Free PMP® Exam Sample Question

Free PMP® Exam Sample QuestionYou are employed by a software development company as a project manager. Your company has a policy that a change control board (CCB) reviews all of the change requests for every project in your organization, and the CCB follows all the recommended activities outlined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge  (PMBOK® Guide) standard. You and your project team do not serve as members of the CCB. Based on this scenario, which of the following activities might be performed by members of the CCB?

A. Creating a change request
B. Implementing approved change requests
C. Initiating and closing a project
D. Monitoring implementation of approved changes

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HINT: Which answer choices are the responsibilities of the project manager and the project team?
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Answer and Explanation
The correct answer is A.

The change control board (CCB) is a formally chartered group responsible for reviewing, evaluating, approving, deferring, or rejecting change requests. The CCB can include project stakeholders, and a change may be requested by any stakeholder involved with the project. Therefore, it is possible for a member of the CCB to create and submit a change request.

A. Creating a change request
Correct. The CCB can include project stakeholders, and a change may be requested by any stakeholder involved with the project. Therefore, it is possible for a member of the CCB to create and submit a change request.

B. Implementing approved change requests
Incorrect. Implementing approved change requests occurs during the Direct and Manage Project Work process, which is the responsibility of the project manager and the project team rather than the CCB.

C. Initiating and closing a project
Incorrect. A project can be initiated by the project sponsor. However, closing the project is typically the responsibility of the project manager. According to the scenario, the project manager is not a member of the CCB. Therefore, even if the project sponsor is a member of the CCB and can initiate the project, this answer choice can be eliminated as at least one of its parts does not hold true.

D. Gaining formal acceptance of the deliverables by the customer or sponsor
Incorrect. Monitoring the implementation of approved change requests is part of the Monitor and Control Project work process. The CCB reviews change requests as part of the Perform Integrated Change Control process rather than the Monitor and Control Project Work process. Therefore, the activities described in this answer choice should be performed by the project manager and the team, not the CCB.

Reference: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2017, Page(s) 115

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