Project Manager Interview Questions Answers: Part 7

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Project Manager Interview Questions Answers,Sample project manager interview questions.The project management interview questions to expect in your job interview

What is triple constraint triangle in project management ?
Project Management triangle is depicted as Cost,Schedule and scope.These three aspect form the sides of triangle and the customer is the center point.As customer is always concerned about Cost,Scope and Schedule , so in order to get customer satisfaction project manager should deliver all scope in propose schedule and cost.

If we want to disturb any one of the legs then the other two legs get affected. Example If customer increases the scope then other two sides of the triangle also get affected a lot.

What is a project baselines ?
It define a logical closure of any deliverable or cycle.Example you have completed the requirement phase with sign off from the client on the requirement document.So you put a baseline and say that further any changes to this document is a change request. Versioning of source code is one type of baseline.

What is effort variance?
Effort Variance = (Actual effort – Estimated Effort) / Estimated Effort.

How is normally a project management plan document
organized ?
PMP document forms the bible of a project.It has normally these sections :-
Project summary
Project organization hierarchy
WBS / Activity list to be performed with schedule.
Work product identification (In short who will do what)
Project schedule( GANNT chart or PERT chart).
Estimated Cost and completion.
Project requirements.
Risk identification.
Configuration management section.
Quality section.
Action Item status.

How do you estimate a project?
There many techniques available for estimating a project:-
Function points
Use Case points
WBS etc etc.

What is CAR (Causal Analysis and Resolution)?
The basic purpose of CAR is to analyze all defects, problems and good practices/positive triggers in projects, perform a root cause analysis of the same, identify respective corrective and preventive actions and track these to closure. The advantage of CAR is that root causes are scientifically identified and their corrective and preventive actions are carried out. CAR needs to be performed at project initiation, all phase and project ends and on a monthly basis. Fishbone diagram is one of the ways you can do CAR.

What is DAR (Decision Analysis and Resolution) ?
Decision Analysis and Resolution is to analyze possible decisions using a formal evaluation process that identifies alternatives against established criteria
Example in a project you are said to use third party tools so you will not depend on only one tool but evaluate three to four more tools so that in case of problems you have alternatives.This is called as DAR

What is a fish bone diagram ?
Twist:- What is Ishikawa diagram ?
Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa, invented the fishbone diagram. Therefore, can be also referred as Ishikawa diagram.
Fishbone diagram is a analysis diagram which provides a systematic way of looking at effects and the causes that create or contribute to those effects.Because of the function of the fishbone diagram, it may be referred to as a cause-and-effect diagram. The design of the diagram looks much like the skeleton of a fish. Therefore, it is often referred to as the fishbone diagram
Fishbone diagram helps in categorizing potential causes of problems or issues in an orderly way and in identifying root causes.

What is pareto principle ?
Twist :- What is 80/20 principle ?
Pareto principle also paraphrased as 80/20 principle is simple effective problem tackling way in management.It says that 20% of your problem lead to other 80 % of problems. So rather than concentrating on the 80% of problem if you concentrate on 20% of problems you can save lot of trouble.So in pareto you analyze the problems and only concentrate on 20% of your vital problems.In projects the first 10% and the last 10% of project form the vital part of project.

How do you handle change request?
Normally change request are handled by preparing a Impact analysis document and then doing re-estimation. Example you have a ongoing project , which has a customer table. Now customer wants that customer to also have addresses assigned to it. So you normally raise a change request and then do a impact analysis of the same. Depending on the impact you estimate and let know the client about the financial aspect of the project. Once client sign off or the upper management agrees to the change request you move ahead with implementation.
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