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Initial Phase : Cost & Staffing Level

Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:20 pm
by umeshbww
Which of the following is not accurate about the initial phase of a project?
A. The highest uncertainty is at this stage of the project
B. The cost associated at the beginning of the project is highest
C. Stakeholders have maximum influence during this phase
D. Staffing levels are the highest at this stage

Re: Initial Phase : Cost & Staffing Level

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:49 am
by seema.sonkiya
are you sure only one option is incorrect?

Cost and staffing levels - both are low at initial stage of project.

Re: Initial Phase : Cost & Staffing Level

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:10 pm
by umeshbww
Seema - I agree with you. This question is from Scordo; and I don't agree with answer/explanation.

Answer/Explanation : option B - At the initial stage of a project, the cost is typically not at its highest. [PMBOK 5th edition, Page 40]

Re: Initial Phase : Cost & Staffing Level

Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:59 am
by seema.sonkiya
I checked the PMBOK, page no. 40: it is clearly written there: cost and staffing are low at start.
So B&D are incorrect.

Option A is correct as ideally at the start of project, risk levels are high and as we move towards execution, risk levels get reduced.

Option C - “Influence” means involvement, it is right that Key stakeholders have maximum involvement at the initial stage, but other team members at execution. Apart from it, if we consider where phase to phase relationship is iterative in that case, all the team members get involved all the time – here in question no differentiation of stakeholders, what kind of stakeholders – question is talking about? Stakeholder influence is also depend on Power/Interest grid :-)
So we can say the option C is also incorrect.

Re: Initial Phase : Cost & Staffing Level

Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:07 am
by saket
we had this question discussed in some previous threads ...
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=247&p=762