Jim Stewart, PMP, CSM, CSPO, IC-Agile coach, PMI-ACP, SAFe5 agilest

Jim Stewart, PMP, CSM, CSPO, IC-Agile coach, PMI-ACP, SAFe5 agilest is a Principal Consultant – Practice Advisor at Advanced Management Services, Inc. (AMS), a Global Management Consulting firm, practicing in the areas of Organizational Development Consulting, Professional Development Training, and Performance Coaching. AMS has been serving Fortune 100/500, Middle-Market, Emerging High-Growth, and Government clients since 1994.

As a Principal Consultant – Practice Advisor, Jim’s focus is consulting, coaching, and training for organizations to implement and improve their Project, Program Management, Agile, transformation, and Product Owner, skills and processes. In his many years of consulting, coaching & training, he has run a variety of strategic projects in IT, pharmaceutical, scientific, and financial services and helped to upskill the teams/executives within the necessary competency areas.

Jim’s experience spans large systems implementations to small courseware development projects. As a former hands-on network engineer, many of his projects involve rollouts of new systems and processes or decommissioning of older systems. In addition, his experience includes PMO establishment, portfolio management, cloud migration, resource management and troubled project recovery. He also consulted internationally to firms such as Baxter International and taught project management to a NATO group in Brussels. In all cases Jim works to develop talent and strives toward offering innovative growth for the people, process, and technology associated with any initiative.

Jim has extensive experience in both waterfall and Agile projects acting as a traditional project manager and Scrum Master. He is also a certified Scrum Product Owner. He has coached not only teams in Agile but has also coached and mentored individuals. His training resume is long and deep starting with teaching on computer networks and extending to teaching well over 1,000 students in PMP, general project and risk management and Agile. He was an adjunct professor for several years at Brandeis University and has also taught project management at Boston College, Clark University and UMass Boston.

Prior to going independent in 2003, Jim had worked for organizations including Harvard University, IBM and GTE. Customers he has worked with since then include Transunion, Fidelity Investments, Cooper Surgical, Spin, Inc. Genesco, Dentsu, BNET (Bahrain), Houghton Mifflin and JP Morgan Chase.

Specific to courseware development, Jim has co-created PMP courseware for Action for Results, a boutique life sciences consulting firm. He also co-developed an Agile/Scrum 101 course which can be taken in conjunction with studying for the PSM1 certificate.

Jim’s most recent projects include implementing resource management software and time tracking for Genesco, acting as Scrum Master for an IOS application and managing a project to implement Salesforce.

Jim is on the project management advisory board of Mindedge, a project management training company where he helps provide guidance in proposed training programs. He has also co-written the book. How to Facilitate Productive Project Planning Meetings: A Practical Guide to Ensuring Project Success and is currently working on a follow-up called, Great Project Meetings Build Successful Project Teams: A Servant Leader’s Survival Guide.