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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.

Who Put the #$!&@ in Teams?
By Michael Aucoin
To adapt a line from the movie Animal House, "Teams–can't live with them, can't live without them!" That may be the conclusion of a 2013 survey commissioned by the University... Read More»

Does Dysfunction Serve a Purpose?
By Michael Aucoin
When scanning articles or books, I like to include provocative or contrarian topics in my search - they often provide interesting or new points of view. With my interest in... Read More»

Close the Complaint Department
By Michael Aucoin
Do you have a Complaint Department within your team? By that term, I do not mean the office that receives complaints from customers. Rather, this “department” is how individual team... Read More»

Unsportsmanlike Conduct
By Michael Aucoin
In hockey, it will earn a player time in the penalty box. In soccer, it will result in the yellow card and an entry in the referee's notebook. In football,... Read More»

Getting to “Win-Win”
By Michael Aucoin
Many times, we hear someone say that a negotiation resulted in a “win-win” deal for both parties. It sounds like a simple concept, but have you ever thought about what... Read More»

Just Walk Away
By Michael Aucoin
The hot, expensive red sports car was calling out: “Buy me! Buy me!” It was a “gotta have” car from the moment the customer first saw it. The test drive... Read More»

It's All Negotiable
By Michael Aucoin
In our lives, we continually negotiate, knowingly or not. Where will we go out to eat? What will you give me for my used car? Who will pay for this... Read More»

So Many Choices: Project Decision Making, Part 3
By Michael Aucoin
In the movie, Moscow on the Hudson, Robin Williams plays Vladimir Ivanov, a circus musician who defects from the former Soviet Union while visiting the United States. Knowing all too... Read More»

Postcards from Sydney: Project decision making, part 2
By Michael Aucoin
How do you define project success? It seems like a question with a simple answer. A project is a success if it meets its objectives within the project constraints of... Read More»

Labor and Delivery: Project Decision-Making, Part 1
By Michael Aucoin
A very pregnant woman very much in labor pants and screams while sitting in the passenger seat of a car – its hood up on the side of the road.... Read More»

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