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PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie.

This short sentence pretty much sums up the PMI® Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (the Code). It describes the expectations that we have of ourselves and our fellow practitioners in the global project management community. It articulates the ideals to which we aspire as well as the behaviors that are mandatory in our professional and volunteer roles.

The purpose of the Code is to instill confidence in the project management profession and to help an individual become a better practitioner.

PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

  1. 1. PMI® Code of Ethics andProfessional ConductPMI, PMP, CAPM, PgMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP and PMBOK are trademarks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. PMI has not endorsed anddid not participate in the development of this publication. PMI does not sponsor this publication and makes no warranty, guarantee orrepresentation, expressed or implied as to the accuracy or content. Every attempt has been made by OSP International LLC to ensure that theinformation presented in this publication is accurate and can serve as preparation for the PMP certification exam. However, OSP International LLCaccepts no legal responsibility for the content herein. This document should be used only as a reference and not as a replacement for officiallypublished material. Using the information from this document does not guarantee that the reader will pass the PMP certification exam. No suchguarantees or warranties are implied or expressed by OSP International LLC.
  2. 2. 2Don’t steal, don’tcheat, and don’t lie.This short sentencepretty much sums upthe PMI® Code of Ethicsand ProfessionalConduct (the Code). Itdescribes the expectations that we have of ourselvesand our fellow practitioners in the global projectmanagement community. It articulates the ideals towhich we aspire as well as the behaviors that aremandatory in our professional and volunteer roles.The purpose of the Code is to instill confidence in theproject management profession and to help anindividual become a better practitioner.
  3. 3. 3The Code is not contained within the PMBOK®Guide. Instead, it is part of the PMP CredentialsHandbook available at PMP® Handbook. Just likethe PMBOK® Guide, this is a "must read" foranyone studying to take the PMP® or CAPM®exam. Unlike the PMBOK® Guide, wherememorization is necessary to pass the exam, youwill not be asked to recite from the Code duringthe exam.
  4. 4. 4Upon creating the code, the PMI® found that thereare four values project managers around the globeidentified as being important: Responsibility Respect Fairness HonestyThese values have become the foundation of theCode and each of them is discussed at length in aseparate section. The aspirational standardsdescribe the conduct that we strive to uphold aspractitioners. The mandatory standards establishfirm requirements, and in some cases, limit orprohibit practitioner behavior.
  5. 5. 5As a PMP® AspirantOnce you pass the exam the code also applies to you as aPMP®. Exercise Responsibility and take ownership of thedecisions you make or fail to make; Show Respect to yourself, others, and the resourcesentrusted to you; Apply Fairness when making decisions and act impartiallyand objectively; Employ Honesty in both your communication and conduct.If we all manage to live up to these high standards from theCode we will improve the respect others have towards ourprofession as well as enrich today’s business world.
  6. 6. 6Examples of applying the value ofHonesty to your work: As a project manager, you may beworking on-site for your client and youmay have access to proprietary andcopyrighted material or information. Theconfidentiality of intellectual property thatyou have access to must be maintained. Lets look at status reports or pressreleases that you provide. The informationthat you as a PMP® provide in thesedocuments must be accurate and truthfulregardless how difficult it may be todefine the word “truth.”
  7. 7. 7Applying the Code in your dailydealings with work colleagues willalso set you apart. The Code canassist you in making wisedecisions, especially when you arefaced with difficult situations whenyou might be asked tocompromise your integrity andvalues. Sticking to the Code will show others that you are anupstanding, ethical project manager.Being honest and ethical makes finding a new job much easierthan if you had the reputation of stealing, backstabbing, andlying.
  8. 8. 8Next to the PMBOK® Guide, the PMI® Code ofEthics and Professional Conduct is one of the moreimportant documents covered on the exam. This iswhy we have a whole episode of the PrepCastdedicated to explaining the Code to you. We giveyou real life examples of how it applies to your workon a project and what you should do in a givensituation.
  • moharchy1976

    May. 4, 2015

Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie. This short sentence pretty much sums up the PMI® Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (the Code). It describes the expectations that we have of ourselves and our fellow practitioners in the global project management community. It articulates the ideals to which we aspire as well as the behaviors that are mandatory in our professional and volunteer roles. The purpose of the Code is to instill confidence in the project management profession and to help an individual become a better practitioner.

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