PROJ586 Final Exam Set 1

1. (TCO A) In the _____ organization structure, the project manager is responsible for the project results, whereas the functional manager is responsible for providing the resources needed to achieve the results. (Points : 5)

autonomous project

2. (TCO H) What is the longest phase of the project life cycle? (Points : 5)

3. (TCO B) The lowest level item of any one branch of the WBS is called a(n) _____. (Points : 5)
object item
task statement
work package
activity node

4. (TCO D) A _____ is a predefined set of actions that will be implemented if the risk event occurs. (Points : 5)
management proposal
classification array
contingency plan
risk contingency matrix

5. (TCO F) _____ the project involves measuring actual progress and comparing it to planned progress. (Points : 5)

6. (TCO C) If _____ is positive, it represents the maximum amount of time that the activities on a particular path can be delayed without jeopardizing the completion of the project by its required completion time. (Points : 5)
total time
free time
total slack
cumulative slack

7. (TCO G) Which of the following is not an advantage of using project management software? (Points : 5)
The learning curve
Record keeping

8. (TCO A) Which of the following is not an example of a project? (Points : 5)
Starting up a restaurant
Creating a website for a company
Raising money for a disaster-relief trip
Emptying the recycling everyday

9. (TCO C) Why are activities drawn in a serial relationship on a network diagram? (Points : 5)
The activities use different resources.
The activities are independent of each other.
From a technical standpoint, the activities must be performed in that sequence.
The order of completion doesn’t matter.

10. (TCO F) The project cost estimate is allocated to _____. (Points : 5)
the various work packages in the project work-breakdown structure
the resources in the project
the committed costs in the project
the stakeholders

11. (TCO F) It is important to use the _____ as the standard against which actual cost is compared. (Points : 5)
cumulative budget
total budget
budget at completion
phased budget

12. (TCO C) Calculate the earliest start for Task B if its predecessor, Task A, finishes on day 3 and the duration of Task B is 2 days. (Points : 5)
Day 5
Day 3
Day 1
This cannot be calculated based upon the information given.

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1. (TCO B) Describe the benefits of including the people who will be involved in performing the project when planning the project. (Points : 10)

2. (TCO E)
Part 1: What are some common barriers to team effectiveness? (15 points)
Part 2: Describe an example of a team project that would include barriers to success. (15 points) (Points : 30)

3. (TCO C) A project to remodel an office area has the following activities. (Hint: You will need to build an AIB diagram, perform a forward pass, and perform a backward pass to answer this question.)

4. (TCO A)
Part 1: Compare and contrast the responsibilities of a functional manager and a project manager in a matrix-type organization. (10 points)
Part 2: A company manufactures furniture. Which organization structure is the most suitable? Why? (10 points)
Part 3: An organization builds custom houses for urban-renewal areas. Which organization structure is the most suitable? Why? (10 points) (Points : 30)

5. (TCO D) A firm hosts data-mining servers and performs data mining for other companies that do not desire the costs of hardware, software, or expertise to data mine their data. The firm is planning to roll out faster data-mining software that will reduce the time to sift through customers' data by a fraction of the present time.
Part 1: List and discuss the major risk-management functions from a project-management perspective for the data-mining software project. (15 points)
Part 2: Describe a risk event, the consequences, and the risk-response plan for the data-mining software project. (15 points)

6. (TCO F) Analyze and compare the costs of the two projects in terms of performance efficiency, budget, and schedule. Make sure to show your calculations and analyze and explain the results. (Note: Providing just numbers will receive only partial credit.)

7. (TCO B) An environmental consulting firm has been hired to clean up contaminated ground water beneath the site of a former chemical factory. The cleanup design process consists of evaluating several alternatives; preparing a conceptual design for the most appropriate alternative; evaluating the conceptual design by performing a small-scale pilot test on site; and, based on the results of the pilot test, preparing a final design. Installation of the cleanup system will be performed by subcontractors under the supervision of the consultant. Prior to installation, the consultant will work on setting up the subcontracts by preparing specifications, prequalifying installation contractors, reviewing all bids, and executing the contracts. The installation will consist of the following phases: recovery wells, piping, treatment equipment, and start up.

8. (TCO B) You are reaching the end of your graduate-school program, and you are planning a large party to celebrate your success! You have rented out the local forest preserve as the venue for your party. Applying your project-management skills, you want to ensure you have everything planned out, and you’ve asked your family and friends to be a part of your team to hold this party. At your party, you have made it clear to your team what you want to have delivered. After all, it’s your party--you can have whatever you want! Some of the key items you want at your party include


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