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by nagarwal
Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: PMP® Exam Lessons – Success Stories
Topic: Nikhil Agarwal is now Nikhil Agarwal, PMP
Replies: 7
Views: 1302

Re: Nikhil Agarwal is now Nikhil Agarwal, PMP

Here are my experiences: Material I considered: PMBOK, Rita, izenbridge blogs & videos and my REP's study material (Aptech in my case) PMBOK - Read Thrice ( Once more just two days before the exam) Rita - Read Twice Study Time table: 2-3 hours every day for 60 days (missed the odd weekend BTW :)...
by nagarwal
Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:49 am
Forum: PMP® Exam Lessons – Success Stories
Topic: Nikhil Agarwal is now Nikhil Agarwal, PMP
Replies: 7
Views: 1302

Nikhil Agarwal is now Nikhil Agarwal, PMP

Just cleared my PMP exam in first attempt.
by nagarwal
Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: WBS
Replies: 1
Views: 500

WBS

Which of the following regarding WBS templates is incorrect?

a)They are always present in OPA
b)They provide a starting point for WBS creation
c)They may help determine appropriate level of detail required
d)They enhance cross project WBS consistency
by nagarwal
Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:04 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Quality Theory Question
Replies: 1
Views: 477

Quality Theory Question

Cultural Resistance is the root cause of quality issues according to whom?

Deming
Balridge
Juran
Shelby
by nagarwal
Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:00 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Is it a myth or its true?
Replies: 3
Views: 609

Re: Is it a myth or its true?

Hi namita - so is it that you just need 61% to pass the exam. Sounds a little strange? Just double checking though.
by nagarwal
Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:31 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Crashing or Fast tracking
Replies: 2
Views: 644

Crashing or Fast tracking

Why can't option C be the answer. Why fast tracking is the answer here and why not crashing?
by nagarwal
Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Communication Channel
Replies: 4
Views: 765

Communication Channel

You are a project manager in a telecom project and 10 engineer report to you. Two new members start reporting to you. How many communication channels will be added by including these two new members. a)21 b)23 c)66 d)78 Calulating the no. of channels is no problem here. Figuring out when to include ...
by nagarwal
Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Control Chart Question
Replies: 5
Views: 856

Re: Control Chart Question

Thanks Namita. Thanks for clarifying. It's of great help.
by nagarwal
Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:37 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Question on change?
Replies: 6
Views: 1199

Re: Question on change?

passionate pmp free questions
by nagarwal
Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:34 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Is it a myth or its true?
Replies: 3
Views: 609

Is it a myth or its true?

Myth: You need to score a 61% to pass the PMP® Exam. Is it true of false? No, while this was true at one time, it is no longer the case. Passing the PMP® Exam is no longer determined by the percentage of questions you answer correctly. It is calculated using a sound psychometric analysis. In essence...
by nagarwal
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:39 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Question of critical path
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

Re: Question of critical path

Thanks guys! That's really of great help. Appreciate it!
by nagarwal
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:37 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Elasped Time
Replies: 1
Views: 565

Elasped Time

Could someone help throw some light on the topic "elapsed time"?
by nagarwal
Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:35 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Control Chart Question
Replies: 5
Views: 856

Re: Control Chart Question

But isn't the process out of control here. Since the reading here are outside the control limits. And as per Rita, the Project manager should investigate if a reading is outside the control limit.
by nagarwal
Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Crashing or Fast tracking
Replies: 1
Views: 445

Crashing or Fast tracking

A schedule compression technique to determine how to obtain the greatest amount of compression for the least incremental cost is called:
1) Crashing
2) Fast tracking
3) PERT
4) PDM
by nagarwal
Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Question of critical path
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

Question of critical path

Activity A has a duration of 6 days and has 4 days of free float. The ES of successor activity B is day 18. If activity A is delayed by 7 days, what is the adjusted early start of activity B? More than knowing the right answer,it would be great to know the way to calculate it? Day 11 Day 21 Day 31 D...
by nagarwal
Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:42 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Test question
Replies: 12
Views: 1196

Re: Test question

Straight forward logic: Validate Scope is done by the customer. Here the question is saying " You have to perform several activities such as measuring, examining, and verifying including reviews, audits and walkthroughs". The answer is clearly Quality Assurance since quality assessment and...
by nagarwal
Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:55 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Aug 30 | Earned Value Management
Replies: 6
Views: 1169

Re: Aug 30 | Earned Value Management

And also when and where will the recording be made available?
by nagarwal
Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:49 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Control Chart Question
Replies: 5
Views: 856

Control Chart Question

You are producing aluminium dowels. The control limits of this production process are 14.9cm and 15.1cm. The specification limits are 14.8cm and 15.2cm. Inspection shows that the last 5 dowels produced are 15.2cm long. What do you do? A.) Deliver them to the customer. B.) Don’t’ deliver them to the ...
by nagarwal
Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:34 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Fixed price Incentive fee
Replies: 1
Views: 478

Fixed price Incentive fee

Question 32: Work has been completed on your Fixed Price Incentive Contract. The original contract was for $55,000, of which $50,000 is target cost and $5,000 is target profit. A share ratio of 50/50 has been agreed upon. The actual cost incurred on the project is $48,000. How much is the final pric...
by nagarwal
Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Question on EVM
Replies: 3
Views: 715

Question on EVM

You has a project with a total estimated cost of $5,000,000 and it has to be completed within 1 year. So far, you are 60% through the project and have spent $3,500,000. You are now considering whether to continue with this project. Which of the following should NOT be considered? 1. The project has ...
by nagarwal
Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Question
Replies: 2
Views: 620

Question

Product analysis is using analytical technique to decompose project objectives into more manageable deliverables and project requirements. The project objectives can be adjusted based on the ________.   1. project team members' professional responsibility 2. organization's in-house responsibility 3....
by nagarwal
Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Question on change?
Replies: 6
Views: 1199

Question on change?

The deliverables as well as the schedule baselines of your project have been changed three times. Which of the following is MOST LIKELY the cause of the changes?   1. The lack of clear instructions from project sponsor.   2. Incomplete project management plans. 3. The lack of a signed-off project ch...
by nagarwal
Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:31 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: PMP Mock Test
Replies: 2
Views: 667

Re: PMP Mock Test

You may also want to give exam central a shot. A pool of 1,000 questions with real exam like simulation. Here's the link:

http://www.examcentral.net/pmp/pmp-exam-questions
by nagarwal
Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:56 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Estimate Cost Tool
Replies: 5
Views: 734

Re: Estimate Cost Tool

The right answer should be Analogous Estimating. How can looking at your equipment and specs give you an estimate? The answer ideally is hidden in the statement "the contractor who did similar work" meaning that contractor is probably referring to one of the similar historical projects.
by nagarwal
Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Question on Tools & Techniques of Risk Control :
Replies: 3
Views: 588

Re: Question on Tools & Techniques of Risk Control :

The answer is C since Sensitivity Analysis is a tool and technique of Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis.
by nagarwal
Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: EVM Webinar : SPI near 1
Replies: 2
Views: 574

Re: EVM Webinar : SPI near 1

The project has neither ever been on schedule nor been on budget throughout the course of 24 months Let's assume that this project whose duration is 24 months has a planned value of 1 in each month. At the end of 24 months the PV=24 Now we have CPI= 0.7 and SPI= 0.95 SPI=EV/PV 0.95= EV/24 EV= 0.95*2...
by nagarwal
Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:36 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Question on Crashing:
Replies: 4
Views: 761

Re: Question on Crashing:

Pretty straight forward, the answer is clearly option A B Try to overlap activities which were originally planned to be done in sequence. - This is Fast tracking not Crashing C Reduce development work by reducing the number of features. - This will be cutting down on scope Crashing does not cut down...
by nagarwal
Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:20 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: EVM Webinar : Clue from CPI and SPI
Replies: 5
Views: 936

Re: EVM Webinar : Clue from CPI and SPI

CPI is 1.1 and SPI is .7 The problem is clearly with the schedule. Various options are available as below: 1)Review Risk - Review the risks and re-estimate them. It's possible that when we have done estimate activity duration, we've factored in a lot of unknown unknowns. By reviewing these risks aga...
by nagarwal
Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:38 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Which is the best technique for cost estimation?
Replies: 1
Views: 446

Which is the best technique for cost estimation?

Which is the best estimate to for cost estimation?
Analogous
Parametric
Bottom up
by nagarwal
Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:36 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: What is the correct range of rough order of magnitude est?
Replies: 4
Views: 1178

What is the correct range of rough order of magnitude est?

Different books provide different range for order of magnitude estimates. Like as per Rita''s book:

Rough Order of Magnitude is = -25 - +75
Budget Estimate = -10 - +25
Definitive Estimate = +/- 10

Can you please comment if these are accurate? If not, is there a way to deal with them?
by nagarwal
Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:27 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Question on Stakeholder conflict
Replies: 10
Views: 1373

Re: Question on Stakeholder conflict

According to PMBOK "Schedule, Priorities, Resources, Technical Beliefs, Admin Policies and Procedures, Project Costs and Personality". Pg 282. Got it!
by nagarwal
Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:20 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Question on Stakeholder conflict
Replies: 10
Views: 1373

Re: Question on Stakeholder conflict

Okay! But what's the source of this information?
by nagarwal
Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:31 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Reports
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: Reports

Any update?
by nagarwal
Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:30 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Project Closure Question
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Project Closure Question

A customer decided to put the current ongoing project on hold to divert their attention and funds towards another new project. What should the current project manager do in this case? Till date the project that has now being put on hold has been on schedule and budget. 1) Declare closure of the proj...
by nagarwal
Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Question on Stakeholder conflict
Replies: 10
Views: 1373

Question on Stakeholder conflict

While working on a project, almost all the factors lead to a conflict amongst stakeholders except:
1)Schedule
2)Cost
3) Priorities
4) Resources

Can you also elaborate why you selected a given option? Can it be referenced from PMBOK?

Source: Aptech Test
by nagarwal
Fri Aug 08, 2014 5:15 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Reports
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Reports

Can you please explain various types of project reports like as below? Do we already have a blog on this?
Trend Reports
Status Reports
Performance Reports
by nagarwal
Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:10 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Float
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Re: Float

Thanks Saket! But could you explain this? I'm not clear!
by nagarwal
Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Project Charter
Replies: 7
Views: 944

Re: Project Charter

Went through the video and the blog. Agreed that the project charter ideally should not change in most cases but it can change at times (though rare). If it's supposed to be changed then who make the change - Sponsor or the Project Manager. Final thoughts?
by nagarwal
Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Float
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Float

In a schedule there are 10 tasks to be completed in sequence with FS (finish to start) relationship. Each task has 1 day of total float. As on date 5 tasks have been completed on schedule. How many days of float remains in the schedule of remaining tasks?
1) 4
2) 0
3) 2
4) 1
by nagarwal
Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Project Management Office
Replies: 5
Views: 627

Re: Project Management Office

Correct. PMBOK Pg 11 suggests that PMO can terminate projects.
by nagarwal
Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Project Management Office
Replies: 5
Views: 627

Re: Project Management Office

So are we saying that a PMO can also terminate projects?
by nagarwal
Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Cost Estimation
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Re: Cost Estimation

Agreed. Why not bottom up estimating?
by nagarwal
Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Project Charter
Replies: 7
Views: 944

Re: Project Charter

Why not project manager? Even the Project manager can author the charter and he comes on board while the charter is being prepared.
by nagarwal
Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:29 pm
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Control Chart
Replies: 9
Views: 1013

Re: Control Chart

Namita - Could you comment?
by nagarwal
Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Stakeholder management Q1
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Re: Stakeholder management Q1

I would go with Communications Gap as the right answer. The reason being if a stakeholder wants to be extensively involved/engaged then the project manager should ensure that there are no communication gaps between the project and the stakeholder. Another way to answer this question is to use the ru...
by nagarwal
Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Stakeholder management Q
Replies: 4
Views: 716

Re: Stakeholder management Q

Your question is hinting that the stakeholder is having high power and high interest in the project and that's the reason such stakeholders are extensively involved/closely managed.

Best option to me is - Invite them to attend project status meetings.
by nagarwal
Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:31 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Project Charter
Replies: 7
Views: 944

Project Charter

Who is responsible for deciding the approval or rejection of changes to the Project Charter?
1) Project Manager
2) Project Sponsor
3) Senior Execs
4) Stakeholders

Source: Aptech Test
by nagarwal
Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Initiation
Replies: 6
Views: 774

Re: Initiation

Agreed. But the project charter already contains the stakeholder list. Please refer to Pg. 72 of PMBOK
by nagarwal
Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:22 am
Forum: PMP® Open Forum
Topic: Control Chart
Replies: 9
Views: 1013

Control Chart

A project manager was studying a control chart. He found that last 12 weights were produced outside the upper control limit. What should the project manager do? 1)Work to meet ISO 9000 standards 2) Plan to rework on the 12 weights 3) Stop production 4) Look for non random causes of varioation Source...

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