PMI-SP Scheduling Professional Practice Exam Set 7

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


Options are :

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

Answer : Monitoring and Controlling

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)
  • Root cause analysis
  • Resource leveling
  • Schedule analysis

Answer : What-if scenario analysis

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


Options are :

  • 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)
  • The critical path cannot be crashed.

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

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 :

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

Answer : Judgmental methods

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 :

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

Answer : Integrated Change Control Project Plan Execution 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 :

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

Answer : Vertical and Horizontal Formal and Informal Internal and External

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

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

Answer : The project will take longer to complete.

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 :

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

Answer : Fast tracking

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

Answer : Resource constraint

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 :

  • 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)
  • Laborers will create errors when time has been allotted for errors to exist.

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

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)
  • There is no variance.
  • -$111,750
  • 11,667

Answer : $7,000

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 :

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

Answer : Subcontract cost

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 :

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

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

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

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

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 :

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

Answer : 0.86

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 :

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

Answer : 0.8

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 :

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

Answer : Templates

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 :

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

Answer : What-if scenario analysis

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

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

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


Options are :

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

Answer : Report performance

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 :

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

Answer : $2,380,000

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
  • Corrective action (Correct)
  • Earned value management
  • Risk audit

Answer : Corrective action

John works as the project manager for Blue Well Inc. He is identifying the phases within the scope of work for the project plan. Which of the following can be categorized as a project phase? Each correct answer represents a complete solution. Choose all that apply.


Options are :

  • Conceptual engineering (Correct)
  • Pre-construction (Correct)
  • Engineering (Correct)
  • Concrete

Answer : Conceptual engineering Pre-construction Engineering

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 :

  • Unanimity
  • Plurality (Correct)
  • Majority
  • Dictatorship

Answer : Plurality

Which of the following is an output of the Develop Project Charter process?


Options are :

  • Project charter (Correct)
  • Enterprise environmental factors
  • Business case
  • Contract

Answer : Project charter

Robert is the project manager for his organization. Management has asked Robert to provide them with the metric he uses to measure deliverables status, costs incurred, and especially how he measures the schedule progress for schedule adherence. What project component could Robert provide for management?


Options are :

  • Milestone list
  • Project management plan
  • Cost management and the project schedule
  • Work performance measurements (Correct)

Answer : Work performance measurements

Holly is the project manager for her organization. Her current project is running late and her project customer has asked Holly to find a method to apply corrective actions to the project schedule. Holly is exploring the concept of crashing the project. Which of the following statements is true about crashing the activities in Holly's project?


Options are :

  • The activities to be crashed must have additional quality control metrics associated with them
  • The activities to be crashed cannot be of fixed duration. (Correct)
  • The activities to be crashed cannot have risks associated with them greater than 0.80.
  • The activities cannot be on the critical path in order to be crashed.

Answer : The activities to be crashed cannot be of fixed duration.

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 :

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

Answer : Work breakdown structure

You are the project manager for your organization. You have worked with the project team to create the project scope statement. The key stakeholders have signed off on the project scope and they are eager for you and the project team to begin creating the deliverables identified within the project scope. What process must you and the project team complete next in this scenario?


Options are :

  • Create the risk assessment.
  • Create the WBS. (Correct)
  • Create the activity list.
  • Determine the project budget.

Answer : Create the WBS.

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