The PMP certification is a major goal for many people. After all the hours of studying and taking practice tests, you breathe a sigh of relief when you finally pass it. It reminds you of the days when you completed your college exams for the summer and were relieved about getting done.
While you celebrate your success, bear in mind that with your new certification comes a tremendous amount of responsibility. This involves looking at business agreements and monetary issues in a totally honest manner with an emphasis on integrity.
The Code of Professional Conduct is just a one-page document, but it accounts for more than 14% of the questions on the exam. Make sure you read it thoroughly.
This chapter explains professional responsibility and the ethics that provide the basis for the credibility of the project management profession.
Qualifications, experience, and honest performance of professional services are just some of the attributes you must consider when you evaluate your business practices. Much of this material is common sense, but it is emphasized so that everyone has a full understanding of expectations.
Where Do I Find the Information Concerning Professional Responsibility?
The Code of Professional Conduct is not part of the PMBOK. It can be found on the PMI Web site. Here's the current URL:
If this URL does not work for you, the information can be found under the "Certifications" heading on the PMI Web site.
The professional responsibility issues you will learn about in this chapter are summarized in Table 9.1.
Let's begin your journey through the topic of professional responsibility with conflict of interest. As you can imagine, PMI strongly discourages you from taking positions, money, gifts, and so on from people or organizations you have personal stakes with or interests in. Read on to find out just what PMI has to say about this issue.