Project Management

Accountability

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Accountability is an individual's requirement to accept the consequences, both positive and negative, for activities and actions. Often, an individual in a leadership position is held accountable for actions taken by subordinate team members.

The Project Manager is typically accountable for meeting all requirements of a project, meaning her or she is the one who pays the price, or is held to account, if those requirements are not met. Project Team members may be responsible for tasks within the project, but not always accountable for the value created (or not created). And while a project manager will suffer all or most negative consequences for project failure, he or she has the ethical responsibility to share project success fairly with his or her team.

Accountability is best summed up by remembering U.S. President Harry Truman's motto, "The buck stops here." Accountability is also a cornerstone of criminal justice practices.


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