A Twitter discussion earlier today regarding PMP certification application reviews by PMI highlighted the importance of PMI's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. This code includes a combination of mandatory and aspirational standards, with the latter being “an expectation that we have of ourselves as professionals—it is not optional."
I summarize the four primary areas of this code, below:
Responsibility: We accept only those assignments that are consistent with our background, experience, skills, and qualifications.
Analysis: This is one area that was covered in discussion during my 2016 PMP certification training with Steve Norton. For a stretch assignment, it's essential to be candid and complete in describing your PM experience so that the employer can make an informed judgement on your hire.
Respect: Respect is our duty to show a high regard for ourselves, others, and the resources entrusted to us.
Fairness: Fairness is our duty to make decisions and act impartially and objectively. Our conduct must be free from competing self interest, prejudice, and favoritism.
From the Mandatory standard section: "We do not discriminate against others based on, but not limited to, gender, race, age, religion, disability, nationality, or sexual orientation.”
Analysis: I see this as one of the most challenging areas, given the current US political and cultural climate - Note, nationality.
Honesty: Honesty is our duty to understand the truth and act in a truthful manner both in our communications and in our conduct.
I don't see the code referenced often on projectmanagement.com, where the focus is often on technical project management and the use of predictive and agile approaches. I'm now inspired to work on a post for that space.
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