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Hello.  Margaret C. Mullin, Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) at your service!

Since my user name is Auchamore, you will see my posts attributed to that user.

I have been a Project Manager most of my life.  I have had the title of Project or Program Manager for the past 13 years.  I am passionate about managing projects and developing other project  and program managers.  I believe that Project Management, when done well, adds value to the organization.

Professional Project Management is part art, part science. A professional Project Manager knows the best practices of Project Management and uses just enough Project Management to get the job done.  The professional Project Manager leads and manages their project.  They are adept with the “soft skills” and understand the political, social and cultural environments of the organization in which they are working.

Simply put, I get things done. I complete projects and programs and meet business objectives. I do this by combining best practices of Project and Program management, business process analysis and improvement, change management and delivery. I partner with my customers to truly understand their needs and business objectives.

I am a resourceful, innovative and motivational leader with highly developed ability to build consensus, manage teams, solve problems and successfully achieve organizational objectives, while completing projects on time and within budget.

I see this blog as a collaborative, living entity.  It is intended to supplement my students understanding of Project Management and reflect the topics and issues that interest them (and me).

I love what I do.  I am an enthusiastic evangelist of the value of Project Management to the organization and to our economy.  We are faced with doing more with less and Project Management can help us accomplish that.

Let’s get connected on LinkedIn.

Big thanks to Holly for taking the action shots of me in class.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Lauri Bingham permalink
    January 5, 2010 4:29 pm

    Wow. The blog is looking awesome Margaret! I can feel the excitment in the air of a new set of students about to embark on quite the adventure of learning about Project Managment. Your enthusiasm will be contagious I’m sure. Your students are lucky to have you – and you them.

    Let me know if I can help in any way!
    Lauri Bingham
    Director, PACCAR ITD PMO

  2. Julie Van Tosh permalink
    January 21, 2010 9:57 pm

    Hi Margaret,

    I love your blog! It’s laid out nicely and is easy on the eye! I look forward to checking out the links and learning.

    It was great to have you at our PM event at Edmonds CC last December. Congrats on your class at Everett!

    See you soon at a PMI meeting.
    Julie Van Tosh
    PM Student @Edmonds Community College

  3. February 1, 2010 1:27 pm

    Big thanks to everyone for their encouragement and support. Please feel free to make suggestions, comments, etc. I want this blog to reflect the needs of my students and other readers.

    Have a fabulous day!

  4. Julie Van Tosh permalink
    February 1, 2010 3:24 pm

    I’m researching WBS info on your website 🙂 Thanks for providing articles and links to examples. This will help a lot as I plan the session coming up on Wed.

    Many thanks,

  5. John Berghout permalink
    March 1, 2010 3:55 am

    Hello Margaret – just a quick note to let you know I had finally had the opportunity to check out your blog. Great to see practical suggestions focusing on mastering the basics/cornerstones of project management. Without a mastery of the fundementals, we all increase our chance of failure!

    • March 1, 2010 4:28 pm

      John, Thanks for your feedback. Great to hear from you. How is life in UK?

  6. PiterJankovich permalink
    March 29, 2010 9:21 am

    My name is Piter Jankovich. oOnly want to tell, that your blog is really cool
    And want to ask you: is this blog your hobby?
    P.S. Sorry for my bad english

    • March 30, 2010 4:53 pm

      Piter, Thanks for your feedback. Yes, the blog is a hobby but it is connected to my job as a Project Manager Instructor. It is a way for me to stay connected to my students and colleagues.

  7. January 4, 2011 10:24 am

    Hello Margaret – just a quick note to let you know I had finally had the opportunity to check out your blog. Great to see practical suggestions focusing on mastering the basics/cornerstones of project management. Without a mastery of the fundementals, we all increase our chance of failure!

  8. January 11, 2011 1:07 am

    Margart is a learning sponge, always eager to soak up new project management knowledge and share it with others. It has been a pleasure having her attend my workshops and say good things aboput my book STRATEGIC PROJECT MANAGEMENT MADE SIMPLE: PRACTICAL TOOLS FOR LEADERS AND TEAMS (Wiley, 2009).

    It’s always an honor when people take what you teach and do good things with it. Recently I came across this colorful story “Project Earth” about using Strategic Project Management and Logical Frameworks to tackle the really really big goals. Thought you would enjoy it to.

    • January 11, 2011 9:44 am

      Terry, Thanks for stopping by. Always wonderful to hear from one of my heroes. Your courses and books are outstanding. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Laurie Eggleston permalink
    October 10, 2011 2:44 pm

    Your blog is superlative! Thank you so much for providing this great information!
    Working on the Network Diagram (homework) this past week (using the CCEC temporary move as my “Project”) has really opened my eyes! I am hopeful I will be successful in encouraging the rest of the staff to create a Network Diagram based on their own thoughts and input. It will be interesting, to say the least!
    Look forward to class tomorrow night!
    Laurie Eggleston

    • October 11, 2011 12:34 pm


      Thank you for your feedback. I am glad that you have found the blog useful. Network diagramming is definitely an area that gets easier with practice. It warms my heart that you are sharing what you learn with your colleagues – that is the mark of a true professional. Knowledge shared is knowledge squared. (I better trademark that quote right now! :)) See you tonight!

  10. Xavier Lescalier, Brussels - Belgium. permalink
    February 11, 2015 11:57 am

    Hello Margaret,

    This is to inform you that my EVM Calculator (Excel) has been updated. You can find it now here:

    Kind regards,


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