James ODonnell



Jim ODonnell has over 30 years’ experience as an engineer, manager and entrepreneur in the Information Technology, Oil and Gas and Software Development industries, Jim brings a unique blend of real-world experience, successful start-ups and academic research to the classroom.

Jim holds a BS in Computational Physics from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology and Doctorate in Business from Argosy University in Seattle (Dissertation topic: “A Study of the Relationships among Project Managers’ Leadership Practices, Project Complexity, and Project Success).

He has taught a wide range of management material in both the corporate and academic environments and has authored courses in PMP Prep, Foundations of Project Management., Managing & Leading Successful Projects, Managing Complex Projects and Assessing & Recovering Troubled Projects.

A PMP/PMI member since 2003, Jim lives on Bainbridge Island, WA.


PhD from Argosy University (2008)

Professional Experience

Co-founder of the following start-ups:

- Protege Project Management (Project Management consulting and training)

- Orange Twine/MetaTechnics (Software development)

- Training Technologies Inc. (Software Training)

Schlumberger (11 years as an Engineer/Project manager in the Oil & Gas Industry)