PMI-SP Scheduling Professional Practice Exam Set 3

Marty is the project manager of the recently completed NHK Project. The project was deemed successful by the project customer and they have signed the formal acceptance documentation. Marty has written the final project report, released the project team, and completed the lessons learned documentation. What else should Marty do in the closure of the NHK Project?


Options are :

  • Close the project office.
  • Summarize the project variance.
  • Archive the project records. (Correct)
  • Summarize the project risks costs.

Answer : Archive the project records.

You work as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. Some of the activities in your project are not being completed on time. You review these activities with your project team discovered that the time estimates for the project are much more aggressive than what they are actually experiencing in the completion of the activities. You decide on to create a new schedule for the project. What project management process are you working with when you create a new target schedule?


Options are :

  • Estimate activity resources
  • Develop schedule
  • Control schedule (Correct)
  • Estimate activity durations

Answer : Control schedule

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 :

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

Answer : Project calendar

Fredrick works as a Project Manager for BlueWell Inc. A number of projects are running under his guidance. You, a team leader of a project, inform Fredrick about the performance indexes of your project. The schedule performance index (SPI) of your project is 1.325. What does this figure indicate?


Options are :

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

Answer : The schedule performance is better than expected.

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)
  • External requirement
  • Temporary resource
  • Direct expense

Answer : Expert judgment

Amy is working on a project which is forty percent complete though it was scheduled to be fifty percent complete as of today. Management has asked Amy to report on the schedule variance for her project. If Amy's project has a BAC of $750,000 and she has spent $485,000 to date, what is the schedule variance value?


Options are :

  • -$42,000
  • -$65,000
  • -$45,000
  • -$75,000 (Correct)

Answer : -$75,000

Tom is the project manager of the HQQ Project. His project has a schedule variance of - $34,500 due to some errors early in the project. Management would like to know how Tom will respond to these variances. What action can help Tom to manage the errors in the project and to ensure that the errors would not occur again?


Options are :

  • Corrective action (Correct)
  • Preventive action
  • Lesson learned documentation
  • Risk analysis

Answer : Corrective action

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

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

Diane is the project manager of the HGF Project. A risk that has been identified and analyzed in the project planning processes is now coming into fruition. What individual should respond to the risk with the preplanned risk response?


Options are :

  • Risk owner (Correct)
  • Project sponsor
  • Diane
  • Subject matter expert

Answer : Risk owner

You are the project manager for your organization. Management has asked you to document the holidays, weekends, and other corporate working hours, which will supersede the project timings for your schedule. Which calendar will communicate to the project stakeholders, when the project work will take place within the organization?


Options are :

  • Project calendar (Correct)
  • Resource calendar
  • Organizational calendar
  • Company calendar

Answer : Project calendar

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 :

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

Answer : $122,845

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

Answer : The activities must be effort-drive.

Which of the group creativity techniques enhances brainstorming with a voting process used to rank the most useful ideas for further brainstorming or prioritization?


Options are :

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

Answer : Nominal group technique

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 :

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

Answer : Functional manager

Which of the following components of the change control system includes the documentation, tracking systems, and defined approval levels necessary for authorizing and controlling changes?


Options are :

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

Answer : Configuration Management System

You work as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. Your project requires the project team to paint 1,500 hotel rooms. Your project team reports that it will take them approximately 4 hours to paint each hotel room. You reason, then, that it will take 6,000 hours to paint all of the hotel rooms. What type of an estimate are you creating in this scenario?


Options are :

  • Analogous estimate
  • Bottom-up estimate
  • Definitive estimate
  • Parametric estimate (Correct)

Answer : Parametric estimate

You are a project manager in a matrix environment and management is concerned about the utilization of the resources on your project team and when you'll release them. What project management plan will guide how and when project resources will be released from the project team?


Options are :

  • Project Staffing Management Plan (Correct)
  • Project Schedule Management Plan
  • Project Human Resources Management Plan
  • Project Communications Management Plan

Answer : Project Staffing Management Plan

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 :

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

Answer : Create parametric estimates for repetitive activities.

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 :

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

Answer : Expert judgment

You are the project manager for your organization. You are meeting with your customers to discuss the project performance. In this meeting, you will have eight project customers, the project sponsor, and ten members of your project team. What type of communication method are you using in this instance?


Options are :

  • Pull technique
  • Push technique
  • Active communication
  • Interactive communication (Correct)

Answer : Interactive communication

Holly is the project manager for her organization. In her project, she has worked with the project team to define when the project team will be utilized in the project, the duration of the project activities, and the sequence in which the project work must be completed. During several phases of her project, the project team will need to work more than fifty hours per week. The project team members have agreed this is necessary and they're willing to do the work to complete the project. Management, however, has not approved Holly's schedule based on the overtime the scheduling will require. They have set a limit on the project schedule of 45 hours per week. What is this limit technically called? Each correct answer represents a complete solution. Choose all that apply.


Options are :

  • Constraint (Correct)
  • Execution variance analysis
  • Assumption
  • .Resource leveling heuristic (Correct)

Answer : Constraint .Resource leveling heuristic

You are the project manager of the OOI Project and you're forty percent complete with this project. The project has a BAC of $2,345,650 and you have spent $950,000 to date. Based on your aggressive scheduling you should at the 45 percent milestone today, but due to some early delays you're running late. What is the schedule variance of your project?


Options are :

  • -$938,260
  • -$29,350
  • -$11,740
  • -$117,282 (Correct)

Answer : -$117,282

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 :

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

Answer : Add more workers.

You have been assigned to a project that centers on a discipline you are only topically aware of. While you do have years of experience as a project manager, but you have never worked with the technology, as is in this project. During the define activities process, you rely on your project team and two consultants to coach you and identify the type of activities the project will include. Which tool and technique are you using in the define activities process in this scenario?


Options are :

  • Rolling wave planning
  • Decomposition
  • Expert judgment (Correct)
  • Templates

Answer : Expert judgment

Harry 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. What is the estimate at completion for this project that Harry will need to report to management?


Options are :

  • $1,812,498 (Correct)
  • $1,312,504
  • $725,000
  • $787,504

Answer : $1,812,498

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 :

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

Answer : Templates

You are the project manager for your organization. You and the project team are developing the project schedule for your current project. In addition to the enterprise environment factors and the organizational process assets, you will need seven other inputs to this process. Which one of the following is NOT an input to the Develop Schedule process?


Options are :

  • Resource calendars
  • Schedule data (Correct)
  • Activity list
  • Project scope statement

Answer : Schedule data

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 :

  • 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)
  • Nothing, new resources will be incorporated into the project team.
  • The duration will increase, but the labor will decrease.

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

Which organizational theory explains the factors that promote performance of people in any organization?


Options are :

  • Expectancy theory
  • Herzberg's theory (Correct)
  • Maslow's Hierarchy theory
  • McGregor's theory

Answer : Herzberg's theory

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 will be the cost performance index (CPI) of the project at the current point of time?


Options are :

  • 1.261
  • 0.923
  • 0.792 (Correct)
  • 1.083

Answer : 0.792

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