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Dirty Consultant Tricks – Leaky Faucet of Billable Hours

October 5, 2012 by

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The leaky faucet, the sieve, the bleeding of billable hours – called different things in different settings they refer to the same concept, a consulting/ contracting company or resource who piles up time and material hours.  It’s also one of three dirty consulting tricks I’ve observed first hand in the last few years.  The irony […]

PMI’s Ethics Complaints Process

March 24, 2010 by

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In an earlier posting (Understanding Ethics Complaints Questions on the PMP Exam, February 8, 2010), we discussed our duty as members (or certification holders) of the Project Management Institute (PMI) to report ethics violations to PMI and when we are obligated to carry out this duty. Section 2.3.3 of the Code of Ethics (http://www.pmi.org/About-Us/Ethics/~/media/PDF/Ethics/ap_pmicodeofethics.ashx) states […]

Promises and the PMI Code of Ethics

March 23, 2010 by

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“I know Jack will get that report to me by Friday. He said I’ll have it by Friday, so I’ll have it by Friday—Jack never lets me down. When he says something will get done, I don’t worry about it because I can trust he’ll take care of it” says the project sponsor. “You’re fortunate […]

Favoritism, Nepotism, Bribery and the PMI Code of Ethics

March 18, 2010 by

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Why is it a problem to hire or award someone based on the fact that they are your friend, relative, or have offered you a little “gift” in return? The problem is what you are not doing—making decisions based on people’s merits to the best interest of your organization. The third mandatory Fairness standard in […]

Being Informed about Norms and the PMI Code of Ethics

March 12, 2010 by

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Norms and customs don’t just vary from country to country, they can vary across neighborhoods and even across departments within an organization. I was told once by a kid from the town next to mine that she could tell which kids were from my town because they liked to wear socks under their sandals. This […]

Rules, Regulations and the PMI Code of Ethics

March 10, 2010 by

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“Ignorantia juris non excusat”—ignorance of the law is no excuse! This well-known legal principle states that we are held liable for laws even though we may not be aware of them. This suggests that it’s a good idea to be aware of the laws and other rules that directly pertain to our work. As a […]

Opportunity Fairness and the PMI Code of Ethics

March 5, 2010 by

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Who will get that great, new opportunity within your organization? Perhaps the daughter of the top salesman, or the young lady that was in the same sorority as the CEO? The fourth aspirational Fairness standard in the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is “4.2.4 We make opportunities equally available to […]

Solving Conflicts and the PMI Code of Ethics

March 4, 2010 by

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“Can you believe that guy? Sales is my area—he’s just trying to make me look bad in front of the boss.” Conflicts and disagreements are commonplace in the workplace. It is to everyone’s benefit if they are quickly resolved. The third aspirational Respect standard in the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Code of Ethics and Professional […]

Information Access and the PMI Code of Ethics

March 3, 2010 by

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Knowledge is power. Individuals who serve as gatekeepers of knowledge are in a position of power, and that power can be abused by unfairly exercising control over who knows what. The third aspirational Fairness standard in the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (http://www.pmi.org/About-Us/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics.aspx) is “4.2.3 We provide equal access to […]

Transparency–The First Aspirational Fairness Standard in the PMI Code of Ethics

February 25, 2010 by

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Transparency—the light shines through so that everything is revealed and nothing is hidden. The first aspirational Fairness standard from the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is “4.2.1 We demonstrate transparency in our decision-making process.” In our TAPUniversity Values, which is prominently displayed at our headquarters, our first value is that […]

Whistleblowing—The Second Mandatory Responsibility Standard in the PMI Code of Ethics

February 24, 2010 by

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“Isn’t it enough that I don’t do anything unethical or illegal at work?” In a word—no. An earlier posting described how we are also to make it easier for others to behave ethically (standard 5.2.5 “We strive to create an environment in which others feel safe to tell the truth”). Now we go even beyond […]

The Fifth Aspirational Responsibility Standard in the PMI Code of Ethics

February 23, 2010 by

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In the course of your work, you may deal with proprietary or confidential information. This could be your organization’s information or that of a client or business partner. We are now living in the Information Age and certain knowledge can be extremely valuable. A small bit of knowledge may be all that separates one organization […]

The Second Aspirational Honesty Standard in the PMI Code of Ethics

February 22, 2010 by

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Happy birthday to George Washington! One of the most enduring folklore stories about the first President of the United States is that as a boy he chopped down his father’s cherry tree, and when his father discovered the ruined tree, George said that he could not tell a lie and so confessed his misdeed. “5.2.2 […]

The Second Aspirational Responsibility Standard in the PMI Code of Ethics

February 17, 2010 by

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“I wish I could, but you need someone better qualified than I for the job.” Sometimes we are asked to do things that we simply are not qualified to do. This could be for many reasons. In my case, sometimes people have misunderstood my background. I am not a clinical psychologist, yet people have asked […]

The Third Aspirational Honesty Standard in the PMI Code of Ethics

February 11, 2010 by

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Honesty is one of the four major values of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Like all four values, the honesty standards are divided into aspirational and mandatory standards. The third out of five aspirational honesty standards is “5.2.3 We provide accurate information in a timely manner.” In order to […]

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