Jim Stewart, Project Manager in Burlington, MA, United States
Jim Stewart

Project Manager in Burlington, MA, United States

Member since April 22, 2020
With a background in IT infrastructure, Jim has been a project manager for 25 years. Since 2003, he has been independently providing project consulting and mentoring in IT, pharmaceutical, financial services, and cloud services (AWS) environments. He has led and directed traditional, hybrid, and agile remote distributed teams in software development and process improvement. Jim does due diligence to ensure that best practices are observed and knowledge transferred in all his projects.
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Employment

  • Project Management Consultant

    2020 - 2020
    Toptal Client
    • Set up a program management office for a Middle Eastern telecommunications company. Established maturity level, provided guidance and direction. Created PMO charter and governance model. Achieved Level 2 in three months.
    • Performed gap analysis, created or revised templates, standard operating procedures, maintained schedule, and risk register. Also determined initial PMP services and project manager audit procedure.
    • Worked with strategy group and IT director to establish key performance indicators (KPIs) for projects and programs. Also determined KPIs and initiatives to reach each level of the maturity model.
    • Made presentations to senior management and project managers prior to roll-out.
  • Project Managment Consultant

    2020 - 2020
    Oriel STAT A MATRIX
    • Managed a remote distributed team of 20 internal SMEs to expedite remediation and transfer of key documents to Fortune 500 medical device company. The goal was to remediate products to meet 2021 EU regulations and had a budget of $45 million.
    • Coordinated the necessary tasks and held meetings to remediate all files necessary to meet regulations including clinical evaluation reports, risk management files, general safety, performance requirements, and technical documentation.
    • Created the project plans for the oversight of all resource and activity scheduling using Microsoft Project.
  • Agile Project Manager

    2018 - 2019
    Pega Systems
    • Managed key cloud migration projects and coached teams in a mix of Waterfall, hybrid, and Scrum projects. Oversaw software development teams both in-person and distributed via Zoom and Slack.
    • Drove an effort to develop a supportive PMO and dashboard-driven portfolio management system. Met regularly with VPs to coordinate and prioritize projects. The tools used were Excel and the BI tool, ClicData.
    • Managed the vendor relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for key government cybersecurity certifications such as FedRAMP.
    • Managed the resolution of several troubled projects with major customers. Ran daily meetings with key stakeholders and team members to ensure they were aware of all issues. Tracked all issues to resolution in Excel and in-house databases.
  • Project Management Consultant

    2003 - 2019
    Action for Results
    • Co-facilitated international meetings to establish schedules, risk registers, issues lists in planning for drug development. The projects had multi-million dollar budgets. Customers included Baxter international, AMO, Allergan, and Takeda.
    • Mentored new project managers who had previous experience only as scientists. Met with them regularly and trained them on project management best practices.
    • Ran medical device projects after kick-off before handing off to in-house PM's. Set up an initial schedule using Microsoft Project. Also established risk registers and issues lists.
    • Provided project management training (PMP certification) for project managers and scientists at pharmaceutical firms.
    • Provided in-house consulting services for AFR, including project management of courseware development and leading and directing web site development.
    • Oversaw the website development for the company, including overseeing the vendor, software developers, and voice actors (for videos). Triaged bugs and provided initial technical support.
  • Agile Project Manager

    2017 - 2018
    Fidelity Investments
    • Acted as a scrum master and Agile coach for the IT team supporting the Fidelity Real Estate division. Helped to instill Scrum best practices, including sprint reviews and team retrospectives.
    • Ran Agile/Scrum projects for a variety of real estate projects requiring use and analysis of big data, including tracking employee space usage, movement of art pieces, and opening of new facilities. Created charters, managed Jira for each one.
    • Provided Agile/Scrum training for senior management of the Fidelity Real Estate division.
  • Project Management Instructor

    2012 - 2018
    Project Management Academy
    • Provided professional project manager (PMP) training for students in public and private, in-house settings. For the past eight years, I have taught over 1,000 students in-person and by virtual settings.
    • Wrote more than 200 practice exam questions for students, which simulated the real PMP exam.
    • Contributed to the development of the courseware for training. Created slides and reviewed all courseware materials.
  • Project Management Consultant

    2016 - 2016
    Fidelity Investments
    • Established a project management office (PMO) for a professional services division that would encompass both traditional and Agile methodologies. Created a repository for all templates and established best practices procedures.
    • Established a method of auditing project managers to ensure that they were adhering to PM best practices.
    • Ran several PC and mainframe projects using Scrum methodologies.
  • Project Management Consultant

    2012 - 2012
    Scient Credit Union
    • Managed the project for the credit union to rebrand everything from their website to business cards to signage. Oversaw a team of 30 employees, including HR managers, loan processors, and two vendors. The project was launched on-time and on-budget.
    • Set up regular weekly remote meetings to gather information from various departments (loan, mortgage, and more) to build a Microsoft Project schedule.
    • Initiated weekly status meetings and mentored a junior project manager to take over the role later in the project.

Project History

  • Project Management Office (PMO) Set up for a Financial Services Firm
    Established the project management office for a financial services firm.

    Established the project management office (PMO) for a financial services firm. I created a charter and repository for all templates. The PMO oversaw both traditional waterfall and agile projects. I established a method of auditing project managers to ensure their compliance with best practices.

  • Big Data Agile Software Project for a Financial Services Company
    Using big data, ran projects to help real estate division of a financial services company make decisions about how to use space.

    Acted as the scrum master for a team of 10 software developers to create software for developing an application to track employee movements to better understand space usage. I provided best practices guidance and training for teams and senior managers.

  • Medical Device Remediation
    Managed a distributed team of 20 subject matter experts to remediate medical device products.

    Led and directed a team of 20 subject matter experts in remediating files necessary to comply with EU regulations. The project budget was $35 million. I ran meetings, created schedules, resolved conflicts, and escalated to customers as necessary.

  • Virtual Private Network Rollout
    Program manager for the rollout of a virtual private network (VPN) for a telecommunications company.

    Managed a team of 25 team members, including software developers, architects, and cybersecurity experts in this $30 million project. The goal was to deploy a virtual private network for a telecommunications company. I created schedules, risk register, and ran status meetings. Deployed two versions over 2-1/2 years. The product won an award for the best new product.

  • Portfolio Management and PMO Set up for a CRM Company
    Created a portfolio of projects and programs for senior management decision-making.

    Set up the PMO for a CRM/decision software company. Worked with VPs to create a portfolio of projects and programs. This was manifested in Excel, PowerPoint, and an online dashboard. The goal was to have a system in place for senior management to prioritize and review all current projects, both traditional and waterfall.

  • Project to Rebrand a Credit Union
    Managed the project to rebrand a credit union from website to signage.

    Managed the project for a credit union to rebrand everything from the website to business cards to signage. I oversaw a team of 30 employees, including HR managers, loan processors, and two vendors. The project was launched on-time and on-budget.

  • Project Management (PMP) Instructor
    Taught Project Management Professional (PMP) classes for prospective certificate candidates.

    In public, private, and virtual settings, I taught Project Management Professional (PMP) classes to over 1,000 students. I coached students who were especially challenged by the material and administered the final practice exam.

  • Agile Courseware Creation for a PMP Certification Class
    Created courseware for a private educational firm for the next generation PMP exam.

    Created PMP courseware including slides and 100 questions for a private training firm. The courseware was composed largely of agile and hybrid concepts and philosophies to reflect the upcoming (January 2021) new PMP exam.

Education

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology
    1977 - 1987
    Boston University - Boston, Massachusetts

Certifications

  • Professional Scrum Master Level I (PSM I)
    SEPTEMBER 2020 - PRESENT
    Scrum.org
  • Authorized Training Partner Instructor
    SEPTEMBER 2020 - PRESENT
    Project Management Institute
  • SAFe (Scaled Agile) 5.0
    DECEMBER 2019 - DECEMBER 2020
    Scaled Agile
  • IC-Agile Coach
    JANUARY 2019 - PRESENT
    ICAgile
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner
    NOVEMBER 2018 - NOVEMBER 2024
    Project Management Institute
  • Certified Scrum Master
    JANUARY 2013 - JANUARY 2021
    Scrum Alliance
  • Project Management Professional
    JUNE 2001 - JUNE 2023
    Project Management Institute

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