Join Bob McGannon for an in-depth discussion in this video Question 7, part of Project Management Foundations: Ethics.
- Not only have I seen instances where managers…have said don't call it red,…I've also seen instances where new…and imaginary colors are added up.…Maybe we should call it pink,…because it's not quite red,…but it's a little more than yellow or amber.…So what you're talking about here…is not all that uncommon.…Also, let me just put this truth on the table,…if you have a project that's not doing well…you will get more management attention.…And I think what you've said in your question is true,…the attention that you get is not always useful.…
So there are truths strung throughout your question.…The key here from an ethics standpoint…is not to deceive.…If the project is red, through a set of parameters…that you have predetermined make it red,…I think it is an ethical issue to do anything else…but call it red.…However, if you've got the means to fix it,…you are starting that fix,…and that fix is actually demonstrating progress…I would put red, I'd put an asterisk on it,…and I would describe how this is getting better,…
BONUS: In the bonus chapter, Bob answers seven questions about specific ethical dilemmas: sharing information, resolving conflicts over standards, communicating with stakeholders, reporting project status honestly, and more.
- Demonstrating responsibility
- Showing respect
- Operating with fairness
- Behaving with honesty
- Understanding mandatory, aspirational, and personal ethical standards
- Reviewing ethical situations in project management
- Reporting ethical problems