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: February 28, 2017

Top 3 for 28 February 2017:

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 record may register for classes on GWeb. The following MSPM courses are offered: 

DNSC 6237: International Project Management, Prof. Ghosh (Campus and DE)

DNSC 6238: Project Management and Organizational Context, Prof. Keleher (DE)

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.

2- Summer 2017 STAP application deadline extended! Application for 2017 Short-Term Study Away Programs (STAP) has been extended through 12 March. The following programs are still accepting applications:

Austria: Dealmaking for Social Impact: Consulting for GlaxoSmithKline

California: A Journey Through the Sharing Economy, Customer Experience Fieldwork in San Francisco

Cuba: Celebrating Cuban Heritage and Fostering Tourism in Havana

Sweden: Healthcare and Marketing Strategy

United Kingdom: Business and the State: Privatization and Public Private Partnerships

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.