Accepting Assignments

This topic, as well as many of the others discussed in these sections, cross two of the areas noted in the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct—responsibility and honesty. You should always honestly report your qualifications, your experience, and your past performance of services to potential employers, customers, PMI, and others. You should not knowingly accept assignments that are beyond your capabilities or experience.

Be honest about what you know and what you don't know as it relates to your experience. For example, the Control Quality processes as described in the PMBOK® Guide are used extensively in the manufacturing industry. However, the information technology field looks at quality issues in different ways. If you're a project manager in the information technology field, you've probably never used control charts and cause-and-effect diagramming techniques. Don't lead others to believe that you have used techniques you haven't used or that you have experience you don't have.

Emphasize the knowledge you do have and how you've used it in your specific industry, and don't try to fudge it with processes and techniques you've never used. Potential clients and employers would much rather work with you and provide training where you might need it than think they've got someone fully experienced with the project or industry techniques needed for a project when they don't.

If you're working on contract or you're self-employed, you have a responsibility to ensure that the estimates you provide potential customers are accurate and truthful. Make certain you clearly spell out what services you're providing and let the customer know the results they can expect at the end of the project. Accurately represent yourself, your qualifications, and your estimates in your advertising and in person.

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