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A statistical method for identifying which factors may influence specific variables of a product or process under development or in production is called

A) cost benefit analysis. B) sensitivity analysis.
C) cost of quality analysis. D) design of experiments.
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: D) design of experiments.

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Why are CPM, GERT, and PERT not considered sufficient to create a project schedule?

A) All three are tools and techniques of schedule development, not the actual schedule B) As mathemetical analysis tools, they simply provide the dates that are posible, and do not consider resource pool limitations
C) They are sufficient. Each calculates early and late start and finish dates for each activity D) They are Monte Carlo techniques used to provide what-if analysis for adverse external factors on a project
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: B) As mathemetical analysis tools, they simply provide the dates that are posible, and do not consider resource pool limitations

Explanation:

Answer A is tempting because it is true by definition, but Answer B is correct because it properly answers the question, in that these techniques do not take into account resource pool constraints. Answer C is incorrect because it provides possible early and late start and finish dates, but not the actual schedules. Answer D is incorrect because none of the the three are simulation techniques. 

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The project manager meets with the project team to review lessons learned from previous projects. In what activity is the team involved?

A) Performance management B) Scope identification
C) Risk identification D) Project team status meeting
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: C) Risk identification

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An accepted deadline for a project approaches. However, the project manager realizes only 75% percent of the work has been completed. The project manager then issues a change request. What should the change request authorize?

A) Additional resources using the contingency fund B) Escalation approval to use contingency funding
C) Team overtime to meet schedule D) Corrective action based on causes
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: D) Corrective action based on causes

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Ambiguous jurisdiction is more common in a functional or weak matrix organization than a strong matrix or projectized organization. Why?

A) Projectized organizations tend to be large in size B) Conflict between a functional manager and a project manager is more common in a functional or weak matrix
C) Legal issues are more frequent in a functional or weak matrix organization D) Projectized and strong matrix organizations are the best companies for a project manager to work for due to less ambiguity in scope development.
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: B) Conflict between a functional manager and a project manager is more common in a functional or weak matrix

Explanation:

Answer A is incorect because it is not a correct statement and has nothing to do with ambiguous jurisdiction. Answer C is incorrect because ambiguous jurisdiction is not related to legal issues at a company. Answer D is incorrect because the statement is incorrect and is not related to ambiguous jurisdiction.

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The project manager develops a process improvement plan to encourage continuous process improvement during the life of the project. Which of the following is a valid tool or technique to assist the project manager to assure the success of the process improvement plan?

A) Change control system B) Process analysis
C) Benchmarking D) Configuration management system
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: B) Process analysis

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Sensitivity analysis is used to

A) identify the risks which have the largest potential impact on the project. B) determine which risks are most troubling to the customer.
C) identify hidden requirements that were not recognized at the outset of the project. D) determine which requirements will add the greatest customer satisfaction for the least effort.
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: A) identify the risks which have the largest potential impact on the project.

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“Sensitivity analysis helps to determine which risks have the most potential impact on the project.”

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Decomposing tasks into smaller activities can be helpful in reducing the amount of stress associated with overwhelmingly large milestones. What is a feature of the hierarchical nature of the WBS? 

A) A WBS hierarchy prevents duplication B) A WBS cab be rolled up or collapsed to provide information at the appropriate level for a particular audience.
C) The decomposition of tasks provides a detailed planning tool D) The depth of a WBS is restricted to three levels, which avoids overplanning
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: B) A WBS cab be rolled up or collapsed to provide information at the appropriate level for a particular audience.

Explanation:

Answer A is incorrect because the WBS hierarchy does not prevent duplication by itself. Answer C is incorrect because a WBS is focused on deliverables and components or work packages and not on tasks. Answer D is incorrect because a WBS can be sized appropriately to the project size with as many levels as necessary.

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