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Ethics in Project Management
By Craig Brown

Below is a list of some commonly known ethics in Project Management. Project Managers should abide to this list at all times.

  • Treat the money like it’s your own. If you make financial decisions as if it were your own money you’ll always make the best decisions for your client.
  • Care for your community. Your project affects a diverse range of stakeholders. Know who they are and how you’ll change their lives. Know how you’ll explain your project to your families and friends.

  • Account for the full product life cycle. Today’s new product is tomorrow’s landfill. Understand the true cost of ownership by full lifecycle costing, from sourcing materials to disposal.

  • Do the best you can first time around. When you turn up for work, remind yourself that you are there to do the best job you can. Be proactive, be creative, and be efficient.

  • Deal fairly with your suppliers. If you can’t deal fairly and openly with them during the project phase of the product, what chance does the client have of working with them during the operations phase?

  • Honesty all the time. Never lie by omission, never lie by vagueness, never lie by delaying, never lie by clutter, never lie by jargon: just never lie.

  • Help others along. Projects are not just delivered by teams. They are delivered by communities, workforces, and professions. You have a place in these groups; there is always someone to learn from and someone to help along. Share what you know and receive help when you need it.

  • The golden rule. Don’t just treat others how you want to be treated, treat them how they want to be treated.

Craig Brown has worked as a project manager and business analyst mainly in the Australian ITC and the banking industries. He has also worked in the law, education and welfare industries, including starting a law firm. Craig now has a Master’s degree in project management from RMIT university, and is currently working with a Melbourne based IT consulting firm called OptimiseIT. Craig’s personal blog can be found at

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