PMP Exam Question 95

Aligned with PMBOK 6th Edition®.

Estimating activity duration :

Richard is now analyzing data and assumptions to estimate activity duration in the construction project he manages. Which of the following is NOT generally a factor to be considered in that case?

A. Knowledge transfer.
B. What-if scenario analysis.
C. Law of diminishing returns.
D. Student syndrome.

1 responses on "PMP Exam Question 95"

  1. PMP Solution 95

    A. At some point adding too many resources to the activity may increase the duration due to knowledge transfer, learning curve or additional coordination requirements, so it is to be considered.
    C. When one factor (e.g., resource) used to determine the effort required to produce a unit of work is increased while all other factors remain fixed, a point will eventually be reached at which additions of that one factor start to yield progressively smaller or diminishing increases in output.
    D. Student syndrome is when people start to apply themselves ony at the last possible moment before deadline.

    Some factors for consideration include; Law of diminishin returns, number of resources, advances in technology and motivation of staff. However, What-if scenario analysis is a data analysis technique used in the Develop Schedule process but not to estimate activity duration. It is the process of evaluating scenarios in order to predict their effect, positive or negative, on project objectives. This is an analysis of the question, “What if the situation represented by scenario X happens?” . A schedule network analysis is performed using the schedule to compute the different scenarios. Therefore, right answer is B. [PMBOK 6th edition, Page 197, 213] [Project Schedule Management]

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