Jim Young FNZIM is a Project Management Professional (PMP) who holds a MBA in International Management and a Doctoral degree in Business Administration.  Initially educated at Hokitika District High School NZ and Duntroon Military College in Australia, Jim served as a career officer in the NZ Army, and then managed a  commercial transport organisation, after which he joined NZIM, becoming their Principal Consultant before establishing his own company SkillPower Ltd that specialises in project management advice, mentoring and training.

Jim has managed a wide variety of projects from the design and construction of a multi-fuel pipeline in Wales to the logistic support for the South Pacific Games and South Pacific Forum in Rarotonga.

He has written several papers and three substantial textbooks on project management, and developed a number of project management handbooks for organisations.  He has recently published “Managing Murphy”- a book on project risk management currently available from Whitcoulls.  He is familiar with most project management frameworks including the PMI PMBOK and UK Prince2 and keeps up to date with developments in this emerging profession.

Jim has delivered customised project management training for 22 years to over 200 organisations locally and overseas – most more than once.  He has personally developed and regularly presents the following project management training programmes  tailored to meet specific in-company needs:

  • Diploma in Project Management – NZIM/NZQA Level 5 qualification
  • Project Management – Basic Course
  • Project Management – Advanced Course
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Sponsorship
  • Project Stakeholder Management
  • Project Procurement and Contract Management

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BOOK LAUNCH – “Managing Smaller and Medium-Sized Projects”

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