John Flynn, CPPM

John Flynn is managing partner and co-founder of The Project Managers Network, based in Sydney, Australia, and has been active in project management consulting and training throughout Australia and Asia since 1999.  He conducts project reviews, coaches and mentors project managers and is the author of many of our training courses.  He has been on the adjunct academic staff of the University of Sydney since 2004, regularly conducting classes on project management in their Masters degree programme, and has created and developed several units of study in that postgraduate programme.

John Flynn is an experienced senior manager and a professional management consultant specialising in project management and information technology, having held country manager and general management roles with major technology market research firms and large consulting companies.  He has extensive experience in technology marketing and forecasting, product development, business and information technology projects in Australia, the USA and across many countries in the Asia Pacific region.  Although now based in Sydney, he has lived and worked for several years in Singapore, Manila and Palo Alto, California.  He has also run many training courses and workshops throughout China and South East Asia.

He currently consults to public and private sector organisations, conducting project reviews, mentoring and competency assessment programmes, aiming to raise awareness of PM best practices within technical and non technical project team members and managers.  He is a qualified workplace assessor and has conducted group assessments of engineering, business and IT staff for two major insurance companies, a major bank, several IT companies and a defence contractor, as well as individual project managers.

John has a specialised interest in applying project management techniques to corporate start-ups and the development of new products or business strategies.  Over the past 30 years John has run major projects developing commercial software packages for clients in the USA and Australia, including investment management, environmental research, project management and electronic banking and payments products.

He has wide experience in strategic consulting and technological market research.  He monitors IT industry trends, and has written numerous reports on market projections and technical trends in the industry for clients throughout the world.

John conducts training in decision-making, business cases, Risk and Project Management for students across all disciplines, including in-house courses for charities, social workers, foreign aid programmes, government departments and commercial firms in Australia and Asia.  He has spoken at conferences in Sydney and New Zealand, and is an adjunct lecturer teaching in the postgraduate PM programme at the University of Sydney.  He is a Registered Assessor for the AIPM.

John is an active member of the Project Management Institute and was a Board member of the Sydney Chapter from February 2000 until February 2008.  During this time he edited the Chapter newsletter for 6 years and also served as Marketing, Communications and later Membership Director.  He chaired the chapter election nominations committee in 2009, supervising the election of the 2010 Chapter board, assisted the committee for the 2013 board election, and remains an active member of the PMI.

John was awarded the 2006 Distinguished Contribution award by the PMI Australian Chapters at the annual Project Manager of the Year event in October 2006.   He is a Certified Practising Project Manager (CPPM) with the Australian Institute of Project Management.

John posts regularly to his personal project management blog Beyond the Bar Chart and continues to develop project management courses and resources for his many students and clients.


Education & professional affiliations

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Sydney
  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (TAE40110)
  • Diploma of Project Management (BSB51407)
  • Diploma of Integrated Risk Management (30926QLD)
  • Master’s Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University
  • Member, Project Management Institute
  • Member, Australian Institute of Project Management
  • Certified Practising Project Manager (CPPM)
  • Registered Assessor for AIPM
  • Senior Member, Australian Computer Society
  • Member, IEEE
  • Member IEEE Computer Society