A long time back I read Stephen Covey’s classic “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and leveraged them throughout my career as I progressed into the profession of Project Management. What I discovered is a new set of rules emerged. Even with excellent references like the PMBOK rolling out to help guide PMs, a new secret code came forward that was like the Pirate’s Code in the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean”. This unwritten code sometimes was trumpeted as “law” by some and “guidelines” by others, but the gist is I found those that practiced this code were able to generate massive amounts of churn, get lots of visibility and generate project black holes where companies burn tons of money in a PMO dumpster fire. The net effect was to waste productivity like a Dilbert Zone nightmare and experience scope creep resembling a flesh eating bacteria. The one common characteristic is they all follow this code which I call the “7 Habits of Highly Dysfunctional PMs”. This code is quite entertaining for PMs and provides much excitement and drama in what would be an otherwise mundane and productive life for most project team members.