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

 

MSPM in the KNOW: August 1, 2017

Top 3 for 1 August:

1-    Fall 2017 Registration. Reminder, Fall 2017 registration is ongoing. All students are required to be continuously enrolled each fall and spring semester from the point of matriculation through completion of the degree. Students are expected to self-register for courses. To view available course offerings, go to the registrar’s website and register via GWeb when ready.

If unable to register due to personal or medical reasons, students may consider Leave of Absence (LOA). Consult with your advisor, Agnes Socrates (aesocrates@gwu.edu) prior to filing for LOA to fully understand impact on your degree completion.

2-    Graders needed for Decision Sciences Courses for Fall 2017. The job is ideal for campus students who are interested in working part-time with flexible hours.  Grader duties include assisting Decision Sciences faculty with grading assignments and posting grades on blackboard. Grader will not hold recitation sessions or office hours. Grader interaction with students will only pertain to assignments and/or grading. Time is quite flexible. No special training or preparation required to do the job, other than the approval/recommendation of the faculty member and/or department.  Current students in good standing who had already taken the following courses are eligible to apply:

DNSC 6254 Risk Management (1.5)

DNSC 6258 Executive Decision Making (1.5)

DNSC 6262 Directed Computational Project Management (3)

Submit your resume to Jade Abrams (jadej@gwu.edu) if interested.

3-    2017 PM Symposium. The PM Symposium provides a forum focused on developing project managers of all skill levels through professional development opportunities (7 PDUs will be available throughout the day). The symposium is also an opportunity for companies to meet project managers seeking career transition and matching interests, skills, and experience to their needs. If you are active in the project management community, don’t miss the premiere Symposium for the DC Metro Area. Check out the Agenda to see this year’s speakers and topics. All sessions will be worth PDU credits for PMPs with up to 7 PDUs available throughout the day. Read more.

Date: Tuesday, 12 September, 2017 – 8:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Sheraton Tysons Hotel 8661 Leesburg Pike Vienna, Virginia 22182

Student Rate: $195 (in order to receive the student rate please contact us at info@pmiwdc.org)

 

MSPM in the KNOW: July 25, 2017

Top 3 for 25 July

1- Fall 2017 Blackboard Collaborate Session Now Available. The Blackboard collaborate session schedule for the Fall 2017 semester is now available on the blog. Collaborate sessions are 60-minute live sessions that are designed for the online and campus students to engage with their professors on a weekly basis. It is highly recommended for all MSPM students. It offers opportunity to look at the week’s lecture in more detail and students may ask any questions to the professor regarding lecture materials or assignments. Check out schedule via this link.

2- Still needing an elective for Fall 2017? The MSPM program is offering one 3-credit elective in the Fall semester:

DNSC 6236 Project Quality Management, 3 credits (Dr. Griffith)

This course is focused on the quality management of projects. It explores current theories and practices regarding quality management as applied to manufacturing and the service industry, the application to project systems, and the application to individual projects. In addition, students in this course will explore the application of project management techniques in implementing a quality improvement initiative within an organization. Read more.

Students may consider alternative elective courses by reviewing course offerings listed on the schedule of classes. All students need to schedule an advisement session prior to registering for elective courses to ensure those courses would count toward MSPM. E-mail Agnes Socrates (aesocrates@gwu.edu) with any questions or schedule an advisement session via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).

3- Free event on campus tomorrow, 26 July!

Military Generals, Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence featuring Susan Schwartz, PMP

**This session takes a practical look at successful, and not so successful, U.S. military general behaviors from WWII to the present. The discussion centers around four key leadership attributes as take-away lessons and how they can be used by project managers today to lead their teams to success.

Event Date: Wednesday, 26 July 2017 – 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: The George Washington University School of Business

2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 453

Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

REGISTER HERE!

 

 

MSPM in the KNOW: July 19, 2017

Top 3 for 19 July

1-  Summer 2017 PMP Prep Course. We have selected the two students who are awarded the free seats to the Summer 2017 PMP Prep Course. For those who did not receive free registration this time, keep an eye for announcement on the blog for the next opportunity. Your student organization is also doing PMP Review study sessions. If interested, contact Phebean Williams at phebeanw@gwu.edu.

2-  International Student Advisory Board (ISAB). The MSPM Program is in need of a new delegate for the ISAB for FY17-18. This is a volunteer position ideal for an international student on campus. Students on the ISAB serve as advisors to Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) regarding orientation, programming and issues of significance to the graduate international student experience. Board members would meet once a month and help guide G&EE with programming and topics of discussion for international students. If interested, email aesocrates@gwu.edu with your resume by 21 July.

3- GW Fowler Career Center Update and opportunities with the United Nations. GW has transitioned from GWorkSB to a new online career platform called Handshake. The new platform allows you to access over 160,000 companies which is much more than GWorkSB offered. You will be able to customize your profile to receive relevant information based on your interest, experience and education.  Review the quick start quide via this link to set-up your profile.  Contact gwsboci@gwu.edu with any questions.

Interested in Career Opportunities with the United Nations? Check out the UN 360 and Young Professionals Programme:

UN 360. The program includes a semester-long series of site visits, roundtables, and workshops in Washington DC and New York City. Through this experience, students will deepen their understanding of the work of the UN and its partners, connect with professionals and alumni in the field, and explore career possibilities within these organizations. Deadline: 1 August. More info here.

United Nations Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is an annual recruitment initiative aimed at attracting highly qualified young professionals who are willing to start a career in the United Nations as international civil servants. Applications are now open!

MSPM in the KNOW: June 27, 2017

Top 3 for 27 June

  1. There is still time to register for summer session II classes! Summer session II begins 5 July. Last day to register via GWeb is 11 July. Please note, summer semester is the best time to fulfill your electives. To view list of courses available, check out the schedule of classes. Should you need assistance with registering for courses or if you have questions related to what electives would count toward your MSPM degree, schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates.

 

  1. Reminder, PMP Prep Course is available online beginning, 30 June – 15 August. As posted on the blog on 14 June, this virtual PMP Prep Course is intended to help participants prepare for the PMP credentialing exam. This is ideal for distance learners who cannot commit to classroom PMP Prep course. Learn more and register! If you are on campus interested in joining fellow students for a PMP study group, contact your GWPMA Board Member, Phebean Williams at phebeanw@gwu.edu.

 

  1. Thank you to those who responded to our call for volunteers! We have room for two more volunteers for the Fall 2017 Student Orientation scheduled on Saturday, 19 August. Volunteer duties include: running the student panel and assisting with the Bridge Game. Time commitment is approximately 3 hours on Saturday afternoon. This is the best time to meet incoming MSPM students and share your experience in the program. If interested, please email aesocrates@gwu.edu.

 

 

Overworked and Overwhelmed, What can you do about it?

Overworked and Overwhelmed, What can you do about it?

Featuring

Dr. Saya Sone, Professor, Agile Coach, PMP, School of Computer Information Science Virginia International University

$0.00
Event Date:
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 11:30am1:00pm
Event Location:

The George Washington University School of Business

2201 G St, NW, Duques Room, Room 451

Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Agenda and Cost:

This luncheon is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to attend.

Networking 11:30 – 12:00
Presentation 12:00 – 1:00

About the Event

How did you distribute your 168 hours a week? If you spent more than 42% at work, this is the workshop for you. How often do you check your smartphone? If you check your phone every hour or less, you would be interested in learning how to deal with your stressful life. Do you spend your day of back-to-back meetings, a hundred or so emails, interminable conference calls, dozens of decisions, a contentious conversation or two, and a rough commute? When we are all busy at work or in our life, have you thought about how you could make the impact to gain your happy work life? This workshop is to help you through a mindfulness journey to identify what you can make a difference or any alternative to organize your mindfulness game plan to stay on track with it. For example, how could we manage our time better to get a beautiful mind?

This workshop is based on a book “Overworked and Overwhelmed” by Scott Eblin who introduces the following three steps:

  • Your best: You will organize the characteristics and behaviors that reflect how you are when you are showing up as the best version of yourself
  • Your Routine: If you want to be in the certain way (excellence), you have to do things that reinforce that state.
  • Outcomes: What difference do you want to make in your professional life, working environment, and community?

You will determine your most important goals and sets you on a course to reach them. Get started by clarifying the core characteristic that represents you at your best when you feel most comfortable and productive. The routines in four domains could be physical, spiritual, mental, and relational that will reinforce peak performance. Through the reflection, we hope to care in the three main areas – at your best, what the routines to make you at best, and what outcome would come in team, community, organization.

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

Dr. Saya Sone

Virginia International University
Professor, Agile Coach, PMP, School of Computer Information Science

Dr. Saya Sone is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), an Enterprise Agile Coach, a professor at VIU (Virginia International University), and Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

Dr. Sone’s passion is to help her clients such as CTO, CIO, CEO, Individuals, and teams to discover their new beliefs, thoughts, directions, or emotions that strengthen their capabilities to accomplish their priorities. Her happiness is to be a partner when her clients grown in their potentials.

When Dr. Sone enjoys delivering her speeches in schools, conferences, meetups, and organizations, her topics include motivations for behavioral changes, keeping balance for maximum growth, designing Lean Canvas to recognize MVP (Minimal Viable product), setting goals to achieve life potential and a variety of Agile and coaching related topics.

Dr. Sone is a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). She wrote two books Business Value of Agile Methods: Maximizing ROI with Just-in-Time Processes and Documentation” and Mapping Agile Practices to Project Management Challenges.

MSPM in the KNOW: June 20, 2017

Top 3 for 20 June

1-  Congratulations Michell Morton and team! MSPM student Michell Morton and team, Connect.DCwere among the finalists for the Cafritz Awards for 2017. Awards were made possible by the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation in partnership with the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership to recognize and reward outstanding performance and exemplary service by DC Government employees (Read more). Congratulations Michell on your recent achievement!

2-  Elective Options for Fall 2017. MSPM is going to offer one, three-credit elective course in Fall 2017 semester. The following course will fulfill either your Decision Science elective or General elective requirement:

DNSC 6236 Project Quality Management, 3 cr. (Dr. Griffith)

Other elective options that may qualify are below:

DNSC 6209: Forecasting for Analytics, 1.5 cr. (Dr. Berea)

DNSC 6201: Introduction to Business Analytics, 1.5 cr. (Dr. Grover) *permission from department required to register.

MGT 6290: Leadership and Perspective I and II, 3 cr. (Dr. Bailey)

For more options, review full course listings via the schedule of classes. Unsure what to take for your elective? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

3-  Job opportunities with the United Nations and Other International Organizations. MSPM blog has been updated to reflect new job vacancies with the United Nations and other international organizations this month. Check out several opportunities in Washington DC and other locations through this link.

MSPM in the KNOW: June 6, 2017

Top 3 for 6 June

1.  Summer 2017 semester. Last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of ‘W’ using GWeb for summer session I is Sunday, 18 June. Summer session II begins 5 July. Last day to register via GWeb for summer session II is 11 July. Review summer session schedule via this link.

2.  Fall 2017 semester. Registration for Fall 2017 is ongoing. Register for classes via GWeb before they close. Questions about registration? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

3.  Job opportunities. This week’s highlighted jobs are listed below. Several opportunities are also available through GWorkSB. Log in and browse through the “Jobs” tab to see all available job postings. New jobs are being added on a daily basis.

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

Lead Strategic Planner– NNSA Office of Safety, Infrastructure, and Operations requires Lead Strategic Planner to support its Program Management Office.

Parisella Vincelli Associates Consultant – min. 2-3 years of experience in business, including in management

Educe Careers Business Consultant – Consultant/Senior Consultant – min. 2-4 years of experience in consulting/professional service firm

Eagle Hill Consulting Management Consulting Director(Communications/Media/Technology Industry).

Additional ones can be found on Glassdoor by clicking here.

 

 

MSPM in the KNOW: May 2, 2017

Top 3 for 2 May  

  1. Summer 2017 Registration. Last day to register without penalty is Sunday, 21 May. Check out the registration schedule here. Register for classes on GWeb before courses close. Having issues with registration? Contact Agnes Socrates, aesocrates@gwu.edu.

 

  1. Job Vacancies with the United Nations and Other International Organizations. Interested in international development projects? Check out new job postings from the United Nations and other international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on the blog. Immediate need for a Senior Program Manager with USAID project also announced.

 

  1. Local Project Management Institute community in Ashburn, VA hosts a series of brown bag luncheons. Through the Project Management Institute, the Division of GWU IT Project and Portfolio Management Office has established a local community in Ashburn, VA. The local community hosts a series of brown bag luncheons which will provide attendees with both networking and educational opportunities and earn Professional Development Units (PDUs). Check out upcoming events on the blog.

 

Project Management Institute Ashburn Local Community Upcoming Events

Through the Project Management Institute, the Division of IT Project and Portfolio Management Office has established a local community in Ashburn, VA. The local community hosts a series of brown bag luncheons which will provide attendees with both networking and educational opportunities (PDUs). Seasoned guest speakers with unique project management expertise will join us to deliver presentations related to improving the practice of managing projects and leading others.

Upcoming Events:

18 May:

“GET TWICE AS MANY PROJECTS DONE AND
BE HOME FOR DINNER” featuring Mike Hannan,
Principal Consultant and Founder
Fortezza Consulting, LLC

The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus
Enterprise Hall Room 176 | 11:30am – 1:00pm

27 July:  

“REBIRTH OF BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT” featuring Steve Plante,
Independent Consultant and Founder
Business Transformation Partners

The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus
Enterprise Hall Room 176 | 11:30am – 1:00pm

VISIT IT.GWU.EDU/PMI FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION