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Chapter 2: The many Tasks of Managing and Organizing ProjectsTrue/False1. It is common practice to select the project manager prior to the project being selected.Response: See page 44Level: medium2. The functional manager has expertise in the function he or she manages, but the project manager rarely has expertise in many of the project’s technical areas. Response: See page 45Level: medium3. The project manager is supposed to facilitate the work of the project team and must, therefore, stay aloof from the conflicts arising among project team members. Response: See page 45Level: medium4. The project manager should take a careful, analytic approach to making decisions about projects. Response: See page 46Level: medium5. If the performance of all subsystems is optimized, it follows that the overall system is optimum. Response: See page 53Level: medium
6. The project manager must maintain a high level of flexibility in dealing with people. Response: See page 47Level: medium7. It is appropriate for the project manager to play an active role in communications between the client and the senior management of the organization conducting the project. Response: See page 47 Level: medium8. The individual with responsibility for performing a task is more likely to overestimate the time required to complete the task than his/her immediate supervisor. Response: See page 50Level: medium9. The most effective program managers tell their project managers exactly what to do.The project manager should NOT allow functional managers to usurp his or her control of the project. Response: See page 47Level: medium10. When it comes to assigning individuals to work on projects, functional managers and project managers are often in conflict. Response: See page 50Level: medium11. It is critical to a project’s success to have top management support. Response: See page 50Level: easy
12. Conflict occurs mainly at the beginning of the project. Response: See page 51Level: medium13. A matrix organization is a combination of pure project organization and functional organization. Response: See pages 61 and 62Level: medium14. A pure project organization is usually too expensive for the management of small projects. Response: See page 59Level: medium