PMP Exam Question 101

Aligned with PMBOK 6th Edition®.

Crashing PMP :

You, the project manager in the design of a new electric bike, need to shorten the schedule duration. You propose your project sponsor crashing critical path activities. What does that mean?

A. Performing activities in parallel that were planned in sequence.
B. Adjusting start and finish dates based on resource constraints.
C. Calculating multiple work package durations with different sets of activity assumptions.
D. Adding resources to shorten activities’ duration.

February 16, 2020

1 responses on "PMP Exam Question 101"

  1. PMP Solution 101

    A. Performing activities in parallel that were planned in sequence is the fast tracking technique. Fast tracking only works when activities can be overlapped to shorten the project duration on the critical path.
    B. This technique is resource leveling if it is affecting critical path activities. Consequently, the critical path through the project schedule may change. It can be used when shared resources are available only at certain times or in limited quantities. The goal is balancing the demand for resources with the available supply.
    C Simulation involves calculating multiple work package durations with different sets of activity assumptions, constraints, risks, issues, or scenarios using probability distributions and other representations of uncertainty. The most common simulation technique is Monte Carlo analysis , in which risks and other sources of uncertainty are used to calculate possible schedule outcomes for the total project.

    Crashing is a technique used to shorten the schedule duration for the least incremental cost by adding resources. Examples of crashing include approving overtime, bringing in additional resources, or paying to expedite delivery to activities on the critical path. Crashing works only for activities on the critical path where additional resources will shorten the activity’s duration. Crashing does not always produce a viable alternative and may result in increased risk and/or cost. Therefore, right answer is D. [PMBOK 6th edition, Page 215] [Project Schedule Management]

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