Professional and Social Responsibility


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This is a presentation I did based on Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep 7th edition on Professional and Social Responsibility

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  • A project manager who fails to uphold the standards of the profession can have damaging impacts to the project and the organization, as well as to the profession as a whole. If someone with a PMP certification does not act professionally and ethically, it diminishes the credibility of the certification and the practice of project management
  • Have you agreed to start a project without being sure the end date could be met? Have you given an inaccurate project schedule? Have you started a project without the Project Charter or WBS? Do you have the authority necessary to manage the project?
  • Assertive – Confidently aggressive or self-assured; confident and direct in claiming one’s rights or putting forward one’s views. Control – to exercise restraint or direction over; to hold in check; curb. Domination or command. Do you have such an attitude? Being assertive and in control as a project manager is required. In every country and every culture!!!
  • For the exam, maintain a PMI focus
  • Let’s look at the four categories in PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Now let’s take a more detailed look at some of the points in each category.
  • What about when it makes you look bad? Put the project’s needs before your own. This can be difficult to apply. Do you make copies of music or a book? Are they violations of copyright law?
  • International copyright laws give the owner of the copyright the exclusive rights to make copies of the work and to prepare derivative works based on the work. It is illegal to infringe upon these rights – that is, to use the copyrighted work in certain ways without the owner’s permission. For example, without the copyright owner’s permission, no one may copy or reproduce any part of a book, create new material based on or incorporating any part of a book, or sell or distribute copies of a book except in limited instances covered by the Fair Use Doctrine.
  • Do you provide your resource managers with advance notice? Do you provide a realistic schedule? Do you back your team member’s reputation? Do you look at the world from just your own perspective or culture? You should uncover cultural differences. Do you get people to do what you want or what is right?
  • What is bribery? Can you receive gifts? Disclose conflict of interest. Do you promote PMI or yourself?
  • Can I trust you? What are the consequences?
  • As PMP certification holders, we have a responsibility to uphold the standards of the profession and prove the value project management brings to all who benefit from successful project results.
  • Professional and Social Responsibility

    1. 1. Professional and Social Responsibility Prepared by Stephen Penn October 13, 2012Information derived or quoted from Rita Mulcahy
    2. 2. The Ethical Application of Project Management
    3. 3. Project Managers Got Attitude: Assertive & In Control
    4. 4. PMI-isms in Professional and Social Responsibility1. You will not get involved with PMI to promote your own business2. You have a duty of loyalty to PMI3. Give equal access for all to submit a proposal when handling PMI chapter work4. Don’t allow anyone to cheat on PMP exam5. No one will copy PMP exam prep materials6. No telling questions on the PMP exam7. Promote PMI and PMP exam in your organization
    5. 5. 4 Categories of Professional and Social Responsibility PMI
    6. 6. • Ownership of Decision & Actions • Decisions based on best interest of company not your own • Only accept assignments you’re qualified for • Protect proprietary information
    7. 7. International Copy Right Laws• Report unethical behavior and violations
    8. 8. • The Appropriate Treatment of People and Resources 1. Maintain an attitude of mutual cooperation 2. Respect Cultural differences 3. Engage in good faith negotiations 4. Be direct in dealing with conflict
    9. 9. Fairness – Being Objective and Making Impartial Decisions • Act impartially without bribery • Do not discriminate against others • Do not use your position for gain at others expense • Disclose conflict of interest • Apply the rules of the organization without favoritism • Do not award contracts based on personal interest
    10. 10. • Understanding the Truth and Taking Action Based on Truth 1. Try to understand the truth 2. Be truthful in all communications, and create an environment where others tell the truth 3. Provide accurate information in a timely manner 4. Act in good faith 5. Do not engage in dishonest behavior
    11. 11. • Hurts the project• Hurts the organization• Hurts the profession• Hurts your reputation
    12. 12. Practice Exam
    13. 13. Practice Exam
    14. 14. Practice Exam
    15. 15. Answers
    16. 16. Answers