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This option includes practice questions similar to those found on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) certification exams. Unlike the exams, you are also asked to explain your reasoning for your choice.If you wish to practice for the PMP exam, this option may be useful to you. If you already are certified or if you have no desire to be certified, you may still select this option. It will give you an opportunity to test your skills. You may find Table 7-1 in the PMBOK® Guide of use in this Critical Thinking assignment.Assignment Requirements:Use the worksheet provided for this assignment: docxYou only need to include your name, answer to the 10 questions, and provide your reasoning for each answer.Type your answers and reasoning in a Word file for submission. There are no requirements for research or APA format.A rubric will not be used to grade this assignment; rather, each correct answer earns five points, and each correct reason for the answer selected earns 7.5 points.
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Module 5, Critical Thinking
Option #1: Earned Value Analysis for Project Management Institute Exams
Given a project with the following characteristics, answer the following questions:






You are the project manager of a project to upgrade the generators at cell phone towers.
Your project is scheduled to last for 12 months.
It is the beginning of month 4.
Your crews are to upgrade 8 cell phone towers per month for 12 months.
Each generator is planned to cost $40,000 which includes equipment, labor, and fueling costs.
You have upgraded 30 cell phone towers and your CPI is 0.96.
1. How is the project performing?
a.
b.
c.
d.
Over budget and ahead of schedule
Under budget and ahead of schedule
Over budget and behind schedule
Under budget and behind schedule
What is your reasoning? ________________________________________________________
2. Right now, what is the actual cost of the project?
a.
b.
c.
d.
$1,800,000
$975,000
$1,250,000
$2,225,000
What is your reasoning? ________________________________________________________
3. Assuming that the cost variance is constant, how much more money will it take to complete the
project?
a.
b.
c.
d.
$2,500,000
$2,750,000
$2,800,000
$3,000,000
What is your reasoning? ________________________________________________________
4. What is the project’s estimated cost at completion if the variance experienced to this point
stopped?
a.
b.
c.
d.
$2,800,000
$2,875,000
$3,890,000
$3,750,000
What is your reasoning? ________________________________________________________
5. Using the project’s budget at completion, what is the project’s TCPI?
a.
b.
c.
d.
.5
1
1.5
1.02
What is your reasoning? ________________________________________________________
6. When you give an update to senior management today, what percentage of the project will you
report complete?
a.
b.
c.
d.
37%
31%
40%
28%
What is your reasoning? ________________________________________________________
7. You are managing a training project with an initial budget estimate of $5,000. During interim cost
and schedule performance analysis, you figured out that:



You should have spent $750 till now based on your initial plans and 6 days of schedule activities.
You spent $1,000 till now and completed 8 days of schedule activities which should have cost
$1,160 based on your initial plans.
You re-estimated the budget required for the remaining work to be done as $4,500.
What are the CPI and SPI of the project?
a. CPI=0.9 and SPI=1.2
b. CPI=0.75 and SPI=0.9
c. CPI=1.16 and SPI=1.55
d. CPI=1.55 and SPI=0.75
What is your reasoning? ________________________________________________________
8. What can be inferred about the current status of the project represented by the following graph?
a.
b.
c.
d.
under budget and ahead of schedule
over budget and ahead of schedule
under budget and behind schedule
over budget and behind schedule
What is your reasoning? ________________________________________________________
9. A project has an original project budget of $1,150 and both the Cost Performance Index (CPI) and
Schedule Performance Index (SPI) are equal to 1. Assuming the project will continue to spend money
at the same rate, what is the estimate at completion (EAC) of the project?
a.
b.
c.
d.
$1,000
$1,250
$1,150
$1,033
What is your reasoning? ________________________________________________________
10. A project has an Earned Value (EV) = $5, Actual Cost (AC) = $7 and both Cost Performance Index
(CPI) and Schedule Performance Index (SPI) equal 0.90. The original project budget is $10. Assuming
the remaining work will be impacted by the current cost performance and current schedule
performance, what is the estimate at completion (EAC) of the project?
a.
b.
c.
d.
$12.96
$13.17
$14.75
$15
What is your reasoning? ________________________________________________________

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