PM In Practice Human Resource, Schedule Week 8

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  • 1. 

    Every facet of a project demands equal managerial care.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is false because not every facet of a project demands equal managerial care. Different aspects of a project may require varying levels of attention and resources based on their importance, complexity, and impact on the overall project goals. Some facets may require more attention and resources than others, and it is the responsibility of the project manager to prioritize and allocate resources accordingly.

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  • 2. 

    In which form of project organization would the project manager be likely to exercise the most control over project resources?

    • A.

      Strong matrix

    • B.

      Projectized

    • C.

      Project coordinator

    • D.

      Weak matrix

    Correct Answer
    B. Projectized
    Explanation
    In a projectized organization, the project manager has the highest level of control over project resources. This is because in a projectized structure, the project manager has full authority and responsibility for the project and its resources. The project manager has direct control over the project team members and can make decisions regarding resource allocation, task assignments, and project priorities. This level of control allows the project manager to effectively manage and utilize project resources to ensure project success.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following is a ground rule for project team building?

    • A.

      Do frequent performance appraisals

    • B.

      Ensure that each team member reports to his or her functional manager, in addition to the project manager.

    • C.

      Start early

    • D.

      Try to solve team political problems

    Correct Answer
    C. Start early
    Explanation
    Starting early is a ground rule for project team building because it allows for sufficient time to form and develop a cohesive team. By starting early, team members have more time to get to know each other, establish trust, and understand each other's strengths and weaknesses. It also provides an opportunity to clarify roles and responsibilities, set goals, and establish effective communication channels. Starting early ensures that the team has a solid foundation and is well-prepared to tackle the project's challenges.

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  • 4. 

    Adjusting the timing of tasks so that resources are not over allocated is called:

    • A.

      Resource levelling

    • B.

      Pairwise tradeoff

    • C.

      The Multi-attribute Utility Theory

    • D.

      Resource Infringement

    Correct Answer
    A. Resource levelling
    Explanation
    Resource levelling refers to the process of adjusting the timing of tasks in a project to ensure that resources are not overallocated. This involves redistributing tasks or adjusting their start and end dates to balance the workload and avoid resource conflicts. By doing so, the project manager can optimize resource utilization and prevent bottlenecks or delays caused by resource constraints. Resource levelling helps in maintaining a smooth workflow and ensuring that resources are efficiently utilized throughout the project duration.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following factors contributes the most to team communication?

    • A.

      Eternal feedback

    • B.

      Performance appraisals

    • C.

      Smoothing over of team conflicts by the project manager

    • D.

      Co-location

    Correct Answer
    D. Co-location
    Explanation
    Co-location refers to the physical proximity of team members, which greatly facilitates communication. When team members are located in the same office or workspace, they have easy access to each other and can quickly communicate face-to-face. This proximity allows for spontaneous discussions, brainstorming sessions, and the sharing of ideas and information in real-time. It also helps to build trust and rapport among team members, leading to more effective and efficient communication. Therefore, co-location is the factor that contributes the most to team communication.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following factors affects team building least?

    • A.

      A faulty project concept

    • B.

      Unsupportive senior management

    • C.

      A project in trouble

    • D.

      Compensation of project team members

    Correct Answer
    D. Compensation of project team members
    Explanation
    Compensation of project team members affects team building least because while it is important for employees to be fairly compensated for their work, it does not directly impact the ability of a team to work together effectively. Factors such as a faulty project concept, unsupportive senior management, and a project in trouble can all have a significant negative impact on team building as they create obstacles and challenges that the team must overcome in order to work together successfully. However, compensation, although important for employee satisfaction and motivation, does not inherently affect the team dynamics or collaboration.

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  • 7. 

    The primary result of effective team development is:

    • A.

      Improved project performance

    • B.

      An effective, smoothly running team

    • C.

      An understanding by project team members that the project manager is ultimately responsible for project performance

    • D.

      Enhancement of the ability of stakeholders to contribute as individuals and team members

    Correct Answer
    A. Improved project performance
    Explanation
    Effective team development leads to improved project performance. When a team is developed effectively, team members are able to work together efficiently, communicate effectively, and collaborate towards achieving project goals. This results in increased productivity, better decision-making, and a higher quality of work. As a result, the overall project performance is enhanced, leading to successful project outcomes.

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  • 8. 

    The project manager can help the project team develop a sense of identity as a group by:

    • A.

      Communicating frequently through email

    • B.

      Creating an air of mystery about the project.

    • C.

      Having a "War room"

    • D.

      Issuing guidelines on how team members should interact with stakeholders

    Correct Answer
    C. Having a "War room"
    Explanation
    Having a "War room" can help the project team develop a sense of identity as a group. A war room is a dedicated space where the project team can come together to collaborate, brainstorm, and work on the project. This physical space creates a sense of unity and focus, as team members can see and interact with each other regularly. It promotes open communication, encourages teamwork, and fosters a shared sense of purpose and commitment towards achieving project goals.

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  • 9. 

    A project manager who has a low concern for personal goals and a high concern for relationships is practicing which style of conflict resolution.

    • A.

      Win-lose

    • B.

      Yield-lose

    • C.

      Lose-leave

    • D.

      Compromise

    Correct Answer
    B. Yield-lose
    Explanation
    A project manager who has a low concern for personal goals and a high concern for relationships is practicing the Yield-lose style of conflict resolution. This means that the manager is willing to prioritize maintaining good relationships with others over achieving their own personal goals. They may be willing to give in or compromise in order to avoid conflict or maintain harmony within the team. This style of conflict resolution may result in the manager sacrificing their own interests or needs for the sake of the relationship.

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  • 10. 

    The primary method of reducing conflict in projects is to:

    • A.

      Hold periodic group meetings

    • B.

      Use group facilitators

    • C.

      Perform careful project planning

    • D.

      Enforce strict rules about arguing

    Correct Answer
    C. Perform careful project planning
    Explanation
    Performing careful project planning is the primary method of reducing conflict in projects because it allows for clear communication, sets clear expectations, and identifies potential areas of conflict in advance. By carefully planning the project, teams can anticipate and address potential conflicts before they arise, reducing the likelihood of disagreements and misunderstandings. Additionally, careful project planning helps to allocate resources effectively, establish timelines, and define roles and responsibilities, which can minimize conflicts caused by ambiguity or lack of coordination.

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  • 11. 

    All the following are symptoms of bad team work in the project team except:

    • A.

      Frustration

    • B.

      Excessive meetings

    • C.

      Lack of trust or confidence in the project manager

    • D.

      Unproductive meetings

    Correct Answer
    B. Excessive meetings
    Explanation
    Excessive meetings can actually be a symptom of good team work rather than bad. It shows that team members are actively collaborating and communicating with each other. However, frustration, lack of trust or confidence in the project manager, and unproductive meetings are all signs of bad team work. Frustration indicates that team members are not satisfied with the progress or communication within the team. Lack of trust or confidence in the project manager suggests a breakdown in the team's relationship with their leader. Unproductive meetings imply that the team is not effectively using their time and resources to achieve project goals.

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  • 12. 

    The method most often used by by project managers to solve conflict is:

    • A.

      Compromise

    • B.

      Confrontation

    • C.

      Smoothing

    • D.

      Negotiations

    Correct Answer
    B. Confrontation
    Explanation
    Confrontation is the method most often used by project managers to solve conflict. This approach involves directly addressing the conflict and engaging in open and honest communication to resolve the issues at hand. Confrontation allows project managers to address the root causes of the conflict, clarify misunderstandings, and find mutually agreeable solutions. It promotes transparency, accountability, and collaboration, ultimately leading to a more effective resolution of conflicts within the project team.

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  • 13. 

    The primary output of team development is:

    • A.

      Improved project performance

    • B.

      Prescribed methods for dealing with conflict

    • C.

      Training in specific technical skills

    • D.

      A project team directory

    Correct Answer
    A. Improved project performance
    Explanation
    The primary output of team development is improved project performance. This means that through team development activities, such as training, coaching, and team-building exercises, the team becomes more efficient and effective in working together towards achieving project goals. This can result in higher productivity, better quality of work, and increased overall project success.

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  • 14. 

    Most over resource allocation solutions begin with the PERT/CPM schedule.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that most resource allocation solutions start with the PERT/CPM schedule. This implies that PERT/CPM is a commonly used method for planning and scheduling resources. It is likely that PERT/CPM provides a comprehensive framework for managing resources and ensuring efficient allocation. Therefore, the given answer, "True," indicates that the statement is correct.

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  • 15. 

    Scheduling standard is that activities are scheduled to start "as soon as possible".

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because in the "as soon as possible" scheduling standard, activities are scheduled to start as soon as all the necessary resources and dependencies are available. This means that there is no delay in starting the activities, and they are initiated as early as possible to ensure efficient project execution.

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  • 16. 

    The reason a project manager would schedule a task to begin "as late as possible" would be to save money.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Scheduling a task to begin "as late as possible" allows for more flexibility in resource allocation and can help save money. By delaying the start of a task, the project manager can potentially take advantage of cost-saving opportunities such as discounted materials or labor, or negotiate better contracts. Additionally, starting a task later may allow for more efficient use of resources, as other tasks may be completed or dependencies may be resolved, reducing the overall project duration and cost.

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  • 17. 

    Pseudo-activities are designed and used by project managers to link different projects.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Pseudo-activities are indeed designed and utilized by project managers to establish connections between different projects. These activities do not represent actual work but serve as a means to coordinate and integrate various project activities. By using pseudo-activities, project managers can effectively manage dependencies, identify critical paths, and ensure smooth execution of multiple projects simultaneously. Therefore, the given statement is true.

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  • 18. 

    Goldratt's Critical Chain is based on a series of unrelated tasks held together by the same Project Manager.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Goldratt's Critical Chain is not based on a series of unrelated tasks held together by the same Project Manager. Instead, it is based on the concept of identifying the critical path in a project, which is the sequence of dependent tasks that determines the project's overall duration. The Critical Chain method aims to optimize the use of resources and manage project uncertainties by focusing on the critical path and removing unnecessary buffers and constraints. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 19. 

    When estimating duration of a task your subject matter experts have been known to add extra time in order to cover any issues that may arise.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Subject matter experts often add extra time when estimating the duration of a task because they anticipate potential issues or complications that may arise during the task. By including this additional time, they ensure that they have enough buffer to handle any unforeseen challenges and complete the task within the estimated timeframe. This practice helps to mitigate risks and allows for a more realistic and accurate estimation of the task duration. Therefore, the statement "True" is a valid explanation for the given answer.

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  • 20. 

    One way to further team development is for the project manager to use a "Personal touch". Which of the following actions has proven effective toward this goal?

    • A.

      Creating a team name

    • B.

      Providing flexible work time

    • C.

      Issuing a project charter

    • D.

      Celebrating special occasions

    Correct Answer
    D. Celebrating special occasions
    Explanation
    Celebrating special occasions has proven effective towards team development because it helps create a positive and inclusive team culture. By acknowledging and celebrating special occasions such as birthdays, work anniversaries, or holidays, the project manager can foster a sense of camaraderie and boost team morale. This personal touch shows that the project manager values and appreciates the team members as individuals, which can enhance their motivation, engagement, and overall satisfaction within the team.

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  • 21. 

    A manager who makes decisions without considering the information provided by project team members is using which management style?

    • A.

      Laissez-faire

    • B.

      Autocratic

    • C.

      Bureaucratic

    • D.

      Judicious

    Correct Answer
    B. Autocratic
    Explanation
    An autocratic management style is characterized by a manager who makes decisions without considering the input or information provided by the project team members. In this style, the manager has complete control and authority over decision-making and does not involve the team in the decision-making process. The manager exercises power and control over the team, and team members have little to no say in the decision-making process.

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  • 22. 

    Each of the following is a destructive role on a project team except:

    • A.

      Withdrawer

    • B.

      Topic jumper

    • C.

      Gate keeper

    • D.

      Dominator

    Correct Answer
    C. Gate keeper
    Explanation
    A gatekeeper is not a destructive role on a project team. In fact, a gatekeeper plays a crucial role in ensuring that only relevant and necessary information or resources are allowed to pass through to the team. They act as a filter, preventing unnecessary distractions or irrelevant inputs from hindering the team's progress. This helps maintain focus and efficiency within the team, ultimately contributing to the success of the project.

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  • 23. 

    A project's reward and recognition system should:

    • A.

      Include training as one of its elements

    • B.

      Discourage undesired behavior and encourage desired behavior

    • C.

      Be the same as that of the performing organization

    • D.

      Make the link between performance and reward clear, explicit and achievable

    Correct Answer
    D. Make the link between performance and reward clear, explicit and achievable
    Explanation
    The project's reward and recognition system should make the link between performance and reward clear, explicit, and achievable. This means that the system should clearly communicate how performance will be evaluated and rewarded, ensuring that team members understand what is expected of them and how they can be rewarded for their efforts. Additionally, the system should make the rewards achievable, meaning that they are realistic and attainable based on the project's objectives and resources. By doing so, the system can effectively motivate and incentivize team members to perform at their best and achieve project success.

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  • 24. 

    The resource graph can be located under the Tools tab in MS Project.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because the resource graph in MS Project is not located under the Tools tab. The correct location of the resource graph in MS Project may vary depending on the version of the software, but it is typically found under the View tab or the Reports tab.

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  • 25. 

    In the MS Project Gantt chart the task duration can be entered in days, hours or minutes.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given correct answer is that in MS Project Gantt chart, the task duration can indeed be entered in days, hours, or minutes. This flexibility allows users to specify the duration of each task with precision, depending on the level of detail required for their project planning. Whether it is a short task that takes only a few minutes or a longer task that spans several days or even hours, MS Project accommodates the various time units to accurately reflect the duration on the Gantt chart.

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