Lean Enterprises can serve as the foundation for such an approach, enabling PMs to apply their current skills and experience in ways that support agility.  Mr. Velazquez will provide a high-level description of SAFe, discuss its applicability to Federal technology projects, and identify the roles PMs can play within the framework.

*Special Instructions*

– Closest metro stop: Foggy Bottom
– Garage Parking at Marvin Center (H & 21st St, NW): $18.00
– Metered parking is available
– Photo ID is required
– Use 22nd Street entrance

PDUs Available:
1 PDU for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category:
Strategic and Business Management

*About the Speaker*

Frank Velazquez is a Senior Manager at Blue Canopy (a wholly owned subsidiary of Jacobs Engineering), an independent Agile coach, and the author of the blog AgileCheetah.com.  As a technologist, writer, and speaker, Frank most enjoys solving problems at the intersection of people, processes, and technology.  This interest comes from his diverse background.  He served as an Air Force intelligence officer for ten years.  His nearly two decades-long career in Information Technology has spanned the disciplines of Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Enterprise Architecture, and Business Development.  Frank holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio.  Frank is a certified Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant, a Certified ScrumMaster, and a Certified Scrum Professional.  Through his experiences as an Agilist since 2008, Frank has learned and applied Agile-based approaches to software and systems development that deliver real business value while meeting budgetary, schedule, security, and compliance constraints.

 

 

PMI Virtual Student Summit, October 4

This free virtual event is designed for students interested in project management or in an allied discipline. The day will be full of opportunities for students to learn and network.

Register for Free Today! <

Sessions include:
User experience and design thinking
Global impact of project management
Career trajectories of emerging professionals in project management
Global challenges facing projects
Networking and collaborative opportunities

MSPM Student Robert Estes to participate in Joint Polar Satellite System-1 Launch

MSPM student Robert Estes (goes by Bob) is a key member of weather satellite team.  Mr. Estes will participate in the launch of Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), a NASA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather satellite projected to be launched on 10 November.

 

A long-time NASA project manager, Mr. Estes is responsible for project costs, schedules, technical performance and management of the critical JPSS-1 CERES (Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System) component. He was instrumental in initiating the contract with aerospace/defense firm Northrop Grumman to build CERES.

 

In an email to the MSPM program last week, Mr. Estes would like to share his experience from a project management perspective. Post-launch event is in the works. Please stay tuned for more updates.

 

Above photo depicts the JPSS-1

CERES flight instrument

Check out GW newsletter to read more.

NOAA JPSS website: http://www.jpss.noaa.gov

NOAA NESDIS JPSS-1 website: https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/JPSS-1

MSPM in the KNOW: September 12, 2017

Top 3 for 12 September 2017

1.  Graduation Application. Degree-seeking students including MSPM students who are in their last semester in the program should apply for graduation via GWeb no later than Sunday, 1 October 2017. Students who miss the published deadline will be assessed a $35 late application fee and must use the late paper application. To apply for graduation now, follow instructions below:

  • Log in to GWeb using your GWID and PIN.
  • Click on the Student Records & Registration Menu tab, and select the “Student Records Information” link.
  • Click on the “Apply to Graduate” link to begin your graduation application.

2. Congratulations, Natalya Bah for the successful presentation at the 2017 PM Symposium! Natalya Bah, MSPM alumna and CEO of Natalya H. Bah Consulting, presented at the 2017 PM Symposium held today, 12 September at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel in Vienna, Virginia. Her topic, “Change Management for Leaders: Preparing for an Unknown Future,” discussed techniques to help project managers understand natural reactions to change and how to increase project team member engagement. Full information of Ms. Bah’s presentation may be viewed here. Ms. Bah’s presentation was well-received and attracted at least 150 project management professionals including GW students and alumni. Despite numerous presenters attendees could choose from, Ms. Bah drew a standing room only crowd.

3. The Power of Communication Webinar. The GWPMA (student association) is hosting a webinar, “The Power of Communication” featuring Alan Zucker, CEO of Project Management Essentials. This webinar is a pilot project of the GWPMA led by Angela Knight (President) and Vugar Mammadov (Distance Student Representative-International), designed to find better ways to engage distance learners in the MSPM program and meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve the best results for their projects. The webinar is free and open to the public. There will be giveaways of the sixth edition of PMBOK Guide released 6 September 2017 and a GWU MSPM t-shirt. Winners will be selected from the webinar attendees!  Event details are below: