PMI's ethical standards document describes the professional obligations to which a member must adhere. These fall into which of the following categories?
- A. Responsibilities to the profession, to customers, and to the public
- B. Professional practices
- C. Advancement of the profession
- D. Truthful advertising
You and your friend Jim are both PMPs. Jim is advertising himself locally as an expert in human resources. He is listing projects you know he never worked on. What should you do?
- A. Nothing. Unless Jim actually gets a job in the field, no violation has occurred.
- B. Confront Jim and tell him you feel he is engaging in false advertising. Ask him to pull the ad, or you will have to report him to PMI.
- C. Gather the data you need, including copies of the ad, and report Jim to PMI.
- D. The doctrine of caveat emptor applies here. Let the buyer beware. You do not have any obligation to do anything.
As a PMP, you need approximately 20 hours of professional development units (PDUs) per year to maintain your certification on a three-year cycle. You are now in your third year, and realize you are desperately short of PDUs. A friend recommends submitting early for classes you are scheduled to take. What do you do?
- A. Go ahead and submit the forms for credit. You are planning to take the classes.
- B. Do not submit for credit in advance. You might be suspended for not meeting your PDU requirements, but may be able to make them up.
- C. If you have already paid for the classes, you can submit for the credit.
- D. Do not submit for credit in advance. You will be permanently barred from PMI for false reporting.
The PMI Member Code of Ethics pledges all but which of the following?
- A. Professional conduct
- B. Taking responsibility for your actions
- C. Enhancing professional capabilities
- D. Accepting reasonable and customary profits
Renee orders printer ink cartridges for her project from a new supplier who appears to have the lowest cost. After delivery of the cartridges, the sales rep calls Renee to thank her for the order, and tells her he will be sending her a portable grill as a thank-you gift for her order. What should Renee do?
- A. Accept the gift. It did not influence her decision to purchase the cartridges.
- B. Refuse the gift to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
- C. Report the cartridge company to the Better Business Bureau.
- D. Ensure the gift becomes a company asset and not a personal asset.
Bob works at a manufacturing firm as a contract project manager. He is responsible for choosing a circuit component supplier for his project. Bob is also a silent investor in CIRQ, a circuit component startup that is on the vendor selection list for his project. What should Bob do?
- A. Select CIRQ. His project benefits and he reaps side benefits for his investment.
- B. Immediately disclose to the manufacturing company that he is a silent investor in one of the vendors on the list.
- C. Recuse himself from the vendor selection process.
- D. Disqualify CIRQ from the vendor selection list.
Ralph is a PMP creating an in-house Project Management website. He has used a number of PMBOK and RUP diagrams and materials, but you notice he has not attributed them to the source. What should you do?
- A. Report Ralph to the in-house legal group.
- B. Document the website and send it to PMI so that Ralph is properly sanctioned.
- C. No action by you is necessary. Because it is an in-house website, there is no issue with intellectual property.
- D. Approach Ralph and indicate that he might be violating copyright laws. Suggest that he obtain permission for use and provide proper attribution on the website.
Your co-worker has written a report, which is really your job. You want to take it and re-form it slightly, and then submit it to your boss yourself. Your co-worker is fine with this approach. Should you?
- A. No. It is a failure to disclose conflicts.
- B. Yes. It is simply an example of a co-worker helping you out.
- C. No. It is an example of failure to recognize and respect intellectual property.
- D. No. This is an example of improper research.
Jerry, a PMP, needs a job badly, and has tweaked his resume to imply he has experience in customer relationship management (CRM) in order to land a job with a local CRM marketing company. How would you characterize his behavior?
- A. Jerry is within normal limits of exaggeration. It is the hiring company's responsibility to check Jerry's credentials.
- B. Jerry's behavior is a violation of PMI's ethical standards regarding relationship to the public.
- C. Jerry's behavior is a violation of PMI's ethical standards regarding professional practices.
- D. B and C.
Rob is an old hippie turned project manager and is very successful in the warehousing industry. At work, Rob is impeccable, truthful, and well qualified. At home, he likes to indulge in some of his old habits, including smoking marijuana occasionally on weekends. How does this affect his status with PMI?
- A. It doesn't. What is done in the privacy of your own home is not of concern to PMI.
- B. PMI is only concerned with professional behavior. Rob is clearly an exemplary PMP.
- C. Rob is actually violating one of the PMI responsibilities of membership, which is to abide by the laws of the community and not knowingly engage in criminal conduct.
- D. Rob is violating responsibilities to customers and to the public.
Ray is a project manager working on strategic projects for a coat manufacturer. He has developed a business case for a new warehouse, but the return on investment (ROI) is negative. "I need to have a 10% positive ROI for this project," his boss tells him. "Change the forecast so we can get the project approved." What should Ray do?
- A. Change the forecast to get the positive ROI, because his boss asked him to.
- B. Refuse to modify the data, and risk losing his job.
- C. Explain that ROI might not be the only consideration for the approval of a project, and ask his boss to focus on the strategic nature of the project, rather than changing the ROI.
- D. Modify the data, as his boss requested, and add a disclaimer to the report that he disagrees.
Liz is a PMP, and values the process discipline of Project Management. In a conversation with her, she complains about the professional responsibility requirements of PMI. How would you describe the purpose of maintaining an ethical standard as a PMI member?
- A. That it maintains the integrity of PMI as an organization
- B. That it is good for profits
- C. To ensure all PMI members behave in a professional manner
- D. To earn and maintain the confidence of team members, colleagues, employees, employers, customers and clients, the public, and the global community
As a contract project manager, you have just finished a major product development project for a bicycle manufacturer, Racebikes. Bike-Tech, a competitor to Racebikes, has approached you to develop a similar product for it. What should you do?
- A. Take the job. Leverage the knowledge of Racebikes to create an even better product for Bike-Tech.
- B. Decline the engagement due to confidentiality issues.
- C. Determine whether the new engagement will cause you to breach any confidentiality issues with Racebikes.
- D. This situation represents your ability to leverage your industry knowledge. Take the engagement.
You are a PMP working as a project manager on a new fiber-optic circuit that you know will revolutionize the computer industry. You decide to buy stock in your company one week before the product announcement and have told several friends to do so also, without disclosing why. Would PMI sanction this behavior?
- A. Yes. You did not disclose why your friends should buy the stock.
- B. No. You are engaging in insider trading.
- C. Yes. It is only your opinion that the product will revolutionize the computer industry.
- D. Yes. PMI would invoke sanctions against you as a PMI member.
Richard owns 10% of a company that competes with the one he is currently doing a project for. He decides he will bring up his stock ownership only if it becomes necessary in the course of his project. Has Richard made the right decision?
- A. No. Richard is violating the timeliness of the disclosure clause in the PMI Member Standards of Conduct.
- B. Yes. Richard, as an individual, cannot affect the stock value of either company, so therefore he does not need to disclose anything.
- C. Yes. Unless Richard is an employee of the competing company, it does not matter.
- D. Yes. Unless Richard is working on a strategic project, his stock ownership does not matter.
Iman is working in a Middle Eastern country and knows that bribes are a legitimate custom in doing business. Iman works for a U.S. company and knows that U.S. law prohibits bribery. He is attempting to win a contract to construct a water treatment facility and is expected to pay a $5,000 "finder's fee" to the local utility official. What should Iman do?
- A. Provide the fee. PMI approves of obeying local customs.
- B. Provide the finder's fee. Because it is a fee, there is no issue.
- C. Do not provide the fee and risk losing the business. It is illegal in the U.S., and Iman works for a U.S. firm.
- D. Provide the fee outside of his business capacity.
Ben is working a bridge construction project that is running over budget and he is getting pressure from his customer to cut costs. He has an opportunity to cut costs by using a rebar that is not as high quality as originally planned. There is some risk that the substitute rebar could fail with high winds, but Ben feels the risk is small, even though the area occasionally gets hurricanes. Should Ben use the substitute rebar?
- A. Yes. The cost/benefit shows it is worth it.
- B. Yes. The sponsor wants the project to come in on budget.
- C. No. Ben should use the originally specified rebar, and look to cut costs elsewhere.
- D. Yes. Ben should tell the customer and use the cheaper rebar.
Joe, a PMP, is providing research into customer purchasing behavior of electronics. To sell the research to a pool manufacturer, he changes the white paper and results to be more generic, but does not actually research consumer behavior on pool purchases. How would you characterize Joe's behavior?
- A. It is typical for the consulting world. Joe is just trying to develop another market for his research. Consumer behavior is generally the same, regardless of product.
- B. Joe is providing a legitimate product to the customer.
- C. Although Joe can make some generic assumptions about his research, he should really do some additional work before he sells it to groups outside of the electronics industry.
- D. Joe is violating the PMI Member Standards of Conduct with regard to research.
You are on a time and materials contract. You have finished your work product an hour earlier than expected and want to go home. However, you were expecting a full eight hours of billable time to make your personal income goals. What should you do?
- A. Bill eight hours. Just because you were especially efficient does not mean you shouldn't get a full day's pay.
- B. Stay an extra hour and surf the Web or chat with other co-workers to make up the time.
- C. Find an additional one-hour task that you can do and legitimately bill the client, even though they did not ask for it.
- D. Bill the seven hours you worked and go home.
Randy is writing a book about Project Management and is using case studies that reflect his experience in working for several local companies who are named in the case studies. You are a PMP editing his manuscript. What would you do?
- A. Remove specific names due to confidentiality issues, unless Randy gets written permission.
- B. Get contact information and verify that the case studies are accurate.
- C. Remove the case studies from the book.
- D. Approve the case studies if they are accurate.
You are a new project manager for a telephone company. One of your suppliers invites you to an all-expenses-paid golf weekend. He states that your predecessor always went. It is just for customers of the supplier. Should you accept?
- A. Yes. Other customers are going; therefore, there is no conflict of interest.
- B. Yes. An event is not considered a gift.
- C. No. This is considered a gift that could provide unfair advantage for the supplier.
- D. Yes. Your predecessor used to go.
At a CRM convention, you are given tickets to a free dinner by one of the software vendors. The ticket states that the dinner is a courtesy, and that during it you will see a demo of the latest version of their software. Should you go?
- A. No. This violates the appearance of impropriety.
- B. No. The dinner is a gift, and therefore should not be accepted.
- C. No. You do not want to see the demo.
- D. Yes. This is a typical custom at conventions, and there is no impropriety in attending the event.
As a PMP, Ed is taking several classes on Project Management topics each year. His boss questions, "If you are already certified, why are you taking additional classes?" How should Ed answer?
- A. To get PDUs.
- B. I like to learn.
- C. The classes are covered by the training budget.
- D. As a PMI member, part of my professional behavior responsibilities is to strive to enhance my professional capabilities.
Ron is asked to provide an estimate of cost for a project. After getting scope carefully defined, he provides an estimate that is 300% higher than he really expects the project to cost, just in case. What technique is Ron using?
- A. Ron is not using good Project Management techniques. He should provide the real estimate and then negotiate and discuss risk and contingency.
- B. Ron is using contingency in his estimate.
- C. Ron is not using a bottom-up approach, but he should at least provide an order of magnitude estimate.
- D. All of the above.
Ellen wants to get a contract badly. When she hears that Havert Consulting is her competition, she says to the hiring manager, "I heard that Havert is having financial difficulties," even though she really does not know their financial status. Has Ellen crossed the line?
- A. Yes. Ellen has violated the member standard of not knowingly engaging in an activity intended to cause harm.
- B. No. Ellen is merely suggesting there is a problem, and she is trying to get the business for herself. The company has a responsibility to look into the financials anyway.
- C. Yes. Ellen has violated the confidentiality of Havert Consulting.
- D. Both A and C.
Gregg, a PMP, is developing a radio for an automotive supplier. He knows if he uses a certain type of circuit, the radio could catch fire in a low probability of cases in very rare circumstances. He reviews his findings with several other team members and management, as well as the risk management department. Based on these reviews and for cost purposes, he chooses that circuit. Has Gregg violated PMI ethics?
- A. There is insufficient information to answer the question.
- B. Yes. Gregg has violated the member responsibility to protect the public from harm.
- C. No. Gregg has done due diligence and is conforming to professional standards; therefore, he is not in violation of PMI ethics.
- D. Yes. Even with the advice of others, Gregg is not absolved of his responsibility to prevent the public from harm.
During a PMI ethics dispute, who has the only authority to resolve and end an ethics matter?
- A. The individuals involved
- B. PMI
- C. The appropriate local legal system
- D. The attorneys involved in litigation
Jeff is a PMI member who is the subject of an ethics complaint. Does he need an attorney?
Jane is involved in a PMI ethics dispute, but decides to resign from PMI prior to resolution. Does that resolve the issue?
Mike is submitting an ethics complaint to PMI. Mike must do which of the following?
- A. Provide a detailed factual description of the allegations and note the specific provisions of the Code of Ethics that were violated.
- B. Sign a confidentiality agreement in order to protect the privacy of the parties involved in the case.
- C. Notify the respondent within the time requirements specified in the ethics procedures.
- D. Engage an attorney and communicate with the institute through the PMI legal counsel.
Ellen receives notice of an ethics complaint against her. As a PMP, she knows that the consequences of an ethics violation include
- A. Private or public reprimand
- B. Suspension of membership
- C. Loss of PMI membership
- D. All of the above
Jan is studying for the PMI exam and quizzing a friend: "The definition of confidential information according to PMI is _______."
- A. Any sensitive information considered proprietary
- B. Any material marked "Confidential" by an organization
- C. Any material not explicitly in the public realm
- D. Any material considered confidential, sensitive, or proprietary, either implicitly or explicitly that is not in the public realm
Ricky happens on a file of potential new product releases left at a copier at a convention. He works for the competitor. Can Ricky divulge the information?
- A. We do not know whether Ricky is a PMI member or applicant. Therefore, it is impossible to determine the answer.
- B. Yes. Ricky has no responsibility to the company that left out the information where anyone could find it.
- C. No. Ricky should return the folder to the owner if he can find him.
- D. Yes. However, Ricky should return the folder to the owner.
Gregg is not sure whether he has a conflict of interest. He looks up the definition on the PMI website. A conflict of interest is defined as
- A. A transaction in which an individual is directly or indirectly a beneficiary or party to the transaction
- B. A transaction in which an individual's family members are party to the transaction
- C. A transaction in which a company and an individual engage a third party
- D. A transaction in which an individual and his family engage a company for a particular service
B.J. is a project manager working on a project for his company's annual meeting. B.J.'s sister owns the local conference center, which is one of the locations on B.J.'s list for a company event. Should B.J. consider his sister's location?
- A. No. Conflict of interest includes family members.
- B. Yes. As long as B.J. has no financial interest in his sister's business, he can consider her location.
- C. Yes. B.J. can still consider his sister's business as long as he fully discloses his relationship, and the evaluation is done fairly.
- D. Yes. A company's annual meeting is not a strategic project; therefore, this is not a conflict of interest.
Robert, a project manager on a human resources project, has access to the employment records of Dave, who is applying for a loan from Robert's friend Jeff. Robert knows Dave is on probation. Should Robert tell Jeff not to issue the loan?
- A. Yes. Robert has a responsibility to report accurate information to Jeff.
- B. No. Robert is violating the confidentiality of private information.
- C. Yes. Because Jeff and Robert are friends, there is no issue.
- D. No. Robert should refer Jeff to the human resources individual responsible for employment inquiries.
You work for BigTV, a privately held TV company that is planning to purchase a privately held TV parts supplier. You know Ed, who works at the supplier, and tell him a purchase is being considered. Your boss finds out you've told Ed. Are you in trouble?
- A. Of course! You have violated the confidentiality of the company you work for.
- B. No. The purchase plans are public.
- C. No. Neither company is publicly held, so this is not insider trading.
- D. It depends on how seriously your boss feels you have violated the company's confidentiality.
Joan makes a decision to put off buying certain computer hardware for her project until the second quarter, based on feedback from her team. She has submitted her budget and is now locked into the schedule. Joan now finds out that she does indeed need the hardware in the first quarter. What should she do?
- A. Blame her team and try to get the funding back.
- B. Do nothing and let her schedule be late.
- C. Admit the error and attempt to get the financing moved back.
- D. Juggle the project funding to get the hardware now.
Aaron is a tough manager and expects his staff to obey the strictest interpretation of company policy, especially with regard to time off. Aaron, however, comes in late and leaves early. What type of behavior is Aaron displaying?
- A. Lack of integrity by not conforming to the same standards he expects of others.
- B. Management prerogative.
- C. Flextime.
- D. Aaron is actually going to management meetings, but his staff does not know.
Jane is a PMP who is running a project at a rug manufacturer. Jane works as an employee of a contracting company, but is also able to send her expenses through the rug company. You find out that Jane is expensing both her contracting company and the rug company for the same expenses because the policies do not prevent her from doing so. What should you do?
- A. Inform Jane that although she is expensing according to the procedures, she is "double dipping," which is illegal and unethical.
- B. Document the transactions and report her to the management of both companies.
- C. Do not get involved. If the policies enable her to do so, she is doing nothing wrong.
- D. Start using the process yourself because it has been successful for Jane.
Ralph works hard on his project. He works late hours and often takes work home. His three children are about to start school tomorrow, and he realizes he has forgotten to buy them some school supplies. Ralph raids the company supply cabinet for three notebooks and six pens, and when he sees you on the way out, he murmurs something about needing supplies for work at home. Has Ralph violated the ethics code?
- A. No. Everyone on occasion walks off with a work pen. Ralph works overtime and at home. It is legitimate for him to take the supplies.
- B. Yes. Even for small things we might take for granted, taking supplies for nonbusiness purposes is stealing.
- C. Yes. You should report him to the corporate authorities as well as PMI.
- D. No. Ralph stated clearly that he was taking the supplies for work. Whether he actually does or not, you will never know.
In an abusive, autocratic corporate environment, workers will often get even in passive but destructive ways, even though in general they are persons of high ethics. This phenomenon is known as
- A. The Boomerang effect
- B. A retaliatory response
- C. Theory X
- D. Theory Y
John, a PMP, is studying ethics. He comes across the term ethical congruence and finds that it is defined as
- A. When two ethical behaviors collide
- B. An organization's capability to effectively develop a code of ethics
- C. The alignment of an organization's stated values, the decisions of its leaders, the behaviors that are encouraged by its systems, and the values of its employees
- D. The prioritization of ethics
Brenda uses the Internet frequently for her job researching different aspects of Project Management and for publishing a newsletter for her organization. As she surfs the Web, she happens upon other sites that interest her personally and notes them for use at home. Her corporate Internet usage policy states that the Internet is to be used for business purposes only. Has Brenda acted accordingly?
- A. Yes. Brenda may come across the sites during legitimate searches. She is not spending her time reviewing them, but noting the sites for later use.
- B. The PMI Code of Ethics is not intended to address details such as this.
- C. No. If she is searching properly, she would not come across sites of interest to her personally.
- D. No. By even looking at the other sites, she is in violation of corporate policy, and therefore not acting according to PMI ethics standards.
Carol is a project manager for a construction project, and is sending a couple of workers to get supplies for a part of the construction. She also needs to have the mulch for her home picked up and delivered, and instructs them to do that on the way to getting the supplies. Is this a violation of the PMI Code of Ethics?
- A. No. Carol is simply making use of the synergies available to her.
- B. No. Carol's house is on the way, so there is no conflict of interest.
- C. Yes. Carol is engaging in the wrongful use of resources, and is behaving in a dishonest manner.
- D. No. The workers work for Carol, so there is no conflict.
Dwayne is currently working on a major software development project involving a new technology and has been asked by a software development convention to speak. He will be provided with expenses and an honorarium. Dwayne eagerly accepts. You are a PMP working on his project. How would you advise him?
- A. Indicate that you think accepting an honorarium is a conflict of interest, and that he should not accept the request.
- B. Congratulate him. It is an honor to be asked to speak at a convention.
- C. Tell him he may speak at the convention as long as he takes no fee or expense reimbursement.
- D. Gather the information you need to report him as a violator of the PMI Code of Ethics.
Lawrence is a PMP and researcher in the marketing field. He is working on a project and keeping meticulous records of the questions asked, responses, and individual respondent information, and is compiling the information to sell in aggregate about consumer behavior in grocery stores with respect to "cherry picking." You are reviewing his research and are concerned that he is keeping individual respondent information. What should you do?
- A. Nothing. Lawrence is keeping the records appropriately, preparing honest research, and protecting the privacy of the individuals involved by aggregating the data.
- B. Approach Lawrence and indicate you feel he is violating the privacy of the individuals in question.
- C. Gather the evidence of the privacy violations and prepare to report them to PMI.
- D. Do nothing. A privacy violation, although not preferred, is not a violation of the PMI Member Code of Ethics.
Al is attempting to perform a risk assessment on his project. As a seasoned project manager, he knows assessing risk probability is difficult because
- A. Probability assessment is a mathematical process that requires a mathematician.
- B. Data precision is unknown.
- C. At the beginning of a project, the risk is higher.
- D. It often requires expert judgment, and is often done without the benefit of historical information.
Mike has a friend from church, Jack, who owns a paper supply company. Jack's company is on the vendor supply list for one of Mike's projects. Does Mike have a conflict of interest?
- A. Yes. Depending on the extent of the relationship between Mike and Jack, there could be a conflict of interest.
- B. Yes. Because Mike and Jack are friends, Mike has a conflict of interest he needs to disclose.
- C. No. Mike has no financial interest in Jack's company, nor does any member of Mike's family.
- D. No. As long as Mike does not choose Jack's company, there is no issue.
Gordon is using part of a presentation from Jeff in a speech he is doing for a local PMI chapter. Jeff has given permission. During his speech, Gordon does not attribute the information other than to mention that others had contributed and are listed at the end. At the end of the presentation, he recognizes Jeff's contribution in small print. Has Gordon violated Jeff's intellectual property rights?
- A. No. However, Gordon should have gotten written permission from Jeff, as well as made the attribution more prominent.
- B. Yes. Attribution should be bold and clear. Gordon should be sanctioned.
- C. No. Gordon attributed the information to Jeff. Even if it was in small print, it still counts.
- D. Yes. Gordon did not adequately obtain permission because it should be in writing.
Peter has worked as a project manager on a large and complex systems security project for two years, and is now advertising himself as an expert in security projects. Is he being truthful?
- A. No. Without the CISSP certification, Peter cannot claim expert status and is in violation of the PMI Code of Ethics in truthful advertising.
- B. Maybe. We do not have enough information about Peter's qualifications to determine.
- C. Yes. Two years of experience on a complex project can qualify an individual as an expert. Peter is advertising truthfully.
- D. Yes. In Peter's mind, he is being truthful; therefore, there is no violation.
Nick is a PMP, and in his first year of certification, he has written several books and attended three 40-hour classes. He has ample PDUs to requalify in three years. Therefore, Nick is not planning on any training for the next two years, and is focusing on his practice. Is Nick failing to strive to enhance his professional capabilities?
- A. Yes. By not taking classes or improving himself for two years, Nick is actually violating the Member Standards of Conduct.
- B. No. Working on his practice is still a form of learning.
- C. Yes. Nick should be sanctioned for failure to take classes.
- D. No. Nick has met the requirements of PMI for professional development for his certification cycle.
AAA Lock Company is hiring Charlie's company, PMP Consultants, and specifically Charlie, as a contract project manager to run a project to improve its lock manufacturing process. The project is expected to be in the middle of execution during August. Charlie takes the contract, knowing that in August he will be in Hawaii on a long-planned family vacation, but he does not tell this to AAA Lock Company in the negotiation. Because Charlie owns PMP Consultants, he plans to have another person fill in for him during that time. In August, AAA Lock Company files a complaint with PMI. What do you think will happen?
- A. Charlie will most likely be disciplined by PMI because he violated section B1 of Member Standards of Conduct by not fully disclosing how he planned to execute his services.
- B. If Charlie's contract does not stipulate that he must be the project manager, there will be no finding.
- C. Charlie's company agreed to provide services, not Charlie himself, so no disciplinary action will be taken.
- D. No disciplinary action will take place because at project initiation, there is no way to guarantee that project execution will really take place in August.
Kyle wants the inside track on Xtreme Software. Steve, a PMP who works for Xtreme, has easy access to the public financial statements. Kyle asks Steve for financial information, and Steve forwards him parts of the financial statements from the Web. Has Steve provided insider information?
- A. Yes. Steve has provided Kyle financial statements; therefore, he has violated section B3 of the Member Standards of Conduct.
- B. No. Steve has forwarded information from the website; therefore, it is not insider information.
- C. No. The financial statements are public information, and Steve has forwarded publicly available data.
- D. Yes. Steve has clearly violated the confidentiality of information for his company.
Jennifer, a new PMP, overhears her co-worker, Isaac, talking to Ellen, another co-worker. Isaac brags about a consulting fee he has earned from one of the company's suppliers, just for recommending the supplier as a source for their department. Isaac is going to buy a new TV with the money. Isaac is not a PMP, so Jennifer knows PMI can't do anything in this situation. What should Jennifer do?
- A. Determine whether there is a company ethics policy and, if so, have a conversation with Isaac about how the consulting fee is really a kick-back.
- B. Talk to Isaac's supervisor and advise her of the overheard conversation.
- C. Contact PMI anyway because they have ethics advisors.
- D. Report Isaac to the company ethics board.
Don and Frank are both PMPs working for the same company. Don is reviewing Frank's work and does not feel he has done an adequate job. Should Don report Frank to PMI for failure to conform to professional standards?
- A. Yes. Frank is violating section C2 of the Member Standards of Conduct.
- B. Yes. Frank is violating section B1 of the Complete and Accurate Information section of the Member Standards of Conduct.
- C. No. Don should mind his own business.
- D. No. The conformance to professional standards is applied to preventing the public from harm, as in a construction project or medical environment.
Henry has reported a fellow PMI member for an ethics violation. He has provided the necessary information, and wants to be done with it. PMI has asked him for more information and to participate in the hearing. Henry refuses. Can Henry be disciplined by PMI?
- A. No. Henry is the complainant; therefore, after he has completed the complaint, his responsibilities are finished.
- B. Yes. Henry is violating the Member Standards of Conduct C3 to cooperate with the institute concerning review of ethics violations.
- C. No. However, the ethics complaint will be dropped.
- D. Yes. Henry is violating his fellow PMI member's privacy, and therefore can be disciplined under section B2.
Carl is filling out a professional development units (PDU) form online, and cannot remember the event code. He completes the form, providing all the information he has, except for the event code. Is Carl violating the Member Ethics Code to provide accurate and complete information?
- A. No. Carl gave as complete a set of information as he had.
- B. No. Carl is not misrepresenting the information in any way.
- C. No. Intent needs to be considered when looking at an ethics violation.
- D. All of the above.
Larry likes to have a martini at lunch. Because he is self-employed, he does so at his leisure. As a PMP, Larry is working as a contractor for a company that prohibits drinking during working hours. Larry still has his martini at lunch. How would you characterize Larry's behavior?
- A. Larry has a drinking problem.
- B. As a self-employed individual, Larry may drink at lunch.
- C. Larry is violating the Member Standards of Conduct C1 because he is not abiding by the rules of the community in which he is working.
- D. Larry is violating the Member Standards of Conduct C2, protecting the public from harm.
Nathan, a PMP, is working on a project with Trevor without a written agreement. Trevor has put in a lot of hours since his last payment, and suddenly and unexpectedly dies of a heart attack. Trevor's wife comes to Nathan to get the last check. Nathan refuses, citing he has no legal obligation, because there was no contract. How would you characterize Nathan's behavior?
- A. Unethical and subject to discipline by PMI via C1, stating that Nathan must meet all legal and ethical obligations.
- B. Although not nice, Nathan is perfectly within his rights to refuse payment to Trevor's wife.
- C. Nathan is a bad, bad person and will get what is coming to him eventually.
- D. Nathan is a smart business person. Why pay, when he doesn't have to?