Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Project manager gets three year jail term and a hefty fine..still you call professional ethics as theory???

In a recent verdict, the court of Oman have imposed hefty penalties including decades of jail terms for the stakeholders involved in trying to influence the PDO officials to blacklist their competitors, so that they could make a re-entry into that account. Trying to influence the decision makers by offering them money and other goodies is not uncommon, but it is illegal. This case is a good example of professional ethics and social responsibility of the project managers, and for stakeholder management.  When we do business in a country, we are supposed to abide by the law of the country. This is not the only case of it's kind. It got my attention, because Indians are involved in it. I am not happy about this incident, and at the same time I am curious to know the proceedings. This could be an eye opener for everyone associated with global project management. During my project management workshops, when I explain the professional ethics and social responsibility of project managers, majority of the participants get cynical about it and they tend to term it as theory. Like the contract has value when things start going wrong, the professional ethics will safeguard you when the project is in troubled waters. 

Here is the reference link.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Professional ethics of a project manager with respect to 'Responsibility'

Professional ethics of a project manager with respect to 'Responsibility'

Responsibility 

Aspirational standards

Responsibility - Our duty to take ownership for the decisions we make or fail to make. The actions we take or fail to take, and the consequences that result. 

1) We make decisions and take actions based on the best interests of the society, public safety and the environment.
2) We accept only those assignments that are consistent with our background, experience, skills and qualifications.
3) We fulfill the commitments that we undertake - we do what we say we will do.
4) When we make errors or omissions, we take ownership and make corrections promptly. When we discover errors or omissions caused by others, we communicate them to the appropriate body as soon as they are discovered. 

5) We protect proprietary or confidential information that has been entrusted to us.
6) We uphold this code and hold each other accountable for it.  

Mandatory standards

1) We inform ourselves, and uphold the policies, rules, regulations and laws that govern our work, professional and volunteer activities. 

2) We report unethical or illegal conduct to appropriate management and, if necessary, to those affected by the conduct. 

3) We bring violations of this code to the attention of the appropriate body for resolution.
4) We only file ethics complaints only when they are substantiated by facts.
5) We pursue disciplinary action against an individual who retaliates against a person raising ethics concerns.

Reference : PMI Code of ethics & Professional conduct