The importance of being ethical in project management

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Being a good project manager is more than just bringing in the job on time. Ethical behaviour is vital to establishing a reputation as a reliable and professional project manager.

For guidance with ethical concerns, project managers should refer to the Project Management Institute’s code of ethics, as well as the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA). The Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is divided into sections that contain standards of conduct which are aligned with the four values that were identified as most important to the project management community.

Each element of the code articulates the ideals to which project managers should aspire, as well as the behaviors that are mandatory in both professional and volunteer roles:

  1. Responsibility
  2. Respect
  3. Fairness
  4. Honesty

Being ethical is more than just good practice. Ethics enables stakeholders, employees, vendors, and taxpayers to sleep at night knowing project management professionals (PMP®s) are held to strict and high standards when they make decisions or act on their behalf to execute on projects.

To establish and improve ethical standards at US federal level, former President Barack Obama formally signed PMIAA into law in 2016. In our blog at the time, we described this decision as being “great news” for the industry.

We wrote: “The act will enhance accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the federal government. The legislation, strongly endorsed by the PMI®, was approved by both chambers of Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support.”

The PMI® code of ethics equally applies to project managers who are not PMI members but meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Non-members who hold a PMI certification
  • Non-members who apply to commence a PMI certification process
  • Non-members who serve PMI in a volunteer capacity

“Honesty, responsibility, respect and fairness are the values that drive ethical conduct for the project management profession,” claims the PMI®.

At Off Peak Training we have been delivering tailored project management training for many years and we offer a wide range of flexible delivery methods including on-site training, weekday and weekend training, as well as a full suite of web-based, self-paced training.

Our courses help professionals acquire and strengthen technical skills and expertise necessary to meet the stringent requirements for Project Management, Risk Management, Schedule Management and Information Technology. 

Find out more: https://www.offpeaktraining.com/project_management-professional_pmp_training/

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