Jim Morgan is a certified Project Management Professional® (PMP) who first trained self-directed work teams in 1994. He held management positions in several industries and has been a trainer, project manager, and technical writer, working at such varied organizations as Microsoft, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Washington State University, and the supplier of a major component of the Apple iPod®. His industry experience includes IT hardware and software, science, higher education, media, hospitality, and fitness. Jim holds a master's degree from the University of Missouri, a graduate certificate in project management from the University of Washington, and ITIL Foundation Certification for information systems service delivery. He has formal training in adult instruction and job task analysis and has taught everything from meeting facilitation skills to the martial arts for over 25 years.
Jim added exhaustive research of the academic and business literature about business teams to his real-world team development experiences to develop his unique approach, The SuddenTeams™ Program. He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has delivered training to hundreds of PMs.
Appointed by the King County (Wash.) Council to the Citizens' Elections Oversight Committee investigating problems with the county election process in 2003-4, Jim contributed much of the language in the committee's report in sections related to management techniques. Jim volunteers as a youth teacher at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh and as a Grief Companion and Volunteer Trainer at Hospice of Wake County. He is practicing Zen Buddhist, holds black belts in two martial arts, plays congas, and writes fiction.
Jim ensures he can meet client needs with the help of a network of independent contractors and business partners in marketing, sales, quality, and training. He has an extensive certification process for trainers that includes reading, shadowing, tests, skill demonstrations, and ongoing coaching.