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PRINCE2 Prince2-Practitioner PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam Exam Practice Test

PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam Questions and Answers

Question 1

When updating the project plan as part of Managing a stage boundary, what else might be updated?

Options:

A.

Exception Plan

B.

Project Management team

C.

Business Case

D.

Project Initiation Documentation

Question 2

Which of the following activities could trigger the production of an exception plan?

Options:

A.

Review Stage status

B.

Giving ad hoc direction

C.

Escalating a project issue

D.

Report stage end

Question 3

Which of the following statements is FALSE regarding the Continued Business Justification?

Options:

A.

The justification for the project must remain the same throughout the project.

B.

The justification for the project should remain vabd.

C.

The justification for the project may change.

D.

If the project is no longer justified it should be stopped.

Question 4

The Manage by Exception principle sets tolerances for six areas of the project, Time. Cost and Quality are three of them, what are the other three?

Options:

A.

Scope, People & Resources, Benefit

B.

Scope, Risk, Product

C.

Risk, Benefit, Product

D.

Scope, Risk, Benefit

Question 5

The chair of a quality review meeting advised the Team Manager that, because there were so many major issues, the product had been rejected. The presenter estimated that the corrections would take about two weeks. The re-assessment of the product will take a further week, resulting in a three-week delay. The Work Package only has one week tolerance.

Which 2 actions should the Team Manager take in response to this situation?

Options:

A.

Ask the reviewers to work overtime to prevent the delay.

B.

Ensure that the situation is included in the next Highlight Report.

C.

Raise an issue explaining that tolerances are forecast to be exceeded.

D.

Advise the Project Manager of the risk that there may be a two-week delay in the delivery of one of the products.

E.

Ensure that the Quality Register is updated with the quality review result.

Question 6

Which of the following is NOT a trigger for the project manager to authorize a work package?

Options:

A.

Stage Authorization

B.

Corrective Action

C.

Exception plan approved

D.

Reporting highlights

Question 7

It is now late October and the project is in stage 3. The label design competition has been held and the photos of the staff have been taken. The CEO and Marketing Director still need to choose the winning label design and the 12 photos for the calendar. However, the Executive has learned that two competitors are issuing calendars to MNO's customers by the middle of November. After analyzing the impact of this Issue, one of the options the Project Manager has presented to the Project Board is to close the project prematurely.

There are a number of key facts relating to this project that would need to be recorded if the project Y-e to be closed now.

Which product should show that the photos could be used for other promotional material for the company?

Options:

A.

Benefits Review Plan

B.

Lessons Log

C.

Exception Report

D.

End Project Report

Question 8

It is now late October and the project is in stage 3. The label design competition has been held and the photos of the staff have been taken. The CEO and Marketing Director still need to choose the winning label design and the 12 photos for the calendar. However, the Executive has learned that two competitors are issuing calendars to MNO's customers by the middle of November. After analyzing the impact of this Issue, one of the options the Project Manager has presented to the Project Board is to close the project prematurely.

There are a number of key facts relating to this project that would need to be recorded if the project Y-e to be closed now.

Which product should show that the project has been closed prematurely and has not achieved the objectives defined in the Project Initiation Documentation (PID)?

Options:

A.

Benefits Review Plan

B.

End Project Report

C.

Exception Report

D.

Project closure notification

Question 9

Project Scenario – Health and Safety Training Project:

ABC Company is a well-established training company that uses a standard model to develop training materials and deliver courses to customers.

ABC Company has commissioned a project in response to recent changes in government legislation relating to health and safety on construction sites. The project will deliver “capability to provide health and safety training”, including the materials needed for classroom-based training and e-learning. The expected benefits for construction companies include a reduction in lost days and legal costs due to accidents.

The e-learning course will be developed by a specialist external consultancy. The materials for classroom-based training will be delivered by ABC Company’s development team. All course materials will be piloted before they are used. ABC Company will deliver training to its customers and also hopes to sell the course materials to other training companies as part of their operational business. ABC Company will use their own sales and marketing departments to promote the courses.

The legislation requires construction companies to comply with the new legislation within two years. The course materials and trainers have to be accredited by a government agency before courses can be delivered. ABC Company is planning to deliver pilot courses within five months of starting the project.

The ABC Company standard development model for new courses recommends the following stages:

End of the Project scenario.

Additional Information:

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) founded the company five years ago. Under her leadership, ABC Company has grown quickly into a successful training company. It delivers a range of accredited professional training.

The Finance Director is also a founder member of ABC Company and is responsible for authorizing budgets for the Operations and Development Teams. She authorizes all large contracts personally.

The Purchasing Manager reports to the Finance Director and is responsible for managing and monitoring supplier contracts.

The Operations Director is responsible for the delivery off all training and for the training development budget. His department organizes courses, venues and trainers. They work with the Product and the Sales teams to provide a comprehensive training schedule. ABC Company’s IT manager reports to the Operations Director.

The Business Development Director has recently been appointed to identify new training needs and propose new products. She will work with the Operations. Director to ensure a cost-conscious approach and that appropriate development technologies are used for the health and safety course.

The Training Development Manager reports to the Business Development Director and is responsible for developing training materials and gaining accreditation, in accordance with the standard course development model. Course developers in his team have skills in a range of development technologies and are allocated to projects as needed.

The Training Delivery Manager, who reports to the Operations Director, is responsible for ensuring that internal and external trainers deliver ABC Company training courses to the required standard. He also checks course materials to ensure they are fit for purpose and of the required quality.

The Central Services Director has responsibility for corporate communications, facilities management and configuration management. He recently led a project to consolidate all company quality systems into one quality management system and set up a corporate quality department, now managed by the Corporate Quality Manager.

The Corporate Document Manager reports to the Central Services Director. She helped establish the company’s document management system and now operates it across the business. She manages a team of administrators and contracts staff when workload is high.

The Sales Director joined ABC Company two months ago and is keen to establish himself by suggesting new markets for the courses and material. All account managers and the marketing team report to him. They promote existing training courses to other training companies and existing customers.

End of the additional information.

During stage 4, a work package was authorized for the ‘delivered pilot courses’ to be completed by the end of week 2. The ‘finalized materials’ work package will start in week 3. Both work packages have zero tolerances, and finalizing the materials is dependent on feedback from the pilot courses.

During week 1, there were some problems with the pilot courses, so at the start of week 2 the team manager rescheduled the courses to week 3, and reported this in the weekly checkpoint report as the end of week 2.

Should the team manager have reported this delay previously as an issue, and why?

Options:

A.

Yes, because the work package to deliver the pilot courses was forecast to exceed its time tolerance.

B.

Yes, because a team manager should not change the scheduled order of a work package.

C.

No, because the checkpoint report for week 1 should include information on any issues that occurred.

D.

No, because the feedback from the rescheduled courses can be used in week 4 to finalize the materials.

Question 10

Project Scenario – Health and Safety Training Project:

ABC Company is a well-established training company that uses a standard model to develop training materials and deliver courses to customers.

ABC Company has commissioned a project in response to recent changes in government legislation relating to health and safety on construction sites. The project will deliver “capability to provide health and safety training”, including the materials needed for classroom-based training and e-learning. The expected benefits for construction companies include a reduction in lost days and legal costs due to accidents.

The e-learning course will be developed by a specialist external consultancy. The materials for classroom-based training will be delivered by ABC Company’s development team. All course materials will be piloted before they are used. ABC Company will deliver training to its customers and also hopes to sell the course materials to other training companies as part of their operational business. ABC Company will use their own sales and marketing departments to promote the courses.

The legislation requires construction companies to comply with the new legislation within two years. The course materials and trainers have to be accredited by a government agency before courses can be delivered. ABC Company is planning to deliver pilot courses within five months of starting the project.

The ABC Company standard development model for new courses recommends the following stages:

End of the Project scenario.

Additional Information:

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) founded the company five years ago. Under her leadership, ABC Company has grown quickly into a successful training company. It delivers a range of accredited professional training.

The Finance Director is also a founder member of ABC Company and is responsible for authorizing budgets for the Operations and Development Teams. She authorizes all large contracts personally.

The Purchasing Manager reports to the Finance Director and is responsible for managing and monitoring supplier contracts.

The Operations Director is responsible for the delivery off all training and for the training development budget. His department organizes courses, venues and trainers. They work with the Product and the Sales teams to provide a comprehensive training schedule. ABC Company’s IT manager reports to the Operations Director.

The Business Development Director has recently been appointed to identify new training needs and propose new products. She will work with the Operations. Director to ensure a cost-conscious approach and that appropriate development technologies are used for the health and safety course.

The Training Development Manager reports to the Business Development Director and is responsible for developing training materials and gaining accreditation, in accordance with the standard course development model. Course developers in his team have skills in a range of development technologies and are allocated to projects as needed.

The Training Delivery Manager, who reports to the Operations Director, is responsible for ensuring that internal and external trainers deliver ABC Company training courses to the required standard. He also checks course materials to ensure they are fit for purpose and of the required quality.

The Central Services Director has responsibility for corporate communications, facilities management and configuration management. He recently led a project to consolidate all company quality systems into one quality management system and set up a corporate quality department, now managed by the Corporate Quality Manager.

The Corporate Document Manager reports to the Central Services Director. She helped establish the company’s document management system and now operates it across the business. She manages a team of administrators and contracts staff when workload is high.

The Sales Director joined ABC Company two months ago and is keen to establish himself by suggesting new markets for the courses and material. All account managers and the marketing team report to him. They promote existing training courses to other training companies and existing customers.

End of the additional information.

The ‘classroom-based training materials’ will be used as the basis for developing the ‘e-learning course’. As a result, the executive wants to ensure that the ‘classroom-based training materials’ are of the required standard. The executive has asked to meet the project manager every day during stage 2 to discuss progress and identify any concerns regarding quality.

Is this an appropriate approach to applying the organization theme, and why?

Options:

A.

Yes, because the executive should be available to provide ad hoc direction to the project manager.

B.

Yes, because the executive should be the key decision-maker on the project, supported by other project board members.

C.

No, because the senior user should be responsible for specifying the quality criteria for the training materials.

D.

No, because the project manager should be given authority to manage the project on a day-to-day basis.

Question 11

Project Scenario – Health and Safety Training Project:

ABC Company is a well-established training company that uses a standard model to develop training materials and deliver courses to customers.

ABC Company has commissioned a project in response to recent changes in government legislation relating to health and safety on construction sites. The project will deliver “capability to provide health and safety training”, including the materials needed for classroom-based training and e-learning. The expected benefits for construction companies include a reduction in lost days and legal costs due to accidents.

The e-learning course will be developed by a specialist external consultancy. The materials for classroom-based training will be delivered by ABC Company’s development team. All course materials will be piloted before they are used. ABC Company will deliver training to its customers and also hopes to sell the course materials to other training companies as part of their operational business. ABC Company will use their own sales and marketing departments to promote the courses.

The legislation requires construction companies to comply with the new legislation within two years. The course materials and trainers have to be accredited by a government agency before courses can be delivered. ABC Company is planning to deliver pilot courses within five months of starting the project.

The ABC Company standard development model for new courses recommends the following stages:

End of the Project scenario.

Additional Information:

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) founded the company five years ago. Under her leadership, ABC Company has grown quickly into a successful training company. It delivers a range of accredited professional training.

The Finance Director is also a founder member of ABC Company and is responsible for authorizing budgets for the Operations and Development Teams. She authorizes all large contracts personally.

The Purchasing Manager reports to the Finance Director and is responsible for managing and monitoring supplier contracts.

The Operations Director is responsible for the delivery off all training and for the training development budget. His department organizes courses, venues and trainers. They work with the Product and the Sales teams to provide a comprehensive training schedule. ABC Company’s IT manager reports to the Operations Director.

The Business Development Director has recently been appointed to identify new training needs and propose new products. She will work with the Operations. Director to ensure a cost-conscious approach and that appropriate development technologies are used for the health and safety course.

The Training Development Manager reports to the Business Development Director and is responsible for developing training materials and gaining accreditation, in accordance with the standard course development model. Course developers in his team have skills in a range of development technologies and are allocated to projects as needed.

The Training Delivery Manager, who reports to the Operations Director, is responsible for ensuring that internal and external trainers deliver ABC Company training courses to the required standard. He also checks course materials to ensure they are fit for purpose and of the required quality.

The Central Services Director has responsibility for corporate communications, facilities management and configuration management. He recently led a project to consolidate all company quality systems into one quality management system and set up a corporate quality department, now managed by the Corporate Quality Manager.

The Corporate Document Manager reports to the Central Services Director. She helped establish the company’s document management system and now operates it across the business. She manages a team of administrators and contracts staff when workload is high.

The Sales Director joined ABC Company two months ago and is keen to establish himself by suggesting new markets for the courses and material. All account managers and the marketing team report to him. They promote existing training courses to other training companies and existing customers.

End of the additional information.

The Health and Safety Training Project is closing as planned. According to the contract terms, suppliers must submit all invoices within one week of project closure. The project manager will issue a project closure notification informing all suppliers of this invoicing deadline as part of the ‘recommended project closure’ activity.

Is this appropriate, and why?

Options:

A.

Yes, because the project board should approve the project closure notification drafted by the project manager.

B.

Yes, because a project closure notification should be sent to suppliers as part of the ‘closing project’ process.

C.

No, because the project board should issue a project closure notification as part of the ‘directing a project’ process.

D.

No, because the project manager should notify stakeholders using the approved project closure notification.

Question 12

Project Scenario – Health and Safety Training Project:

ABC Company is a well-established training company that uses a standard model to develop training materials and deliver courses to customers.

ABC Company has commissioned a project in response to recent changes in government legislation relating to health and safety on construction sites. The project will deliver “capability to provide health and safety training”, including the materials needed for classroom-based training and e-learning. The expected benefits for construction companies include a reduction in lost days and legal costs due to accidents.

The e-learning course will be developed by a specialist external consultancy. The materials for classroom-based training will be delivered by ABC Company’s development team. All course materials will be piloted before they are used. ABC Company will deliver training to its customers and also hopes to sell the course materials to other training companies as part of their operational business. ABC Company will use their own sales and marketing departments to promote the courses.

The legislation requires construction companies to comply with the new legislation within two years. The course materials and trainers have to be accredited by a government agency before courses can be delivered. ABC Company is planning to deliver pilot courses within five months of starting the project.

The ABC Company standard development model for new courses recommends the following stages:

End of the Project scenario.

Additional Information:

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) founded the company five years ago. Under her leadership, ABC Company has grown quickly into a successful training company. It delivers a range of accredited professional training.

The Finance Director is also a founder member of ABC Company and is responsible for authorizing budgets for the Operations and Development Teams. She authorizes all large contracts personally.

The Purchasing Manager reports to the Finance Director and is responsible for managing and monitoring supplier contracts.

The Operations Director is responsible for the delivery off all training and for the training development budget. His department organizes courses, venues and trainers. They work with the Product and the Sales teams to provide a comprehensive training schedule. ABC Company’s IT manager reports to the Operations Director.

The Business Development Director has recently been appointed to identify new training needs and propose new products. She will work with the Operations. Director to ensure a cost-conscious approach and that appropriate development technologies are used for the health and safety course.

The Training Development Manager reports to the Business Development Director and is responsible for developing training materials and gaining accreditation, in accordance with the standard course development model. Course developers in his team have skills in a range of development technologies and are allocated to projects as needed.

The Training Delivery Manager, who reports to the Operations Director, is responsible for ensuring that internal and external trainers deliver ABC Company training courses to the required standard. He also checks course materials to ensure they are fit for purpose and of the required quality.

The Central Services Director has responsibility for corporate communications, facilities management and configuration management. He recently led a project to consolidate all company quality systems into one quality management system and set up a corporate quality department, now managed by the Corporate Quality Manager.

The Corporate Document Manager reports to the Central Services Director. She helped establish the company’s document management system and now operates it across the business. She manages a team of administrators and contracts staff when workload is high.

The Sales Director joined ABC Company two months ago and is keen to establish himself by suggesting new markets for the courses and material. All account managers and the marketing team report to him. They promote existing training courses to other training companies and existing customers.

End of the additional information.

A quality review of the ‘marketing materials’ has started. The team manager for the ‘marketing materials’ has been unhappy with the team’s workload throughout the project and refuses to attend the review meeting to present the material. The team manager suggests that a new marketing team member make the presentation. However, the chair decides to represent the marketing team and makes a list of actions to resolve later.

Is this an appropriate approach to the quality review, and why?

Options:

A.

Yes, because the role of presenter should not be performed by a junior member of the team.

B.

Yes, because the roles of chair, presenter and administrator may be combined.

C.

No, because the role of presenter should be performed by the team manager.

D.

No, because the chair should be independent from the product being reviewed.

Question 13

Scenario

Additional Information

Product Description

Quality notes from the Daily Log

The Director of Information Technology Division (DIT) has been asked to ensure that any changes to the outsourced staff employment contracts adhere to employment law. The DIT will review future job descriptions of the transferred staff before the final contract is signed with the selected service provider.

The service level agreement between MFH and the selected service provider will specify the type and quality of service required. The selected service provider must follow the industry standards for providing outsourced services.

MFH has a quality management system which contains a document control procedure for all its documentation, however this does not include change management.

All project documents will be subject to a quality review. Nominated products will require a formal approval record signed-off by the quality review chair.

Extract from the draft Quality Management Strategy (may contain errors)

Introduction

1. This document defines the approach to be taken to achieve the required quality levels during the project.

2. The Project Board will have overall responsibility for the Quality Management Strategy.

3. Project Assurance will provide assurance on the implementation of the Quality Management Strategy.

Quality management procedure - Quality standards

4. The selected service provider will operate to industry standards for providing outsourced services.

5. MFH document standards will be used.

Records

6. A Quality Register will be maintained to record the planned quality events and the actual results from the quality activities.

7. Configuration Item Records will be maintained for each product to describe its status, version and variant.

8. Approval records for products that require them will be stored in the quality database.

Roles and responsibilities

9. The DIT will check that the employment contracts for outsourced staff adhere to employment law.

10. Team Managers will provide details of quality checks that have been carried out.

11. Team Managers will ensure that the Quality Register is updated with the names of team members who are involved in the review process.

12. The Senior User will review the Product Descriptions of the products to be produced by the selected service provider to ensure that they can be achieved.

Which is a correctly defined acceptance criterion for the transferred staff?

Options:

A.

No staff are to be left behind.

B.

Staff should be transferred as soon as possible.

C.

All legal requirements are adhered to for the transfer of staff.

D.

Retained staff should be of reasonable competence to maintain the SLA.

Question 14

Which management product defines the detailed nature, purpose and function of a product?

Options:

A.

Plan

B.

Quality Register

C.

Project Product Description

D.

Product Description

Question 15

Scenario

Additional Information

Product Description

Quality notes from the Daily Log

The Director of Information Technology Division (DIT) has been asked to ensure that any changes to the outsourced staff employment contracts adhere to employment law. The DIT will review future job descriptions of the transferred staff before the final contract is signed with the selected service provider.

The service level agreement between MFH and the selected service provider will specify the type and quality of service required. The selected service provider must follow the industry standards for providing outsourced services.

MFH has a quality management system which contains a document control procedure for all its documentation, however this does not include change management.

All project documents will be subject to a quality review. Nominated products will require a formal approval record signed-off by the quality review chair.

Extract from the draft Quality Management Strategy (may contain errors)

Introduction

1. This document defines the approach to be taken to achieve the required quality levels during the project.

2. The Project Board will have overall responsibility for the Quality Management Strategy.

3. Project Assurance will provide assurance on the implementation of the Quality Management Strategy.

Quality management procedure - Quality standards

4. The selected service provider will operate to industry standards for providing outsourced services.

5. MFH document standards will be used.

Records

6. A Quality Register will be maintained to record the planned quality events and the actual results from the quality activities.

7. Configuration Item Records will be maintained for each product to describe its status, version and variant.

8. Approval records for products that require them will be stored in the quality database.

Roles and responsibilities

9. The DIT will check that the employment contracts for outsourced staff adhere to employment law.

10. Team Managers will provide details of quality checks that have been carried out.

11. Team Managers will ensure that the Quality Register is updated with the names of team members who are involved in the review process.

12. The Senior User will review the Product Descriptions of the products to be produced by the selected service provider to ensure that they can be achieved.

Which statement applies to the Roles and responsibilities section?

Options:

A.

Delete entry 9 because this should only be recorded in the Product Description.

B.

Delete entry 10 because this is the responsibility of the quality review chair.

C.

Delete entry 11 because only the Project Manager can update the Quality Register.

D.

Amend entry 12 because this is the responsibility of supplier assurance.

Question 16

Scenario

Additional Information

Product Description

Quality notes from the Daily Log

The Director of Information Technology Division (DIT) has been asked to ensure that any changes to the outsourced staff employment contracts adhere to employment law. The DIT will review future job descriptions of the transferred staff before the final contract is signed with the selected service provider.

The service level agreement between MFH and the selected service provider will specify the type and quality of service required. The selected service provider must follow the industry standards for providing outsourced services.

MFH has a quality management system which contains a document control procedure for all its documentation, however this does not include change management.

All project documents will be subject to a quality review. Nominated products will require a formal approval record signed-off by the quality review chair.

Extract from the draft Quality Management Strategy (may contain errors)

Introduction

1. This document defines the approach to be taken to achieve the required quality levels during the project.

2. The Project Board will have overall responsibility for the Quality Management Strategy.

3. Project Assurance will provide assurance on the implementation of the Quality Management Strategy.

Quality management procedure - Quality standards

4. The selected service provider will operate to industry standards for providing outsourced services.

5. MFH document standards will be used.

Records

6. A Quality Register will be maintained to record the planned quality events and the actual results from the quality activities.

7. Configuration Item Records will be maintained for each product to describe its status, version and variant.

8. Approval records for products that require them will be stored in the quality database.

Roles and responsibilities

9. The DIT will check that the employment contracts for outsourced staff adhere to employment law.

10. Team Managers will provide details of quality checks that have been carried out.

11. Team Managers will ensure that the Quality Register is updated with the names of team members who are involved in the review process.

12. The Senior User will review the Product Descriptions of the products to be produced by the selected service provider to ensure that they can be achieved.

The service level agreement looks like any other MFH document.

Options:

A.

Obtain agreement from the Director of Facilities Division to redesign the service level agreement within the remaining +2 days tolerance.

B.

Raise an issue (off-specification).

C.

Accept this error as a concession.

D.

No action required.

Question 17

The 'capability to provide health and safety training' has been delivered. During the 'closing a project' process, the marketing department sent an e-mail to all key customers reminding them of the deadline to comply with the new government legislation, with an aim to build relationships with their customers.

Which theme is being applied?

Options:

A.

Risk.

B.

Organization.

C.

Plans.

D.

Change.

Question 18

MANAGING PRODUCT DELIVERY

Stage 2 is in progress. While producing the team plan, the team manager responsible for the work package to develop the 'classroom-based training material' discovered that the representatives assigned to check the products were unsuitable.

Which action should the team manager take in response?

Options:

A.

Discuss the situation with project assurance.

B.

Advise the project manager of this risk.

C.

Update the quality register with these concerns.

D.

Raise an exception report to the project manager.

Question 19

CHANGE

Here are three items of information relating to controlling change in the Health and Safety Training Project.

In which management product (A-E) should each item be recorded?

Choose only one product for each item. Each product can be used once, more than once, or not at all.

Options:

Question 20

Project Scenario – Health and Safety Training Project:

ABC Company is a well-established training company that uses a standard model to develop training materials and deliver courses to customers.

ABC Company has commissioned a project in response to recent changes in government legislation relating to health and safety on construction sites. The project will deliver “capability to provide health and safety training”, including the materials needed for classroom-based training and e-learning. The expected benefits for construction companies include a reduction in lost days and legal costs due to accidents.

The e-learning course will be developed by a specialist external consultancy. The materials for classroom-based training will be delivered by ABC Company’s development team. All course materials will be piloted before they are used. ABC Company will deliver training to its customers and also hopes to sell the course materials to other training companies as part of their operational business. ABC Company will use their own sales and marketing departments to promote the courses.

The legislation requires construction companies to comply with the new legislation within two years. The course materials and trainers have to be accredited by a government agency before courses can be delivered. ABC Company is planning to deliver pilot courses within five months of starting the project.

The ABC Company standard development model for new courses recommends the following stages:

End of the Project scenario.

Additional Information:

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) founded the company five years ago. Under her leadership, ABC Company has grown quickly into a successful training company. It delivers a range of accredited professional training.

The Finance Director is also a founder member of ABC Company and is responsible for authorizing budgets for the Operations and Development Teams. She authorizes all large contracts personally.

The Purchasing Manager reports to the Finance Director and is responsible for managing and monitoring supplier contracts.

The Operations Director is responsible for the delivery off all training and for the training development budget. His department organizes courses, venues and trainers. They work with the Product and the Sales teams to provide a comprehensive training schedule. ABC Company’s IT manager reports to the Operations Director.

The Business Development Director has recently been appointed to identify new training needs and propose new products. She will work with the Operations. Director to ensure a cost-conscious approach and that appropriate development technologies are used for the health and safety course.

The Training Development Manager reports to the Business Development Director and is responsible for developing training materials and gaining accreditation, in accordance with the standard course development model. Course developers in his team have skills in a range of development technologies and are allocated to projects as needed.

The Training Delivery Manager, who reports to the Operations Director, is responsible for ensuring that internal and external trainers deliver ABC Company training courses to the required standard. He also checks course materials to ensure they are fit for purpose and of the required quality.

The Central Services Director has responsibility for corporate communications, facilities management and configuration management. He recently led a project to consolidate all company quality systems into one quality management system and set up a corporate quality department, now managed by the Corporate Quality Manager.

The Corporate Document Manager reports to the Central Services Director. She helped establish the company’s document management system and now operates it across the business. She manages a team of administrators and contracts staff when workload is high.

The Sales Director joined ABC Company two months ago and is keen to establish himself by suggesting new markets for the courses and material. All account managers and the marketing team report to him. They promote existing training courses to other training companies and existing customers.

End of the additional information.

The Health and Safety Training Project has been divided into four stages. The executive considers this project to be a compulsory project and has advised the project manager that it is not necessary to produce the project initiation documentation. This would mean that the project would consist of three delivery stages.

How well does this apply the 'manage by stages' principle?

Options:

A.

It applies it well, because the project management method should be tailored to the project.

B.

It applies it well, because the justification for delivering the project is already understood.

C.

It applies it poorly, because the stages should be shorter to provide more control to the project board.

D.

It applies it poorly, because solid foundations should be established for every project.

Question 21

Which of the following statements best describes what a risk owner is?

Options:

A.

Best placed to keep an eye on the risk

B.

Carry out the response actions to a risk

C.

Responsible for management, monitoring and control of all aspects of a risk

D.

Reports to the project manager regularly on the status of a risk

Question 22

There are four steps in the Risk Management procedure, what are they?

Options:

A.

Identify, Assess, Resource, Implement

B.

Identify, Evaluate, Resource, Implement

C.

Identify, Assess, Plan, Implement

D.

Identify, Evaluate, Plan, Implement

Question 23

Scenario

A photographer from Portraits Ltd, a professional photographic company, has taken on the role of Team Manager after taking some time to understand the requirements of the project. A contract for their services has been set up and is being monitored by the Purchasing Manager and a Work Package has been agreed. This contract specifies that the photographer must arrange a meeting with the Engineering Manager to establish a schedule for the photo sessions to minimize the impact on the Engineering staff. This meeting should have occurred by now.

The Engineering Manager was made aware of this requirement but when asked he reported that he has received no communication from the photographer. The Project Manager has tried to call the photographer and has had no response. The Project Manager believes there is a risk that Portraits Ltd are overbooking work and prioritizing other clients' work. If Portraits ltd do not deliver on schedule the project will be delayed and the expected benefits will be reduced.

The contract is to be reviewed and Portraits Ltd reminded of their agreement.

The project is now in stage 2. The Project Manager has heard about the possibility of a competitor also producing a calendar to be delivered earlier than the target date for this project. There is a threat that the early release of a competitor's calendar may weaken the impact of the MNO Manufacturing Company calendar, thereby reducing the anticipated benefits of the Calendar project.

Which 2 statements should be recorded under the Timing of risk management activities heading?

Options:

A.

During stage 4, the selected service provider will manage any risks to their Business Case and report these to the Project Manager on a weekly basis.

B.

The Project Board should hold monthly meetings to review project progress.

C.

When closing a project, the follow-on action recommendations should be updated with any risks relating to the realization of benefits after the outsourced services go live.

D.

Any new risks identified during product development should be reported to the Project Manager by the Team Manager when delivering the completed Work Package.

E.

When authorizing a stage, the Project Board will check that the exposure to risk is still acceptable.

Question 24

Who is responsible for reviewing the risk management practices to ensure they are in line with the project's risk management strategy?

Options:

A.

Project Support

B.

Project Manager

C.

Team Manager

D.

Project Assurance

Question 25

While capturing previous lessons, the Project Manager discovered several interesting facts about outsourcing.

Which fact is an appropriate lesson for the Outsourcing project?

Options:

A.

Outsourcing is a growth industry and is being implemented by many private sector organizations.

B.

Four other government departments are also considering outsourcing some of their business functions next year.

C.

Contracts with service providers should include the timescale within which readiness for service is expected following the transfer of equipment and staff.

Question 26

Scenario

Additional Information

Extract from the Communication Management Strategy.

The project information in the table below is true, but it may not be recorded under the correct heading or be in the correct document.

Using the Project Scenario, select the appropriate response to each of the following 5 questions which have been raised by the Project Board.

The project is now at the end of the initiation stage. Having decided that the Calendar project is a relatively simple project, the Project Manager combined the Starting Up a Project process and the Initiating a Project process. No Project Brief has been produced. Instead the Project Manager used the project mandate to produce a simple Project Initiation Documentation (PlO). The PlO includes the Business Case, a product checklist and several Product Descriptions, Including the Project Product Description. Short sections are also included for each of the strategies and the controls to be applied. The Project Manager has elected to use the Daily Log to record all risks, issues. lessons and quality - results.

After the initiation stage there will be two further stages during which a small number of Work Packages will be authorized. While these are being managed, the Project Manager will hold regular checkpoints, which will support the production of weekly Highlight Reports to the Project Board.

There is no project schedule in the Project Initiation Documentation. How can project progress be tracked without a schedule to track against?

Options:

A.

This is an error as a Gantt chart or some form of time line, where actuals will be recorded and tracked against the planned schedule of delivery, is mandatory.

B.

Progress can be recorded and tracked using the product checklist, with the planned and actual quality management activities captured in the Daily Log.

C.

With a clear end date of 30 November, and a small number of Work Packages, the Project Board should track project progress using individual Team Plans.

Question 27

While preparing the Quality Management Strategy, the Project Manager noticed that the corporate quality management system does not specifically cover project management.

Which option provides an appropriate way for the Project Manager proceed?

Options:

A.

Record the development of a corporate quality management system for project management as a prerequisite of the Project Plan.

B.

Proceed with the project without a Quality Management Strategy and adopt the selected service provider's standards in stage 4.

C.

Seek relevant organizational standards, then facilitate a workshop to discuss the Quality Management Strategy with Project Assurance.

Question 28

Scenario

Additional Information

Extract from the Communication Management Strategy.

The project information in the table below is true, but it may not be recorded under the correct heading or be in the correct document.

Using the Project Scenario, select the appropriate response to each of the following 5 questions which have been raised by the Project Board.

The project is now at the end of the initiation stage. Having decided that the Calendar project is a relatively simple project, the Project Manager combined the Starting Up a Project process and the Initiating a Project process. No Project Brief has been produced. Instead the Project Manager used the project mandate to produce a simple Project Initiation Documentation (PlO). The PlO includes the Business Case, a product checklist and several Product Descriptions, Including the Project Product Description. Short sections are also included for each of the strategies and the controls to be applied. The Project Manager has elected to use the Daily Log to record all risks, issues, lessons and quality - results.

After the initiation stage there will be two further stages during which a small number of Work Packages will be authorized. While these are being managed, the Project Manager will hold regular checkpoints, which will support the production of weekly Highlight Reports to the Project Board.

This question provides a number of changes which may or may not be required to the Extract from the Communication Management Strategy provided in the additional information.

What statement applies to the Records section?

Options:

A.

Move entry 6 to the Configuration Management Strategy because it defines the identification scheme for the project's products.

B.

Move entry 7 to Communication procedure because it refers to the method to be used for communication to external parties.

C.

Move entry 8 to Tools and techniques because it refers to a filing technique.

Question 29

Scenario:

The Ministry of Food Hygiene (MFH) has a quality management system which contains a document control process to manage all documentation requirements. The document control process was created by the MFH Quality Manager, who now maintains all of MFH's documents and performs an organization-wide configuration management role. The MFH Quality Manager will administer the configuration management procedure for the Restructuring project since this must comply with the MFH document control process.

What will be the impact on the benefits?

Options:

A.

Reduced savings, now £10m over 10 years.

B.

Increased savings of £5m over 10 years from the new initiative to centralize the services provided by the Facilities Division.

C.

An additional cost of £1.5m to deliver the services provided by the Facilities Division.

D.

Outsourcing project cost reduced by 50%.

Question 30

In which strategy would the change control process be recorded?

Options:

A.

Quality Management Strategy

B.

Configuration Management Strategy

C.

Risk Management Strategy

D.

Communication Management Strategy

Question 31

Which of the following is the definition for an off-specification?

Options:

A.

An issue the Project Manager needs to resolve or escalate

B.

Something forecast or currently not meeting specification

C.

A proposal for a change to a baseline

D.

A statement of concern

Question 32

Who would be responsible for maintaining the Configuration Item Records?

Options:

A.

Project Manager

B.

Project Support

C.

Project Assurance

D.

Team Manager

Question 33

Product Summary

A list of customers will be collated. This will use existing information from the Accounts department about current customers, and existing information from the Marketing department about prospective customers.

Using the tariff of mailing costs available from the Post Office, a production cost forecast will be produced to allow the CEO and the Marketing Director to decide whether to continue with the project. If they decide to continue, they will give the approval to launch the internal label design competition. Competition rules will be required to communicate details of the competition to the staff. The chosen label design will then be selected from the competition entries.

The photos for the calendar must be based on existing photo design ideas available from the Marketing department. The selected photos will be chosen from these. Monthly calendar displays will be created to show the required layout of each page.

Product Breakdown Structure (contains errors)

Extract from Stage Plan for stage 3.

(All entries are true statements but may not be shown under the correct heading or in the correct document).

Using the Product Summary and Product Breakdown Structure provided as additional Information for this question In the Scenario Booklet, answer the following question.

Column 1 is a list of some of the entries in the product breakdown structure. Determine whether each entry in Column 1 has been correctly shown in the product breakdown structure. Select from Column 2 the appropriate statement that correctly describes that entry. Each selection from Column 2 can be used once, more than once or not at all.

Options:

Question 34

Product based planning focuses on which of the following:

1. Creating product descriptions

2. Identifying activities

3. Creating a Product hierarchy

4. Creating a Product sequence

Options:

A.

1, 2, 3

B.

2, 3, 4

C.

1, 3, 4

D.

1, 2, 4

Question 35

Which of the following is not part of the composition of a Plan?

Options:

A.

Pre-requites

B.

Assumptions

C.

Quality responsibilities

D.

Product descriptions

Question 36

Who is responsible for committing user resources to the project?

Options:

A.

Senior User

B.

Senior Supplier

C.

Executive

D.

Project Board

Question 37

When considering the business options in the business case, which of these is NOT an option?

Options:

A.

Do nothing

B.

Do the maximum

C.

Do the minimum

D.

Do something

Question 38

Scenario

Additional Information

During the initiation stage the Project Manager met with the Marketing Director to find out more about the requirements of the promotional calendar and recorded the following notes:

There has been a reduction in the order numbers at the MNO Manufacturing due in part to the increased marketing activities of its competitors. 10% of customers have not re-ordered in this financial year and staff morale is poor. A number of skilled staff have left as a result and replacement staff have not been recruited due to the reduced operation. If the project is successful, a recruitment campaign will be required to fill the existing staff vacancies and there may be a requirement for additional staff. Operational costs are likely to increase because skilled staff are expensive and difficult to find.

In financial terms, there were a total of 1,500 orders in the last financial year, each with an average profit of £2k. The Marketing department believes that sending a promotional calendar to our current and prospective customers would increase orders by at least 10% with a minimum of 10 further orders from the list of prospective customers within 12 months from the date of distribution.

The Marketing Director will be funding the project from the business marketing budget. She believes that the effect of a good company image portrayed by a successful calendar would last into a second year. She has forecast the same increase in orders for a second year and predicts that the annual employee satisfaction survey will show a measurable improvement in staff morale.

A number of alternatives were explored, including:

  • 20% discount for all repeat customers - not cost-effective and very short term
  • A promotional calendar as a free Christmas gift - would target current and prospective customers and the benefits would last into a second year
  • A series of television and press advertisements was too expensive
  • A direct mail shot to all customers - benefit would be short term
  • Creation of an internet website - would not suit all customers

The calendar is seen as the favored option, as long as the company's competitors do not increase their marketing activity. Whilst the Marketing department wants a very high quality, glossy product, the project management team must be aware of the cost this will incur.

Using the Project Scenario and the additional Information provided for this question In the Scenario Booklet, answer the following question.

Which 2 statements should be recorded under the Timescale heading?

Options:

A.

Benefits will be lost if the project is not completed on time.

B.

A recruitment campaign to fill the existing staff vacancies will need to take place in the next 12 months.

C.

Additional 10% increase in orders in year two.

D.

The prepared calendar pack must be delivered by the first week in December.

E.

The print company requires a 2 week notification period of the calendar pack delivery.

Question 39

Scenario

A central government department, the Ministry of Food Hygiene (MFH), faces increasing pressure to cut costs, better manage suppliers’ performance and reduce the confusion caused by inadequate internal controls, outdated standards and outdated technology. External consultants were employed to conduct a feasibility study to identify options to address the problems, and the likely costs and benefits. The following options were considered:

● Do nothing.

● Re-engineer selected business functions.

● Outsource selected business functions.

The feasibility study concluded that there was a case for outsourcing the MFH Information Technology Division and the Facilities Division (maintenance of buildings and grounds). The recommendations were:

● One service provider should be contracted to provide the services currently provided by the Information Technology Division and the Facilities Division.

● A 10-year service contract should be agreed with the selected service provider.

The feasibility study developed high-level designs of the current organization, processes, systems and operating models, plus an outline Business Case for the required project. The external consultants also made the following recommendations for the management of the project:

● Use PRINCE2.

● Set up the project with 4 management stages:

Stage 1. Standard PRINCE2 initiation activities.

Stage 2. Create detailed designs (future organization, processes, systems and operating models) and the service level agreement between MFH and the future service provider.

Stage 3. Request and evaluate proposals, select service provider and agree contract.

Stage 4. Transfer equipment and staff, transfer responsibility for service provision and run trial period.

Initial estimates indicated that the project would cost £2.5m and take two years to complete.

MFH senior management agreed that there was a case for outsourcing, and accepted the recommendations as a basis for the project. There is an expected saving of £20m over 10 years.

The Outsourcing project has completed the Starting up a Project process and is now in the initiation stage. Because of the strategic importance of the project, the MFH Chief Executive Officer has taken the role of Executive. A PRINCE2-experienced Project Manager has been appointed from within MFH. Staff within the business functions being outsourced will work with the external consultants who conducted the feasibility study to define the detailed designs.

Which 2 statements should be recorded under the Major risks heading?

Options:

A.

Due to market conditions a suitable service provider may not be found, possibly leading to premature closure of the project.

B.

Owing to employment contract changes staff may resist outsourcing, which would make it difficult to transfer staff to the selected service provider.

C.

MFH's operations may be reduced and the 1a-year contract may not achieve its estimated value of £80m, which would reduce the service provider's profit.

D.

The initial estimates, taken from the feasibility study report, indicate that the project will take two years to complete, which means that the business problems would remain for this period.

E.

The management stages recommended by the consultants may not be appropriate, resulting in confusion in planning.

Question 40

Scenario

Additional Information

During the initiation stage the Project Manager met with the Marketing Director to find out more about the requirements of the promotional calendar and recorded the following notes:

There has been a reduction in the order numbers at the MNO Manufacturing due in part to the increased marketing activities of its competitors. 10% of customers have not re-ordered in this financial year and staff morale is poor. A number of skilled staff have left as a result and replacement staff have not been recruited due to the reduced operation. If the project is successful, a recruitment campaign will be required to fill the existing staff vacancies and there may be a requirement for additional staff. Operational costs are likely to increase because skilled staff are expensive and difficult to find.

In financial terms, there were a total of 1,500 orders in the last financial year, each with an average profit of £2k. The Marketing department believes that sending a promotional calendar to our current and prospective customers would increase orders by at least 10% with a minimum of 10 further orders from the list of prospective customers within 12 months from the date of distribution.

The Marketing Director will be funding the project from the business marketing budget. She believes that the effect of a good company image portrayed by a successful calendar would last into a second year. She has forecast the same increase in orders for a second year and predicts that the annual employee satisfaction survey will show a measurable improvement in staff morale.

A number of alternatives were explored, including:

  • 20% discount for all repeat customers - not cost-effective and very short term
  • A promotional calendar as a free Christmas gift - would target current and prospective customers and the benefits would last into a second year
  • A series of television and press advertisements was too expensive
  • A direct mail shot to all customers - benefit would be short term
  • Creation of an internet website - would not suit all customers

The calendar is seen as the favored option, as long as the company's competitors do not increase their marketing activity. Whilst the Marketing department wants a very high quality, glossy product, the project management team must be aware of the cost this will incur.

Using the Project Scenario and the additional Information provided for this question In the Scenario Booklet, answer the following question.

Which 2 statements should be recorded under the Business options heading?

Options:

A.

Produce a promotional calendar as a free Christmas gift to current and prospective customers.

B.

Use a professional photographer to create the photographs for the calendar.

C.

Create the photographs for the calendar internally.

D.

Outsource the creation of the calendar to a professional marketing company.

E.

Do nothing.

Question 41

Scenario

Additional Information

Chief Executive Officer (CEO): He started the company 25 years ago and knows his job very well. He injured his leg two years ago which has restricted his visits to the engineering area. As CEO he has an overall perspective of the business strategic requirements and the authority to commit resources as required.

Marketing Director: She has been with the company for three years, following a successful career with a publicity company. She has the ability to represent the needs of the business, particularly as this is a marketing project. She has the authority to commit the annual business marketing budget, from which the project will be funded, as she sees appropriate. She will be responsible for monitoring the expected benefits of the calendar, in particular the improvement of the company's image.

Engineering Manager: He has been responsible for many engineering innovations in the company and is still as keen and energetic as the day he started. VVhilst he will not be part of the project team, his staff will feature in the photos for the promotional calendar.

Central Records: This group of five staff looks after all company records and document control. They now maintain all project files.

Bright Lights: This is the local office supplies company. It supplies all the stationery and office equipment needs of the company and will supply the stationery for this project.

Portraits ltd: This is a professional photographic company with a number of excellent photographers and a history of successful work. This company has been selected to take the photos for the company calendar. It has yet to be decided which of the photographers to use.

Which 2 statements explain why the Sales Manager should be appointed as User Assurance for this project?

Options:

A.

He joined the company last year with huge enthusiasm and is keen to increase sales.

B.

He can provide an evaluation of the potential impact the calendar will have on sales.

C.

He is able to advise on suitable stakeholder engagement of current and prospective customers.

D.

He would like to move into the Marketing department in the future and sees this as an opportunity to work closely with the Marketing Director.

E.

He can resolve any conflict in requirements between the Sales department and the Marketing department.

Question 42

Which of the following represents the four key characteristics a good Project board should display?

Options:

A.

Authority, Credibility, Commitment, Availability

B.

Authority, Credibility, Delegation, Availability

C.

Authority, Availability, Connections, Delegation

D.

Authority, Credibility, Connections, Delegation