PMI-SP Scheduling Professional Certification Practice Test Set 7

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 :

  • 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, remove the lag time from the project.
  • 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.
  • Since the quality control inspections are not being completed, take corrective action and ensure that the inspections continue from this point forward.

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.

You work as a Project Manager for Tech Perfect Inc. Several projects are running under your supervision. Martha, the team leader of a project, provides you performance indexes of her project. The cost variance (CV) of her project is -20. What does this figure depict?


Options are :

  • Costs are lower than planned.
  • Costs are higher than planned. (Correct)
  • Spending is right on target.
  • The project is behind schedule.

Answer : Costs are higher than planned.

Which of the following group activity techniques allows a large number of ideas to be sorted into groups for review and analysis?


Options are :

  • Delphi technique
  • Affinity diagram (Correct)
  • Nominal group technique
  • Idea/mind mapping

Answer : Affinity diagram

In which of the following process groups does Integration Change Control Process fall?


Options are :

  • Execution
  • Initiating
  • Monitoring and Controlling (Correct)
  • Planning

Answer : Monitoring and Controlling

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 100 percent done by this date. She has spent $490,000 to date and other than the project schedule, which was delayed because of a vendor, the project is going well. What should Billy report as her schedule performance index for this project?


Options are :

  • $524,000
  • 1.23
  • 0.8 (Correct)
  • 100 percent because the vendor caused her lateness

Answer : 0.8

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

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

You are the project manager of a project that has a budget of $875,000 and you have completed 40 percent of the project work. Due to some errors, however, you have actually spent $425,000 of the budget. Management wants to know what the project's cost performance index is. What value do you report?


Options are :

  • $350,000
  • 0.82 (Correct)
  • -$187,500
  • -$75,000

Answer : 0.82

You are the project manager of the NHL Project for your organization. You are working with your project team to create the schedule baseline for this project. According to you, which of the following statements describes how the schedule baseline is created?


Options are :

  • It is developed from the schedule network analysis. (Correct)
  • It is created by the stakeholders.
  • It is assigned to the project by management.
  • It is derived from the constraints of the project.

Answer : It is developed from the schedule network analysis.

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 :

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

Answer : Reporting system

Mark is the project manager of the NHQ Project. Mark wants to create a salience model as part of his communications planning and scheduling. What does a salience model do for a project?


Options are :

  • Classifies stakeholders based on their influence and impact.
  • Describes classes of stakeholders based on their power and influence.
  • Groups stakeholders based on their power and interest.
  • Describes classes of stakeholders based on their power, urgency, and legitimacy. (Correct)

Answer : Describes classes of stakeholders based on their power, urgency, and legitimacy.

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 cost variance for this project?


Options are :

  • $7,000 (Correct)
  • -$111,750
  • 11,667
  • There is no variance.

Answer : $7,000

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


Options are :

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

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

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 upposed 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. Based on the estimate at completion, what is this project's to-complete performance index?


Options are :

  • 0.98 (Correct)
  • -$108,120
  • $4,608,120
  • 1.02

Answer : 0.98

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

Answer : Resource calendar

Andy is the project manager for his project. Andy and his project team are identifying stakeholders who can significantly impact the project, what the level of participation for each identified stakeholder may be, and classifying the stakeholders by common characteristics, concerns, and their perception of the project. Andy and his project team want to define an approach as a result of this information to gain support from the stakeholders for their project. What should Andy and his project team create in this scenario?


Options are :

  • Stakeholder management strategy (Correct)
  • Communications management plan
  • Stakeholder register
  • Stakeholder assessment information

Answer : Stakeholder management strategy

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 :

  • Risks will be allowed into activities in which management creates risk provisions.
  • Laborers will create errors when time has been allotted for errors to exist.
  • Errors will be allowed into assignments when management creates error opportunity.
  • 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 are the project manager for the GHB Organization. Management has asked that you review your recent SPI to determine why there was a schedule variance. They'd also like you to explain what approach you'll do to counteract the SPI going forward in the project. You complete the variance analysis and report to management that you'll be fast tracking a portion of your project work. What will be the management's concern with, when it comes to fast tracking the project?


Options are :

  • Continued variances in the SPI
  • Added costs for the additional project labor
  • Slippage in the project quality
  • Added risk (Correct)

Answer : Added risk

Don is the project manager of the NQP project for his organization. This project is scheduled to last for 18 months and will have several elements of the project that have government regulations. Management is concerned with the regulations and would like Don to report on the activities that will be affected by the regulations. Which of the following documents should Don refer to, for the information on the activities and the regulations?


Options are :

  • Activity list and attributes (Correct)
  • Activity list
  • Risk register
  • Risk management plan

Answer : Activity list and attributes

Which of the following techniques is used to perform progressive elaboration planning where the work to be accomplished in the near future is planned in detail at a low level of the work breakdown structure?


Options are :

  • Decomposition
  • Imminent activity management
  • Predecessor-only diagramming
  • Rolling wave planning (Correct)

Answer : Rolling wave planning

You work as a Project Manager for Tech Perfect Inc. Several projects are running under your supervision. Martha, a team leader of a project, informs you about the performance indexes of her project. The schedule performance index (SPI) of her project is 0.835. What does this figure indicate?


Options are :

  • The schedule performance is right on target.
  • The cost performance is better than expected.
  • The schedule performance is better than expected.
  • The schedule performance is below expectation. (Correct)

Answer : The schedule performance is below expectation.

You work as a scheduler for your organization. You are developing a schedule and its constraints for the SAP project. There are nine inputs to develop a project schedule. Which of the following is NOT an input to the schedule development process?


Options are :

  • Work breakdown structure (Correct)
  • Resource calendars
  • Activity attributes
  • Activity list

Answer : Work breakdown structure

You are project manager of HHK project. Examine the network diagram given below: A vendor reports that he will be four days late on the materials you'll need in order to complete Activity E. Based on the project network diagram, how many days can Activity E be delayed?


Options are :

  • Six days
  • Four days (Correct)
  • Zero, it is on the critical path.
  • Five days

Answer : Four days

There are seven inputs to the estimate activity durations process. Which one of the following is NOT an input to this process?


Options are :

  • Scope baseline (Correct)
  • Activity list
  • Activity attributes
  • Activity resource requirements

Answer : Scope baseline

What is the formula to find the schedule performance index?


Options are :

  • EV-AC
  • EV/AC
  • EV/PV (Correct)
  • EV-PV

Answer : EV/PV

Your project team has identified a project risk that must be responded to. The risk has been recorded in the risk register and the project team has been discussing potential risk responses for the risk event. The event is not likely to happen for several months but the probability of the event is high. Which one of the following is a valid response to the identified risk event?


Options are :

  • Technical performance measurement
  • Risk audit
  • Corrective action (Correct)
  • Earned value management

Answer : Corrective action

Your organization wants to start a new project. The study shows that the new project will save organization approximately $200,000 per year. Now it is required to move forward with the project. Which of the following documents will define the project justification?


Options are :

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

Answer : Project charter

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

Answer : Scheduling tool

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 :

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

Answer : Tasks Hammocks Flags

You are the project manager for the NHQ project. The management has reminded you that you must not allocate any project team member for more than 25 hours per work week on your project. This policy is because your organization is in a weak matrix and the project team members are on several projects at once within the organization. The 25-hour limit per resource is an example of which one of the following?


Options are :

  • Enterprise environmental factor (Correct)
  • Organizational process asset
  • Resource limitation
  • Expert judgment

Answer : Enterprise environmental factor

You are the project manager of the NNN Project. Stakeholders in the two-year project have requested to send status reports to them via email every week. You have agreed and are sending the reports on each Thursday. After six months of the project, the stakeholders are pleased with the project progress and they would like you to reduce the status reports to every two weeks. What process will examine the change to this project process and implement it in the project?


Options are :

  • Project change control process
  • Communications management
  • Configuration management
  • Perform integrated change control process (Correct)

Answer : Perform integrated change control process

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