Project Management Ch 9 – 6th Edition Reducing Project Duration

Reducing Project Duration

Project Management Ch 9

6th Edition

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The  answer for each question is indicated by a  .

 

1

Without any formal planning, the president of a software company remarks in a speech that new technologically advanced software will be available in one year. This may lead to a project that must be done faster than anticipated. This is an example of reducing project duration caused by:

A)

Imposed project deadlines

B)

Time to market

C)

Unforeseen project delays

D)

High overhead

E)

Incentive contracts

2

Intense global competition and rapid technological advances create pressure on developing projects rapidly. This is an example of reducing project duration caused by:

A)

Imposed project deadlines

B)

Time to market

C)

Unforeseen project delays

D)

High overhead

E)

Incentive contracts

3

In a Project Cost-Duration Graph, total project costs are a sum of

A)

Labor, material and equipment costs

B)

Direct costs plus interest

C)

Direct labor costs and the project manager’s salary

D)

Direct costs and the project manager’s salary

E)

Direct and indirect costs

4

Which of the following is NOT considered a project indirect cost?

A)

Supervision

B)

Consultants

C)

Equipment

D)

Interest

E)

The project manager’s salary

5

Before crashing, direct costs for an activity represent normal costs, which typically mean low cost, efficient methods for completing the activity in a(n) ________ amount of time.

A)

Normal

B)

Budgeted

C)

Optimized

D)

Expected

E)

Targeted

6

As a project is crashed and project duration is reduced, direct costs typically

A)

Increase

B)

Become unstable

C)

Decrease

D)

Become unreliable

E)

Stay the same

7

The direct cost for completing an activity in the shortest time it can realistically be completed in is called its __________ cost.

A)

Normal

B)

Reserve

C)

Crash

D)

Accelerated

E)

Expedited

8

Cost slope can be determined by dividing the

A)

Run by the rise

B)

Rise by the run

C)

Crash cost by the normal cost

D)

Normal cost by the crash cost

E)

Indirect cost by direct cost

9

In selecting the best activity to crash you would first select the activity with the

A)

Earliest start time

B)

Most steep slope

C)

Least steep slope

D)

Longest duration

E)

Largest crash time

10

Reducing project duration

A)

Involves crashing all activities to their crash point

B)

Can only be done when resources are not constrained

C)

Is always more expensive

D)

Tends to increase network sensitivity

E)

Should be considered for all projects

11

The relationship between the normal point and the crash point is assumed to be:

A)

Linear

B)

Curvilinear

C)

Variable

D)

Conversely related

E)

Exponentially related

12

When a project manager must reduce project duration but resources are constrained, creating a software program that will have fewer features than originally planned or building a house without the bonus room the owner originally specified in the plans would both be examples of

A)

Fast-Tracking

B)

Using critical-chain project management

C)

Reducing project scope

D)

Compromising quality

E)

Doing it twice- first fast and then ly

13

One way of reducing project costs is identifying tasks that _________ can do themselves.

A)

Vendors

B)

Suppliers

C)

Customers

D)

Company employees

E)

Project teams

14

Which of the following projects would be least beneficial if additional resources were added?

A)

Splitting and stacking a cord of wood

B)

Developing new software

C)

Harvesting a crop by hand

D)

Building a cabin

E)

Moving to a new house

15

It is going to cost $80,000 a day to simply house and feed a construction crew in the farthest reaches of Northern Alaska. This is an example of reducing project duration due to

A)

Imposed project deadlines

B)

Time to market

C)

Unforeseen project delays

D)

High overhead

E)

Incentive contracts

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