PMI-SP Scheduling Professional Certification Practical Exam Set 2

George is the project manager of the NHQ Project and has a budget of $778,000. The project is scheduled to last for one year with an equal amount of work completed each quarter. The second quarter of the project has ended and George has spent $325,000 but has only finished forty percent of the project. Management needs a variance report for the project schedule. What value should George report in this instance?


Options are :

  • ($77,800) (Correct)
  • ($34,500)
  • 0.96
  • ($13,800)

Answer : ($77,800)

You are the project manager of the GHT Project. Ben, one of your project team members, does not understand the idea of a milestone. Which of the following best describes what a milestone is?


Options are :

  • An imposed date for the project to reach a given point
  • A goal of reaching a significant delivery of project benefits by an identified date
  • A significant point in the project (Correct)
  • The completion of a project activity that is crucial to project completion

Answer : A significant point in the project

Jim is the project manager for his project. He and his project team are creating their duration estimates for the work packages in the WBS. For each activity, Jim is adding a few hours to the duration estimate in case something goes wrong during the completion of the work activity. Sarah, the project sponsor, does not approve of this and warns Jim of Parkinson's Law. What is Parkinson's Law?


Options are :

  • People will behave based on what their behavior brings them.
  • Work expands to fill the amount of time allotted to it. (Correct)
  • As employees do repetitive tasks, duration should decrease.
  • An exponential increase labor does not correlate to an exponential decrease in duration.

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

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 :

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

Answer : Parametric estimate

John is the project manager for his organization. He has created a status dashboard for his stakeholders. What is a status dashboard?


Options are :

  • It is a software application that allows stakeholders to view the project manager's performance.
  • It is a report that details the current status of risks and issues.
  • It is a report that reflects the overall performance of scope, schedule, quality, cost, or other project performance metrics. (Correct)
  • It is a web-based tool to inspect the project deliverables for performance.

Answer : It is a report that reflects the overall performance of scope, schedule, quality, cost, or other project performance metrics.

You are the project manager for your company. You are working with the management regarding the exact end date of your project. Management needs to know what day of the week your project will complete. Assuming that your project will not require any work to be completed over the upcoming weekends and that the remaining project work will commence on a Tuesday, what day of the week will the project end if there are 67 days of project work left to complete?


Options are :

  • Thursday
  • Wednesday (Correct)
  • Tuesday
  • Monday

Answer : Wednesday

Ben is the project manager for his organization. His project has 26 stakeholders this week and will have five additional stakeholders next week. How many more communication channels will Ben's project have next week?


Options are :

  • 140 (Correct)
  • 10
  • 5
  • 325

Answer : 140

Harry works as the project manager for his organization. He is creating the activity list and would like to tag those activities that are comprised of apportioned effort. Which of the following is the best example of apportioned effort?


Options are :

  • Completing project activities as start-to-start events.
  • Adding features to the project's product that is not included in the project scope.
  • Creating software as defined in the project scope.
  • Managing the day-to-day events of a project. (Correct)

Answer : Managing the day-to-day events of a project.

The Define Activities process is the first process in the project time management knowledge area. The Define Activities process creates just three outputs as a result of decomposition, rolling wave planning, templates, and expert judgment. Which one of the following is not an output of the Define Activities process?


Options are :

  • Activity attributes
  • Milestone list
  • Activity list
  • .Project document updates (Correct)

Answer : .Project document updates

Which one of the following estimate types is a form of expert judgment?


Options are :

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

Answer : Analogous estimate

Holly is the project manager of her project. She has chosen to crash the project due to time constraints that have been imposed on her project. When Holly crashes the project what project document must be updated to reflect this change to the approach?


Options are :

  • Risk register
  • Develop schedule process
  • Project risk management plan
  • Activity attributes (Correct)

Answer : Activity attributes

You are the project manager of the GHY Project. Management wants you to create a process improvement plan for your project. Your project will be studied by management and will become a standard for all future organizational projects based on your project's performance, approach, and implementation of project processes. All of the following should be included in your project's process improvement plan except for which one?


Options are :

  • Process boundaries
  • Targets for improved performance
  • Identification of project risks (Correct)
  • Process configuration

Answer : Identification of project risks

Sam is the project manager of the NQQ project. He and the project team have completed the stakeholder identification process for his project. What is the main output of the identify stakeholders process?


Options are :

  • Communications management plan
  • Stakeholder register (Correct)
  • Requirements
  • Stakeholder management strategy

Answer : Stakeholder register

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


Options are :

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

Answer : Herzberg's theory

Ben is the project manager of the NHF Project for his organization. Some delays early in the project have caused the project schedule to slip by nearly 15 percent. Management would like Ben to find a method to recoup the schedule slippage and to get the project back on track. Management is risk-adverse with this project. Which of the following methods should Ben avoid to recoup the project time?


Options are :

  • Fast tracking (Correct)
  • Adding lead time
  • Critical chain methodology
  • Crashing

Answer : Fast tracking

Once the project's WBS has been created what process may happen next?


Options are :

  • Estimate activity durations
  • Sequence activities
  • Estimate activity resources
  • Define activities (Correct)

Answer : Define activities

You have created the project network diagram for the ABC project. You are exploring total float and free float for that project. Martin, a project team member, wants to know the difference between total float and free float. What is the difference between total float and free float?


Options are :

  • Total float is the amount of time an activity can be delayed without delaying the project completion date, whereas free float is the amount of time an activity can be delayed without delaying any project successors. (Correct)
  • Total float is the amount of time an activity can be delayed without delaying any project successors, whereas free float is the amount of time an activity can be delayed without delaying the project completion date.
  • Total float is the amount of time an activity can be delayed without delaying the project completion date, whereas free float is the amount of time an activity can be delayed without delaying any project predecessors.
  • Total float is the amount of time a non-critical activity can be delayed without delaying any project successors, whereas free float is the amount of time an activity can be delayed without delaying the project completion date.

Answer : Total float is the amount of time an activity can be delayed without delaying the project completion date, whereas free float is the amount of time an activity can be delayed without delaying any project successors.

Your project has a BAC of $750,000 and is 75 percent complete. According to your plan, however, your project should actually be 80 percent complete. You have spent $575,000 of your project budget to reach this point and you are worried about the project not being able to complete based on your current project budget. What is the to-complete performance index for this project?


Options are :

  • ($16,677)
  • 0.98
  • 0.94
  • 1.07 (Correct)

Answer : 1.07

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 supposed 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. What is this project's schedule performance index?


Options are :

  • 1.02
  • 0.98
  • ($108,120)
  • 0.9 (Correct)

Answer : 0.9

Your project is forty percent complete though it was scheduled to be fifty percent complete as of today. Management has asked that you report on the schedule variance for your project. If your project has a BAC of $650,000 and you've spent $385,000 to date, what is the schedule variance value?


Options are :

  • ($487,500)
  • ($390,000)
  • ($65,000) (Correct)
  • ($75,500)

Answer : ($65,000)

You are the project manager of the AHQ project. This project is scheduled to last for six months and will require $345,000 to complete. If the project completes earlier than scheduled, your organization will receive a bonus of $5,000 per day of early completion. Management has asked you to develop an aggressive schedule to realize as much of the bonus as possible, but management does not want you to increase the costs of the project beyond $1,000 per day of the bonus realization. Which of the following approaches will likely add costs to the project?


Options are :

  • Adding leads to the project work
  • Using the critical chain method
  • Crashing (Correct)
  • Fast tracking

Answer : Crashing

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

Answer : Control schedule

A construction company is about to start a new project. It requires hiring a project manager for this project. Which of the following are the most important skills that a person must have to be selected as a project manager?


Options are :

  • Negotiation and influential
  • Leading
  • Communication (Correct)
  • Team building and human resources
  • Problem solving

Answer : Communication

Beth is the project manager for her organization. Her current project has many deliverables that have been defined at a high level, but the details of the deliverables are still unknown. In her project, Beth is planning in detail only the activities that are most imminent in the project work. This approach to project management planning is known as what?


Options are :

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

Answer : Rolling wave planning

Which of the following documents is a narrative description of products or services to be supplied by the project and has detailed requirements and pricing specified on it?


Options are :

  • Scope of statement
  • WBS
  • Project charter
  • Statement of work (SOW) (Correct)

Answer : Statement of work (SOW)

Which of the following documents captures and defines the work activities, deliverables, and a timeline that a vendor will execute against in performance of work for a customer?


Options are :

  • cope of statement
  • SOW (Correct)
  • Project charter
  • WBS

Answer : SOW

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
  • Risk analysis
  • Lesson learned documentation

Answer : Corrective action

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 :

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

Answer : Expert judgment

You are the project manager of the NHT Project. This project has 12,345 office doors to install throughout a campus. Each of the doors costs the project $456 and requires special hardware to electronically lock and open the doors. You've gathered the project team before they begin the installation for a hands-on training. As a group you and the project team install 50 doors following a checklist of instructions so that every door will be installed exactly the same throughout the campus and with minimal waste. This is an example of what project execution technique?


Options are :

  • Preventive action (Correct)
  • Implemented corrective action
  • Defect repair validation
  • uality control

Answer : Preventive action

You are the project manager of the NHGQ project for your company. You must create and distribute performance reports every week to your key project stakeholders. What communication technique do you normally use to distribute reports?


Options are :

  • Pull technique
  • Push technique (Correct)
  • One-to-one
  • Many-to-many

Answer : Push technique

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