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Volunteer at the Clinton Global Initiative – Deadline to Apply is Feb. 10

GW is hosting the Clinton Global Initiative on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31.   GW is looking for volunteers for the weekend.   “Be part of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Annual Meeting at GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus on Mar. 30 – Apr. 1, 2012. During CGI U, GW will host more than 1,200 students from around the world, as well as a large number of prominent speakers, including President Bill Clinton.”

For more information and to apply, visit http://www.gwu.edu/cgiu/.

MSPM Alum Faith Knight Publishes Book “Projects are people too!”

Congratulations to Faith Knight, GW MSPM alumna, on the publication of her book, “Project are people too!: A guide to getting along so you can get some work done”.

Summary: Projects change…people don’t. No matter how many different projects you’ve led in your career, the only constant resource — and the most difficult to manage — is people. They all have their personalities, quirks, agendas and approaches and it’s your job to ensure all these are inline with the bottom line: getting the project completed. Projects Are People, Too! will help you identify the warning signs of sabotage and help you better manage your relationships. It offers real-world experiences and solutions to assist you in all aspects of your project. This book is a must read for all PMs who need more aptitude and less attitude on their projects.  (Taken from Amazon.com)

Order your copy now at http://www.amazon.com/Projects-Are-People-Too-getting/dp/0982619022/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326292087&sr=8-1.

Congratulations, Faith!

Dr. Denis Cioffi Reappointed as Chair of GW’s Research and Instructional Technology Committee

At the end of his two-year term, Decision Science Associate Professor Denis F. Cioffi has been asked to continue as chair of the university’s Research and Instructional Technology Committee.  This request, which Dr. Cioffi has accepted, comes from GW’s new Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Stephen C. Ehrmann. RITC’s website, at http://acadtech.gwu.edu/pages/ritc, describes  (in language now made old by the Provost’s restructuring that led to Dr. Ehrmann’s appointment)  the role of the committee. “Continual interaction with instructional technology experts from across the university helps the Program maintain its leadership in the use of state-of-the-art technology for both distance and campus students,” said Dr. Cioffi.

Alumni Note: Book Written by MSPM 2010 Alumni Sue Bivins and Michael Bible Available For Preorder

Michael Bible and Susan Bivins, both GW MSPM ’10 alumni, have written and published Mastering Project Portfolio Management: A Systems Approach to Achieving Strategic Objectives.  The book, which is published by J. Ross Publishing and hits the bookshelves in August, 2011 is now available for pre-order!  Reserve your copy now at Amazon!

The book illustrates the entire project portfolio management (PPM) process from strategic planning through portfolio evaluation and adjustment, and follows the process model through prioritizing organizational objectives; identifying and evaluating candidate projects; selecting optimal portfolios; and evaluating performance of the portfolios.

By providing a PPM model and the infrastructure needed to support the model, this book provides a roadmap to effectively design, develop, implement and manage a tailored project portfolio process without great expense in a relatively short period of time.

This book applies a hands-on approach using real decision support software and techniques, accompanied by step-by-step illustrations to guide the reader through the process, and reinforces the material throughout using a notional example based on a real project portfolio situation while providing the reader access to the software used in order to understand and apply it.

The book is intended for managers and executives in business, government and academia who want to apply PPM to achieve strategic objectives, and for undergraduate and graduate students in business and related disciplines.
Source: Susan Bivins on LinkedIn

About the authors
Michael J. Bible has twenty-five years of professional and leadership experience supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, of which the last 12 years have been dedicated to project and program management of test and evaluation programs for major defense acquisition programs.  He specializes in project management of complex technical projects and as a former owner of an engineering services firm, applied strategic planning to establish organizational direction while utilizing project portfolio management to successfully grow the company in alignment with business initiatives.

Susan S. Bivins has more than twenty-five years of management and leadership experience dedicated to delivering successful information technology, organizational change management and professional consulting services projects for major global corporations.  She specializes in project and portfolio management; international, multi-cultural and multi-company initiatives; and business strategy integration in the private and public sectors.
Source: http://www.pminj.org/10-mtg/11njmtg.mr

Congratulations to George Langbein, MSPM ’06

From Classnotes:
George L. Langbein, MSPM, ’06, received the honored selection of Professional Member of the Year in the field of Information Technology Program Management on behalf of Cambridge Who’s Who®. Each year, Cambridge recognizes members among executives, professionals and entrepreneurs who stand out amidst their peers. Langbein’s selection comes with outstanding leadership skills and dedication to service.


Alumni Spotlight: Travis Wright at the National Guard Bureau Counterdrug Office

Thanks to Travis Wright, MSPM ’10, for sharing the following:

I wanted to give you a quick update on how I am putting my degree to use already.  I work for the National Guard Bureau Counterdrug office and we have used the same funding model for the past 20 years.  For the past 3 years we have been searching for a process to more efficiently distribute these funds in a way that would withstand political and practical scrutiny.  Using techniques I learned in the MSPM program and with help from Drs. Prasad and Forman, we have revamped our funding process.  This will allow us to more efficiently fund 54 programs (50 states, 3 territories and the District) and provide measurement of those funds.  I truly believe my leadership was more accepting of my ideas based on the stature of the GW name and the quality of the education I received.

Article: MBA Programs Focus on Project Management: Employers clamor for students with project management skills

Thanks to MSPM student Jason Montoya for sending this along.  It is an interesting article from U.S. News and World Reports about the growing importance and recognition of PM skills!