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Your Project Management Coach: Best Practices for Managing Projects in the Real World by Teresa Stover, Bonnie Biafore

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Appendix A

Each chapter of this book ends with a “Coach's Review” section in which you were challenged with a number of “Test Your Knowledge” questions. This appendix presents the answers to those questions.

Chapter 1: Getting to Know Projects

1. What is the key characteristic that differentiates projects from other types of work?

A. Uniqueness. Each project has aspects that make it unique.

2. Describe two ways that clearly defined objectives help a team complete a project successfully.

A.

  • Clearly defined objectives provide targets that the team can use to remain focused on what it is supposed to accomplish.
  • The team can compare the project results to the objectives to evaluate whether the project achieved those objectives.

Chapter 2: Getting to Know Project Management

1. What are the five process groups?

A.

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and controlling
  • Closing

2. Which process group uses all nine knowledge areas?

A. Planning

3. Which knowledge area spans all five process groups?

A. Integration management

4. When would you want to use an iterative approach to project management?

A. When the details of the project solution are not clearly defined.

Chapter 3: Getting a Project Off the Ground

1. Name at least three factors that can figure into whether an idea or project proposal is appropriate for your organization.

A.

  • The organization's strategic goals
  • Return on investment
  • Availability of resources
  • Likelihood of potential risks
  • Strong support of ...

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