PMI-SP Scheduling Professional Certification Practice Test Set 1

Which of the following individuals has a management role in a core business area, such as research and development, design, manufacturing, provisioning, testing, or maintenance?


Options are :

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

Answer : Operations manager

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 :

  • A significant point in the project (Correct)
  • 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
  • The completion of a project activity that is crucial to project completion

Answer : A significant point in the project

Laura is the project manager for her organization and management has requested her to create a report on her project's performance. Laura needs to analyze her current project performance and then compare it against what, in order to create a performance report?


Options are :

  • Schedule variances, planned value, and the Schedule Performance Index
  • Cost variances and Cost Performance Index
  • Performance measurement baseline (Correct)
  • Scope baseline

Answer : Performance measurement baseline

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 :

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

Answer : Push technique

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


Options are :

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

Answer : Analogous estimate

You work as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. Management has asked you not to communicate performance unless the CPI is less than 0.96 or the SPI dips below 0.98. What type of report would you create for management, if these instances develop in your project?


Options are :

  • Exceptions report (Correct)
  • Schedule variance report
  • Cost variance report
  • Performance management report

Answer : Exceptions report

Your project team is executing the project plan and things are going well. Your team has reached its first milestone and is now in the second phase of the project. The project stakeholders have requested that you find a method to reduce the duration of the project. They will reward you and your project team with a 25 percent bonus of the project costs if you can finish the project thirty days earlier than what was already planned. The stakeholders, however, will not approve any additional labor costs as part of the agreement. Which approach could you use to shorten the duration of the project?


Options are :

  • Crash the project schedule.
  • Fast track the project. (Correct)
  • Remove things from the project scope.
  • Perform resource leveling for the project.

Answer : Fast track the project.

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

Answer : Statement of work (SOW)

Lily works as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. She has recorded the following duration estimates for an activity in her project: optimistic 35, most likely 50, and pessimistic 95. What time will she record for this activity?


Options are :

  • 54
  • 40
  • 48
  • 55 (Correct)

Answer : 55

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 :

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

Answer : 1.07

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 :

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

Answer : Rolling wave planning

Which of the following scheduling techniques identifies the successor activities and the predecessor activities to assist the project manager in sequencing the project work?


Options are :

  • Dependency determination
  • Precedence Diagramming Method (Correct)
  • Schedule network template
  • Activity on the Node

Answer : Precedence Diagramming Method

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)
  • Critical chain methodology
  • Crashing
  • Adding lead time

Answer : Fast tracking

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 :

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

Answer : Activity attributes

You are the project manager for your organization. You need the oak cabinets for your project delivered by December 1 in order to install the floors around the oak cabinets by December 15. Your company's procurement office generally takes 45 days to complete procurement orders. Based on this information, how should you schedule the lead time for the cabinet delivery?


Options are :

  • Cabinet procurement December 15 minus 45 days lead time
  • Cabinet procurement December 1, minus 45 days lead time (Correct)
  • Cabinet procurement December 1, plus 45 days lead time
  • Cabinet procurement November 15

Answer : Cabinet procurement December 1, minus 45 days lead time

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 :

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

Answer : -$65,000

You work as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. There have been changes to the project scope in your project. These changes will cause the project schedule to change as well, so you will need to update the schedule and the schedule baseline. The schedule baseline is a component of what?


Options are :

  • Project calendar
  • Project constraints
  • Project objectives
  • Project management plan (Correct)

Answer : Project management plan

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 :

  • 10
  • 325
  • 5
  • 140 (Correct)

Answer : 140

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 :

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

Answer : Preventive action

John works as a project manager for BlueWell Inc. He is working on a high-profile project with 80 stakeholders and he needs to express to his project team and to the management the importance of communication in the project. He would like to show the number of stakeholder communication channels in the project. Based on this information how many communication channels exist within this project?


Options are :

  • 79
  • 3160 (Correct)
  • 3000
  • 80

Answer : 3160

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 :

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

Answer : -$77,800

You are the project manager for your organization. You have recorded the following duration estimates for an activity in your project: optimistic 20, most likely 45, pessimistic 90. What time will you record for this activity?


Options are :

  • 45
  • 90
  • 20o, 45m, 90p
  • 48 (Correct)

Answer : 48

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 web-based tool to inspect the project deliverables for 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 software application that allows stakeholders to view the project manager's 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 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 :

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

Answer : 0.9

You have been hired as a project manager for Tech Perfect Inc. You are studying the documentation of planning of a project. The documentation states that there are twentyfive stakeholders with the project. What will be the number of communication channels for the project?


Options are :

  • 25
  • 50
  • 600
  • 300 (Correct)

Answer : 300

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 :

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

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

Mark is the project manager of the GHQ Project. He is happily reporting that his project has a schedule performance index of 2.12. Management, however, does not think this is good news. What is the most likely reason why management does not like an SPI of 2.12?


Options are :

  • It is not good news, as the number should be closer to 100 than 0.
  • They likely do not understand the SPI formula.
  • It is good news, but Mark may have large cost variances to achieve this value.
  • It is not good news because a larger number means the schedule duration estimates were likely to be wrong to begin with. (Correct)

Answer : It is not good news because a larger number means the schedule duration estimates were likely to be wrong to begin with.

Andy works as the project manager for Bluewell Inc. He is developing the schedule for the project. There are eight tools and techniques that a project manager can use to develop the project schedule. Which of the following is a tool and technique for the Schedule Development process?


Options are :

  • Schedule compression (Correct)
  • Expert judgment
  • Reserve analysis
  • Variance analysis

Answer : Schedule compression

Holly is the project manager for her organization. She is creating the activity list and would like to tag those activities that are comprised of discrete effort. What is discrete effort?


Options are :

  • It is a term used to describe activities whose effort cannot be directly measured to the project objectives.
  • It is a term used to describe activities that are supportive of the project work, but not linked to the project deliverables.
  • It is a term used to describe activities whose effort can be directly measured and linked to the project objectives. (Correct)
  • It is a term used to describe activities that are core project management processes, but not core project activities.

Answer : It is a term used to describe activities whose effort can be directly measured and linked to the project objectives.

You are the project manager of the HQQ Project. Your project is running late by ten percent of where you should be at this time. Management is concerned. Considering that the project has a BAC of $567,899, you are thirty percent complete, and you have spent $179,450. What is this project's to-complete performance index based on the current BAC?


Options are :

  • 0.75
  • 0.95
  • 1.02 (Correct)
  • 0.01

Answer : 1.02

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