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TOPIC: Are exam questions strict about Input vs T&T?

Are exam questions strict about Input vs T&T? 2 years 8 months ago #4057

  • Arto Pihlaja
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Question 10 in the self-assessment for PM Prepcast Mod06 asks
... Which of the following is the best technique for Sandy to use to determine her project’s activities?
A.) Rolling Wave Planning
B.) Expert Judgment
C.) Templates
D.) Enterprise Environmental Factors

The right answer is given as C.
Now, this started bothering me. The question asks for best technique. Templates are not listed in Tools and Techniques. Even though answers C and D are the most logical ones, in the exam, I would have gone for B, because that's a T&T.

So, the ultimate question,
are PMP exam questions strict about the distinction between Inputs and Tools & Techniques?

In real life, I feel the differences are often subtle. Something can be viewed as I or TT.

Are exam questions strict about Input vs T&T? 2 years 7 months ago #4139

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My understanding is that a Template is a Tool. Expert Judgment is a Technique, Rolling Wave Planning is a methodolgy or even a philosophy of refinement. Enterprise Environmental Factors (EEFs) is an input. I would have chosen B as your gut instinct told you.

Are exam questions strict about Input vs T&T? 2 years 7 months ago #4140

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Correction to my last post: Rolling Wave Planning is a technique also (used for refinement as you learn more about the project or if influences change any of the project constraints or product requirements.

Are exam questions strict about Input vs T&T? 2 years 7 months ago #4143

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The answer is simple when looked at it from the angle of "passing the PMP exam": Yes. Very strict.

If the PMBOK Guide says that something is a T&T then it is a T&T and not an Input or Output.

For this particular question you have to dig a little deeper: Templates are not specifically called out as a T&T of this process. Instead, templates are considered to be part of the "Organizational Process Assets" (see 6.2.1.4 - 3rd bullet) This is why it is important not to memorize the names of the T&T but instead understand the concept.
Until Next Time,
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Are exam questions strict about Input vs T&T? 2 years 7 months ago #4145

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Even though I can follow the approach of classifying templates as an organizational process asset, this is still confusing for me. OPAs are Inputs (especially for Define Activities) - not tools/techniques - right?

Are exam questions strict about Input vs T&T? 2 years 7 months ago #4148

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Oh... :ohmy: I now see everyone's confusion (including mine).

Question 10 in self-assessment 06 from the PM PrepCast needs to be updated. It is using the word "technique" in reference to an input. And we should not be mixing our terms.

I do not think that this word choice was made intentionally. Instead the word "technique" was probably just used to make the question "flow". I will therefore go ahead and change the final sentence in the question as follows:
Current: Which of the following is the best technique for Sandy to use to determine her project’s activities?
New: Which of the following is best for Sandy to use to determine her project’s activities?

It doesn't change the question or answer but removes the "conflict" that we are referring to an input as a technique.

My apologies that I did not "get" this when I originally read & answered this question. :whistle:
Until Next Time,
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM
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Last Edit: 2 years 7 months ago by Cornelius Fichtner.

Are exam questions strict about Input vs T&T? 2 years 7 months ago #4154

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Thanks for clarification!

So long,
Peter
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