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Deliver Faster and More Innovative Solutions with Agile Project Management

Agile project management is often overly simplified as the project management practice of varying scope. This simplification loses the emphasis on the true benefits of Agile which are speed, innovation, leadership, and control. Proof that Agile can deliver these benefits in even the most complex environments is shown in its history. Agile project management can trace its roots back to World War II, when Kelly Johnson formed “Skunkworks” within Lockheed Martin. Johnson used his 14 Rules of Management to run Skunkworks and create the world’s first fighter jet, the P-80, in just 143 days. Kelly Johnson’s 14 Rules of Management . . . continue reading
Green Contracting…with Incentives Baked InGreen technologies help protect the environment, but are they a boon to business? In the past, many companies and organizations balked at the cost. But not all planet-friendly practices dent the bottom line; indeed, some can save costs and yield added revenue. An example, says UMD civil and environmental engineering professor Qingbin Cui, is the use of recycled highway materials to build or replace pavement. It’s not only cheaper than hot-mix asphalt, but generates less emissions. The lowered emissions earn credits that can then be traded on the carbon emissions market. “It’s one way to move green technology from the ‘cost’ to the . . . continue reading
Not Your “Average” Engineer: Project Management Alumni Pursue Nontraditional Career PathsUniversity of Maryland project management alumni wear a wide variety of hats – including many of the non-construction variety. While the project management program is housed within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and designed with engineers and architects in mind, 80 percent of UMD project management graduate students hail from technical backgrounds other than civil engineering.  Yet, in cases where graduates go on to assume career roles outside the realm of engineering, there seems to be a common sentiment: the skills one masters through engineering education come in handy when faced with a host of problem-solving challenges. “For . . . continue reading
Agile Course Earns Top 10 MOOC RankingClass Central—a search engine and review site for massive open online courses (MOOCs)—has named a University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence offering among their top 10 MOOCs (out of ~3,400) for January 2019.  Agile Leadership Principles, the fourth course in our Agile Project Management Professional Certificate, earned the honor alongside MOOCs offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Harvard University; University of California, Berkeley; Princeton University; Yale University; University of Michigan; and others.  Agile for Project Control, the 5th course in the program was ranked 1st among the Ten Most popular MOOCs for April 2019. The response has been overwhelming since the . . . continue reading
PM Alum Creates Authentic Engineering Experiences for Youth

Michael Addis, a 2015 Master of Engineering (MEng) graduate, sees a need for summer camps that do more than provide kids with fun activities related to STEM topics. That’s why he and two colleagues launched the BeSTEM!! Summer Camp program, which offers full-immersion camps designed to create an authentic engineering experience. Following a successful inaugural season in 2018, BeSTEM! will again offer its four robotics camps for kids aged 9-14 again in summer 2019 (for more information, or to register, visit the program’s website). “The goal was to create an environment where campers could see how science and mathematics are used to make decisions about engineering design elements while . . . continue reading
UMD Online Engineering Graduate Programs Ranked Top 20 by U.S. News and World ReportThe University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering has been ranked 20th in U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 Best Online Engineering Programs rankings. The Master of Engineering and Graduate Certificate in Engineering programs at the Clark School have had an online component since 2003, when the online Fire Protection Engineering program was created. The Clark School’s programs that were ranked for 2019 include eight different academic areas: Bioengineering, Cybersecurity, Electronic Packaging, Fire Protection Engineering, Project Management, Reliability Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, and Transportation Systems. The online courses follow a traditional weekly schedule, and the programs have the same . . . continue reading
Galloway named a 2018 Top 25 NewsmakerDr. Gerry Galloway  was named a Top 25 Newsmaker of 2018 by Engineering News-Record for his leadership in water and floodplain management, and on a report released in November about urban flooding. Galloway (right), in one of his many roles, joins fellow engineers at Folsom Dam in California in 2015 to study dam stability in mountainous areas. Photo courtesy: Gerry Galloway Galloway is research professor and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering in the Clark School’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is also an affiliate of the Clark School’s Center for Disaster Resilience. Read the full story here.
Glodon Software Gift to Support Advancements in Smart ConstructionThe Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Maryland (UMD) last week announced a gift of $500,000 from Glodon Software, a Beijing-based company specializing in the development of construction engineering and project management software. The majority of the gift will establish the Glodon Software Research Fellowship and support improvements in the CEE curriculum in the areas of smart construction, energy efficiency, and sustainable materials and practices. “Glodon Software’s generous gift will allow us to provide graduate and undergraduate students alike with more hands-on learning opportunities incorporating the latest construction technologies, which is crucial to ensuring our . . . continue reading
2018 Symposium Speakers Featured in PM Point of View Podcasts

Highlights of speakers from our 2018 Project Management Symposium are being featured in (3) three PM Point of View Podcasts, “the Podcast that looks at project management from all the angles.” UMD’s Project Management Center for Excellence has teamed with host Kendall Lott to produce these podcasts to share and engage the key knowledge and practice from the 2018 Symposium’s lineup of talented speakers. The first podcast, “Turning Knowledge into Practice, Part 1: Leadership and Conflict,” was released in June 2018 and features (5) five speakers from the People in Projects track.   The speakers and their presentation topics that are featured are . . . continue reading
UMD Risk Expert Contributes to National Academies Report on National Drone Policy

Originally Published June 13, 2018 by Anjanette Riley at University of Maryland (UMD) Professor Gregory Baecher is one of 14 authors of a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to update its methods of authorizing drone operations. Released June 11, 2018, the report was mandated by Congress and sponsored by FAA. Baecher and the other committee members found that the administration’s current safety regulations are hindering the spread of commercial drones by overestimating the likelihood and severity of the risks posed by their operations. FAA risk assessment techniques, originally developed for manned aviation, . . . continue reading
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