Project Management

Topic Teasers Vol. 158: Should I Be a Compliance Officer?

PMI Heartland Nebraska / Iowa Chapter

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I was just offered a promotion to Compliance Officer and it comes with a substantial pay raise. The only problem? I don’t really know what that is or what I would be asked to do—we’ve never had this position before. Is it possible to take the job and figure it out along the way​​?

A. Neither the latest edition of the PMBOK® Guide or the earlier version mention anything about regulatory compliance or how to do it. However, by learning a basic understanding of what needs to be done, a project manager could use his or her skills to quickly grasp what it is and to create a program for the organization. Whatever you come up with will probably be more useful that nothing.

B. With the new Construction Professional (PMI-CP™) now up and running, we need to expand the knowledge of what safety measures are required on building homes, retail sites and office locations. Regulations for how concrete is poured and how the structural decisions are made is the simple definition of regulatory compliance.

C. Regulatory compliance means that each location of an expanded business must operate exactly as the same branch in a second, third and fourth location, and so on. For example, the Wendy’s Frosty must use the same …

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