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APM Practitioner (APM PQ) Typical Written Questions

Paul Naybour Discussion started by Paul Naybour 6 years ago

If you fail to demonstrate knowlege of key topics during the group work the assessors may ask you to answer writen questions. The APM has published the following sample questions.

Question A

Consider a project you have managed or one you know well.
a) Describe key factors in determining and managing the project’s context.
b) Critically analyse the methods used to ensure that stakeholder needs and expectations
were understood and managed over the whole life cycle of the project.
c) Discuss the importance of understanding project constraints (things that must happen)
and dependencies (things on which successful delivery of the project critically depend)
d) Describe the differences between project issues and project risks and your views on the
ways in which issues and risks should be managed

Question B
Consider a project you have managed or one you know well.
a) Describe the organisation for the project, showing the rationale for both the project
organisation and the fit of the project organisation into the wider organisation.
b) Critically discuss the project roles involved, highlighting positive and negative aspects of
each role and their inter-relationships.
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Question C
Consider a project you have managed or one you know well.
a) Clearly describe the similarities and differences between project success criteria (critical
success factors or CSFs) and business benefits.
b) Using real examples to illustrate your argument, describe the usefulness of spending time
to understand and differentiate success criteria and business benefits at the start of any
project.

Question D
Consider a project you have managed or one you know well.
a) Critically analyse the business case for the project including the justification for investment
and, in hindsight, comment on its strengths and weaknesses.
b) Describe the lessons you have learned about the purpose and importance of the business
case to a project.

Question E
Consider a project you have managed or one you know well.
a) Define the methods used for capturing and managing detailed project implementation
requirements.
b) Critically analyse these methods, defending the aspects you believe were successful and
suggesting areas for improvement.

Question F
Consider a project you have managed or one you know well.
a) Critically analyse the project management plan (PMP) for the project and draw general
conclusions (pros and cons) on its value and usefulness.
b) Comment specifically on the use of:
• Breakdown structures used
• Estimating methods used
• Time scheduling techniques used
• Resource allocation and management techniques used
• Budgeting methods used

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adesegun
adesegun does anyone have solutions to these questions so i can compare with mine, Many thanks 3 years ago
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peter bradley
peter bradley QUESTION A a) Project context
The project context is the environment in which the project takes place, it can be split into two categories internal and...
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Paul Naybour
Paul Naybour Hi you can't really have model answer for these questions because at the PQ level they ask you to reflect on the projects that you have delivered... Show more 2 years ago
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