Encountering Scheduling on the CAPM or PMP Exam

Out here in the real world, where you and I work every day, we likely aren't calculating float manually. On your PMI exam, however, you'll need to be able to calculate float. Why? You're proving that you understand the theory and application of managing project time. On your regular gig, you'll use your project management software to do this magic for you. You'll encounter float, scheduling, and critical path activities on the exam. You should count these questions as "gimmies" if you remember a few important rules:

• Always draw out the network diagram presented on your scratch paper. It may be used in several questions.

• Know how to calculate float. (The complete process was shown earlier in the "Calculating Float in a PND" section.)

• You may encounter questions that ask on what day of the week a project will end if no weekends or holidays are worked. No problem. Add up the critical path, divide by 5 (Monday through Friday), and then figure out which day of the week the activity will end on.

• You may see something like Figure 6-5 when it comes to scheduling. When three numbers are presented, think three-point estimate. Optimistic is the smallest number and pessimistic is the largest, so most likely, it's somewhere between the two. When a number is positioned directly over the tasks, it is the task duration. When a number is positioned to the upper-right of a task, this represents the EF date.

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