What it means to be an ethical project manager
In this podcast, Lyn Windsor speaks with me about what it means to be an ethical project manager.
Lyn has a wealth of experience managing a variety of projects both here in Australia and internationally, with a focus on business and IT transformations resulting in organisational change and business process re-engineering.
She has worked extensively within the aviation industry, recently managing projects for Virgin Australia and Cathay Pacific Airways, and previously for Qantas, Air New Zealand Group, Singapore Airlines and Ansett Australia. She has also worked on projects for the Victorian state government and Bakers Delight.
Points raised in this podcast:
- Ethics in project management can apply to the type of project and how it impacts on organisations and the general public as well as how the project is managed.
- The Project Management Institute lists four values in its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, including responsibility, respect, fairness and honesty.
- Responsibility means not only being responsible for the delivery of the project, but also being responsible for the activities of each team member.
- It is the responsibility of a project manager to be accountable for errors or omissions made during the project.
- It can be difficult to stand up to stakeholders, particularly when a project is no longer viable, but often they will appreciate having issues brought to their attention quickly and this is a key part of what it means to be an ethical project manager.
- Responsibility can also mean ensuring the external impact of the project on the environment is neutral or positive.
- One of the most important attributes of being a successful project manager is respect.
- You cannot successfully lead a team without having mutual respect for each other.
- It is important to respect differences between individuals to ensure fairness.
- Favouritism and discrimination is common in project management and can be damaging.
- Favouritism can also lead to conflicts of interest.
- Honesty is an integral part of responsibility, respect and fairness.
- There is no point in hiding anything from stakeholders.
- Communication with stakeholders and team members needs to be open and honest or you risk losing their respect.
- Being familiar with the Project Management Institute’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and assessing yourself against it regularly can be useful.
You can find a copy of the Project Management Institute’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct here.
Listen to Podcast 94 about being an ethical project manager