James Brown and his team were awarded the 2009 PMO of the Year!
James has been responsible for overall development and implementation of project/program management processes, methodologies, tools and training for program/project leadership and support personnel. These programs and projects cover new product development, support, operations and sustainment of many products and services which are built and maintained across several campuses located in around the globe.
James has over 20 years of project and program management experience with large and mid-size corporations such as Parker Hannifin, Rockwell Automation, Lockheed Martin, Intel, Motorola, Ericsson, Nokia, Lucent, Nortel and Mentor Graphics. He was a principle partner in a UK-based startup which is now a publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange.
James has worked on projects and programs of various sizes ranging from $50K to over $3 billion. He has successfully built four PMOs from scratch and provided improvements in many more either as a manager or consultant. His projects have been in support of many different fields such as government services, military/defense, mobile technology, industrial automation, aerospace and power conditioning.
James holds a BBA and MBA from the University of Houston - Clear Lake, an Advanced Masters Certificate in Project Management and Masters Certificate in Program Management from George Washington University. James holds multiple PMI certifications - PMP, PgMP, PMI-SP, OPM3, is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Certified Scrum Practitioner.
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Sr. Manager, Research PMO
June 2010 - Present, Johnston, IA, United States
Recruited to build portfolio/program/project management expertise
Identified existing business gaps and provided strategic framework to accelerate process improvements
Implemented PMO infrastructure enabling increased productivity
World-wide recruitment of PMO staff to support global business needs
Established PM Center of Excellence across the entire Pioneer network
Key stakeholder and steering committee member for DuPont Project Management Initiative
Established Pioneer as a Registered Education Provider within the Project Management Institute
Developed core project management training material used across Pioneer/DuPont
Rockwell Automation, Director, Enterprise PMO
October 2004 - June 2010, Milwaukee, WI, United States
Director, Architecture & Software Enterprise Program Management Office
Winner of the 2009 PMO of the Year Award – The Center for Business Practices
Provided coordinated enterprise wide visibility to leadership from a program/project management perspective.
Drove the development of common Program/Project Management processes, roles and tools for A&S.
Created development plans and training opportunities for improving the standards & quality of Project Management.
Developed, tracked and reported on the Project Management performance metrics.
Served as the primary point of coordination between the Strategic Portfolio and Project Management execution
Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, WI; leading global supplier of automation hardware and software 2004 – 2008
Manager, Rockwell Software Program Management Office
Organized and developed a Program Management Office with representation globally.
Grew Program Management staff from 2 to over 30 to reflect the strategic growth of the division.
Managed development of more than 50 products developed in 13 campuses located in 5 countries.
Drove changes from adhoc procedures to structured, repeatable processes and methodologies.
Provided subject matter expertise to the SAP project planning and CMMI implementation teams.