PM University Talks hosted by George Washington University Master of Science in Project Management

About the Event

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

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 .


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


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

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

About the Speakers


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.

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

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.