PMI-SP Scheduling Professional Certification Practical Exam Set 10

John works as the project manager for Blue Well Inc. He is identifying the phases within the scope of work for the project plan. Which of the following can be categorized as a project phase? Each correct answer represents a complete solution. Choose all that apply.


Options are :

  • Concrete
  • Conceptual engineering (Correct)
  • Pre-construction (Correct)
  • Engineering (Correct)

Answer : Conceptual engineering Pre-construction Engineering

Harry is the project manager of a large network installation project. This project requires Harry to add network cable to each office and cubicle of a 14-story office building. Harry will receive a bonus for good time and cost performance in this project. What law of economics would prevent Harry from exponentially adding labor to the project work in an effort to complete the work in a very small amount of time?


Options are :

  • Parkinson's Law
  • Law of Economics
  • Law of Diminishing Returns (Correct)
  • Moore's Law

Answer : Law of Diminishing Returns

You are the project manager for the NQQ Project for your organization. You and the project team are creating the activity list for the NQQ Project. You have instructed the project team members that they should include an activity identifier and a scope of work description for each activity in the activity list. Why is this information needed?


Options are :

  • To communicate the work to be completed to the project stakeholders
  • To track the work to the project requirements
  • To help the project team understand what work is required to be completed (Correct)
  • To maintain profit and loss statements for the project

Answer : To help the project team understand what work is required to be completed

You are the project manager of the NHQ project. Your project has a budget of $1,258,456, and is scheduled to last for three years. Your project is currently forty percent complete though it should be forty-five percent complete. In order to reach this point of the project, you have spent $525,000. Management needs a performance report regarding the NHQ project. Management is concerned that this project will be over budget upon completion. Management would like to create a report telling them how much more the project will need to complete. What value should you tell management?


Options are :

  • $1,312,504
  • $733,456
  • $566,305
  • $787,504 (Correct)

Answer : $787,504

Beth is the project manager of the KJH project. Sarah is Beth's administrative assistant and Ben is the project team leader. Beth's project has eight virtual teams throughout the world that will be working on the activities relevant to the deliverables in their locales. Thomas, the project sponsor, has told Beth that he is to be kept abreast of all communication between her project and the stakeholders. In this project, who is the lead person responsible for communication with all stakeholders?


Options are :

  • Sarah
  • Beth (Correct)
  • Each of the team leaders for the eight virtual teams
  • Thomas

Answer : Beth

You are the project manager of the MQQ project. Unfortunately, this project is not performing well and you must do something to address the problems in your project. Based on your planning for monitoring and controlling project performance, you know that there are three outputs of performance reporting. Which one of the following is the only output that is most appropriate for this poorly performing project?


Options are :

  • Organizational process assets update
  • Performance re-baselining
  • Performance reports
  • Change requests (Correct)

Answer : Change requests

Andy is the project manager of the NHGQ project for his organization. He has elected to use a three-point estimate for his project. His project team, however, is complaining about participating in this estimate type because of the time it takes to predict the duration of activities. Andy, as the project manager, tells the project team that they must create the time estimate, as it will help this project and future similar projects. What is a three-point estimate?


Options are :

  • A three-point estimate, also known as GERT, uses the formula optimistic, plus four times the most likely, plus the pessimistic. This value is then divided by six.
  • A three-point estimate, also known as PERT, uses the formula optimistic, plus four times the most likely, plus the pessimistic. This value is then divided by six.
  • Each activity must be estimated for its optimistic, pessimistic, and most likely duration and then an average for the estimate is created. (Correct)
  • Each activity must be estimated for its optimistic, pessimistic, and most likely duration.

Answer : Each activity must be estimated for its optimistic, pessimistic, and most likely duration and then an average for the estimate is created.

You are the project manager of the NHA Project. This project is expected to last one year with quarterly milestones throughout the year. Your project is supposed to be at the third milestone today, but you are likely to be only 60 percent complete. Your project has a BAC of $745,000 and you have spent $440,000 of the budget-to-date. What is your schedule variance for this project?


Options are :

  • ($111,750) (Correct)
  • 1.02
  • $11,667
  • $7,000

Answer : ($111,750)

You are the project manager of the GHY Project. This project is scheduled to last for one year and has a BAC of $4,500,000. You are currently 45 percent complete with this project, though you are up posed to be at your second milestone which accounts for half of the project completion. There have been some errors in the project which has caused you to spend $2,073,654. What is this project's schedule variance?


Options are :

  • 0.98
  • ($225,000) (Correct)
  • 10 percent
  • ($48,654)

Answer : ($225,000)

Your project is installing 8,000 light fixtures in a new building. Each of the light fixtures is to be installed exactly the same way but you have discovered that some of the fixtures are installed incorrectly. You and the project team meet and agree to fix the fixtures and to install all future fixtures the same way. This is an example of what executing activity?


Options are :

  • Risk mitigation
  • Team development
  • Risk response
  • Corrective action (Correct)

Answer : Corrective action

Adrian is the project manager for her project. This new project needs to identify all the stakeholders that will be affected by the project's outcome. How stakeholders are usually identified?


Options are :

  • Stakeholders are usually identified through a stakeholder register.
  • Stakeholders are identified through the project customers.
  • Stakeholders are identified by the project team, project sponsor, and management.
  • Stakeholders are usually identified by interviewing identified stakeholders and expanding the list until all potential stakeholders are included. (Correct)

Answer : Stakeholders are usually identified by interviewing identified stakeholders and expanding the list until all potential stakeholders are included.

You are the project manager of the NHQ project. This project is scheduled to last for six months and will require $345,000 to complete. If the project completes earlier than scheduled, your organization will receive a bonus of $5,000 per day for the early completion. Management has asked you to develop an aggressive schedule to realize as much of the bonus as possible, but you must be careful not to increase project risk beyond an acceptable level of risk exposure. Which of the following approaches is most likely to increase project risk?


Options are :

  • Adding leads to the project work
  • Fast tracking (Correct)
  • Crashing
  • Using the critical chain method

Answer : Fast tracking

Which of the following provides a method to track project progress during project execution against what was planned?


Options are :

  • Team members profile
  • Benefit-cost ratio
  • Schedule baseline (Correct)
  • Detailed project budget

Answer : Schedule baseline

You have been hired as a contract project manager for Tech Perfect Inc. The project has already been started. Sufficient details of the project have already been structured. You are working with your team for cost estimation of the project. Which of the following estimating techniques will you use for the highest degree of accuracy?


Options are :

  • Top-down
  • Parametric modeling
  • Bottom-up (Correct)
  • Analogous

Answer : Bottom-up

You are the project manager for your organization. Your current project has a schedule variance of -$37,500 and a schedule performance index of 0.94. What do these values mean in regard to project performance?


Options are :

  • Your project is likely to be late and over budget.
  • Your project is performing well.
  • Your project has a planned value of $600,000
  • Your project is six percent off schedule and has a considerable schedule variance. (Correct)

Answer : Your project is six percent off schedule and has a considerable schedule variance.

You are the project manager of the GHY project. Your project has a BAC of $675,000 and is forty percent complete though you were supposed to be forty-five percent complete. Due to some errors early in the project, you had to spend $278,000 of your project's budget to reach this point. Management is asking for a variance report. What part of your project has the largest variance?


Options are :

  • Cost, with a variance of $278,000
  • Cost, with a variance of -$8,000
  • Schedule, with a variance of -$20,000
  • Schedule, with a variance of -$33,750 (Correct)

Answer : Schedule, with a variance of -$33,750

Della works as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. She has asked her assistant Beth to provide activity duration estimate for an activity. Beth provides Della the following estimate chart: What will be the activity duration according to the PERT three-point analysis?


Options are :

  • 46
  • 19
  • 24
  • 29 (Correct)

Answer : 29

What formula would you use if your project had a BAC of $450,000, you have spent $191,000, and you are 40 percent complete though you are supposed to be 55 percent done and management wants to know your project's schedule performance index?


Options are :

  • ($450,000 - $180,000) / ($450,000 - $191,000)
  • $180,000 - $247,500
  • $450,000 - $477,500
  • $180,000 / $247,500 (Correct)

Answer : $180,000 / $247,500

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