PMI-SP Scheduling Professional Certification Practice Test Set 6

What component of the change management system is responsible for evaluating, testing, and documenting changes created to the project scope?


Options are :

  • Project Management Information System
  • Integrated Change Control
  • Configuration Management System (Correct)
  • Scope Verification

Answer : Configuration Management System

You work as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. Which of the following tools/techniques will you use to demonstrate how a process behaves over time, and when a process is subject to special cause variation, resulting in an out-of-control condition?


Options are :

  • Pareto Chart
  • Scatter Chart
  • Ishikawa Diagram
  • Control Chart (Correct)

Answer : Control Chart

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
  • Resource calendar
  • Project calendar

Answer : Critical path

You work as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. You and your project team is undergoing the decision making process for the project. You want to involve key participants to gain acceptance and commitment to make the solution work. Which of the following phases of the decision- making model defines this process of work?


Options are :

  • Problem solution generation
  • Solution action planning (Correct)
  • Problem definition
  • Ideas to action

Answer : Solution action planning

Kenny is the project manager for the NHQ organization. She is creating the project duration estimates. She has stressed to her project team that they will need to create accurate and reliable project duration estimates without padding their estimates for errors or risks. Kenny is also relying on historical information to help her predict the duration of the project work. Jennifer, one of the project team members, wants to know how Kenny will account for the certain-to-happen errors and delays in the project schedule. What approach should Kenny use in the project?


Options are :

  • Management reserve (Correct)
  • Three-point estimates
  • Rewards and recognition for completing the project work without delays
  • Analogous estimating

Answer : Management reserve

Donna's project has a budget at completion of $1,987,560 and she is currently 40 percent complete. Her project schedule called for her to be 45 percent complete but there have been some complications in the project. These complications have caused Donna to spend $125,000 more than what the work she has completed is worth. Based on this information what is the cost performance index (CPI) for Donna's project?


Options are :

  • 86
  • $920,024
  • 0.86 (Correct)
  • 0.9

Answer : 0.86

A project team installs 2,500 light fixtures in a new office building, and each light fixture takes one hour to install. The project manager can predict that it will take 2,500 hours to complete the work. However, which of the following statements most accurately describes this parametric estimate assumption?


Options are :

  • As workers complete the installation, efficiency will increase and durations will decrease. (Correct)
  • As workers complete the installation, effort will diminish and efficiency will decrease.
  • As workers complete the installation, labor will diminish so duration will increase.
  • As workers complete the installation, errors and risks will increase the actual completion.

Answer : As workers complete the installation, efficiency will increase and durations will decrease.

You're a project manager and you've completed your project schedule. The schedule will take 18 months to complete the project work. Throughout the schedule there are instances that the project work will require the project team members to work more than fifty hours per week. If you must adhere to a maximum of 45 hours of project work per team member, per week, what will likely happen to your project schedule as it stands right now?


Options are :

  • The project will require more resources.
  • The project will take longer to complete. (Correct)
  • The project will take less time to complete.
  • Nothing, the 45 hours limit is a guideline.

Answer : The project will take longer to complete.

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 :

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

Answer : What-if scenario analysis

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 the GHY Project. This project has stakeholders, both internal and external, that need to receive performance reports from you on a regular basis. You have decided that in addition to emailing the weekly performance report, you will also keep the performance reports available on your secured project management Website. The Website is an example of what type of communication reporting?


Options are :

  • Pull (Correct)
  • Passive
  • Push
  • Asynchronous

Answer : Pull

Gary is the project manager for his organization. The projects that Gary manages for project customers are often very similar in nature so Gary uses a schedule network template to help plan the project work. For Gary's current project, he has used a network template that includes just a portion of the project work adapted to the current project. When Gary uses a portion of a network template diagram this is called what term?


Options are :

  • Parametric
  • Analogous
  • Fragment network (Correct)
  • Hanger

Answer : Fragment network

Joe is the project manager of the HJN Project. Joe's project is a renovation of an office building. There must be 30 hours between the painting activity and the carpet activity in the project schedule to eliminate the risk of wet paint getting on the carpet. What is the best approach Joe can do to alleviate this issue?


Options are :

  • Change the relationship of the carpet activity and the painting activity to finish-to-finish.
  • Add lag time to the carpet activity. (Correct)
  • Create a dummy activity between the painting activity and the carpet activity for the duration of the drying process.
  • Add lead time to the painting activity.

Answer : Add lag time to the carpet activity.

You are the project manager for your organization. You have been recording the actual results of activity duration for your project. Many of the results are late and this is causing your project to be late on reaching its milestones. What tool and technique can you use as a part of controlling the schedule to help you review various scenarios to bring the schedule into alignment with the plan?


Options are :

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

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

Answer : Resource constraint

You are the project manager for your organization. Your project is doing fine on time and cost, but management wants to address the project performance for future accomplishment. Management has asked you to begin reporting and forecasting your project's health based on a moving average, extrapolation, trend estimation, and growth curve. What type of forecasting method is management asking you to use?


Options are :

  • Causal/econometric methods
  • Judgmental methods
  • Time series methods (Correct)
  • Estimate at completion method

Answer : Time series methods

Which of the following processes involves the periodic collection and analysis of baseline versus actual data to understand and communicate the project progress and performance as well as to forecast the project results?


Options are :

  • Plan communications
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Identify stakeholders
  • Performance reporting (Correct)

Answer : Performance reporting

You are the project manager of a software development project. Your project team will be creating a web-based software application that will allow your company's customers to browse your website, search inventory, and place orders among other things. Your project team will, on a regular basis, need to update their computer virus prevention software, update their operating systems, and perform other maintenance on their computers in order to complete the project. This maintenance work is not directly tied to the project deliverables, but it is needed in order for the project to be completed. What term best describes this maintenance work?


Options are :

  • Discrete effort
  • Level of effort (Correct)
  • Cost of conformance to quality
  • Project management overhead

Answer : Level of effort

Ned is the project manager of the HYQ Project. In Ned's project, the management has requested that he enforce resource leveling so that the maximum amount of hours in the project per worker will not exceed 25 hours per week. Ned's pay is based on how quickly he can complete the project work. What must Ned do to accommodate the change in the resource allotment if he has to finish the project on time?


Options are :

  • Reduce the project scope.
  • Crash the project. (Correct)
  • Reduce the amount of labor.
  • Add more risk mitigation.

Answer : Crash the project.

You work as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. Which of the following techniques will you use to determine whether particular work can best be accomplished by the project team or must be purchased from the outside sources?


Options are :

  • Expert Judgment
  • Make-or-Buy Analysis (Correct)
  • Contract Types
  • Procurement Negotiations

Answer : Make-or-Buy Analysis

Frank is the project manager of a construction project. In this project, Frank has elected to allow the interior design phase of the project to overlap with the pool construction phase of the project. Normally, Frank would not allow these two phases to overlap, but for this project, he has elected to do so in order to compress the project schedule. What is this schedule compression technique called?


Options are :

  • Crashing
  • Lead time
  • Fast tracking (Correct)
  • Resource leveling heuristic

Answer : Fast tracking

Which of the following processes fall under the Project Integration Management knowledge area? Each correct answer represents a complete solution. Choose all that apply.


Options are :

  • Project Plan Execution (Correct)
  • Integrated Change Control (Correct)
  • Project Plan Development (Correct)
  • Quality Assurance

Answer : Project Plan Execution Integrated Change Control Project Plan Development

Tom works as the project manager for BlueWell Inc. He spends the majority of his time communicating with team members and the project stakeholders. Various communication skills are involved in the communication processes. Which communication skills are involved in this process? Each correct answer represents a part of the solution. Choose all that apply.


Options are :

  • Internal and External (Correct)
  • Formal and Informal (Correct)
  • Confronting and problem solving
  • Vertical and Horizontal (Correct)

Answer : Internal and External Formal and Informal Vertical and Horizontal

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
  • Project management overhead
  • Subproject
  • Hammock activity (Correct)

Answer : Hammock activity

John is the project manager for the ABC project. He is finalizing the budget of the project. He is concerned about the direct costs involved in the project. Which of the following can be considered a direct cost in the project?


Options are :

  • Salaries of management directly involved in the project
  • Subcontract cost (Correct)
  • Accounting support cost
  • Cost of electrical utilities

Answer : Subcontract cost

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 work as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. You have to identify the specific actions to be performed to produce the project deliverables. For this, you have to explain the three inputs for the define activities process to your project team. Which of the following is NOT a valid input?


Options are :

  • Scope baseline
  • Organizational Process Assets
  • Enterprise Environmental Factors
  • Work Breakdown Structure (Correct)

Answer : Work Breakdown Structure

Sam works as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. Which of the following processes will he use for selecting a scheduling method, scheduling tool, incorporating project specific data within that scheduling tool to develop a project specific schedule model, and generating project schedule?


Options are :

  • Perform Integrated Change Control process
  • Constructability Analysis process
  • Schedule Development process (Correct)
  • Schedule Maintenance process

Answer : Schedule Development process

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 :

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

Answer : Judgmental methods

You are the project manager of the NHQ project. Your project has a budget of $1,258456 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. Based on the current performance value what should you report to management regarding the variance at completion?


Options are :

  • -$62,922
  • Zero - you would not know what this will cost until the project is complete.
  • -$54,044 (Correct)
  • -$21,618

Answer : -$54,044

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