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PM0011—Project Planning and Scheduling


Master of Business Administration- MBA Semester 3

PM0011—Project Planning and Scheduling-4 Credits

(Book ID: B1237)

Assignment (60 Marks)

Note: Answer all questions (with 300 to 400 words each) must be written within 6-8 pages. Each Question carries 10 marks 6 X 10=60

Q1. The PMBOK Guide addresses four elements related to scope. List and explain them.

Answer. The PMBOK Guide addresses four elements related to scope: Scope is the summation of all deliverables required as part of the project. This includes all products, services and results.

Project Scope: This is the work that must be completed to achieve the final scope of the project, namely the products, services and end results.

Scope Statement: This is a document that provides the basis for making future decisions such as scope changes. The intended use of the document is to make sure that all stakeholders have a common knowledge of the project scope. Included in the document are the objectives,


Q2. Write short notes of PERT.

Answer. Developing an estimate is a complex task. If the project is large and has many stakeholders, things can be more complex. Therefore, there have been many initiatives, to come up with different techniques for estimation phase of the project, in order to make the estimation more accurate.

PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) is one of the successful and proven methods among the many other techniques, such as, CPM, Function Point Counting, Top-Down


Q3. Explain the various planning processes which are part of the risk management knowledge area.

Answer. The order in which the planning processes are executed is determined by how the outputs of those planning processes are used. Most of the time the outputs are used as inputs in subsequent planning processes thus there is a natural order all the processes should be executed in.

Integration Management

1. Develop Project Management Plan

The project management plan is covered under the Integration Management knowledge area and essentially covers all the plans from all knowledge areas including baselines and risk registers (see link).


Q4. What is an expert system? Explain different parts involved in an expert system.

Answer. Artificial intelligence based system that converts the knowledge of an expert in a specific subject into a software code. This code can be used for answering questions submitted through a computer. Expert systems typically consist of two parts: (1) a knowledge base which contains the information acquired by interviewing experts, and logic rules that govern how that information is applied;


Q5. Explain four different types of predecessor and the reasons why one task may be dependent on another.

Answer. Predecessors

The Predecessor dialog enables you to designate one or more phases or tasks that have a dependency relationship with the current phase or task. Supported predecessor types are:

A). Finish-to-Start (FS). This means the succeeding task cannot start until the predecessor task is finished.

B). Start-to-Start (SS). The succeeding task cannot start until the predecessor task starts.


Q6. What is delay analysis and explain its methodology?

Answer. Delays are a feature of many construction projects, and frequently lead to arguments about the payment of liquidated damages by the contractor on the one hand, and reimbursement of additional costs to the contractor on the other hand.

On major projects it is common for there to be a complex interaction of many delaying events which require careful and detailed analysis in order to determine those events which have caused

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