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, May 20, 2015

Top 3 for 20 May

Congratulations to the 2015 GW Grads!
Last week was a busy time on campus. Between residency week for our online capstone students, the GWSB gala, GWSB awards ceremony, the school celebration, and the GW Commencement on the National Mall, we celebrated the grads every day of the week and in every way possible.

Check out the highlights via:
• “Implementing a Comprehensive Estimating Solution for NASA,” May 21, Free for GW Students
The PMA is proud to host the AACEI National Capital Section Meeting on Thursday, 21 May, at GWSB. Bill Hombach is the featured speaker at the event. AACEI has offered free registration to GW students. To register, email chapp@gwu.edu with your full name, email address, and GW program by 5 p.m. 20 May.

Summer Registration Deadlines
The summer semester began on 18 May. Monday, 25 May, is the last day to add a class via GWeb and to drop a class using any means (GWeb, RTF), for Summer Session I. Take action now to avoid issues later. Visit the Office of the Registrar site for full details and info on Summer Session II.

MSPM Program Hosts Chris Scolese, Director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

The MSPM program, in collaboration with the GWSB Department of Decision Sciences, is pleased to host Christopher J. Scolese, director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, to discuss the challenges faced by NASA on large-scale projects.

Christopher J. Scolese, Director of Goddard Space Flight Center.
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

Mr. Scolese assumed his current post on March 5, 2012.  Previously, he served as NASA’s associate administrator at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC, the agency’s highest-ranking civil servant position.  Mr. Scolese has been with NASA since 1987.  His previous experience included work in industry and government.  For a full biography of Mr. Scolese, visit NASA’s website.

The event is free and open to the GW community.  Current MSPM students have been provided advance notice of the event, however.  Space is limited, we encourage all attendees to arrive early to guarantee a seat. Holiday refreshments will precede the event from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The event will be recorded and shared with all MSPM students following the event.

What:  A discussion on large-scale projects with the director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and refreshments.

When:  Monday, Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where:  Duques Hall, Room 255

2201 G St, NW

Washington, DC 20052

*RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE:   Chris Scolese, Director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center