2018 MSPM Award Winners Announced!

Congratulations to our 2018 MSPM award winners!  Each year, MSPM students are given the chance to vote for the Outstanding MSPM Faculty. Students vote this year went to Dr. Janne Kettunen for the Outstanding MSPM Faculty award.

The MSPM program selects the winners for MSPM Academic Excellence and MSPM Service Excellence from the graduating class.  The 2018 results are now available and the winners are as follows: 

Master of Science in Project Management Academic Excellence Award – Bakdaulet Turgarayev

Master of Science in Project Management Service Excellence Award:

Angela Knight

Vugar Mammadov

Melody Peppard

Phebean Williams

The award winners will be honored at an invitation-only ceremony on Thursday, May 17, at the Betts Theater and at the GWSB Masters and Doctoral Celebration on Friday, May 18. Congratulations to the winners: Dr. Kettunen, Bakdaulet, Angela, Vugar, Melody and Phebean!

PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon, April 25

Training From The BACK Of The Room! 6 Trumps To Shift Your Teaching Stance featuring Kim Braindard

 

Event Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – 11:30am – Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – 1:00pm

Event Location: The George Washington University School of Business
2201 G Street NW Duques Room 453 Washington, DC, 20052  See map: Google Maps

Agenda and Cost: This luncheon is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to attend. REGISTER HERE!

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

About the Event

Take your training skills to a more advanced level as you discover how the human brain really learns which is very different from traditional assumptions about learning. Explore the most current “cognitive neuroscience” about effective instruction – how the brain takes in, stores, retrieves and uses knowledge. Discover six powerful learning principles based on the best of brain science, then apply these principles every time you train, teach, or coach others. These Accelerated Learning principles go hand-in-hand with team-based Agile and Scrum processes and principles.

PDUs Available: 1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

Talent Triangle Category: Technical

About The Speaker

Kim Braindard

Agile Brain

Trainer/Founder

Kim is an energetic trainer and facilitator who is sometimes referred to as “Unconventional” for her creative tactics to generate transparency and encourage self-development and as a “People Whisperer” for her street-savvy style of coaching and training that brings out the best in people. Kim’s fusion of real-life stories and her conversational techniques connect her with audiences of all walks of life on an intimate and intense level. Kim is passionate about sharing brain-based learning to turn passive listeners into active learners. Kim is skilled in building interaction and collaboration among educators, organizations, and teams to drive change, support key objectives, and maximize value creation. She has extensive experience in coaching in public and private sectors to transform the way we work and improve how we learn.

About The Washington Circle Luncheons

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PMIWDC’s Washington Circle luncheons are a series of free brownbag luncheons hosted at 2201 G St, NW in Downtown DC. There are luncheons every fourth Wednesday of the month, unless posted otherwise.

This program series is made possible by the generous support of George Washington University School of Business , which offers a Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) degree. The MSPM program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve cost-effective results. With courses offered both on-campus and online, students have the flexibility to complete the degree from virtually anywhere.

Washington Circle luncheons are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.

PM University Talks, April 19

University PM Talks – Hosted By George Washington University

featuring

Alan Zucker, PMP (CEO, Project Management Essentials)

Chris Girolamo, PMP (Vice President, Software and Systems Engineering Group         STG, Inc.) and David S. Maurer, PMP (Ret. Lieutenant Colonel, USA)

Event Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018 – 5:30pm – Thursday, April 19, 2018 – 7:30pm

Event Location: Duques Hall, Room 453, George Washington University
2201 G Street NW Washington, DC, 20052 See map: Google Maps

REGISTER HERE!

This event goes from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, with the first 30 minutes devoted to networking.

This event is free for students, costs $20 for members, and $25 for non-members.

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 1.5 Professional Development Units (PDUs). These elements include:

  • Technical Project Management (0.5)
  • Leadership (0.5)
  • Strategic and Business Management (0.5)

This event provides 1.5 PDUs for certified PMs. If you have any questions about the event, please contact us .

Agenda

5:30 PM- 6:00 PM Networking / Food & Drinks
6:00 PM -7:00 PM University PM Talks Presentations
Strategic and Business Management (20 Minutes)
Technical Project Management (20 Minutes)
Leadership (20 Minutes)
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Q&A with Speakers

Topics

20 Points for Success as a Leader
Presentation by David S. Maurer

This fast-paced presentation will introduce twenty “action points” for success as a leader and a follower. The values of integrity, accountability, sense of urgency and responsiveness are among those addressed – with a fresh spin on their applicability. The “20 Points” session brings clarity to the most typical expectations supervisors have of us and we have of those we supervise. We will discuss their importance and their relevance in the workplace, and more specifically, the project setting.

Lean, Waste, and Knowledge Work
Presentation by Alan Zucker

Lean theory focuses on minimizing waste and maximizing value. Value is defined as products or features that a customer is willing to purchase at a specified price. When creating physical products value and waste are clear and easily measured.
Products that customers are willing to buy have value. Features that enhance the product add value. Waste is scrap along the manufacturing line. It is excess inventory. In knowledge work, value and waste are less apparent. Many knowledge workers are very distant from the end-consumers of the product or service that their enterprise provides. Are they doing work that creates value, or is waste? In this program, we will explore notions of waste and value in knowledge work. Are we creating value? How can we reduce waste? What are opportunities for increasing our individual productive capacity and that of our project teams? It’s easier than you might imagine.

Failure is Success
Presentation by Chris Girolamo

Projects are implemented with two objectives in mind. The first objective is to achieve a product vision and the second is to ensure high quality. There is a management culture that tends to pervade projects to implement quality through inspection and surveillance at various, logical phases of the process. For software development, this is typically at process boundaries between requirements, design, development, testing and deployment phases. However this approach is more viral than healthy. Finding failures at process boundaries is the point where the cost of fixing the failure is most expensive and least effective. As it turns out, failure should be viewed as success. The project management culture should be reinvented and the approach should be geared to finding failures fast. This flash report describes the value proposition of succeeding through failure by the application of Agile and Lean practices and principles.

Special Instructions:

Closest metro stop: Foggy Bottom-GWU (Blue, Silver, Orange)

PDUs Available:

1.50 PDUs for Certified PMs

Talent Triangle Category:

1.5 PDUs : .5 – Strategic and Business Management, .5 Technical, .5 Leadership

About The Speaker

Alan Zucker, PMP

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.

You may connect with Alan on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanizucker or contact him at www.pmessentials.us

Chris Girolamo, PMP

STG, Inc.

Vice President, Software and Systems Engineering Group

Chris Girolamo is Vice President of the Software and Systems Engineering Group at STG. He is responsible for a portfolio of software development and engineering solution programs for STG’s government customers including the Department of State and USDA. This includes the ongoing development of the US Passport and the CLASS (namecheck) systems. He leads an Agile organizational transformation and is responsible for STG’s Software Engineering Center.

During his 30 year career, his focus has been on software engineering in numerous senior program, project management and organizational change roles. He has led variety of software lifecycle modernizations including the executive sponsor of a successful CMMI ML3 appraisal. He is a Certified Scrum Master; PMP certified; a Certified Scaled Agile Framework Agilist (SA) and holds a Masters of Information Technology from George Washington University.

His industry presentations include:
•    Agile: It’s the Product, Not the Project – PMI WDC 2012 Project Management Symposium; October 2012; PMI WDC 2014 Project Management Symposium July 2014 – PMI WDC;
•    Agile DNA: Why Agile Works – PMI Luncheon Series; March 2012, August 2012; November 2012; October, 2013
•    Using Agile to Harmonize Project Management and Product Development – CSC 2011 Global Technical and Business Solution Conference; July 2011
•    Agile Adoption: Patterns and Anti-Patterns in the Public Sector – Agile Comes to You Conference; June 2011

David S. Maurer, PMP

Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret.)

Dave Maurer offers a wealth of experience as both a career military officer and a senior leader within the private sector. His corporate leadership pedigree includes service an Executive Vice President and Director for several firms in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. He leads a global training program spanning all 50 states, 15 countries and 2 U.S. Territories in support of the Labor Department and the U.S. military and has served as a program manager overseeing dozens of initiatives targeted toward improving access to health care for members of the armed forces and their families. In his various leadership capacities, he has supervised thousands of staff members, trainers and soldiers while ensuring quality service and support to all clients and customers.

Dave is a native of Trenton, N.J and earned his bachelors degree in economics from Seton Hall University. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army’s Adjutant General Corps and served in a wide variety of command and staff positions in the United States and overseas throughout his 22-year military career. His service included tours within the intelligence community and the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, and culminated as the 72nd Adjutant General for the United States Military Academy at West Point.

He holds a master’s degree in management from Central Michigan University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a certified trainer through the National Veterans Training Institute. He has always been active in the local community, serving as a director of several civic organizations and as a Hospice volunteer. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the USO of Metropolitan New York City, and Washington, D.C. and Virginia based chapters of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Association of the United States Army and the Military Officers Association of America. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of G.I. Jobs Magazine and is a member of the Seton Hall University Leadership Development Advisory Council.

As a professional speaker, performance consultant, and trainer, Dave offers a variety of relevant topics for diverse groups and organizations. His audiences and clients have included the World Bank, the CIA, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Department of Homeland Security, The U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, several PMI chapters, the Performance Institute, and both large and small enterprises in the private sector. He has presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. as well as the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, the Virginia Tech Executive MBA Program, the University of Maryland’s MBA Program and selected faculty members at West Point. Dave is a member of the National Speakers Association and the co-author of two books. His first book, published in 2008, examined the role of conflict and interpersonal skills in project management and his latest book, Leadership Essentials: How to Lead with Passion, Pride and Purpose, published in 2014, offers a compendium of essays on leadership in the new century.

About The University PM Talks

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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!

MSPM in the KNOW: April 3, 2018

Top 3 for 3 April 2018:  

1-  Fall 2018 Registration begins 13 April. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. Students can view list of course offerings via the registrar’s website. Questions about registration? E-mail aesocrates@gwu.edu or schedule an advisement session via  www.meetme.so/gwmspm and include your GWid.

2- Reminder for graduating students, commencement ticket distribution is ongoing until 27 April 2018. Pick up hours are from 9AM to 6PM in GWSB Office of Events Duques Room 355. Completion of graduation survey is required prior to picking up your tickets. Please bring photo ID and proof of survey completion when retrieving your tickets.  More information regarding ticket distribution is found on this link: https://business.gwu.edu/gwsb-commencement/ticket-distribution

3-  Networking and job opportunities:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is Seeking a Part-Time Client Associate! – Apply by 10 April

  • The Client Associate provides administrative support in all phases of client service, client relationship building, and account maintenance to assist the business activities of Financial Advisors (FAs). Apply here.

Veterans in Global Leadership (VGL) is Hiring Interns Now!

HireDC Fair – Open to alumni, recent graduates, and soon-to-be May grads! 26 April

  • Whether you’re looking for a new career in accounting, consulting, education, engineering, finance, health-care, government or non-profit, investment banking, marketing, media, sales or technology, you will find all the best employers at HIREDC. Register here.

International Monetary Fund, 2018 Spring Meeting for Graduate Students

**This opportunity is only open to graduate students**
The Spring Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, parliamentarians, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial system. This year’s events will take place in Washington, DC, April 16-22, 2018.
Attendance to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meetings is by invitation only. All participants must register in advance. You will have access to the full campus of the Meetings and to attend all open seminars and discussions that take place throughout the week. Participants will also have an opportunity to observe a major international conference and network with participants.

MSPM in the KNOW: March 27, 2018

Top 3 for 27 March 2018  

1- Commencement Tickets. Graduating students may pick up tickets for University Commencement and GWSB Doctoral and Masters celebration beginning 2 through 27 April 2018. Pick up hours are from 9AM to 6PM, location is in GWSB Office of Events Duques Room 355. Completion of graduation survey is required prior to picking up your tickets. Please bring photo ID and proof of survey completion when retrieving your tickets.  More information regarding ticket distribution is found on this link: https://business.gwu.edu/gwsb-commencement/ticket-distribution

2- Upcoming Events:

PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon: Going with Agile or Growing with Agile? Energile’s Agile Ingredients to Build High Performing Teams and Organizations featuring Mahendiran Periyasamy

Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 11:30am networking, 12 – 1:00pm presentation

Duques Hall, School of Business
2201 G Street NW
Room: 453 Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Register Here

Agile Transformation has been the proven game-changer towards the positive transformation in building high performing Agile culture embedded teams and the high performing organizations. Agile and live coaching can lead to better methods of continuous improvements in the journey of building and scaling up the teams’ high performance. This will help the organizations to enable high product development speed while maintaining a highly available service.

Study Abroad Project Management Applications: PyeongChang Olympics Project Planning Observations featuring Melody Peppard (MBA-MSPM student)

Friday 6 April 2018 | Duques Hall Room 258 2201 G Street NW Washington DC 20052 | 4:30-5:30 PM 

This event will provide an overview of the Olympic Games planning cycle with experiences learned from attending 2018 PyeongChang winter games. Project management concepts and challenges will be discussed for each stage of the planning phases from a Host City of the Olympic Games perspective and an International Olympic Committee perspective. MSPM students are highly encouraged to attend this presentation. RSVP is required via email invitation sent on 26 March. Contact Agnes Socrates, aesocrates@gwu.edu if you have not received your invite.

3- BNY Mellon is Seeking a Sr. Representative in Mutual Fund/Client Accounting!  The person in this role will serve as a lead for the day-to-day operations of a small- to medium-sized fund accounting support team, providing work direction and technical assistance on complex matters. Application link can be found here.

PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon Event, March 29

Going with Agile or Growing with Agile? Energile’s Agile Ingredients to Build High Performing Teams and Organizations *featuring**Mahendiran Periyasamy

 

Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 11:30am networking, 12 – 1:00pm presentation

Duques Hall, School of Business
2201 G Street NW
Room: 453
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
United States

Register Here

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, however preregistration is preferred.
About the Event. Agile Transformation has been the proven game-changer towards the positive transformation in building high performing Agile culture embedded teams and the high performing organizations. Agile and live coaching can lead to better methods of continuous improvements in the journey of building and scaling up the teams’ high performance. This will help the organizations to enable high product development speed while maintaining a highly available service. Through right Agile ingredients and best proven practices and methodologies we can have the motivated people to build valuable quality products with ‘the speed to market’ mind set.

1. Whether you are just beginning to adopt Agile or you have been practicing Agility for many years, through this participatory event, you will likely benefit from tips and hints to ramp up your Agile Implementation and Performance in your teams/organizations

2. You will be able to explore and apply various Agile Ingredients, Best practices and techniques and methods through which we can evaluate team/organization’s performance, extract lessons learned, and make recommendations for the future.

3. During this interactive session participants will learn how build teams and coaching/retrospective themes on the go which fits with team/organization’s needs and mood and also will have a Q&A session at the end.

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
Mahendiran Periyasamy
Energile Consultancy Services LLC
Founder

Mahendiran Periyasamy is a IT Management Professional, Trainer, Public Speaker, Trained Coach, Agile, Lean/Six Sigma, ITIL, PMP/PMI-ACP Coach and Corporate Catalyst in driving corporate level initiatives and build competencies in process and project management excellence. He brings IT Management and technical expertise with around 17 years of progressive experience. His professional experience includes IT Process improvement, IT monitoring and oversight, Business IT alignment, IT operations, Continuous Service improvement and Business Process and IT

MSPM Student, Misrak Negatu invites all MSPM graduates to participate in a two-minute research survey!

Dear MSPM Alumni,

I am currently an MSPM student and I would like to invite you to participate in a survey that will help me understand gender biases in project management. This is a research project that I am currently working on outside of the MSPM requirements which I believe will be beneficial to the project management community. Your participation is important. Please complete the survey below. Survey may not take more than 2 minutes and is confidential.

Click survey link here.

Best,
Misrak Negatu

 

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