PMI-SP Scheduling Professional Certification Practical Exam Set 4

You are the project manager of the NHQ project. You are working with your project team to create the project schedule and the project network diagram. In order to start the sequencing of the project activities, you will need a document to identify the result of project phases, key project deliverables, and significant, timeless events in the project. Which of the following documents will you need to help sequence the project work?


Options are :

  • Activity list
  • Activity attributes
  • Project scope statement
  • Milestone list (Correct)

Answer : Milestone list

You are the project manager for your organization. You are working with your project team to create activity duration estimates using the PERT method. What is the formula for PERT?


Options are :

  • (O+(6M)+P)6
  • (O+ML+P)/3
  • (O+ML+P)
  • (O+(4M)+P)/6 (Correct)

Answer : (O+(4M)+P)/6

You work as a Project Manager for Dreams Unlimited Inc. You are looking for performance efficiencies of a project. The related key values are provided in the table below: MeasurementsValues BCWP (or EV)325 BCWS (or PV)300 ACWP (or AC)410 What is the schedule variance (SV) of the project at the current point of time?


Options are :

  • -25
  • 25 (Correct)
  • -110
  • 110

Answer : 25

You are the project manager for your organization. Your project will need four electrical engineers for the project though there are no electrical engineers within your department. This scenario is best described as which one of the following terms?


Options are :

  • Risk
  • Resource constraint
  • Resource requirement (Correct)
  • Assumption

Answer : Resource requirement

You are the project manager for your organization. You are working on creating the activity list so that you can create the project schedule. This current project is similar to a project you have completed for your company. You and the project team decide to use the previous project as a template for your current project. A template can help you and the project team do all of the following except for which one?


Options are :

  • Create parametric estimates for repetitive activities. (Correct)
  • Save time creating activity duration estimates.
  • Import activity attributes.
  • Identify typical schedule milestones.

Answer : Create parametric estimates for repetitive activities.

Thomas works as a contract-based project manager for BlueWell Inc. Management has hired Thomas to manage a high-risk project because Thomas has years of experience with this technology and similar project. Thomas would like to use his own templates for the project schedule, quality, and risk management approach. Management is fine with this, except after reviewing the template they had preferred Thomas to use 24-hour time periods for his project calendar rather than the 8-hour time periods as indicated. Thomas agrees, but now he has to update what document in his project management plan?


Options are :

  • Resource calendar
  • Activity attributes
  • Schedule management plan
  • Project calendar (Correct)

Answer : Project calendar

You are the project manager of the HQQ Project. Your project is running late by ten percent of where you should be at this time. Management is concerned and they'd like to know what is your schedule performance index. Considering that the project has a BAC of $567,899, you are thirty percent complete, and you have spent $179,450, what is the SPI for this project?


Options are :

  • $227,140
  • ($56,789)
  • 0.75 (Correct)
  • 0.95

Answer : 0.75

You are the project manager for your company. You are currently working with your project team to begin sequencing the activity list. You will need organizational process assets and four other documents as inputs to this process. Which of the following is NOT one of the four documents you will need for activity sequencing?


Options are :

  • Project schedule network diagrams (Correct)
  • Project scope statement
  • Activity list
  • Milestone list

Answer : Project schedule network diagrams

Tom is the project manager of the GHQ Project for his organization. He is working on recovering the project schedule. As Tom examines his schedule he is especially aware of project activities with soft logic. What is soft logic?


Options are :

  • Soft logic describes activities that can be completed in any order. (Correct)
  • Soft logic describes activities that can have lead time added to them.
  • Soft logic describes activities that do not have particular resources assigned to them.
  • Soft logic describes activities that can be crashed because they are effort-driven.

Answer : Soft logic describes activities that can be completed in any order.

You are working with your project team to identify the project activities within your project. Which of the following is NOT a tool and technique that will be useful in defining the project activities?


Options are :

  • Decomposition
  • Precedence diagramming method (Correct)
  • Templates
  • Rolling wave plan

Answer : Precedence diagramming method

You work as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. You would like to crash your project to help the project schedule to get back on track. What is the primary danger of crashing?


Options are :

  • Crashing is a top-down approach to project completion.
  • Crashing restricts resource utilization.
  • Crashing increases project costs. (Correct)
  • Crashing always increases project risks.

Answer : Crashing increases project costs.

You are the project manager of the NHQ project. This project deals with a new technology that your company has never used before. You have petitioned the management to hire a consultant to help you and the project team to create the WBS, the activity list, and complete the duration estimates. The management is concerned about the costs of the consultant, but agrees to your request because of the nature of this new work. The consultant can best be described as what type of resource for this project?


Options are :

  • Expert judgment (Correct)
  • Direct expense
  • External requirement
  • Temporary resource

Answer : Expert judgment

Mary is the project manager for her company. She's working with the project team to compress the project schedule as the project must be completed by December 30. For some of the project activities, she and the project team have agreed to crash the project work. What must be true of these project activities for crashing to be acceptable?


Options are :

  • The activities must be effort-drive. (Correct)
  • The activities must not be susceptible to the Law of Diminishing Returns.
  • The activities must be of fixed duration.
  • The activities must be risk-free.

Answer : The activities must be effort-drive.

Which of the following individuals performs various management roles within an administrative or functional area of the business, such as human resources, finance, accounting, or procurement?


Options are :

  • Project manager
  • Functional manager (Correct)
  • Operations manager
  • Seller

Answer : Functional manager

You have a project to install 45,900 emergency exit signs throughout a university campus. You have a crew of 45 project team members to install the signs and they are making good progress on the installation but it looks like they'll miss the promised end date. Your project requires all of the signs to be installed one week before classes are scheduled to begin. You elect to crash the project in an effort to shorten the installation duration activity. What does it mean to crash the project?


Options are :

  • Add more workers. (Correct)
  • Level the project schedule.
  • Increase the working hours.
  • Reduce the project scope.

Answer : Add more workers.

Wendy is the project manager for the NHQ project. She is working with her project to begin creating the project duration estimate. Her organization is in weak matrix and several of the project team members are scheduled to complete work on other projects. What input will most likely be of the biggest assistance as Wendy and the project team begin creating the duration estimate for this project?


Options are :

  • Project scope statement
  • Project communications management plan
  • Project charter
  • Resource calendar (Correct)

Answer : Resource calendar

Billy is the project manager of the PQW Project and she has an assigned project budget of $655,000. Currently she is 80 percent complete with the project though she was scheduled to be 90 percent done by this date. She has spent $490,000 to date. What should Billy report as her cost performance index (CPI)for this project?


Options are :

  • $34,000
  • 0.89
  • 1.07 (Correct)
  • 0.07

Answer : 1.07

Gary is the project manager for his organization. At each weekly status meeting with his project team, Gary collects information on the work that has been completed and reviews the work that is remaining in the project. Alice, one of Gary's project team members, consistently reports that she's late on her project work. After the meeting, Gary and Alice discuss why the work is late as it is causing other delays in the project. What is the review of the late work commonly called?


Options are :

  • Variance analysis (Correct)
  • Leadership
  • Quality control
  • Discipline

Answer : Variance analysis

Gary is the project manager of the NHF project, which is a part of a program in his organization. According to the PMBOK, how will Gary provide feedback to programs and portfolios?


Options are :

  • Status meetings
  • Status reports and change requests (Correct)
  • Push communications
  • Regular communications

Answer : Status reports and change requests

You are the project manager of a research project. Because much of the project work will be based on what is discovered in each stage of the project work, you are directing the project time to focus on creating time estimates for the most imminent research work and broad estimates for the project work that is coming later in the project. What type of planning are you using in this project?


Options are :

  • Decomposition
  • Milestone planning
  • Rolling wave planning (Correct)
  • Phase gates

Answer : Rolling wave planning

Fred is the project manager of the NHA project. This project has a BAC of $2,456,900 and is sixty percent complete. Fred has crashed the project, which has driven the project costs to date to $1,525,140, but his project is five percent more complete than what was planned. What is the schedule variance for this project that Fred needs to report to the management?


Options are :

  • $122,845 (Correct)
  • ($85,000)
  • ($51,000)
  • $176,675

Answer : $122,845

You are the project manager of the JKM Project for your organization. Your project is supposed to be 60 percent complete but you are only 45 percent complete. The project has an assigned budget of $765,000 but you have already spent $365,000 to reach this point in the project due to some errors and rework. Management is pressing you on when you'll complete the project and how much the project will likely cost based on the current performance. You need to tell management what the project's current cost performance index (CPI) is. What value should you report to management based on your project's performance?


Options are :

  • $306,000
  • 0.75
  • $344,250
  • 0.94 (Correct)

Answer : 0.94

You are the project manager for your organization. You are managing a project to create new software for your clients. During the project execution, there have been some unforeseen delays that will require your attention. You will need four inputs to the control schedule process. Which of the following documents would not be an input for the control schedule process?


Options are :

  • Work performance information
  • Project management plan
  • Earned value management results (Correct)
  • Project schedule

Answer : Earned value management results

You work as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. You want to increase the overall duration of the project. If the management elects to use resource leveling, then what will happen to the project duration?


Options are :

  • Nothing, new resources will be incorporated into the project team.
  • The duration will decrease as new team members are brought onto the project.
  • The duration will increase, but the labor will stay the same (Correct)
  • The duration will increase, but the labor will decrease.

Answer : The duration will increase, but the labor will stay the same

You are working as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. Which of the following tools and techniques of the Define Activity process will help you in identifying the typical schedule milestones?


Options are :

  • Rolling Wave Planning
  • Decomposition
  • Expert Judgment
  • Templates (Correct)

Answer : Templates

Jack works as a project manager for the NHQ project. His project has a budget of $2,208,456 and is scheduled to last for three years. His project is currently forty percent complete though it should be forty-five percent complete. In order to reach this point of the project, he has spent $725,000. 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 Jack tell the management?


Options are :

  • $1,087,497.74 (Correct)
  • $790,988.76
  • $755,000.56
  • $1,112,978.45

Answer : $1,087,497.74

Allen works as a project manager of the NHY project. This project is scheduled to last for two years and has a BAC of $5,400,000. He is currently 45 percent complete with this project, though he is supposed to be at his second milestone, which accounts for half of the project completion. There have been some errors in the project, which have caused Allen to spend $2,093,754. What is this project's schedule variance?


Options are :

  • ($270,000) (Correct)
  • ($250,000)
  • ($210,000)
  • ($720,000)

Answer : ($270,000)

Bonnie is the project manager for her organization. She is developing a strategy to manage the project stakeholders. She wants to identify the key stakeholders, their influence over the project, their interest in project, and an assessment of methods. What can Bonnie create to gain support from the stakeholders in her project?


Options are :

  • Expert judgment
  • Stakeholder identification tools
  • Stakeholder Analysis Matrix (Correct)
  • Communications management plan

Answer : Stakeholder Analysis Matrix

Holly is the project manager of the NDS project and she is 85 percent complete with her project though she should be 95 percent complete. Her project has a BAC of $9,850,400 and she has spent $8,011,221 to date. What is Holly's schedule performance index for this project?


Options are :

  • 0.98
  • 1.07
  • Ten percent
  • .0.89 (Correct)

Answer : .0.89

Tom works as the project manager for BlueWell Inc. He is working with his project to ensure timely and appropriate generation, retrieval, distribution, collection, storage, and ultimate disposition of project information. What is the process in which Tom is working?


Options are :

  • Project communication management (Correct)
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Work performance measurement
  • Stakeholder expectation management

Answer : Project communication management

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