Those people operating as independent consultants with Project Management Professional, (PMP)®, certificates adhere to a high code of ethical conduct. Many uncertified project managers do not. This situation means that clients receive a reduction in risk when they hire the PMP certified consultant. Many clients may not be aware of this. The PMP independent consultants should write about the less ethical behavior of some project managers. The PMP certified consultant will be able to show what the value of the PMP credential is to current employers.
Ethics is actually a branch of philosophy that identifies concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong, justice, virtue, and similar dilemmas. Traditional ethics is the study of what makes actions right and wrong. Modern theories of moral principle one apply to resolving difficult moral decisions. Moral principles and theories are complex and not strictly right and wrong but different kinds of status of ethical behavior. With competition, international business practices and global actions, ethics have become to mean different things in different areas. The Project Management Institute, (PMI)®, establishes a global ethical standard that applies to all PMP certified persons and other PMI members.
In the independent consulting management consulting business, there are often stories of unethical behavior. Sometimes there is even illegal activities that are encountered. In cases such as these, the PMI code of ethics for PMP holding project managers dictates some of the actions that must be followed. To assist potential business clients, PMP certified persons can write articles about the behaviors in the knowledge field. This would show that there are dangers that businesses must know when they hire consultants who are not certified. Businesses might already know about such dangers but they might not know that the PMP credential protects clients.
The Project Management Institute places a great deal of importance on respectable business ethics. All members must adhere to this standard. Importance is placed on ethics during the knowledge skills testing exam. Questions may be expected that present particular cases dealing with ethics. The correct answer will be the one that follows the published code of conduct. Many of the questions are fairly difficult to answer. Ethics is not easily categorized. This means that there can be interpretations of conduct involved. Geography is not to be used to violate ethical code. That is, if certain less ethical practices are common in a particular foreign country, the industry standard forbids its members to follow them merely because they are resident in that area. PMI enforces a global standard for members.
PMP certified people have past experiences that may be described. Perhaps there was an example of an particular certified worker that took a project that was far above the ability of their current ability level. The example could show how the person was able to get an assignment and what resulted. In all likelihood, the effort was a complete failure. The article could mention if anyone got reprimanded. The article could explain the circumstances involved if the assigned worker was replaced. The article shouldn't identify individuals, but the message about the risk when using non-certified staff administrators could be explained. The article could summarize by explaining that PMP certified staff members do not put business clients at this type of risk. As PMP certified people know, PMI certification protects clients with the ethical behavior of very professional business behavior.
PMP certified individuals now have an easy way for articles to be published in a journal of related industry topics. These articles are eligible for credit towards PMP credential renewal. Each article published in the journal can award professional development unit, (PDU), credits in the "Giving back to the community" category. PMP credentials requires the PMP holder to earn sixty such credits in three years. A published article is worth credits for the time involved in the authoring process. The award is 1 PDU per hour of effort. This is a great value compared to the time devoted to the writing of an article. PMP holding persons should consider writing about their ethical knowledge and claiming their certificate renewal credits.
The time necessary to write content is not particularly onerous. In fact, with practice, one may be able to generate an acceptable piece in under two hours. This would involve research, writing, editing, and publishing time. The cost, of course, is free. With further practice, the author of such work could generate an ebook. This would take more time, and earn more credits. The final result would be a work that could be of more value to those in the business.