Question : (TCO A) Projects have specific attributes. Which of the following is not an attribute? Student Answer: Has a sponsor or customer. Has interdependent tasks. Utilizes various resources. All of the above are project attributes. Instructor Explanation:Chapter 1, page 4-6. Points Received: 5 of 5 Comments: 2. Question : (TCO A) Which step of the project life cycle produces all of the project deliverables? Student Answer: Initiating Planning Performing Closing Instructor Explanation:Chapter 1, page 9; Lecture Week 1. Points Received: 5 of 5 Comments: 3. Question : TCO B) For a project, the objective is usually defined in terms of which three items?
Student Answer: Scope, schedule, and cost Schedule, plan, and controls Plan, scope, and packages Scope, cost and controls Instructor Explanation:Chapter 1, page 4; Chapter 1, page 100; Lecture Week 1. Points Received: 5 of 5 Comments: 4. Question : (TCO A) a) If the project scope is increased, what are the likely steps that the project manager would take with regards to the other triple constraints? Why? (15 points) b) If the project schedule is relaxed or lengthened, what is the impact on quality? 15 points) Student Answer: A) The triple constraint of project management describes the interdependency between the three cornerstones of a project: 1. Scope – all the work we have to do in order to create the clearly specified product. 2. Schedule – the time we need in order to create that product. 3. Budget – the total amount of money we need in order to create that product. If the scope is increased because of additional features added to the product then the time and amount of money has to increase as well.
In order to shorten the time we could reduce the scope and consequently reduce the budget of that project. The time could be shortened as well by involving more resources and increased the budget of that project. A project is defined by its scope, schedule and budget. If one of these three are changed, the other two are affected. B) If a project schedule is relaxed or lengthened the impact of quality could add additional costs, a change in schedule as well as a budget increase. If you have additional time in your schedule you might be able to increase scope by adding tasks and duration.
With this extra time and scope you can build a higher level of quality into the project and its deliverables. If you need to cut costs to meet your budget, you might have to decrease scope by cutting tasks or reducing task durations. Instructor Explanation:See tutorial in Week 1 lecture. a) In order to meet the increase in scope, the project manager will increase costs and/or schedule increase. The triple constraints should always be balanced. b) The quality is increased because there is more time to perform the task in a higher quality fashion. Points Received: 30 of 30 Comments: 5.
Question : (TCO B) You are reaching the end of your graduate school program, and are planning a large party to celebrate your success! You have rented out the local forest preserve as the venue for your party. Applying your project management skills, you want to ensure you have everything planned out and you’ve asked your family and friends to be a part of your team to hold this party. At your party, you have made it clear to your team what you want to have delivered. After all, it’s your party – you can have whatever you want! Some of the key items you want at your party include:
Graduation announcements Party invitations Live entertainment Games (for adults and for children) Food Beverages Convenience for all (parking, restroom facilities, etc. ) a) To ensure you have a clear scope for your team, create a 2-level WBS. Don’t forget to include your WBS numbering. (20 points) b) In your WBS, how many work packages have been created? (10 points) Student Answer: A) 1 Graduation Party 1. 1 Graduation announcements 1. 1. 1 Write the announcements 1. 1. 2 Invitation List 1. 1. 3 Send announcements 1. 2 Party Invitations 1. 2. 1 Invitation List 1. 2. Number of invitations needed 1. 2. 3 Mail invitations 1. 3 Live entertainment 1. 3. 1 Band or DJ 1. 3. 2 Type of music 1. 4 Games (For adults and for children) 1. 4. 1 Board games 1. 4. 2 Interactive 1. 5 Food 1. 5. 1 Type of food 1. 5. 2 How much food 1. 5. 3 Dessert 1. 5. 4 Celebration Cake 1. 5. 5 Utensils (forks, spoons, plates, knives) 1. 5. 6 Napkins 1. 6 Beverages 1. 6. 1 Soda 1. 6. 2 Water 1. 6. 3 Juice 1. 6. 4 Liquor 1. 6. 5 Cups 1. 6. 6 Ice 1. 6. 7 Straws 1. 7 Convenience for all 1. 7. 1 Parking 1. 7. 2 Restroom Facilities B) In my WBS I have created 7 work packages.
Instructor Explanation:Chapter 4, and Week 2 Lecture. a) Answers may vary. Confirm a 2 level WBS, also confirm WBS numbering are correct. Sample: Graduation Party 1. 0 Announcements 1. 1 Graduation Announcements 1. 2 Party Invitations 2. 0 Entertainment 3. 0 Games 3. 1 Adult Games 3. 2 Children Games 4. 0 Food 5. 0 Beverages 6. 0 Services for Convenience 6. 1 Parking 6. 2 Restroom Facilities b) Answers will vary. Based on the WBS provided by the student, identify the work packages (lowest level). In the example above, in part a, there are 9 Work Packages Points Received: 27 of 30 Comments: