5 Good questions with Answers

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A degree of _________ is needed to identify all the work necessary to produce the project deliverables.
A. inspection
B. management commitment
C. expert judgment
D. luck

Answer: C – Expert judgment is required to identify all work necessary to produce project deliverables.  Inspection is after the deliverables are made, Management commitment cannot identify all deliverables and Luck is obviously something we don’t rely on.


 As the project manager in a software project which is currently being initiated, you want to assess high level risks. What should you do?

A. Develop the Project charter and a Risk management plan to start identifying risks based on those and other documents.
B. Identify and analyze risk events using qualitative and quantitative techniques.
C. Develop contingency plans and fallback plans in case the original plan proves wrong.
D. Discuss the risks documented in your Risk register with the project key stakeholders.


A is correct since output of project charter is High level Risks C is incorrect as that can be done once the risks are identified. , D is incorrect since if you have already documented risks in your risk register then you have identified the high level risk. Remember the key here is the term high level risks.

Q3:  As a leader, how should you deem Ethical conduct?
A. You should ensure ethical conduct throughout the team by use of means including recognition and awards and in tight cooperation with the team members
B. Ethical conduct is all right as long as it does not impact the achievement of objectives and does not damage the performing organization
C. You are the role model for the team. Your personal integrity demonstrates the desired skills, behavior, and attitudes whose adoption may benefit team members.
D. There are often dilemma situations in business. Then you may have to suspend your integrity and do what is appropriate. There may be long term negative effects, but these are not your responsibility


A is in correct since recognition is for motivation and not for ethical conduct. B and D are loose answers and it’s not appropriate to take ethics lightly.  C is the best answer in this situation.

Q4. Your project team is on its way to finish work on the project, while you have the impression that a staff member is already negotiating the next assignment in another project. You are afraid that the person may come under pressure to start working on the other job before she has finished her work for your project. Her task is very complex, and it would be hard for someone else to take up the partial results and finish them. What action is most likely to resolve the situation?
A. Have a private meeting with the person and discuss your observations. Make the person aware of the contract and of the legal consequences of unfinished work.
B. Have a meeting with the entire team and discuss the person
C. Use your network of project managers to find another assignment for the person which allows for smooth transition and does not conflict with your needs.
D. Ignore your observations and let the team member do her job. It is quite uncommon that staff drops work for a project before it is completely finished.


Best answer is A.  There is no need to discuss with entire team, C is not appropriate since there is not need to do that now. D is in correct since you cannot ignore the situation in the interest of project


Q5  What should you avoid when you are organizing documents as Lessons learned?
A. Devise the lessons learned documentation in a wording which is easy to understand for a reader who is not familiar with the project.
B. Lessons learned must detail how certain groups or persons caused failures and delays, especially if they are inside the own organization.
C. Writing lessons learned should be an exercise enhancing your personal learning experience. Make sure you grasp what you are writing down.
D. Keep lessons learned documents at a place where they are easy to access and to retrieve for those who may later need the information.



A, B and D are all correct. C is a misfit here and hence it the correct answer as it should be avoided.

Woh….this is great. Awesome, these are good questions. --- Highly recommend!

I recognized these questions and found all of them except Q1, directly from "Stay on Track of the PMP Exam with 175 Prep Questions" by Oliver F. Lehmann.  However, the answers here for Q2, Q4, and Q5 are different from the answers given for number 19, 152, and 119 respectively from Lehmann's practice questions.  Specifically, Lehmann's answer for:

Q2:  A (listed Ref: PMBOK guide 4th Ed, pages 73 and 284),
Q4: C (listed Ref: PMBOK guide 4th Ed, page 224, last paragraph), and
Q5: B (listed Ref: PMBOK guide 4th Ed, page 214).

Now, I'm just kind of confused as I can see the merits of your answers as well as Lehmann's for these 3 questions.  I'm not trying to split hairs, just want to understand this stuff in order to correctly answer similar questions on the actual exam that I have planned for 20APR.  Thanks for your thoughts and feedback.

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Q2 the answer is A since project charter's output is High level risks. However if you read the PMBoK and the pages mentioned for Q4 and Q5 one cannot conclude the answers given.

Q4 - finding a position for the staff member is important, however project commitments come first, the person leaving is a key resource and it could jeopardize the project, so the best thing is to talk to the person first. Later on you can go ahead and find him a suitable position.

Q5 Nowhere in PMBok does it say that lessons learnt is to enhance your personal learning experience.

Thanks so much for the timely feedback.  I found your explanations much better than Lehmann's.  Again, just trying to get my head wrapped around preparing for the exam.  Appreciate your time.

I have to respectfully disagree with your answers for Q4 and Q5.

For Q4, the question asked what is most likely to resolve the situation. Telling them to focus on the work and threatening them with legal consequences may scare them into not looking for their next assignment for a bit, but it's not going to resolve the situation. Finding a smooth transition (a staff release plan) is much better for morale and will resolve the situation. I think Oliver Lehmann had it right.

For Q5, nowhere in the PMBOK does it say you should call your colleagues out and point fingers. Lessons learned should enhance your personal learning experience. Otherwise, why are you writing it? It's for you AND the organization as a whole. Saying "John Doe was a failure on this project" or "The Accounting Department was really unhelpful" doesn't help you, that person or group, or the next person reading the document. Instead, you have to say what was done right, what was done wrong, and what to do better next time. Once again, Oliver Lehmann had it right in his practice test.

I notice these 2 questions are also in your 30 Tough Questions. Have you given proper citation to Mr. Lehmann's document? Just a thought...

 For q4 , i read the legal part for the contract instead of team member .. as per question this work is for specilized team member .. it should be preferable to keep the right person at the task assigned and avoid last min surprises ..


I came across the last question on PMPforsure.com.

I answered B, thinking that a PM should never mention how certain people caused delays or failures. Instead as a PM, it is important to mention what cuased those delays and failures. 


BUT NO, I got it wrong. The answer was: "C"

Their explanation was: C talks about personnel benefit of the person and hence it shoudl be avoided. Mixing personnel benefit with business is considered against ethical and professional conduct.

I read the answer again. And it makes sense. As a PM I shouldn't write the LL for me. I should make sure everyone grasps it.


Your thoughts?

Hi ilpmp – I am completely with the admin here. When you read the same thing at 3 places you may get 3 advices and recommendations. I will go by the admin as he has done the MOST preferred work by referring the PMBOK. In reality PMI does not reveal any PMP questions and answers, you will never know the right answer the PMI expects to be right. So the best thing would be to trust what PMBOK says.


At a harder side - I am so much inclined towards PMBOK that I don’t even care to see now what other books or author says.

The answers given here are incorrect. Please go by answers provided in OL's questions. These questions are lifted off his 175 Prep Questions. His answers cite reference to PMBOK guide and those are correct.

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My answers - C/A/C/A/C (No I have not solved OL's 175 exam or looked at Admin's answers posted here), but I am pretty confident with my choices.