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Dirty Consultant Tricks – Leaky Faucet of Billable Hours

October 5, 2012 by


The leaky faucet, the sieve, the bleeding of billable hours – called different things in different settings they refer to the same concept, a consulting/ contracting company or resource who piles up time and material hours.  It’s also one of three dirty consulting tricks I’ve observed first hand in the last few years.  The irony […]

PMI’s Ethics Complaints Process

March 24, 2010 by


In an earlier posting (Understanding Ethics Complaints Questions on the PMP Exam, February 8, 2010), we discussed our duty as members (or certification holders) of the Project Management Institute (PMI) to report ethics violations to PMI and when we are obligated to carry out this duty. Section 2.3.3 of the Code of Ethics ( states […]

Promises and the PMI Code of Ethics

March 23, 2010 by


“I know Jack will get that report to me by Friday. He said I’ll have it by Friday, so I’ll have it by Friday—Jack never lets me down. When he says something will get done, I don’t worry about it because I can trust he’ll take care of it” says the project sponsor. “You’re fortunate […]

Favoritism, Nepotism, Bribery and the PMI Code of Ethics

March 18, 2010 by


Why is it a problem to hire or award someone based on the fact that they are your friend, relative, or have offered you a little “gift” in return? The problem is what you are not doing—making decisions based on people’s merits to the best interest of your organization. The third mandatory Fairness standard in […]

Being Informed about Norms and the PMI Code of Ethics

March 12, 2010 by


Norms and customs don’t just vary from country to country, they can vary across neighborhoods and even across departments within an organization. I was told once by a kid from the town next to mine that she could tell which kids were from my town because they liked to wear socks under their sandals. This […]

Rules, Regulations and the PMI Code of Ethics

March 10, 2010 by


“Ignorantia juris non excusat”—ignorance of the law is no excuse! This well-known legal principle states that we are held liable for laws even though we may not be aware of them. This suggests that it’s a good idea to be aware of the laws and other rules that directly pertain to our work. As a […]

Opportunity Fairness and the PMI Code of Ethics

March 5, 2010 by


Who will get that great, new opportunity within your organization? Perhaps the daughter of the top salesman, or the young lady that was in the same sorority as the CEO? The fourth aspirational Fairness standard in the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is “4.2.4 We make opportunities equally available to […]