Managing actual projects is generally more difficult and unpredictable than what is described in the many books, articles, and seminars about project management that are available. Following processes that have been carefully explained in books is helpful in getting the project started and providing a guide to keep the project on track, but the real challenge is to use the information provided in the reference literature and apply the knowledge to the project. Project management is about the application of tools and techniques to a project to achieve success, and the project manager must become familiar with these tools and be able to determine which ones can and should be used during the project life cycle and which ones do not apply to the project. Good judgment is a key factor in managing projects, and an effective method for fine-tuning and enhancing your judgment is through situational analysis.

The exercises in this chapter will assist you in further developing your project management skills and will also help you if you are planning to apply for the PMP® credential. The PMP® exam tests the applicant on the principles of project management through situational-type questions. These questions place you, the student or applicant, in a project situation, not unlike something you may have experienced in an actual project, and you are expected to select the correct answer or solution to the problem that has been described. Situational exercises ...

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