President’s Update - Ethics is everyone’s responsibility
At our last Chapter Meeting, I took 10 minutes to re-introduce our membership to the PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, which drives ethical conduct for the project management profession through the values of honesty, responsibility, respect and fairness. Developed by PMI members, the Code and it’s supporting resources help us to apply those values to real-life situations.
As Project Management professionals, we are not only entrusted with delivering outcomes, but also entrusted with the resources and relationships that involve the delivery of those outcomes. However, the stresses and pressures inherent in the nature of our work consistently provide ethical challenges and dilemmas that need to be addressed. It is how we react to these situations that defines our ethics and the ethics of our profession.
I would like to reassure our members and certification holders that our Chapter takes violations of the Code seriously and will take the lead in appropriately addressing ethics violations when they arise. However, we can’t do it alone and rely on you to stand up for ethics in our profession. If you see something, say something. Try to address the situation with the person in the moment to avoid ethical dilemmas and keep trust intact. If that doesn’t work, then PMI’s Ethics Complaint process is available to assist.
Over the coming months, we will continue our discussion regarding ethics and situations that can provide ethical dilemmas to you in your work. In the meantime, take some time to review the Code and continue acting ethically.
2018-2020 Strategic Plan
In our Annual General Meeting in April, we introduced our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, which focuses our Chapter on three core pillars of Strategic Focus, Customer Centricity and Organisational Agility. We would encourage you to view the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan (here). This not only aligns to PMI’s Strategic Plan, but also provides a strong base for our Chapter to raise the profile of project management in the community, deliver better services and generally enhance the member experience.
As part of implementing this strategic plan, we have already delivered the following initiatives:
- A partnership with our new venue, The Platform, which not only provides a central venue for Chapter events, but also enhances our connection with community organisations and other not-for-profits
- A full 12-month calendar of events (poster available here) for 2018
There is more to come and we are excited about the opportunities this new strategic plan will bring to our Chapter and members.
William + Hughes joins the PMI WA Chapter
We are excited to announce Williams + Hughes (W+H) are now the exclusive legal sponsor of the PMI WA Chapter.
W+H Principal Chris Bailey said “We recognise the key role project managers play in delivering successful project outcomes in WA and are keen to support PMI WA members. The legal risks faced by project managers can be significant both personally and professionally. We see our role as helping PMI WA members to better understand and manage those risks.”
“One behalf of the PMI Board, I do believe this sponsorship adds tremendous value to our members and the connection of both brands not only compliment PMI brand in WA but also a broader element to the personnel development of the project management leaders in our state” Duncan McLaren, PMP Marketing Director.
The sponsorship will see W+H provide regular legal updates in the PMI WA newsletter and a legal advice hotline exclusively for PMI WA members, giving them free access to a lawyer for a quick bit (15-min) of advice.
Further details and value this sponsorship bring to our chapter can be seen here.
We are even more excited to see the first piece of value to come out of this sponsorship with an important legal update around the New IPSO Factor Regime which will come into effect shortly. Please a summary of this below in the Legal Update.
Changes to PgMP and PMI-PBA exams
The Program Management Professional (PgMP)® and PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® exams are changing in June. All the information you need is available on https://www.pmi.org/update-center.
- PgMP® exam: 25 June 2018
- PMI-PBA® exam: 25 June 2018
CHAPTER METTING - JUNE 2018
During our last chapter meeting we saw a great turn out with over forty passionate project management leaders keen to continue their professional development and learning around the softer subjects such as taking some tips away on how to be a better project manager.
One of main learning moments was the importance of understanding the organization dynamics and how to influence people early on the project cycle.
We would love to hear your thoughts on what you may have taken away from the meeting and any feedback you may have.
Missed a Chapter Meeting? Webcasts of past Chapter Meetings are available on our website at http://wapmi.org.au/Webcasts.
June Legal Update - Brought to you by William + Hughes
Project managers should be mindful that the new ipso facto regime will commence on 1 July 2018.
An “ipso facto” clause in a contract is one which entitles one party to enforce a contractual right, or to suspend or terminate the contract if the other party experiences an insolvency event.
Ipso facto clauses are frequently seen in all kinds of high-value contracts including construction contracts, leases, and finance agreements. An example is a term in a construction contract allowing the principal to terminate if the contractor goes into administration.
The new regime will limit parties from relying on ipso facto clauses, if the other party enters administration or receivership or a scheme of arrangement is proposed. The changes are designed to permit companies in financial difficulty or undergoing a restructure to retain the benefit of their contracts. Currently, companies in administration may have their major contracts terminated and this often seals their fate.
You may need to review your contracts to consider the effect of the changes, and look out for creative lawyers trying to get around the new laws.
For further information, contact Chris Bailey or Matt Lenhoff at Williams + Hughes.
Below is a list of webinars and their corresponding PDUs avaible to members:
The Project Management Institute Western Australia Chapter would like to acknowledge and thank our valued Sponsors, who have assisted in the development of the chapter and provide services to benefit our membership. Thank You!