Rita Mulcahy Passes Away

Rita Mulcahy, who almost single-handedly created the genre of PMP examination preparation books, passed away May 15, 2010 at age 50, after a long battle with cancer.  The July issue of PMI Today has a nice tribute to her.  Rita is survived by her husband, attorney Tim Mulcahy, and two young children.

Rita was the author of eight books on project management, including her 2008 “bucket list,” 100 Things Project Managers Should Do Before They Die. Her PMP Exam Prep, now in its sixth edition, remains the most widely used self-study book for aspiring PMP’s.  Her 2003 classic, Risk Management Tricks of the Trade for Project Managers has been re-packaged with her exam prep guide for the relatively new Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) credential.

Rita also presented dozens of papers at conferences around the world, and during her project management career, worked on over $2.5 billion in projects, ranging from IT and engineering to construction and manufacturing.  She founded RMC Project Management, Inc. in 1991 and grew it into one of the premiere project management training companies in the world.  She also found time to serve as President and Vice-President of the Minnesota Chapter of Project Management International.

If you never had the chance to see Rita in action, check out her YouTube channel, RMCPro99.  Her video, “What Do You Really Need to Know: Summary” is classic Rita: funny, memorable, and motivating.  She will be sorely missed.

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Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty five years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including SaaS solutions like Workday and premises-based ERP solutions like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management.