Milind Kamat, PMI Houston VP of Finance
How long have you been working in Project Management and what's your current professional position?
I am a Product Management Professional with over 6 years of Project Management involvement.
How long have you been involved with the Houston PMI® Chapter and in what capacities?
I have been a member of PMI Houston Chapter for over 3 years and have volunteered in Finance the entire time. I started by processing invoice and expense reports, then moved to a Director position. I’ve been a VP since August 2016.
Describe the most interesting/challenging/exciting project you've ever been involved with.
Development and launching of new products. It requires understanding and meeting stakeholder requirements, incorporating new features and launching on schedule with a market price that optimizes market share.
Which part(s) of the Chapter’s Strategic Plan really resonate with you and why?
Chapter’s commitment to its members to provide opportunities to advance their Project Management knowledge and career.
PMI Houston 2018 Conference & Expo
June 4-5, 2018
NRG Park | 8400 Kirby Dr | Houston, Texas 77054
Project YOU: Managing Your Career as a Project Professional
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|Is it possible to talk too much about ethics in the field of Project Management? Project Managers, who are being bombarded with more and more demands for due diligence, cost control, scope management, and stakeholder management, face a lot of pressure to perform. As an old colleague said, “They’re only asking me to put in the bare minimum to be perfect!”|
There’s a section about ethical dilemmas on the PMI website, with a great video by PMI President and CEO Mark Langley (https://www.pmi.org/about/ethics). I encourage you to check it out. “Dilemma” is an interesting word, referring to a pair of opposing options from which we have to choose, and the word dilemma comes from the Greek for “having two of” and “premise, or proposition”. It is often used to describe a situation where a decision must be made between two undesirable alternatives. “On the horns of a dilemma” is an expression that comes from an old rhetorical device that used the imagery of a bull whose two horns represented the two alternatives. The rhetorician could be impaled on either horn!
Ethics are on everybody’s mind these days, and the result is that much attention is being paid to teaching people how to act ethically. There are college ethics courses (mine was through the Philosophy department) and online ethics courses. There are ethics courses for accountants, engineers, educators, managers – just about any profession you can name. Of course, breaches of ethics occur in all walks.
Conventional wisdom has it that we must learn to work in an ethical manner. I think that perhaps the reverse is true. I contend that, deep down, we all know what is ethical. Call it your conscience, your moral base, whatever. It’s our natural state. What’s learned is unethical behavior. Over the years, we meet people who expose us to behaviors that are contrary to our natural state. Why do you think the best advice from a mentor is to “go with your gut”? The most important thing a mentor can do is to inspire his charge to have confidence in him/herself, to believe in what their mind and heart are telling them. A mixture of instinct and experience, gut feeling can be a very useful life-guide.
Many will disagree, and maybe they have a point. Of course, there is much to learn in the academic discipline. But let’s talk for a moment about the foundation of ethical behavior. Stop to think for a moment of a time when you saw someone bravely standing up for something they knew was right. What went through your mind? I’m pretty sure it was something like “Man, I knew that! I wish I had spoken up.”
Consider corporations, many of which are on the hot seat for acting unethically in the public eye. Their employees know wrong from right. The problem occurs when unethical thinking occurs at the very top, and is allowed to trickle down through the organization. The staff knows that what’s happening isn’t right, because their experience and instinct – their gut – tells them so. The virus spreading through their organization is teaching them otherwise, though, and the temptation is to embrace these unethical behaviors, against what they already know!
So, when you put your boots on and go to work on your next job, Dear Project Manager, don’t think about what you need to learn to act in an ethical manner… think about what you already know. I was thinking about one of my most satisfying encounters on a project the other day, and spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out why that day is so important to me now. Then it hit me.
I went with my gut.