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Mike Aucoin

Dr. B. Michael Aucoin, PE, PMP is an internationally recognized consultant, writer and speaker - a thought leader in innovative approaches to the challenges of the high velocity workplace. He is the founder of Leading Edge Management, LLC, and provides training and consulting in project management and engineering management, drawing upon his extensive experience in diverse technology projects. He is the author of the books, Right-Brain Project Management, and, From Engineer to Manager: Mastering the Transition. He is also President of Electrical Expert, Inc., providing litigation support and expert witness testimony in electrical engineering. He teaches project management in the graduate program at the University of Maryland University College and also offers dynamic short courses based on his writings. He has been involved with ProjectConnections since its early days, creating content and directing the design and hosting of online learning events, all based on his passion for practical project management that works for new PMs and managers in the real world.

Dr. Aucoin holds five patents and has served on a Mishap Investigation Board for the NASA Johnson Space Center. He has been a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Engineering Management Society and served as their Vice President of Education. He has been a regular contributor for the Successful Project Management Newsletter andToday's Engineer magazine. He is also a recipient of an R&D 100 Award, an Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award, and a Third Millennium Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


Avoiding Fumbles
By Michael Aucoin
A number of years ago, the Philadelphia Eagles played against the New York Giants in a game remembered for a fumble. The Giants had the ball, leading 17-12 with 31... Read More»

Dancing With The Stars
By Michael Aucoin
In Patrick Lencioni's, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, he describes one manifestation of trouble on a team as avoidance of accountability. Many would readily recognize this dysfunction as finger-pointing... Read More»

What's Your Story? - Part 3
By Michael Aucoin
Imagine yourself as a Hollywood star, an actor or actress who also directs a movie in which they act (you'll be in good company - think Drew Barrymore, Johnny Depp... Read More»

What's Your Story? - Part 2
By Michael Aucoin
Ever hear the saying "Old habits die hard"? In Part 1, we learned that the architecture of the brain helps us explain our world through narratives and stories that we... Read More»

What's Your Story? - Part 1
By Michael Aucoin
There is a quote from Yoda that some attach to their e-mail signatures: "If you think you can or think you can't, you're right!" Yoda's wisdom captures the power of... Read More»

Power to the People!
By Michael Aucoin
"Project work is the vehicle by which the powerless gain power." These words were written by management and leadership guru Tom Peters. Think about this sentence and roll it around... Read More»

Project Dream Management
By Michael Aucoin
We recently observed the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, ranked as the top American oratory of the 20th century. It is a... Read More»

A Mile in Their Shoes
By Michael Aucoin
I have recently been working as a consultant with a team that endeavored to improve their project performance. As the engagement has been extended over several months, I’ve had the... Read More»

Seek the Light (Bulb)
By Michael Aucoin
It is a common image of the moment of insight - a light bulb suddenly illuminating above someone's head. With it comes raised eyebrows, a quickened pulse, and an excited... Read More»

It Takes Ten Hands
By Michael Aucoin
Recently we lost one of the great human beings of our time, John Wooden. What he taught about teams and teamwork applies in a profound way to project teams. Wooden... Read More»




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