PMI-SP Scheduling Professional Certification Practical Exam Set 7

You are the project manager for your organization. You are working with your virtual team to create activity duration estimates for your current project. This virtual team is comprised of team members from around the world. Much of this process will be completed by geographical locations though some conferences will require all the team members to participate and to coordinate the activities that will interact between the different sites. The project manager must consider all of the following when creating the activity duration estimates except for which one?


Options are :

  • Critical path (Correct)
  • Time zone differences
  • Project calendar
  • Resource calendar

Answer : Critical path

Complete this sentence: _________________________ is the process of collecting and distributing performance information including status reports, progress measurements, and forecasts.


Options are :

  • Monitor and control project performance
  • Report performance (Correct)
  • Corrective action
  • Earned value management

Answer : Report performance

In which of the following group decision making techniques does the largest block in a group decide the group decision even if a bulk is not achieved?


Options are :

  • Plurality (Correct)
  • Majority
  • Dictatorship
  • Unanimity

Answer : Plurality

Paula works as a project manager for her organization. She is working with the project team to define the activity attributes. Which of the following is NOT a valid activity attribute?


Options are :

  • WBS ID
  • Risk event (Correct)
  • Activity Name
  • Activity ID

Answer : Risk event

Della works as a Project Manager for BlueWell Inc. A number of projects are running under her guidance. You, being a team leader of a project, provide Della the performance indexes of your project. The schedule variance (SV) of your project is zero. What does this figure depict?


Options are :

  • Costs are higher than planned.
  • Project is behind the schedule.
  • Project is right on target. (Correct)
  • Project is ahead of the schedule.

Answer : Project is right on target.

You are the project manager for your organization. Your project will be utilizing a piece of equipment during its process of completion. There is some concern that your project's use of the equipment may conflict with another project. What document will help you determine when and how long you will use the shared equipment?


Options are :

  • Project calendar
  • Project schedule
  • Project scope
  • Resource calendar (Correct)

Answer : Resource calendar

Yolanda is the project manager for her organization. She is creating a performance report for her sponsor. Typically, the performance report includes all of the following factors except for which one?


Options are :

  • Work to be completed next
  • Quality control activities (Correct)
  • Current status of risk and issues
  • Analysis of past performance

Answer : Quality control activities

Virginia is the project manager for her company. She has used a previous project as a basis for her current project because they are similar in nature. Virginia has adapted nearly all of the previous project plans for her current project - including the project schedule, risk register, and communications management plan. She has worked with management to update the plans to adapt them to the current project. What are the previous project management plans called in this instance?


Options are :

  • Expert judgment
  • Analogous estimate
  • Templates (Correct)
  • Parametric estimate

Answer : Templates

You are the project manager for your organization. Management has asked you for this current project. You use the critical chain method to create the project network diagram rather than the more traditional critical path method. What is the critical chain method?


Options are :

  • It examines only the non-critical path activities that are considered near critical, if the float is one day or less.
  • It examines the availability of needed project resources to determine when activities may actually happen. (Correct)
  • It examines only the critical path activities to determine when the project completion date may be.
  • It generates a Gantt chart that reflects the availability of project resources and considers working and non-working days for the project.

Answer : It examines the availability of needed project resources to determine when activities may actually happen.

You are the project manager for your organization. You are working through the control schedule process. According to the PMBOK, there are four inputs to this process. Which one of the following is NOT an input to the control schedule process?


Options are :

  • Project management plan
  • Schedule data (Correct)
  • Project schedule
  • Work performance information

Answer : Schedule data

Which of the following allows activities to be done in parallel that would normally be done in sequence?


Options are :

  • Crashing
  • Lag time
  • Lead time
  • Fast tracking (Correct)

Answer : Fast tracking

You are the project manager of the QAQ Project. The QAQ Project has a BAC of $2,786,121. You are currently 20 percent complete with this project, though you should be 25 percent complete with the project work. The project has consumed $595,000 of the project budget to date. Management has asked you, based on the current project performance, what the project's estimate to complete will be considering the current project schedule variance. What is the ETC for this project?


Options are :

  • $2,975,000
  • $2,380,000 (Correct)
  • $139,306
  • 1.02

Answer : $2,380,000

You have created the project network diagram for your project. Management is reviewing the network diagram and they are curious as to why you have included levels of effort activities as start-to-start and finish-to-finish successor activities for work that uses particular manufacturing equipment. You explained that the levels of effort activities are maintained for the equipment. This relationship and scheduling scenario is also known as what term?


Options are :

  • Finish-to-Start
  • Subproject
  • Hammock activity (Correct)
  • Project management overhead

Answer : Hammock activity

You are the project manager of the NGG Project. This project will be using a new material that the project team has never worked with before. You'd like to use some preventive action to ensure that the installation of the new materials is successful in the project. Which one of the following project actions is an example of the best preventive action for this project?


Options are :

  • Hire a subject matter expert to install the new materials.
  • Hire a subject matter expert to train the project team how to install the materials. (Correct)
  • Create incentive by rewarding the project team if they don't waste the materials.
  • Purchase additional materials so in case the team wastes materials during their installation.

Answer : Hire a subject matter expert to train the project team how to install the materials.

Sam is the project manager for his organization. His project is not doing well on project schedule performance, and management wants him to predict how the project schedule and cost will end. Management has asked Sam to report and forecast his project's performance based on the Delphi Method, scenario building, technology forecasting, and to forecast by analogy. What forecasting method is management asking Sam to use?


Options are :

  • Judgmental methods (Correct)
  • Earned value management method
  • Time series methods
  • Causal/econometric methods

Answer : Judgmental methods

John is a scheduler in ABC Company. He has to plan an activity for the schedule models. Which of the following activities will he use to make the schedule models? . Each correct answer represents a complete solution. Choose all that apply.


Options are :

  • Critical path scheduling
  • Tasks (Correct)
  • Hammocks (Correct)
  • Flags (Correct)

Answer : Tasks Hammocks Flags

John works as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. His project has a budget of $795,000 and he has spent $325,000 on the project. But, he has completed only 40 percent of the project work till now. Management wants to know what the project's cost performance index is. What value will John report?


Options are :

  • 0.8
  • 0.92 (Correct)
  • 0.85
  • 0.76

Answer : 0.92

Amy works as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. Her organization wants her to create a new warehouse. Which of the following documents will she create to define the business needs, the project justification, and the current requirements?


Options are :

  • Project charter (Correct)
  • Project scope
  • Work breakdown structure
  • Feasibility study

Answer : Project charter

You are the project manager for GGY Project. You are working with your project team to record the actual durations for the activities they have completed in the project schedule. Mary, one of your project team members, wants to know why you need to know how long it actually took the project team to complete their assignments as long as the project work is completed. Which of the following is the best response for Mary's query?


Options are :

  • Actual durations need to be recorded to create the schedule baseline.
  • Actual durations need to be recorded to measure the actual progress of the project. (Correct)
  • Actual durations need to be recorded to perform quality control on the project management processes.
  • Actual durations need to be recorded to track process improvement.

Answer : Actual durations need to be recorded to measure the actual progress of the project.

You are the project manager of the NHQ project. This project is currently running about 15 percent behind schedule and the management has asked you to rectify the problem. You have elected to crash the project. What does this term mean?


Options are :

  • Reject all proposed change requests for the project.
  • Cut non-value added activities to the project.
  • Add cost to the project budget.
  • Add resources to the project work. (Correct)

Answer : Add resources to the project work.

You work as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. You are going through a project with your project team. Some of your project team members are reporting that their activities are running late because there are lag times between activities that do not need to be there. You examine the schedule and see that the lag times have been incorporated into the project schedule for quality control reviews. You also learn that the quality control reviews are not being completed as planned. What is the best approach in this scenario?


Options are :

  • Discuss with the project team that the lag times should not affect the project schedule because they were built into the project schedule to begin with. Even if the quality control inspections were happening the time was allotted in the schedule for the inspections.
  • Take corrective action and determine when the quality control inspection has happened so far in the project, perform quality control on the deliverables where the inspection was skipped, and ensure that quality control will happen from this point forward. (Correct)
  • Since the quality control inspections are not being completed, take corrective action and ensure that the inspections continue from this point forward.
  • Since the quality control inspections are not being completed, remove the lag time from the project.

Answer : Take corrective action and determine when the quality control inspection has happened so far in the project, perform quality control on the deliverables where the inspection was skipped, and ensure that quality control will happen from this point forward.

All of the following statements about the critical path are false except for which one?


Options are :

  • The critical path cannot be crashed.
  • The critical path is always one path with the longest duration.
  • The critical path is the shortest path in the project network diagram.
  • The critical path shows the project's earliest date for completion. (Correct)

Answer : The critical path shows the project's earliest date for completion.

You are the project manager of the NQQ project. You are working with your project team to create the activity duration estimates for the project. For each reported activity duration, your project team offers you an addition of five percent extra time for risks, errors, or aggressive estimating. What does Parkinson's Law state about this scenario?


Options are :

  • Laborers will create errors when time has been allotted for errors to exist.
  • Errors will be allowed into assignments when management creates error opportunity.
  • Risks will be allowed into activities in which management creates risk provisions.
  • Work expands to fulfill the amount of time allotted to it. (Correct)

Answer : Work expands to fulfill the amount of time allotted to it.

You have 83 project stakeholders from all across your organization. Some of the stakeholders, such as functional management, require weekly communication from you, while other stakeholders, such as the end users, only need quarterly progress updates. Where can you record this communication requirements based on your stakeholder analysis?


Options are :

  • Project reporting structure
  • Project schedule
  • Project scope management plan
  • Project communications management plan (Correct)

Answer : Project communications management plan

Ned is the project manager for his organization. Ned is using a standard tool to capture, store, and distribute information to the stakeholders about the project costs, schedule, and performance. What term is assigned to this communication tool?


Options are :

  • Communications management system
  • Reporting system (Correct)
  • Table reporting
  • Project management information system

Answer : Reporting system

You are the project manager for your organization. You are discussing an upcoming project with management and they would like you to begin decomposing the project work packages into activities as soon as possible. You have explained to the management that you would like to involve your project team before the decomposition of the work packages begins. Why would you want your project team to involve in this activity?


Options are :

  • To help the activity go faster
  • To create assignments for the project team as the activities are discussed
  • To get better and more accurate results through the decomposition (Correct)
  • To understand the exact type of work the project team will be completing

Answer : To get better and more accurate results through the decomposition

Which of the following techniques is used in businesses to determine the effect different costs or investments have on profit and other financial indicators?


Options are :

  • What-if scenario analysis (Correct)
  • Schedule analysis
  • Resource leveling
  • Root cause analysis

Answer : What-if scenario analysis

Allen is the project manager for his organization. He is reviewing the resource requirements for his organization. He has discovered that his project needs Henry, the application developer, for two months, but Henry has a conflict and is already scheduled with another project manager in the organization. This is an example of which of the following?


Options are :

  • Resource competition
  • Resource constraint (Correct)
  • Matrix organization
  • Resource requirement

Answer : Resource constraint

You are the project manager for your organization. You are working with your project team to develop the project schedule. You would like to automate much of the scheduling by using Microsoft project. Microsoft project as a scheduling tool is an example of what tool and technique for the Develop Schedule Process?


Options are :

  • Project Management Information System
  • Organizational process asset
  • Project office software
  • Scheduling tool (Correct)

Answer : Scheduling tool

You are the project manager for your project. Your project is scheduled to last for one year and you are currently forty percent complete with the project. Based on your current performance measurements you have an SPI of .95 and a cost variance of -$24,000. You need to report this information to the management, but you will also need a solution to present with the variance information. Which one of the following can you present to the management as a part of the control schedule tools and techniques for variances?


Options are :

  • Corrective actions (Correct)
  • Causes of variances
  • Trim the project scope
  • Work performance measurements

Answer : Corrective actions

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