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Why are 'commercially available databases' classified as an 'Enterprise Environmental Factor'?

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SDowns
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Why are 'commercially available databases' classified as an 'Enterprise Environmental Factor'?

Postby SDowns Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:23 pm

I have a big problem.

Q: As part of the Estimate Costs process, a project manager obtained access to certain commercially available databases to get resource cost rate information. Such published commercial information is considered what type of input?
A: Enterprise Environmental Factor.

WTF, crazy PMBOK?
The project manager purchased the database, but he doesn't have to use it!
It is only an asset. There is no way it is a 'Factor', any more than buying a phone book is a 'Factor'!.

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Re: Why are 'commercially available databases' classified as an 'Enterprise Environmental Factor'?

Postby manishpn Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:27 pm

SDowns wrote:I have a big problem.

Q: As part of the Estimate Costs process, a project manager obtained access to certain commercially available databases to get resource cost rate information. Such published commercial information is considered what type of input?
A: Enterprise Environmental Factor.

WTF, crazy PMBOK? KINDLY REFRAIN FROM SUCH LANGUAGE . This is a professional forum and we want to keep it clean
The project manager purchased the database, but he doesn't have to use it! on what basis you conclude that PM wont use it?
It is only an asset. There is no way it is a 'Factor', any more than buying a phone book is a 'Factor'!.

ImagePMBOK 5th edition, Page 204


You need to understand the meaning of term commercially available database
commercially available database- these are industry specific standards sometimes, country specific database,
these are available to PM for estimation etc. for e.g if a project is going to execute in country B and there are minimum wage law, that has to be factored in while estimating cost, etc. So this is effectively a constraint. another example is if project decides to BUY in that country then database can help PM know what would be approximate average cost of procuring services etc.
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Re: Why are 'commercially available databases' classified as an 'Enterprise Environmental Factor'?

Postby Housam Bassal Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:02 am

I think also, Enterprise environmental factor is not under of project team control, and commercially available database is not under project team control, although project team purchase it (seem like optional), but it kind of mandatory to use it in order to complete his/her cost estimate.
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