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The ethics of responsibility

Thursday 19 October, 2023

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You are in a team working on a long running and high-profile job that has not been going well.

The team has been asked to report on next steps to the board. The project lead wants to bring in consultants to evaluate, but this project is effectively already redundant, and the consultancy costs will come at a significant additional price to the stakeholders.

Bringing in consultants will not bring an immediate end to the project, in fact, it will draw out what has already been a lengthy project, and your sense is that it is not an attempt to save the project, but rather an attempt to transfer responsibility and avoid reputational damage to the person responsible and by extension the business.

What do you do?

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There are 2 comments for The ethics of responsibility.

Re: The ethics of responsibility

Tuesday 24 October, 2023
by IanS
Absolutely no thought of employing more consultants and protecting someone's ego. The moral and ethical thing to do is recommend that the plug be pulled and any future project costs be eliminated or carefully controlled while looking at what can be salvaged.

Re: The ethics of responsibility

Thursday 9 November, 2023
by Lea
Need more information,
Why is the project redundant, who made that call and on what basis
Why does the lead want to bring in a consultant ? - is it an assumption or fact that this is to mitigate responsibility, rather than gain an outside perspective ?
What is the consequence if the project is deemed to be redundant ?
Is there an alternative idea/ direction . ie should we pivot rather than fold ?
Understanding comes first, ethics - aka asking what is the right thing to do often become clear when you have done your research and you understand the what and the why.

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