Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Topic The Code of Ethics
CAUTION - This article was written in 2011 and may no longer be accurate.
This blog is focussed on the PMI® Code of Ethics. Unusually, the PMI® Code of Ethics is not covered in the Project Management Institutes, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide)- Fourth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2008. However, you can find the PMI® Code of Ethics on the PMI® Website. It is essential that you download and study the Code of Ethics because typically the PMP® exam will contain 10-15 questions on the subject.
The code itself is based on project management ethics and the specifically the values that a responsible project manager should use in his/her business practices. Central to the code are the ideas of responsibility, respect, fairness and honesty.
Most PMP® questions on the subject will describe a hypothetical situation where you are asked to make a decision about certain situations or opportunities that you may encounter as a project manager. For example: “You have evidence that co-workers have been involved in illegal activities that violate the company’s rules of conduct. What action will you take?” Like all PMP® questions, you will be given four possible answers. It is not necessary to learn the code of conduct verbatim but it is crucial to have a thorough understanding of its principles.
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