Time Management Knowledge Area/Activity Definitio

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This Covers Activity Definition,Activity Sequencing,Activity Resource Estimate,Activity Duration Estimate And Schedule Development.

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Why do we want to Define Acitivities?
This is necessary for Accurate Estimating. By do so; we can create the wbs which allows us...
What is a Schedule Activity?
Is a Deliverable and should not take more than 2-10 days to complete.
What is the INPUTS to Defining Activities
Scope Baseline and Project Methodology
What are the Tools and Techniques used to define Activities?
You need to do Decomposition, Rolling Wave and Templates.
What is the OUTPUT for Define Activities?
You will get a Activities List,Milestone List and Activity Attributes.
What is a Activities List
The Activities list is the output of the Activity definition process that includes all of the...
Define Milestone?
Milestone is a completion of a phase. The milestone contain dates. There is two types of milestone....
What is meant by Activities Attributes?
Activity Attributes Helps with additional planning such as; Risk,resource needs, Activity Identifier,Activity...
What is Expert Judgement?
Expert Judgement can come from one of the Project Managers team and is a expert in a specific...
What is meant by the Code of Accounts?
The code of accounts is a hierarchial numbering system for each item in the WBS.
What is meant by Control Accounts?
This is a entry in the WBS that considers the Triple Constraints (Cost,Time & Scope) for...
If you measure the Estimated Performance and compare it to the Actual Performance what do you...
You will get the Over-All performance for the Control Accounts.
What is meant by Project Methodology?
Project Methodology is a method or methods that is used to help with a outcome.
What makes up the Scope Baseline?
You need the Scope Statement,WBS&WBS-Dictionary
What is meant by a Rolling Wave method?
Rolling Wave is a method of decomposing your WBS as far as you can go and then continue in...
Why do you want to use Templates? Where do they come from?
You want to use Template so that you expedite breaking your schedule down. You also want to...
What is meant by Decomposition Method?
This simply means to break down the scope information so that you may understand the necessary...
When you break down your deliverables, what do you get?
You are down to the level of Schedule Activities. This allows detail which you get from the...
What is the Schedule Management Plan?
This plan is a subsidary plan of the the overall project plan. It is used to control changes...
What is meant by Float? How many types are there?
Float is the amount of Time a Task can be delayed w/o delaying the projects completion.
Describe What is meant by a Free Float?
This is Total Time a simple activity can be delayed w/o delaying the early state of any successor...
Describe What is meant by Total Float?
This is the Total time an activity can be delayed w/o delaying project completion.
Describe What is meant by Project Float?
This is the total time the project can be delayed w/o passing the customers expected completion...
Name the 6 Processes in Time Management Knowledge Area
In the planning process you have 5 which are as follows: Activity Definition,Activity Sequencing,Activity...
Is Time Management a Separate Process from the Management Plan?
No. This is part of our Project Management Plan.
What is meant by Resource Leveling?
Resource Leveling is used when resources are Over-Allocated or Allocated Unevenly. Used mostly...
What is meant by the Critical Path?
You have Two Kinds of Paths, What are they?
The Critical Path is the longest number of days but yet the earliest time a project may be...
When do we stop our decompostion on the WBS?
We stop the decompostion when we arrive at the Work Packages.
Work Packages to complete...
What is meant by a Deliverable?
This is the outcome of a project or project phase; a deliverable of a project can be a product...
What is Analogous Estimating?
The first one is called the Analogous Estimate. This relies on historical information. Helps...
What is Bottom-Up Estimating?
A technique where an estimate for each component in the WBS is developed and then Totaled up...
What is Parametric Estimating?
This is a mathematical model based on known parameters to predict the cost of a project or...
The Project Time Performance is shown by what?
What is a Planning Package?
This is a signal that decisions need to be met by a given date. An example is Kitchen is designed...
Which estimating Technique uses a similar project to predict how long the current project will...
You use Analogous Estimating.
What is meant by Lag Time?
Lag time is Positive Time added to a task to move it away from the project start date.
What is meant by Lead Time?
This is Negative time added to a task to bring it closer to the project start date.Lead is...
What system can manage changes to the project schedule?
Schedule Change Control System.
What is meant by Crashing a project!
Crashing means to add resources to the project to compress the the project schedule.
Is Crashing a project costly?
Yes, because you are adding resources to the project which creates an over/all increase in...
What is a Activity List?
This is an Output of the activity definition process that includes all of the activities to...
What is Precedence Diagramming?
This is used to sequence tasks in a project. (Activity Sequencing) This is the most common...
What is another name for Activity on Node?
Prededence Diagramming Method.
What are activity Attributes used for?
It is used for generating reports. With this info. you could quickly filter the activities...
When you Update the WBS what is another name for it?
They call this Refinements.As the project moves toward completion,refinements ensure that all...
To update your WBS were would you get the information from?
The Activity List. The List is updated then placed into the WBS.
Activities must be arranged in a logical way, what do we call this?
This is called Sequencing. This helps to identify the Logical relationship between activities,...
There are numerous ways to Sequence the activities, what are they?
Computer Driven- Using computer scheduling programs. Manual Process-Used in smaller projects...
Is is important to have the approach to Activity Sequence with your self?
No,you want to use your project team to help with the Activity Sequencing. This not only gets...
What is the Activity List?
This is the list of actions needed to complete the project deliverables.
Why do we need the Project Scope Statement?
It contains and influences the sequence of events. The statement may include requirements,constraints,...
Why do we want to incorporate Milestones?
They have to be considered and evaluated when sequencing events to ensure that all of the work...
Why do we want to include Activity Attributes?
Each scheduled activity has attributes that need to be documented. For example, the successor...
Why do we create Network Diagrams?
So that we may Visualize the work. It shows the relationship of the work activities and how...
If you see Activity on Arrows diagramming methods what is this?
This is a older method of Network Diagramming that is NO longer in use. Can be a trick question...
What is Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM).
This is the most common method of arranging the project work visually. PDM puts activities...
What does the Arrows represent in the PDM?
The arrows represent the Relationship and the dependencies of the work packages.
Is PDM the most common approach to network diagramming?
Yes, it is used by most PMIS-Software like Project Manager.
There are relationships between activities and 4-kinds. Name them?
Finish to Start(FS), Start to Start(SS), Finish to Finish(FF) and Start to Finish(SF) relationships.
Explain the Finish to Start Relationship?
This means that Task A Must be completed before Task B can begin. The most common relationship....
Explain the Start to Start Relationship?
This means that Task A MUST start before Task B can start. This allows both activities to happen...
Explain the Finish to Finish Relationship?
Means the Task A MUST be completed before Task B is com\pleted. Ideally the 2 tasks should...
Explain the Start to Finish Relationship?
This relationship is rarely used. It requires that Task A start so that Task B may finish....

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