Week 2 – Building A Project Plan

project planning putting it all together weekly challenge 2 answers

1. Which of the following are included in the project plan? Select all that apply.

  • Retrospectives
  • Tasks
  • People
  • Documentation
  • Time


2. What tools can a project manager use to account for issues that may cause a project delay? Select all that apply.

  • Task buffer
  • Sub-tasks
  • Gantt chart
  • Project buffer


3. A project manager is leading an initiative that includes changing an organization's logo and slogan. What mandatory tasks should be part of the critical path? Select all that apply.

  • Get employees to respond positively in a survey
  • Set a budget
  • Determine a new slogan
  • Receive sponsor approval


4. Which of the following scenarios exemplify how a project manager can use interpersonal skills? Select all that apply.

  • The person on your team in charge of contracts now needs to split their work time with another team. You request a meeting with that team’s project manager to identify if any of their project deliverable dates are competing with your project’s timeline.
  • You’re managing a project with team members who are on multiple projects. You asked the team members to prioritize your project because you know there are many overlapping due dates.
  • The timeline is set for the Office Green project. You tell the web designer on Wednesday that you’ll need a complete mock up for the site by Friday.
  • The web designer on your project tells you that they’re not sure they can meet the deadline for all the mock up pages. You ask the designer some questions about the project, such as what amount of time they need for each page mock so you can help prioritize what is feasible.

5. What are the benefits of a Gantt chart? Select all that apply.

  • It displays comments from stakeholders
  • It allows easy communication between teammates
  • It shows when tasks are due for a project
  • It has a clear breakdown of who’s responsible for what work
  • It’s a highly visual representation of the project’s tasks
  • It features the start and end dates of each task


6. Imagine you’re a project manager helping a car company with a new vehicle launch. Your project goal is to ensure vehicle delivery to dealerships. To achieve this, you speak with stakeholders and subject matter experts to understand the granular details of the project. This information helps you know what steps to take to best achieve the project goal. This example includes which project plan best practice?

  • Recognize and plan for the inevitable.
  • Give yourself time to plan.
  • Carefully understand project deliverables, milestones, and tasks.
  • Achieve buy-in from your team members for your plan.


7. Which of the following is a best practice when estimating the project timeline? Select all that apply.

  • Escalate any timeline concerns to stakeholders.
  • Be thorough during the planning process.
  • Work quickly through the planning process to get the project started.
  • Prove competency by trying to resolve timeline concerns without input.


8. Fill in the blank: The _____ is the tendency to underestimate the amount of time it will take to complete a task.

  • planning fallacy
  • confirmation bias
  • anchoring bias
  • feedback fallacy


9. Imagine you’re a project manager creating a critical path. Your stakeholders request the earliest and latest start dates for each task. What is a strategy to make this time estimate?

  • Use the forward pass or backward pass method.
  • Review the project goals.
  • Develop a RACI chart.
  • Create a list of dependencies.


10. Fill in the blank: A Kanban board utilizes cards placed in columns to _____.

  • manage tasks
  • organize documents
  • estimate the budget
  • set the timeline


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11. You create a new project plan for your company’s staff training program. Which component of the project plan tracks the charter, budget, and RACI chart?

  • Timeline
  • Tasks
  • Documentation
  • Milestones

12. Fill in the blank: Time estimation predicts the total amount of time required to complete a task, while the actual time it takes to complete a task _____.

  • may vary depending on overlooked potential risks
  • depends on stakeholder input
  • is not relevant
  • shouldn’t change

Devendra Kumar

Project Management Apprentice at Google

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