Discussion Questions

1. Suppose a project should have used a traditional approach, but you used APF. Comment on what might be different. Would the traditional approach have given you a better outcome? Why or why not? Be specific.

2. Referring to the case study in the Introduction, suppose you were unable to sell your idea as having sufficient business value. How might you construct an APF approach that begins with a proof of concept? How would you be able to show potential business value sufficient to sell the project to senior management? Be specific.

3. How does xPM differ from APF? Discuss the differentiating characteristics of each.

4. Can APF be used on an extreme project? Why? Why not? Be specific.

5. In the formation stages of a project, are there any distinct advantages to using xPM over APF for an extreme project? If so, identify them.

6. In the formation stages of a project, are there any distinct disadvantages to using APF over xPM for an extreme project? If so, identify them. In considering your answer, think about what is really known versus what may be only speculation and how that might create problems.

7. As a class exercise, identify three xPM projects and write the POS for one of them.

8. Is APF or xPM more likely to waste less of the client's money and the team's time if the project was killed prior to completion? To answer the question, you have to consider when the decision to kill the project is made in APF versus xPM projects and what is known at the time the decision is made. Defend your position with specifics.

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