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The Ten Commitments

Posted on | April 1, 2010 | 6 Comments

There are at least 10 commitments I see a PM must have.

1) Thou shall have no other projects before this one – The project (or projects) you are working on is the most important one in the whole world. Seeing it this way will keep you focused and positive

2) Thou shall not make wrongful use of the name of the project – The project has to be clear to you, to the project team and the sponsors. It has to be known by everyone so that it is relevant

3) Observe the deadline and keep it holy – Deadlines will arrive faster than you think. Make sure the deadlines are well known and clearly communicated. If there is any slip, ensure it is justified and well communicated as well

4) Honor your boss and sponsors – If your project does well, you do well. If you do well, your boss does well. The sponsors will love you. At the end, it all comes back in the form of rewards (unless your boss is “one of those”)

5) Thou shall not murder (your project) – You must do everything possible for the project to be successful, it is your job

6) Thou shall not commit (project) adultery – You should have plenty enough with your own projects. If they are not the kind of projects you like to be assigned to then make it a priority to lobby for the ones you do but do not make yourself miserable by wanting another PM’s project or bad-mouthing another PM for how bad he or she is managing that project

7) Thou shall not steal (anybody’s ideas) – Share ideas. Elevate good ideas and support them but don’t make them yours; it is not moral and it is not ethical

8) Thou shall not bear false witness against your project team – You must support your project team especially after decisions have been made and agreed upon, even if the results are not good. After all, there must have been a good reason for why that decision was made

9) Thou shall not covet your fellow PM’s resources – You have your own project resources; if you need someone with specific skills who is working for another PM, make a formal request, don’t ask him or her to spend time on your project because, most likely, it can’t be done in relatively small time and/or it will affect the project he or she is already assigned to

10) Thou shall not covet anything that belongs to your project team – If the team accomplished an important milestone, let them know what a great job they performed. Even under your management the glory belongs to them

PMs have commitments too. Don’t you think so…? Well, I do.


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6 Responses to “The Ten Commitments”

  1. Bob Veris
    April 2nd, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    Solid take-off on THE 10 Commandments…and it works for me. As I read each one, the truth rings out loudly & clearly. [Fellow PMs take notice!]

    Good job. I look forward to more of your 'truth.'

  2. Anonymous
    April 4th, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

    Hi Dude,

    I really like what you post it in 10-comm´s way. Very clever. Nice.

    Have a nice week end.

  3. Scott G Ames
    April 5th, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    I like it. However, care must be made so that following the first commitment doesn't cause you to break later commitments. I know of one place that the PM's were so rigorous about there projects being top priority to the point where they routinely broke the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th commitments. Not a good thing for the company.

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    April 30th, 2010 @ 8:46 am

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  5. Amy
    June 6th, 2010 @ 1:43 am

    I like it. However, care must be made so that following the first commitment doesn’t cause you to break later commitments. I know of one place that the PM’s were so rigorous about there projects being top priority to the point where they routinely broke the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th commitments. Not a good thing for the company.

  6. Kimura
    July 17th, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    Hello this is a excellent write-up. I’m going to email this to my buddies. I stumbled on this while searching on yahoo I’ll be sure to come back. thanks for sharing.

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